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Social Customs & Etiquettes in Turks & Caicos Islands
 
 
 

Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting. Hospitality is important and, when visiting someone's home, normal social courtesies should be observed – if possible, a return invitation should be made. A souvenir from home is well received. Informal dress is accepted for most events, but beachwear should be confined to the beach. Also, public nudity is illegal all throughout the island.

Islanders are very kind people and believe in practicing good manners and exercising respect. Greeting people with a friendly saying such as "Hello" and "Good Afternoon".

Shorts are to be worn in town and on the beach during the day. because it is so sunny, it is advised to wear sunglasses and sun hats. In the evening, specifically winter, you are advised to wear a light sweater or jacket. When eating, it is not formal but you are expected to dress nicely (men – polos and dress shorts, women – dresses or dress slacks). Informal dress is accepted for most events, but beachwear should be confined to the beach. Also, public nudity is illegal all throughout the island.

In recent years, there has been talk about a union with Canada. Many islanders are bitterly divided on the subject, and awkward situations can arise when the subject is brought up. It is best to avoid this subject unless you're with friends and family whom you know.

 

 
 

 



 


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