Last updated: 1 April 2018
An overseas territory of the UK, Montserrat in the Caribbean is part of the Lesser Antilles. Devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1995 a large portion of the island is now an exclusion zone, and the capital Plymouth lies abandoned, the once lovely Victorian homes half submerged in volcanic debris.

Many refer to the island as Little Ireland because of its resemblance to the Emerald Island and because of the origins of many of the inhabitants.

Montserrat is surrounded by black sandy beaches hedged in by cliffs that drop down to the shore. The surrounding waters, warmed by the volcanic ash, has in recent years attracted an abundance of marine life and diving and snorkelling around the island are very popular.


The rainforests are home to ninety species of birds.

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