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Saint-Esprit, Martinique

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Saint-Esprit, 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 Saint-Esprit?

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

"Saint-Esprit is a small town located in the French overseas department of Martinique, so French is the official language spoken there. If you're not fluent in French, it would be beneficial to learn some basic phrases before moving. The currency used in Saint-Esprit, like the rest of Martinique, is the Euro. It's important to understand the cost of living and plan your finances accordingly. The climate in Saint-Esprit is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It's important to pack appropriate clothing and be prepared for potential hurricanes during the wet season. Healthcare in Martinique is of a high standard, similar to what you would find in mainland France. However, it's crucial to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical costs. The cuisine in Saint-Esprit is a blend of French and Creole influences. Seafood is a staple, and local fruits and vegetables are used extensively. Public transportation in Saint-Esprit is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, be aware that driving can be challenging due to narrow, winding roads. The culture in Saint-Esprit is a mix of French and Caribbean influences. It's important to respect local customs and traditions. Saint-Esprit is a safe town, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night, and keep your belongings secure. The education system in Saint-Esprit follows the French model. If you're moving with children, it's important to research schools and understand the education system. Internet and mobile coverage in Saint-Esprit is generally good, but it can be slower and less reliable than what you might be used to. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for living in Martinique. As it's a part of France, EU citizens can live and work there without a visa, but non-EU citizens will need to apply for a long-stay visa," said one expat in Saint-Esprit.

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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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