We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in Grenada

Although Grenada is a West Indian island in the Caribbean, Grenadians do not spend the majority of their time “liming” on the beach. They are very serious about their jobs and many workplaces require specially-tailored suits.

Grenada culture photo

Photo by matt.be

Though work remains, they rightly take well-deserved pride in widespread repairs to massive damage from hurricane Ivan. St. George’s Town is a place of commerce with the many banks, businesses, and governmental offices. Do not confuse it for the beach. It is often seen as rude or disrespectful for people to walk around Grenada inappropriately dressed, especially if you are dressed for the beach and you are not on it (Grenada just recently passed and is starting to enforce an indecent exposure law that bans bathing suits in non-beach areas as well as saggy pants that reveal underwear). Do not confuse the laid-back attitude for lazy, as Grenadians have a very formal and conservative attitude about their lifestyle and workplace.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Grenada, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Grenada food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Grenada and No miss drinks in Grenada.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Grenada? Please comment below.