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Etiquette

By: Stephen Leslie France, Editor - aLookingGlass | Last Updated: October 31, 2016

Generally, the BVI is a relaxed place, but a few items of social etiquette are worth mentioning if you wish to immigrate along with your emigration.

It’s considered rude not to greet strangers you encounter in the BVI. Before noon, say ‘Good Morning’ whenever you enter a room, shop, car or even meet someone on the street. If it’s past noon, say ‘Good Afternoon.’ When dusk sets in, say ‘Good Night,’—note that ‘Good Night’ is a greeting not a farewell.

Even though it’s a tropical environment, the BVI is more than a tourist destination, and people who live here frown upon beach attire at any place other than the beach. Even then, it’s best to cover up if walking into a bar or restaurant. The Willy-T off Norman Island is the only bar/restaurant where the opposite holds true—tops are discouraged for all patrons.

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