Caribbean Tourism

Excursions

The volcano is now a tourist attraction and when it is not active it is possible to get fairly close to see the grey, ash-covered flanks of what was Chances Peak, in stark contrast with the Centre Hills, which are still green, forested and fertile.


There is a viewing point on St George’s Hill, from where you can see Plymouth, the former capital, which has been flooded with ash up to the first floor of the colonial buildings and completely destroyed. Even if you don’t see the volcano in action, you can watch videos at the Montserrat Volcano Visitor’s Centre and the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, Mongo Hill, T4915647, F4912423, The scientists at the Observatory monitor eruptions and issue warnings when necessary. An expert guide will give you a tour of the Observatory and explain the work of the scientists, showing the seismographs and explaining the chronology of events. If the volcano is dangerously active visitors are excluded, of course. Staff at the Observatory are to move in mid-2001 from the existing premises, five miles north of the volcano, to a new building three miles northwest of the volcano.


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The Leeward Islands

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Getting Around

Car Driving is on the left. Roads are paved and fairly good, but narrow and twisty. Drivers travel fast, passing on blind corners with much...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Office Miss Ernestine Cassell Director of Tourism T4912230, F4917430 Tourist Offices Overseas Canada New Concepts Canada,...

Getting There

Air William H Bramble Airport, on the east coast is closed because of falling ash or other volcanic activity. Contact LIAT (Strand Street,...

Culture

The vast majority of the people are of African descent. Before the volcano erupted there was an influx of white Americans, Canadians and...

Hurricanes & Volcanoes

In 1989, Montserrat was devastated by Hurricane Hugo, the first hurricane to strike the island for 61 years. No part of the island was...

Before Travelling

Climate Although tropical, the humidity in Montserrat is low and there is often rain overnight which clears the atmosphere. The average...