Referred to as the ‘Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’, Montserrat is a British territory located in the Leeward Islands. Visitors are drawn to the island year round for its hiking, trekking and other outdoor activities. Apart from nature related excursions, tourists also flock to the island for weddings and honeymoons and yachting expeditions.
For the more active and athletic visitors, the list of nature adventures for Montserrat is endless. Oriole Walkway is a hiking trail that traverses the Centre Hills region. Located within the rainforest, several species of wildlife can be spotted. Runaway Ghaut consists of deep ravines which carry fresh rainwater to the sea from the mountains. The mini-trail through it allows for visitors to taste the cool water of the spring.
Apart from natural wonders, there are several other places of interests around the island. Jack Boy Hill provides a spectacular view of the island’s volcanoes. Volcano enthusiasts may also want to visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and take the tour of the eruptions. The Montserrat Cultural Centre is the masterpiece of Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin and houses a wall of fame, recording studio and theatre that supports the local arts.
Whether it’s a hotel, private villa, campground or guest house you are looking for, the accommodation options in Montserrat prove to be sufficient. There is currently one hotel on Montserrat Island offering 18 rooms and an elegant honeymoon suite. Villa and vacation home rentals are more plentiful and offer the ultimate escape. For those that prefer a more rustic experience, Mount Pleasant Eco Lodge & Campsite is an option.
Getting to Montserrat proves to be an adventure in itself. Private charter flights such as Windward Island Airways and Fly Montserrat have services to the island’s Gerald’s Airport with proper arrangements. Other charter services include Carib Aviation, which departs from Antigua and a wide variety of travel agencies can make travel arrangements for tourists.