• MONTSERRAT

WELCOME TO MONTSERRAT

Montserrat is a leeward island in the eastern Caribbean, closest to Guadeloupe. It’s a mountainous and volcanic island with black sandy beaches and tropical vegetation. The island is about 16km in length and 11km wide with the highest point on the island being 3,002 ft., located in the Soufriere Hills. Montserrat is a mountainous Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles chain and a British Overseas Territory. Its Soufrière Hills volcano erupted in the 1990s, causing significant damage to the south of the island and leading to the creation of an exclusion zone. The north of the island is largely unaffected, and has black-sand beaches, coral reefs, cliffs and shoreline caves.

ATTRACTIONS

Montserrat is a difficult to get to gem in the Caribbean, so it is no surprise that Rendezvous Beach is often one of the first stops people make after their trek to the island. This secluded beach is often barren of anyone else, giving you a sense of being on your own private island. With dramatic cliff faces, lush greenery, and warm sand, Rendezvous Beach is as inviting as it is relaxing.

ENTERTAINMENT

Nightlife on the island of Montserrat is much more relaxed. It’s more about unwinding at the end of the day with some close friends. With such a small permanent population, Montserrat doesn’t focus on the energetic nightlife seen on other Caribbean islands. However, you will be able to go enjoy a drink at the local bar, meet some of the locals, and get some insider tips on how to get the most of out Montserrat.

Futbol and cricket capture the hearts of the people of Montserrat. And the country is proud to support its National Football Team that plays in the CONCACAF region.

Montserrat has a rich blend of cultures and so it has a blend of festivals. In March, you can enjoy the weeklong St. Patrick’s festivities, or in December you can partake in the Carnival celebrations. No matter how you enjoy celebrating, there will be a way to indulge in the local culture.

GETTING THERE

There is no shortcut to get to Montserrat. Both airline and ferry service depart from our closest neighbour, Antigua. Choose a flight from your city to Antigua, and then book a 20-minute flight from there to Montserrat. Alternatively, as a less expensive option, you may book the ferry: at minimum, a 90-minute ride. No shortcut, but no regrets either.

GETTING AROUND

When you finally get yourself to Montserrat, make sure you rent a car so that you can explore the beautiful hidden island with the ease of a local.

WILDLIFE/NATURE

If you want to see a truly stunning view of the Soufriere Hills Volcano, you can take a helicopter or plane tour. These flyover experiences help you see the island from a completely new perspective. You’ll get to soar over the landscape and fully appreciate the beautiful part of the world that you’ve escaped to.

You can walk through the well-maintained botanical gardens of the Montserrat National Trust and learn about the various flowers, fruit trees, and herbs that grow here. With so many colors, sights, and smells, you’ll be on your own sensory adventure.

NATIONAL HEROES/MUSEUMS

Robert William Griffith: Griffith was the founder of the Montserrat Labour Movement. He fought for the rights and protection of the workers to provide for a stronger and brighter future for Montserrat. He was posthumously awarded the title of National Hero of Montserrat.

William Henry Bramble: The First Chief Minister of Montserrat, Bramble led the Labour Party and worked for the betterment of all Montserratians. He worked tirelessly to keep the Montserrat spirits up as economy faltered. He was the first individual given a state funeral and was awarded the title of National Hero.

You can learn about the colorful colonial history of the country at the National Museum of Montserrat. You can also learn about how the people of this proud nation have worked to overcome much adversity and resistance as they work to claim their spot on the map. The museum also showcases artifacts from the indigenous peoples of the island.

ECO-TOURISM

Lovers of underwater exploration can enjoy a dive with Scuba Montserrat. You can reserve a spot and head underwater and enjoy the natural beauty of this hidden world. If you don’t have SCUBA certification, you can join one of their snorkeling, kayaking, or boating excursion instead.

To see the island from a different vantage point, you can head into the mountains for the Oriole Walkway Trail. This segment of trail leads you through some of Montserrat’s most biodiverse landscapes. You’ll see such a wide variety of flora (and potentially faun!) that you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled through multiple islands. Make sure you wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water!

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When disaster strikes, the Montserrat Red Cross is there to help calm the aftermath. You can never predict a natural disaster, and so having a well funded and well-stocked on-call group, like the Red Cross, is vital to an area’s recovery.

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Capital: Plymouth, Brades, Little Bay

Population: 5,000

Language: English

Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Religion: Protestant, Anglican Methodist, Pentecostal

National Bird: Oriole

National Flower: Heliconia

National dish: Goat Water (Goat Meat Stew)

Motto: – “A people of excellence moulded by nature, nurtured by God”

The National Flag:
The current flag of Montserrat was officially adopted in 1962.
As a British dependent territory the island flies the United Kingdom (UK) flag. The coat of arms dates from 1909, and shows a woman dressed in green, holding a cross and harp. The cross is symbolic of Christianity, while the harp and woman recall Irish immigrants that settled on the island in 1632.

MONTSERRAT ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE

 St Patrick’s Festival 2020

March 13 – March 23 2020

St Patrick’s Festival is a weeklong celebration highlighting Montserrat’s African and Irish heritage. It culminates on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The celebration also commemorates the thwarted slave uprising which was planned on that very day, back in 1768. Highlights of the festival include African and Irish music performances, a freedom run, and a recreated slave village and feast.

MONTSERRAT TOURISM UPDATE

Speaking to Loop at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s Caribbean Week in New York, Solomon said while touring the volcano is a definite activity, one of the big projects which will be starting soon is the establishment of a Volcano Interpretive Centre.

Other attractions on the island where the visitors can get a sense of life before and during the volcano are the Hilltop Coffee House and Family Center which contains a mini-museum and the Volcano Observatory which has video of the activity in the days leading up to the eruption.

Montserrat lags behind many nations in the region when it comes to tourism with only between 10,000 to 12,000 tourist arrivals per year so there is a lot of foundation work to be done to get the sector up to scratch.

MONTSERRAT ATTRACTIONS

Soufriere Hills Volcano

Garibaldi Hill & Jack Boy Hill

Runaway Ghaut

Montserrat National Trust

Rendezvous Bay Beach

Little Bay

Woodlands Bay

Lime Kiln Bay

Montserrat Cultural Centre

And Much More…

MONTSERRAT HOTELS & RESORTS