perfume, jewelry and spirits. Shop opening hours: Mon-Sat 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00.
Nightlife takes place in the larger hotels and restaurants. There are two local styles of reggae and calypso music, pim pim and hippy.
Although the island is small, there are nine restaurants, each offering a different mix of local and foreign cuisine. Possibly the best places to eat may be at the hotel’s restaurants, particularly the Old Gin House’s famed Mooshay Bay Dining Room, which serves European fare on pewter plates. Creole cuisine is particularly well known for its seafood. Drinks: There are no fixed opening times, but most bars and restaurants close at midnight. All internationally well-known brands are available here almost duty-free.
The majority of the population is Protestant, but there are also Catholic and Jewish denominations.
Social Rules of Conduct
Dutch manners and customs, for some time also American influences. Light, casual cotton clothing is recommended. Swimwear belongs on the beach or swimming pool. Smarter clothes in the evening. Tipping: Hotels charge 5-10% government tax and 10-15% service charge. Doormen and waiters expect a 10% tip, taxi drivers are not usually tipped.
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The high temperatures (annual average 27°C) are moderated by the cool trade winds.
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