Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Sainte-Luce, Martinique. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Sainte-Luce?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sainte-Luce, they said:
"Sainte-Luce is a small town in Martinique, a French overseas territory, so the official language is French and it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the language before moving. The cost of living in Sainte-Luce, like much of Martinique, is relatively high compared to other Caribbean islands due to its status as a French territory. The town is known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, including hiking and water sports, so it's perfect for those who love nature and outdoor adventures. The climate in Sainte-Luce is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round, but it also experiences a rainy season from June to November. Healthcare in Martinique is of a high standard, as it follows the French healthcare system, but it's recommended for expats to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation in Sainte-Luce is not very extensive, so having a car can be beneficial for getting around, especially for trips to the capital, Fort-de-France. The cuisine in Sainte-Luce is a blend of French and Creole influences, with seafood being a staple in many dishes. The town is relatively safe, but like any place, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. The education system in Martinique follows the French model, and there are both public and private schools available, though instruction is primarily in French. It's important to note that while Martinique is part of France, it has its own unique culture and customs, and it can be beneficial to learn about these before moving. The local currency is the Euro, as Martinique is an overseas department of France. Internet and mobile services are widely available in Sainte-Luce, but the speed and reliability may not be as high as in larger cities. Finally, it's important to remember that while Sainte-Luce is a beautiful place to live, it can also be hit by hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season, so it's important to be prepared for this possibility," said one expat in Sainte-Luce.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Sainte-Luce?
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.