Monday, August 17, 2020

Montserrat

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"The Way the Caribbean Used to Be" and "The Emerald Isle"

History
  • In 1493, spotted by Christopher Columbus.
  • In 1632, European settlers arrived from St Kitts.
  • In 1783, became a British Crown Colony.
  • In 1960, choose to remain a colony even after Englands' statehood offering.
  • In 1989, Hurricane Hugo damaged more than 90% of the island.
  • On July 18, 1995, the capital city, Plymouth was destroyed by Soufriere Hills Volcano after being dormant for centuries.
  • In 1998, granted full residency rights in the United Kingdom (UK).
  • Since 1998, there have been two capitals, "official" in Plymouth and the "operating" one in Blades.
  • In 2002, British citizenship was granted.

Fun Facts
  • Financially supported by the British government, supplemental income derives by custom duties, fees, and taxes.
  • Air Studios Montserrat was opened by former Beatles producer George Martin for famous artists to relax and record on the island. Used by famous artists like Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder.
  • Birthplace of songwriter, Alphonsus "Arrow" Cassell. His all-time hit, Hot, Hot, Hot.
  • On the island's northwest tip, a new tourist attraction capital is being built and due to open by 2021.

Good to Know
  • Visitors are not permitted on the southern half of the island deemed "exclusion zone" area.
  • No four-lane roads, international chain stores, neon signs, or traffic lights.
  • Said to resemble coastal Ireland. Also, known for their Irish folk culture, shamrock decorations, Irish names, and Irish step dance. 
  • Much of the southern end of the island is uninhabitable.
  • Legend says anyone drinking the spring water from Runaway Ghaut Fountain will be drawn to repeatedly return to the island.
  • Buses can be irregular and considered unreliable.
  • Ferry from Antigua arrives at Port Little Bay (island north).
  • You may be interested to read, Living with the Unexpected (written by A.K. Possekel).
  • There are only two gas stations on the island.

Why visit Montserrat?
Most ideal for the diver and hiker not seeking the traditional tropical vacation but rather a "quieter" destination.

A great destination for charter boats, diving, hiking, shoreline caves, volcano observation, and yachts.
  • Coolest Season: January
  • Humid & Hottest: July - November
  • Peak Season: December - June
Hurricane Season is June - November.

Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Plymouth
Museums: Montserrat National Trust
Popular Attractions: Bat Cave, Bunkum Bay Beach, Brades, Carr's Bay, Center Hills, Falmouth Harbor, Garibaldi Hill, Let's Go Limin Rumshop, Little Bay, Montserrat National Trust’s Botanical Garden, Old Road Bay Beach, Oriole Walkway Trail, Rendezvous Bay, Runaway Ghaut, Silver Hill, St George Hill, The Cot, Woodlands
Special Events:Calabash (July), Cudjoe Head (Early July-Early August), Open Fishing Tournament (October), Alliouagana Festival (November), Carnival (December) and Festival Day (December).

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