Welcome to Montserrat
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Need To Know
- The population of Montserrat has significantly declined since a mass exodus from the country after the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in 1995. The capital before the eruption was Plymouth, but it has moved to Brades.
- Montserrat and Ireland are the only two countries to recognize St. Patrick’s Day as a public holiday. (Furthermore, the island is often called the “Emerald isle of the Caribbean” because of its similar shape to Ireland.)
- Two endangered species live on Montserrat, including the mountain chicken, which is actually a frog, and the yellow-shouldered volcano bat, found only here and on Guadeloupe.
- Due to the island’s volcanic nature, there are many black-sand beaches, including the most popular, Little Bay Beach. The other favorites for swimming are Isle’s Bay and Woodlands Beach.
- Your taxi or tour guide is likely to stop at Runaway Ghaut, where you’ll be urged to drink from the natural spring due to the local legend: “If you drink from this burn, to Montserrat you will return.”
Montserrat’s official language is English.
When To Go
The best time to go to Montserrat is in the dry season between February and May.
John A. Osborne Airport
Passport must be valid at time of entry.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Montserrat: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types A and B. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 60Hz.
Official local currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Use caution when driving, riding in a vehicle or crossing the roadways on foot. Most roads are in poor condition.
Public transportation options include minibuses and taxis.
A temporary driver’s license is required.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
Local Visitor Info
Hubert Buffonge Building
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 911
Safety and Security
Crimes of opportunity, including petty larceny, burglary and automobile break-ins, occasionally occur. Use standard safety precautions.
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