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Trois-Ilets, 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 Trois-Ilets, Martinique. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Trois-Ilets?

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

"Trois-Ilets is a small town in Martinique, a French overseas territory, so French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. It's important to have a basic understanding of French as English is not widely spoken. The cost of living in Trois-Ilets can be high, especially when it comes to housing and imported goods. However, local produce and seafood are generally affordable. The climate in Trois-Ilets is tropical, with a rainy season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. It's important to prepare for high temperatures and humidity, as well as potential hurricanes during the rainy season. Healthcare in Martinique is of a high standard, with a healthcare system similar to that of mainland France. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Public transportation in Trois-Ilets is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, driving can be challenging due to narrow, winding roads and aggressive local driving habits. Trois-Ilets is known for its beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, and historical sites. It's a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during peak travel seasons. The local cuisine is a blend of French and Creole influences, with seafood and spicy dishes being common. While crime rates in Martinique are generally low, petty crime like pickpocketing can occur, especially in tourist areas. It's important to take basic safety precautions. The local culture is a mix of French and Caribbean influences, with a laid-back lifestyle. However, French etiquette and manners are still important. Internet and mobile coverage in Trois-Ilets is generally good, but power outages can occur, especially during the rainy season. Expats moving to Trois-Ilets with children should know that the education system follows the French model. There are both public and private schools, with lessons taught in French. Finally, it's important to note that while Martinique is part of the EU, it's not part of the Schengen Area. This means that different visa rules may apply for expats from certain countries," wrote a member in Trois-Ilets.

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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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