Living in Martinique
Last updated on Jun 17, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Martinique is 376,000 people. The largest cities in Martinique are Fort-de-France, Le Lamentin, and Le Robert. Expats love living in Martinique for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant culture. People describe life in Martinique as relaxed and laid-back, with a strong sense of community. Foods popular in Martinique include Creole cuisine, which is a mix of French, African, and Caribbean flavors. Popular dishes include accras (salt cod fritters), colombo (a spicy stew), and boudin (blood sausage). The cons of living in Martinique include the high cost of living, limited job opportunities, and the lack of public transportation. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month. This includes rent, utilities, food, and other expenses.
What do I need to know about living in Martinique?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Martinique, they said:
"Before retiring in Martinique, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other Caribbean countries. They should also research the availability of healthcare services and the quality of the healthcare system. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and language, as French is the official language of Martinique. It is also important to research the local laws and regulations, as well as the tax system, to ensure that all legal requirements are met. Finally, expats should consider the climate and geography of the island, as it can be quite humid and tropical," remarked one expat who made the move to Martinique.
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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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