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Montserrat Travel and Tourism

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Montserrat is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. It measures approximately 16 km long and 11 km wide, giving 40 kilometres of coastline. Christopher Columbus gave Montserrat its name on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after its namesake located in Catalonia. Montserrat is often referred to as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, due both to its resemblance to coastal Ireland and to the Irish descent of most of its early European settlers. Its Georgian era capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island's population forced to flee abroad by an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995. The eruption continues today on a much reduced scale, the damage being confined to the areas around Plymouth including its docking facilities and the former W.H. Bramble Airport. An exclusion zone extending from the south coast of the island north to parts of the Belham Valley has been closed because of an increase in the size of the existing volcanic dome. This zone includes St. George's Hill which provided visitors with a spectacular view of the volcano and the destruction it has wrought upon the capital. A new airport at Gerald's in the northern part of the island opened in 2005. The village of Brades currently serves as the de facto centre of government.

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Shopping in Montserrat - Plymouth
Shopping in Montserrat You won't find any chain stores or malls here, but there are a surprising number of small shops selling clothing, shoes, electronic goods, hardware, stationery, flowers, and many other items, and most are owned and managed by individuals or families. Because of the relocation from the volcanic areas, especially the capital Plymouth, shops have had to move and rebuild in the northern area all over again, but many have already moved into permanent new premises. Because there is not yet a new town center (one is planned for the Little Bay area), shops tend to be scattered at intervals along the main road, especially in Brades, very often on a hill with little or no sidewalk, making it difficult or impossible to “wal...

Food of Montserrat - Plymouth
Food of Montserrat In Montserrat sophistication and simplicity go side by side – at least as far as food is concerned! The two hotel restaurants on the island serve a variety of international as well as Caribbean cuisine, including weekly lunch and dinner buffets that are very popular. There are also a number of intimate restaurants that serve hot tasty meals using locally grown produce and herbs - anything from lobster burgers, freshly grilled fish and saltfish (salted cod) with ground provisions, to coconut scallops, pastas and fresh salads. If you really want to 'go local', ask for a sample of 'Mountain Chicken' one of Montserrat's delicacies, better known as Frogs Legs. Word has it that it tastes…. well, like chicken! For the...

Honeymoon in Montserrat - Plymouth
Honeymoon in Montserrat For honeymooners, Montserrat's tranquil beauty will capture your heart and soothe your spirit. The island is ringed with secluded beaches, and you can explore every one of them in safety, knowing that Montserrat has one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean. As a honeymooner, you can enjoy the experience of a villa holiday, with a wide selection of quality villa accommodation ranging from intimate one-bedroom cottages to 4 or 5-bedroom houses with open plan kitchens, swimming pools and wide verandas. Many villa owners are inspired by Caribbean colors have taken special care to give their homes that distinctive 'island' touch, and you'll find vibrant fabrics, cheerful tiling and artistic woodwork all part of the...

Music of Montserrat - Plymouth
Music of Montserrat Montserrat is a dependency of the United Kingdom. The influence of Irish traditions is apparent in Montserrat's symbols and heritage, especially the set dance-like Bam-chick-lay, and the presence of fife and drum ensembles similar to the bodhran. Natives are also witness to the jumbie dance, the style of which is still strongly African. Instruments include the ukulele and shak-shak, an African instrument made from a calabash gourd; both of these are used in traditional string bands. Calypso and spiritual-influenced vocal choirs, like the Emerald Isle Community Singers, are popular. Folk Music - Montserrat's folk musical heritage includes a wide array of religious and ritual folk music. There are also folk songs use...