Swimwear is fine for the beach and pool but it is considered inappropriate in the towns of Guadeloupe.
Dress for the tropics in lightweight, breathable fabrics. Unlike some islands, Guadeloupe is a place with a culture and economy that is not solely dependent on tourism. In town, relaxed, informal resort wear is acceptable, but scanty beach attire and short-shorts are considered as improper in urban areas as they would be back home. Jackets and ties are rarely required for men, even at dinner. Women tend to dress up a bit more in the evening, with short or long (but still casual) dresses common. Don't forget a hat and sunglasses for solar protection and a jacket or light sweater for higher elevations.
At hotel pools and at beaches near hotels, topless swimming and sunning is common. At all other beaches, it's a good idea to see what the locals are wearing (or not wearing). The only clothing-optional beach is a small cove at Plage Tarare near Pointe-des-Châteaux.
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