Montserrat, a small island measuring only 40 miles squared in the greater Caribbean, is very tiny. This small island is home of many rare and exotic animals and plants. It is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy many water and land activities. Many tourists visit Soufriere hills, the volcanic crater that erupted in 1995 and wiped-out Plymouth and its surrounding areas. Because of its small size, most transportation takes place from Antigua. Montserrat provides helicopter and ferry services between the islands.
- Brades – Capital city
- Language – English
Brades, the capital of Montserrat is newly constructed. It is located on a small island just outside Puerto Rico and is known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. After the 1995 eruption of the Soufriere hills volcano, Plymouth’s former capital was left with 40 feet of ash. The town of Brades is located on the northwestern shore and now houses out-of-danger government offices.
Brades, located in the northern third of the island is still considered a safe landing area.
Brades is a short drive away from the Montserrat Volcano observatory. The volcano is a natural attraction on the island. The observatory deck provides stunning views of the volcano and there are interactive kiosks that explain the history and impacts of the eruption. You can even touch the ash and rocks that were dumped from Soufriere hills.
You can see the volcano from Jackboy Hill or Garibaldi Hill. St George’s Hill offers a stunning view of the Plymouth Crater and its ruins. However, it is sometimes closed due to volcanic activity. Contact the Montserrat Volcano Observatory before you leave Brades to find out if the trek to Cerro San Jorge is worth the effort.
Montserrat has a stunning natural beauty. The island is surrounded by lush rainforests, with trails of various difficulty that allow hikers to explore every corner. Many of these routes originate in Brades. The Montserrat Tourist Board has detailed maps of every route, including those most popular, the Katy hill trail and the cradle.
Although the volcano is not accessible to walkers due to its volcanic backdrop, the central hills are a great spot for exploring on foot. You will find stunning cliffs and go through dense jungles as you pass old banana plantations. Explore the area to see the Turpial de Montserrat, the national bird. Also, look out for other species such as the forest thrush and the quail-pigeon handle.
March is the best month to visit Brades. Saint Patrick’s Day, which Montserrat is the only Caribbean island that observes it, is a national holiday. From the second week of March, the island hosts a variety of parties, concerts, dances and masquerades. The big day is on the 17th. Celebrations end with a huge party, which includes calypso performances, parades, live bands, and many other activities.
Little Bay is located in Montserrat, and is home to many bars and restaurants. It is located in front of a picturesque bay, where you will often see sailors anchoring with their sailboats.
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St. Lucia Island
St. Kitts Island
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