A smaller island in the Caribbean, Montserrat is known for its picturesque scenery and active volcanoes. Commonly referred to as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean because of the Irish roots of many of its residents and its similarity to the coast of Ireland, the country is only 102 square kilometres in size and has a population of fewer than 5,000 people. However, its size does not prevent it from being a great vacation option for Canadian tourists. It is a popular choice for people seeking a peaceful tropical setting where they can relax and enjoy their time away from home.
Travel advice for trips to Montserrat
To enter the country, you must have a valid Canadian passport, but a tourist visa is not required. Business travellers and students also do not require a visa. You will be required to pay an embarkation tax if you are in the country for more than 24 hours.
The official language of Montserrat is English, and its currency is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD). The US dollar is also widely accepted. If you plan on driving, note that traffic drives on the left, and you need a local driving permit, which you can get at any police station.
Since the Soufrière Hills volcano is active, it’s important to pay attention to local alert levels. Hurricane season lasts from June to the end of November. If the volcano reaches a dangerous level or a hurricane hits the island, follow the directions of local authorities. Since the country is warm year-round and is not as full of tourists as other Caribbean islands, you can book any time during the high season (December to April) without having to worry.
Top things to do in Montserrat
Known for its natural beauty, Montserrat is a paradise for nature lovers. Many tourists also make the trip by ferry from Antigua to hike the local trails, birdwatch, snorkel in the coral reef and visit the island’s popular beaches.
Some of the most popular attractions include its hiking trails; Soufrière Hills volcano; Montserrat Volcano Observatory; Rendezvous Bay beach for swimming, diving and snorkeling; Woodlands Bay; Little Bay beach; and Runaway Ghaut.
If you are visiting during the right time of the year, taking in the local festivals is a must. Festivals such as the St. Patrick’s Festival in March, Calabash Festival in July, and the appropriately named “Festival” in mid-December that leads up to New Year’s Eve are great experiences.
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|Population :||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Currency:||East Caribbean Dollar|
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|Gasoline :||1.23 (2013)|