Montserrat Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 40%, Montserrat is a small Caribbean island that has felt the brunt of Mother Nature's rage and lived to tell the story. Coming to this solitary island is like stepping into the aftermath of Armageddon, where the impact of the 1995 eruption of Soufrière Hills Volcano is felt to this day. Perhaps the most striking thing about the entire island is the former capital of Plymouth, which was almost completely buried by meters of ash and lava when Soufrière erupted. It's hard not to draw comparisons with Pompeii, especially when you walk through the empty streets and stare up at the foreboding volcano that looms overhead. A closer view of Soufrière can be attained at the volcano observatory. Many who fled the destruction have never returned, so the place still retains something of an empty feel to it. However, it still can be a pleasant alternative to other over crowded Caribbean islands. As the only white sand beach on Montserrat, Rendezvous Beach more than holds its own. There are still a number of dive shops that will take you out for a dip below the turquoise waters. Oriole Walkway Trail will give you excellent views of Silver Hills and lead you through some breathtaking flora and fauna, as well as some ruins. One way or another – as long as Soufrière Hills remains silent – Montserrat is sure to rise out of the ashes like a phoenix and become one of the more popular Caribbean destinations again.
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Wander through the ghostly streets of Montserrat's capital of Plymouth, a city that was almost completely destroyed by the 1995 eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano. Today the city lies abandoned under approximately 1.5 mete....
|Coordinates:||16 45 N, 62 12 W|
|Government:||British Overseas Territory|
|Capital:||Brades (de facto)|
|Currency:||East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)|
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