Etiquette

  • Asking for help Say disculpe to get someone's attention; perdón to apologize.
  • Personal space Be aware that Central Americans often have fewer boundaries about personal space than is customary in North America and Europe.
  • Visiting indigenous communities Ask permission to take photos, particularly of children, and dress more modestly than in beachwear. Bargaining may be appropriate for buying crafts but not for lodging and food. The best gifts for children are those that are useful (pens, paper, notebooks, creative games or books).
  • Surfing Novice surfers should be aware of 'dropping in' on more experienced surfers, and of swimmers crossing their path.