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B. recently said, "I've just come
across your website, it is superb!!"
B. living in London said, "My parents left Montserrat
in the early 60s and have only been back a couple of times. I’m
planning to visit next summer during the school holidays with my
husband and two of my children so was pleased to find your site.
It’s so informative. I’m really enjoying looking through
the pages – it’s probably the best site I’ve seen
on Montserrat. As I was scrolling through the site it really piqued
my children’s interest and they are now really looking forward
to our trip (and believe me, they are hard to impress). If you’re
there next July/August I’ll look you up. We’ll be
finalizing travel and accommodation in the next few weeks. Take
care and thanks once again. It’s great to know people love
the island so much and are taking such care of it."
Thompson at Durham University in Northern England said,
"For the record, I think that your website is a BRILLIANT addition
to Montserrat life and its information base for potential and actual
M. from Wisconsin now with a home in Woodlands said, "You
both are doing a terrific and worthwhile thing here as I talk with
the Montserratians they are learning about computers and can see
what they do. I hope more come to me for help so I can get their
businesses on line. Its a thing of the future. Thanks again."
from London, Ontario, Canada said, "I have enjoyed going through
your website. I wish I had found it before our trip to the island.
It is very informative. Thanks"
Known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, lush and mountainous Montserrat
may be one of the Caribbean's best kept secrets. Up until the beginning
of its Soufriere volcano's eruption in 1995, Montserrat developed as
residential tourism island--its foreign visitors buying or renting private
homes in an extensive area on the Caribbean side of the island. In a
unusual and thoughtful development, there were 400 homes on spacious
grounds owned, visited and rented by people from the United States, Canada,
Germany, Italy, and England.
made international news when its centuries long dormant volcano became
active again. That event and a more destructive eruption in 1997 initiated
evacuations and interventions by international aid agencies. Many local
people left and made homes elsewhere in the world and many of the foreign
home owners looked to other Caribbean islands for their holidays. A population
once over 10,000 now is about 4,000. The Soufriere volcano is still active
and is monitored. The island's population and commercial enterprises have
relocated in the northern third of the island while the southern part
of Montserrat is now home only to Soufriere.
Montserrat is no longer making international news, it remains a calm
and secure place
of fabulous beauty. And it now has a most unique attraction--Soufriere
volcano. For years Montserrat was a refuge where stars like Elton
and Paul McCartney could relax and mingle comfortably in the larger community.
John spent a lot of his time greeting and saying farewell to a string
of lovers at the ferry dock, finally meeting the woman he married at
Air Studios. Air Studios, owned by Beatle Musical Director, Sir George
provided state of the art recording equipment in this relaxed Caribbean
setting. Not only favored by Elton John, Air Studios drew Paul McCartney's
Wings, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and other big name musicians to Montserrat.
Air Studios was destroyed in a hurricane in 1989, but Sir George Martin
stayed involved with this beautiful island. Martin together with his
wife and other major donors raised funds for construction of a state
art concert hall/conference center; it is their gift to the island of
Montserrat. To see more commentary on Air Studios, please click
here to go to our Sights and Sites information.
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you have a correction to give us, please write. If you have more current
information than is on the site, write to us and let us know. Aside
from creating an informational website, we hoped to stimulate communication
across the island and to help everyone in Montserrat to live better
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Twelve hundred miles southeast of Miami, Montserrat is a 39.5 square mile lush
mountainous island in the Eastern Caribbean lying about 27 miles from both Antigua
and Guadeloupe. The island is 12 miles long and 7 miles wide with its highest
peak being the active Soufriere volcano rising to 3000 feet. The island lies
at 16 degrees 45' North and 62 degrees 10' West, 1150 miles north of the equator.
To know and understand the current Hazard levels and exclusion zones please go
to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) website
by clicking here!
See what's left of the old capital
city, Plymouth -
what a typical eruption or dome collapse looks like -
what Montserrat looks like from a helicopter -
pictures of what now excluded areas of Montserrat look
close up of Soufriere and the surrounding areas-
See what the effects are on the plants
in our garden within minutes of an ash fall- CLICK
See what the property and garden looked
like just moments before - CLICK
to the volcano "breathe" - CLICK