A British overseas territory, Montserrat beckons with its beaches and coastline, more than 30 dive sites, nature trails into verdant mountain rain forests and a relaxed environment of year-round sunshine.
This volcanic island is located about 1,300 miles southeast of Miami, in the British West Indies, bordered by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
There are no direct flights from the United States to Montserrat. Visitors need to fly first to Antigua, then take a Winair flight. See Resources for more information.
U.S. visitors do not need a visa to visit for less than 90 days. However, they do need a passport to enter and return to the United States.
The active Soufriere Hills Volcano offers spectacular viewing, though climbing is prohibited. In 1995, it buried the former capital of Plymouth. For more information, see Resources.
Most hiking trails cut through the Centre Hills. Snorkeling and dive sites are confined to the northern half of the island. Most of the beaches include soft, gray volcanic sand. Rendezvous Beach is the only one featuring white sand.
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