Montserrat’s beaches are volcanic ‘black’ sand, which in reality means the sand may be a silvery grey or dark golden brown colour. The single white coral beach is at Rendezvous Bay in the north of the island. It is a stiff hike from Little Bay along a very steep mountainous trail (not suitable for small children).
Take food and water, it is a long hot walk until you reach your refreshing swim. There is no shade on the beach, avoid the poisonous manchineel trees and the spiney sea urchins among the rocks at the north end. You can also take a boat and it is quite a good idea to walk there and arrange for a boat to come and pick you up at an agreed time. The best of the rest of the beaches, all on the west of the island and black sand, are Woodlands (National Trust, beach house, washrooms), where you can safely swim through caves, Lime Kiln Bay, tiny Bunkum Bay, Fox’s Bay (nice beach but pebbly and rocky just offshore, snorkelling worthwhile at north end, Emerald Isle (near Montserrat Springs), Old Road (by the Vue Pointe Hotel) and Little Bay in the north. Sports fishing, or just boat rides around the island to see ruined Plymouth and other villages, can be arranged with Bruce Farara, Brades, T4918802, Email: far...@hotmail.com and Danny Sweeney, Olveston, T4915645, Email: mwil...@candw.ag