In 1989, Montserrat was devastated by Hurricane Hugo, the first hurricane to strike the island for 61 years. No part of the island was untouched by the 150mph winds as 400-year-old trees were uprooted, 95% of the housing stock was damaged or destroyed, agriculture was reduced to below subsistence level and even the 180 ft jetty at Plymouth harbour...
The vast majority of the people are of African descent. Before the volcano erupted there was an influx of white Americans, Canadians and Britons who purchased retirement homes on the island. Montserratians are notable for their easy friendliness to visitors, speaking English flavoured by dialect and the odd Irish expression.
There is virtually no crime and...
William H Bramble Airport, on the east coast is closed because of falling ash or other volcanic activity.
Contact LIAT (Strand Street, PO Box 257, Plymouth, T491-2533/2362, at airport T4914200/4400) for any flights from Antigua (an 18 minute hop), where there are direct connections with international carriers, and Montserrat Airways (Box 225,...
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...
The Leeward Islands are a geographical grouping of small, mostly volcanic islands in the northeastern Caribbean. They include French, Dutch and British colonies and ex-colonies and combine within a small area very varied and rich cultures.
Whereas in colonial times they were nearly all sugar producers, today they rely on tourism for a large part of their...
Local Tourist Office
Miss Ernestine Cassell
Director of Tourism
Tourist Offices Overseas
New Concepts Canada,
2455 Cawthra Road, Suite 70,
Mississauga Ontario L5A 3PL,
T905-8030131, 800-2244794, F905-8030132
Montserrat Tourist Board/West India Committee
Lomer Strasse 28, D-22047 Hamburg 70,
Post Office open Mon-Fri 0815-1555, T4912457. The Philatelic Bureau is in Sweeneys, T4912996, F4912042. It has 6 issues a year and a definitive issue every 4-5 years, having issued its own stamps since 1876. The volcanic eruption is featured, as is the eclipse of the sun.
Cable and Wireless (West Indies) Ltd, at Sweeneys, T4912112,...
Driving is on the left. Roads are paved and fairly good, but narrow and twisty. Drivers travel fast, passing on blind corners with much use of their horns. With a valid driving licence, you can obtain a local 3 month licence (EC$30/US$12) at the Police Station in Salem, open 24 hrs Mon-Fri, T4912555.
There are several car hire companies (the...
Although tropical, the humidity in Montserrat is low and there is often rain overnight which clears the atmosphere. The average temperature is 26-27°C with little variation from one season to another. The wettest months, according to official statistics, are April and May plus July through to September, although weather patterns are changing here,...