The Caribbean is famously laid-back, but it's also a place that insists on good manners.

  • Greetings Always greet people properly, and treat elders with extra respect. That said, don't be surprised at the directness of many conversations.
  • Dress Caribbean people dress smartly when they can (even more so when heading to a party or social event), and many government offices and banks have written dress codes on the door – beachwear should be confined to the beach.
  • Island time Even though locals may be relaxed about the clock, it's always wise to turn up to appointments at the stated hour (but be prepared to wait).