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Where is Montserrat?

Where is Montserrat? Montserrat is specifically located in the Leeward Islands that are part of Lesser Antilles in the British West Indies. It is a Caribbean island, which is a British Overseas Territory. The island is 16 km long and 11 km wide and has a coastline that runs for 40 km. It resembles coastal Ireland for which reason, it is also nicknamed The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean.

To answer where is Montserrat more specifically, it is 480 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 48 km southwest of Antigua. Its total area is 104 square kilometers, which is increasing gradually due to the buildup of its volcanic deposits. There are two islets on Montserrat, which are Statue Rock and Little Redonda and Virgin. The island was captured by Amerindians and claimed for Spain. It was named Santa Maria de Montserrat in 1493 by Christopher Columbus.

The English then captured it in 1631 and it soon developed by producing sugar and rum, with the labor force being mostly African slaves. In 1834, African slaves where emancipated throughout the British Empire, leading to historic celebrations, which to this day, take place on the island in the form of its annual carnival.

If you happen to travel to this island, you will not find yourself running out of places to visit in Montserrat. It is the only country outside of Ireland, which celebrates St Patrick's Day as a public holiday. If you happen to be there during this week, you can join in on the festivities. You can also explore the island’s colorful coral and fish habitat by going deep into the waters and spotting sea turtles, reef sharks, and parrotfish among other creatures.

You can also set off on hiking trails in and around Montserrat, if that’s an activity you enjoy. Routes not to miss include the Cot Trail, the Blackwood Allen Trail, the Runaway Ghaut and the Silver Hills Trail. Among other places to visit in Montserrat, you will mostly find beaches with grey or black sand but it does have its very own white sand beach as well, which is at Rendezvous Bay, where you can also fish and be lucky enough to catch a wahoo or a tuna.

If you're interested in volcanic beauty, there is also an active volcano on the island and you can see the destruction caused by it in 1997 from Jack Boy Hill. The Soufriere Hills volcano sporadically erupts and was last active in 1995. View the spectacular birds on Pelican Point, tour the island on a boat, or visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory to find out how scientists monitor volcanic activity, there’s a lot to do here.