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 Sint Maarten

Generally, you’ll find no dress codes for most places on St. Martin. Some high-end restaurants and night clubs do have some, though, so find out beforehand to avoid any disappointment. St. Martin has a great deal of cultural diversity, and true locals are far outnumbered by immigrants from poorer and less urbane areas.

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Dressing too risquely can give the impression that you are looking for a “good time” and attract unwanted attention. You may also offend some locals if you wander around in places other than the beaches and pools in your swimsuit: e.g., in your local supermarket as well as here, it’s disrespectful and you may be treated accordingly.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Sint Maarten, 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 Sint Maarten food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Sint Maarten and No miss drinks in Sint Maarten.

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