Statue in the central court of a private villa on Lorient Beach in St. Barthélemy
In spite of its international jet-set reputation, St. Barth is actually very informal. Casual sports clothes in cotton and other light fabrics rule the day. One can choose to wear the latest fashions but remember, this is the tropics. Jeans, shorts, polos, tees, sandals, sneakers and boat shoes are de rigueur. While swimwear is perfect for the beach, it is not considered proper in town. In the evenings, women tend to "dress up" a bit but, as for the men, ties and jackets are rarely seen.
Topless swimming and sunning is acceptable and common at pools and beaches. Nude sunbathing is not officially sanctioned but is often practiced at the beaches of Saline and Gouverneur. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended for solar protection during the day.
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