Etiquette

Florida isn't terribly different from the rest of the US when it comes to etiquette. Here are some basic rules to follow.

  • Politics The Sunshine State is as divided as America gets when it comes to politics. While the topic may come up, it may be prudent to let others introduce it.
  • Greetings Florida is pretty casual when it comes to greetings. In South Florida, with its large European and Spanish-speaking populations, don’t be surprised if you get a kiss on the cheek.
  • Bilingualism If everyone around you is speaking Spanish, try leading with 'Lo siento, no hablo español' (I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish).
  • Conversation Floridians, on average, wear their heart a little more openly on their sleeves. Don’t be surprised if they broach sensitive subjects with you with little prompting.