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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.