Montserrat

Bespoke & Tailor Made Honeymoons and Holidays to Monserrat

A small volcanic island in the Caribbean 27 miles south west of Antigua in the Leeward Islands which covers an area of just over 39 sq miles.  Sadly, in 1995 it’s active volcano blasted it into world headlines when it erupted and left a trail of devastation making two thirds of the island uninhabitable. But the remaining third of the island is a green and lush paradise.

The first settlers from Europe to Montserrat were Irish and there is still a hint of Gaelic traditions here with celebrations on St Patrick’s Day and a shamrock on your passport stamp! Montserrat has issued its own postage stamps since 1876 and have long been collectors items. Visit the Montserrat Philatelic Bureau in Salem.

The volcano eruption caused a north/south divide with there being a huge difference between the south which was devastated and the north, which was largely unaffected.  Here in the north are great hiking trails, green hills, lush valleys and rare birds and plants including the country’s national bird the orange and black Montserrat Oriole. The beaches (all but one are black sand) are uncrowded and quiet and there is some fabulous shore diving and snorkelling at Lime Kiln Bay, Carr’s Bay, Little Bay and Woodlands Bay.

You can visit the Volcano Observatory (depending on volcanic activity) and see the monitoring equipment and videos with a scientific guide. View the volcano in safety from Jack Boy Hill.  You can also get spectacular views from a boat tour. Rent a mountain bike and explore the islands narrow, quiet roads and stop for a swim at one of the many deserted beaches.

As well as the St Patrick’s week celebrations, there is a tourism week in November which highlights local arts and crafts, food and drink and traditional music and the Christmas festival in December has a carnival atmosphere.

Contact me for a tailor made Caribbean holiday to include the island of Montserrat, maybe combining with other islands in the region.

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