Too often overlooked these days, Montserrat has a surprising number of things to offer. Having to essentially rebuild its economy (along with a new capital) following the eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano in the 1990s, Montserrat has emerged as a leader in ecotourism.
Today, access to Montserrat is generally through Antigua via a short flight or 90-minute ferry. There is only one white sand beach on the island (Rendezvous Beach). Montserrat’s real attractions lie in rainforest hikes, bird and turtle watching and similar eco-friendly adventures. You can also take a tour to the former capital of Plymouth, now buried in ash and mud by the volcanic flows.
Photo: Montserrat has a rugged beauty that matches its fascinating history.