Le Francois, Martinique
Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Le Francois, Martinique. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Le Francois?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Le Francois, they said:
"Le Francois is a town in Martinique, a French overseas territory, so French is the official language and the currency used is the Euro. The cost of living in Le Francois can be high, especially when it comes to housing and imported goods. The climate in Le Francois is tropical, with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season from November to May. Hurricanes can occur in Martinique, typically between June and November, so it's important to be prepared and aware of the local emergency procedures. Healthcare in Martinique is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation is available but not always reliable, so having a car can be beneficial. The local cuisine is a blend of French and Creole influences, with seafood and tropical fruits being prominent. Le Francois is known for its rum distilleries, beautiful beaches, and the unique "Fonds Blancs", a series of shallow, white sandbanks in the middle of the ocean. The town is relatively safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Working in Le Francois, and Martinique in general, requires a work permit for non-EU citizens. The education system in Martinique follows the French model, and there are both public and private schools available. It's important to respect local customs and traditions, which are a blend of French and Caribbean cultures. Internet and mobile coverage is generally good in Le Francois and throughout Martinique. Finally, it's important to note that while Martinique is a part of France, it has its own unique culture and lifestyle that can be quite different from mainland France," said one expat who made the move to Le Francois.
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About the Author
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.