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Moving to Sainte-Marie, Martinique

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Moving to Sainte-Marie, Martinique? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Sainte-Marie.

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What do I need to know before moving to Sainte-Marie?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sainte-Marie, they said:

"Sainte-Marie is a French territory, so the official language is French, and it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the language before moving. The cost of living in Sainte-Marie, Martinique can be high, especially when it comes to imported goods, due to its remote location. The climate in Sainte-Marie, Martinique is tropical, with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season from November to May. Healthcare in Martinique is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance as medical costs can be high. The island is prone to hurricanes between June and November, so it's important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Public transportation in Sainte-Marie, Martinique is not very reliable, so having a personal vehicle can be beneficial. The local cuisine is a blend of French and Creole influences, with seafood and tropical fruits being prominent ingredients. The island operates on Atlantic Standard Time and does not observe daylight saving time. Sainte-Marie, Martinique has a slower pace of life, which can be a big adjustment for those used to living in fast-paced cities. The island's economy is largely based on agriculture, with banana plantations being a major source of income. The local culture is rich and vibrant, with music and dance playing a significant role in social events and festivals. It's important to respect local customs and traditions, as the people of Martinique are proud of their heritage. The crime rate in Sainte-Marie, Martinique is relatively low, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. The island has a strong focus on environmental conservation, and there are strict regulations regarding littering and pollution. Internet and mobile coverage can be patchy in some areas, particularly in more remote or rural locations. Renting property in Sainte-Marie, Martinique can be a complex process, and it's recommended to seek legal advice before signing any contracts. Finally, it's important to note that while Sainte-Marie, Martinique is a beautiful and welcoming place, it can take time to adjust to the new environment and culture," remarked one expat who made the move to Sainte-Marie.

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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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