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Riviere-Pilote, 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 Riviere-Pilote, 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 Riviere-Pilote?

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

"Riviere-Pilote is a small town located in the southern part of Martinique, a French overseas territory in the Caribbean. The official language is French, so it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the language before moving. However, many locals also speak Creole and English. The cost of living in Riviere-Pilote is relatively high, similar to other parts of Martinique, due to the cost of importing goods. The climate is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It's important to be prepared for high temperatures and humidity, as well as potential tropical storms during the wet season. Riviere-Pilote is known for its rum distillery, La Mauny, which is a major part of the local economy. The town also has a museum dedicated to the history of Martinique. The healthcare system in Martinique is of a high standard, similar to mainland France. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation is available but not always reliable. Having a car can be beneficial for getting around, but be prepared for narrow, winding roads. The local cuisine is a blend of French and Creole influences, with seafood being a staple. Riviere-Pilote is a predominantly Catholic town, and local customs and festivals often reflect this. The town is relatively safe, but like any place, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. The local currency is the Euro, as Martinique is a region of France. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's always useful to have some cash on hand. Finally, it's important to remember that while Riviere-Pilote is a beautiful and welcoming place, it can take time to adjust to a new culture and way of life. Patience and an open mind will go a long way in making the transition smoother," explained one expat living in Riviere-Pilote, 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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