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Le Lamentin, Martinique

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Le Lamentin, Martinique. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Le Lamentin?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Le Lamentin, they said:

"Le Lamentin is a town in Martinique, an overseas region of France, so French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. Before moving to Le Lamentin, it's important to understand that while English is taught in schools, not everyone is fluent, so learning some basic French phrases would be beneficial. The cost of living in Le Lamentin can be high, especially when it comes to housing and imported goods, so it's important to budget accordingly. The climate in Le Lamentin 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, with a healthcare system similar to that of mainland France. Le Lamentin is the business and industrial center of Martinique, with many job opportunities, especially in the service sector. Public transportation is available, but many expats choose to drive. However, traffic can be heavy, especially during rush hour. The cuisine in Martinique is a blend of French, African, and Caribbean influences, with seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables being prominent. Le Lamentin is generally safe, but like any place, it's important to take precautions, especially at night. The culture in Martinique is a blend of French and Caribbean influences, with a laid-back lifestyle and a strong emphasis on family and community. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Le Lamentin, from hiking and bird watching to water sports and beach activities. It's important to note that while Martinique is part of France, it has its own customs and traditions, so it's important to respect these to integrate into the local community. Finally, it's recommended to secure accommodation before arriving in Le Lamentin, as the housing market can be competitive," remarked one expat living in Le Lamentin, Martinique.

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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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