Caribbean Tourism

Tourist Information

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 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...

Culture

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...

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...

The Leeward Islands

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...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Office Miss Ernestine Cassell Director of Tourism T4912230, F4917430 Tourist Offices Overseas Canada New Concepts Canada, 2455 Cawthra Road, Suite 70, Mississauga Ontario L5A 3PL, T905-8030131, 800-2244794, F905-8030132 Germany Montserrat Tourist Board/West India Committee Lomer Strasse 28, D-22047 Hamburg 70, T4940-6958846, F4940-3800051 UK...