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Social Life in St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Behavior

The Vincentians 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 St. Vincent & the Grenadines try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing conservatively (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our St. Vincent & the Grenadines 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 the people in St. Vincent & the Grenadines was simple in style as most women wore large, free-flowing dresses and men wore simple pants and shirts. The clothes were often quite colorful and loose, perhaps in order to fight the heat. Today people still wear loose-fitting clothes with bright colors.

Due to the country's many beaches and hot weather, the dress today is essentially western-styled, but it can also be fairly liberal as shorts and short-sleeved shirts are common. Even in nice restaurants, many of which are on the beach, dress tends to be fairly casual. In religious, political, and business settings the dress is more formal as pants and long-sleeved shirts are common, especially at churches and in business meetings. However, it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing in the country so leave this at home.

This page was last updated: December, 2013