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Social Life in Barbados

Behavior

The Barbadians are conservative in most aspects of their lives and this is best seen in their behaviors, dress, and dining etiquette. They tend to dress and act conservatively, much of which is based on their deeply rooted Christian faith.

As a visitor to Barbados try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing conservatively (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Barbados Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting noticeably drunk in public.

Dress

The traditional dress of Barbados is similar to other Caribbean islands as it is heavily based on European styles as women tended to wear dresses and men wore simple pants and shirts. All of this historic clothing tended to be loose-fitting (except the top of some dresses) as it helped people remain cool in the hot weather. Unlike many Caribbean islands though, the dress of Barbados was also strongly influenced by Britain in the past and today.

Today the historic dress of the people of Barbados is uncommon except on some holidays. Nearly everyone wears modern western-styled clothing today, but the people remain a bit conservative so beachwear is not common anywhere besides the beach.

As a visitor to Barbados you are welcome to wear just about anything so long as it is appropriate for the situation. When on beaches swimsuits are common and accepted, but as soon as you leave the beach cover up, even if you're only dining in a nearby restaurant or shopping nearby. Of course more formal settings require even more formal dress as churches, nice restaurants, and business settings demand long pants and shirts at a minimum.

This page was last updated: December, 2013