WELCOME TO MONTSERRAT
Montserrat, island and overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The pear-shaped island is also known as the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean,” in part because of its formerly large population of people who originated from Ireland. The island is quiet an amazing experience with lush hillsides, white beaches and coconut palms with ideal suntan weather all year long.
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.
Soufrière Hills Volcano
The Soufrière Hills Volcano erupted in 1995, devastating a large section of Montserrat, which also included the once-charming capital of Plymouth. Today, the volcano is part of an exclusion zone, but subject to seismic activity, you can organize a guided and police-escorted tour to parts of this zone through Sun’s Montserrat Island Tours.
If you are traveling around the island on your own, you can also experience a sobering view of the volcano and its path of destruction from several vantage points. Some of these include Jack Boy Hill, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, and Garibaldi Hill. A trip to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory gives an excellent overview of the volcanic eruptions and their impact on this beautiful island.
Rendezvous Bay Beach
Rendezvous Bay beach is perhaps the best of all Anguilla beaches to walk. The bay is a perfect sweep of soft white sand. On the Caribbean sea side of Anguilla, Rendezvous Bay gives you a breath taking view of St. Martin. No matter where you look, though, while you walk, the eye always seems to be pleased.
Montserrat Hiking Trails
Hiking has become a popular tourist attraction. The Blackwood Allen Trail is one of the more difficult hikes, offering great views and a close-up look at some of the island’s unique vegetation.The Oriole Walkway is one of the island’s most popular trails. This hike offers a glimpse of life in the rainforest and an opportunity to see Montserrat’s national bird, the oriole.
ENTERTAINMENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS
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.
Montserrat Year End Festival
Running from mid-December to New Year’s Day are calypso competitions, masquerader street performances, the Festival Queen competition, and a parade of costumed troupes on New Year’s Day.
MONTSERRAT TOURISM UPDATE
The Government of Montserrat through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MOFEM), is providing financial assistance for individuals and businesses in the tourism sector, as part of its fiscal stimulus package in response to COVID-19.
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.
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.