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Montserrat is a known British Overseas Territory that is located in the Caribbean. The island of Montserrat is located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, in the West Indies. The island measures around 16km long and 11km wide, with approximately 40km of coastline. The name Montserrat was nicknamed as ‘The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’ for both its resemblance to coastal Ireland and as well as for the Irish ancestry of some of its inhabitants.

Currently, there is a new town and port being developed at Little Bay, which is located on the northwest coast of the island. While the construction is ongoing, the centre of government and businesses rests at Brades.

Montserrat being an isolated island means that it is home to some exceptionally rare plant and animal species. The island is also home to the critically endangered Giant Ditch Frog which is known locally as the Mountain Chicken. This animal can only be found in Montserrat and Dominica.

Montserrat is also known for coral reefs and its caves that are located along the shore. Montserrat's caves house many species of bats, and efforts are underway to monitor and protect the ten species of bats from extinction.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory - At this observatory, scientists keep track of all the activities of the volcano. Travellers can head to the interpretation centre, where an 18-minute version of the documentary Pride of Paradise by local filmmaker David Lea includes riveting live footage of the eruptions and provides insight into the physical and social upheaval they caused. The video plays every 15 minutes past the hour. There are also touchscreen terminals and displays provide further information, and the terrace is perfect in providing a view of the volcano, Belham Valley and Plymouth.

Jack Boy Hill - Travellers will have to resort to a three-mile drive south along the east coast and leads to this viewpoint, where ash and mud flows to the south. This place will be perfect for an afternoon picnic and mini trail for everyone to enjoy.

Belham Valley - Located near Salem, views of the wide Belham Valley that is covered by 40ft of volcanic debris can be seen. Tourists might want to consider hiring a driver or a 4WD vehicle so that it's possible to cross what used to be a nine-hole golf course and drive past the top floors of a buried three-story building. On the south side, travellers will see a scene of abandoned luxury expat mansions.

How to get around within Montserrat

Going around Montserrat will be a challenge because of its terrain. There will be cable cars and 4WD services that will be more preferable if tourists will be going around the place for a whole day. Otherwise, there is no other form of transportation to rely on.

How to get there

Montserrat has an airport named John A. Osborne Airport where travellers can book their flights directed to the said destination. Travellers can get the cheapest flights to this location by regularly checking Skyscanner. There are a few airlines that operate in John A. Osborne Airport and among these are ABM Air, Carribean Helicopters, Fly Montserat, and Tran Anguilla Airways. 

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