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Destination Montserrat, a virtual travel guide to Montserrat. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Montserrat's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Montserrat, country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Montserrat.

Soufriere Hills Volcano Montserrat
Soufriere Hills Volcano
© Montserrat Volcano Observatory


Country Profile

Montserrat Flag
Flag of Montserrat

The former crown colony is today British overseas territory. The Volcanic island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico, contains seven active volcanoes and has been inhabited by Arawaks and Carib people.
When Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493, he claimed it for Spain. In 1632 the island fell under British control.

Due to the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano that began on 18 July 1995, much of the island has been devastated and two-thirds of the population has fled abroad . Some began to return in 1998, but lack of housing limited the number.

related countries: United Kingdom

neighboring island states: Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe Saint Kitts and Nevis
where in the world is Montserrat

Official Name: Montserrat

ISO Country Code: ms

Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Thu-Oct-18  19:52

Country Calling Code: +1 664

Capital City: Plymouth (abandoned in 1997 due to volcanic activity; interim government buildings have been built at Brades Estate, in Carr's Bay/Little Bay area.

Government: UK overseas territory.

Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico.
Area: 102 kmĀ² (39 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Volcanic island, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland.

Climate: Tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Montserratian(s)
Population: 4,922 (2011 census)
Ethnic Groups: Black, white, mixed.
Religions: Christianity
Languages: English
Literacy: 97%

Natural resources: Sun, volcano, sea, surf

Agriculture products: Cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers, livestock products.

Industries: Tourism, rum, textiles, electronic appliances.

Exports partners: USA, Antigua and Barbuda

Imports partners: USA, UK, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, Canada

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

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Official Sites of Montserrat

Government of Montserrat
Online Portal for Information and Services of the Government of Montserrat.

UK Government
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The British Government department responsible for overseas relations and foreign affairs.
UK Embassies Overseas
Address list of UK Embassies Abroad.


Google Earth Google Earth Montserrat
Searchable map/satellite view of Montserrat.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 



Montserrat Newsletter
published by the Governor's Office gives you the latest information on what is happening on the Emerald Isle of Montserrat.

The Montserrat Reporter
Weekly Island News.
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Arts & Culture

Montserrat Philatelic Bureau
Caters for philatelic needs of collectors & dealers worldwide.
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Business & Economy

Montserrat Economic Development Unit
The site provides some information on Doing Business in Montserrat.

Destination Montserrat - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Montserrat: Chances Peak
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tours and much more.
Official site of the Montserrat Tourist Board.

 Montserrat Index Page
Bill Innanen's Montserrat Index Page - Photos, Maps and Other Items.

Volcano Island
The way the Caribbean used to be.

Montserrat Info
by caribbeansupersite.


Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Montserrat College of Art
Endeavors to provide an intensive visual arts education, founded in the late sixties.

Environment & Nature

Montserrat Volcano Observatory
Monitors erupting lava dome on the Island of Montserrat. The Montserrat Volcano Observatory was established soon after the first phreatic eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano on 18th July 1995.

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.


The History of Montserrat
A condensed version of Montserrat's long history, compiled by William G. Innanen.

Additional Information on Montserrat

BBC News Country Profile: Montserrat
Governments on the WWW: Montserrat
Wikipedia: Montserrat
Open Directory Project: Montserrat
The World Factbook -- Montserrat

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