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7 Tips for Living in Sainte-Marie

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Sainte-Marie or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Sainte-Marie or thinking about moving there.

Living in Sainte-Marie as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure. This charming town, nestled on the northeastern coast of the island, offers a unique blend of French and Caribbean culture, stunning natural beauty, and a relaxed lifestyle. However, like any new place, it can take some time to adjust and feel at home. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Sainte-Marie.

1. Learn the Language

While English is spoken in many tourist areas, the primary language in Martinique is French. Learning the language will not only make daily life easier but will also help you connect with the local community. Consider taking a language course or using language learning apps to help you get started. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be shy about using your new language skills in everyday situations.

2. Embrace the Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new culture is through its food. Martinique's cuisine is a delicious blend of French, African, and Creole influences. Be sure to try local specialties like accras (cod fritters), colombo (a curry-like dish), and boudin (spicy sausage). There are several excellent restaurants in Sainte-Marie where you can sample these dishes, including Le Bambou and La Table de Mamy Nounou.

3. Explore the Neighborhoods

Sainte-Marie is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The town center, with its beautiful church and bustling market, is a great place to start. The neighborhood of Fonds Saint-Jacques, home to the historic Distillerie Saint James, is another must-visit. Take the time to explore these neighborhoods and discover their unique characteristics and hidden gems.

4. Enjoy the Natural Beauty

Martinique is known for its stunning natural beauty, and Sainte-Marie is no exception. The town is surrounded by lush hills and has several beautiful beaches, such as Anse Azerot and Plage de Cosmy. The Banana Museum, located in a beautiful tropical garden, is a great place to learn about one of the island's most important crops. Don't forget to take advantage of the many hiking trails in the area, which offer breathtaking views of the island.

5. Understand the Cost of Living

While Martinique is not the most expensive Caribbean island, it's not the cheapest either. As a part of France, the cost of living can be similar to that in mainland Europe. Be prepared for this and budget accordingly. This includes rent, groceries, dining out, and leisure activities. Remember, living like a local often means living more affordably.

6. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community is a great way to feel more at home and make new friends. This could be as simple as striking up a conversation with your neighbors or attending local events. Volunteering is another great way to get involved. Research groups and organizations in the area that align with your interests and see how you can contribute.

7. Be Open to New Experiences

Finally, the most important tip for living in Sainte-Marie, or anywhere new, is to be open to new experiences. This could mean trying a food you've never heard of, learning a local dance, or simply taking a different route to the market. Embrace the unfamiliar and let it enrich your experience. After all, that's what living abroad is all about.

Living in Sainte-Marie, Martinique, offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a vibrant and diverse culture. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful town and truly live like a local.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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