As a predominantly Christian country in which good manners are instilled in school, a certain formal civility prevails in the Bahamas.

  • Basics It's common for strangers to wish each other 'good morning/afternoon'; 'please' and 'thank you' is also expected.
  • Deference Children who don't treat their elders with respect won't win many admirers.
  • Physical contact For both genders should be limited to handshakes on early acquaintance.
  • Socializing The Bahamian reputation for sociability is well justified, particularly in situations that invite interaction (bars, fish fries, popular beaches). A genuine and friendly interest is often shown in visitors, and locals respond well to an open, easy, respectful manner. It helps if you don't take yourself too seriously.
  • Visiting If you're invited to a Bahamian home, bring a small gift. There are no rules, but a bottle or something nice to eat is generally appropriate.