Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Gros-Morne, Martinique. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Gros-Morne?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Gros-Morne, they said:
"Before moving to Gros-Morne, expats should know that the official language is French, so it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the language. The local currency is the Euro, and the cost of living can be high compared to other Caribbean islands. Gros-Morne is a small town, so expats should be prepared for a slower pace of life and a close-knit community. The town is located in the mountains, so the climate can be cooler and more humid than other parts of the island. Healthcare in Martinique is of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Expats should also be aware of tropical diseases such as dengue fever and zika virus, and take necessary precautions. The island is prone to natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, so it's important to have a plan in place for these events. Driving is on the right side of the road in Martinique, and the roads in Gros-Morne can be steep and winding. Public transportation is limited, so having a car is almost essential. The cuisine in Martinique is a blend of French and Creole influences, with seafood and tropical fruits being prominent. Finally, expats should be aware that while Martinique is a part of France and the EU, it has its own unique culture and customs that may differ from what they're used to. It's important to approach the move with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to the local way of life," wrote one member in Gros-Morne.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Gros-Morne?
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.