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Montserrat, Caribbean Cruise Port

The Caribbean island of Montserrat is situated in the Leeward Islands, part of a collection of islands known as the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. The island is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean due to its likeness to coastal Ireland and the Irish descent of some of its population. Above all, Montserrat is blessed with an incredibly beautiful natural landscape. Verdant rainforest stretches out across the land and secluded white sandy beaches meet crystal clear ocean waters, to create an exceptionally peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Despite the islands sparse population, the local people have an intriguing and fascinating culture and pride themselves on making visitors feel as welcome as possible.

Sightseeing in Montserrat

Diving and hiking are very popular with visitors to Montserrat. Several trails through the rainforest are available, although it advised that visitors hire a guide to help them navigate the dense forest. Scuba diving is also available in the waters of nearby Redonda, where species including sting rays and nurse sharks flourish.

Carr's Bay Site

Located to the north of the island, the Carr's Bay area of Montserrat contains the remains of what was once a fort, with a number of old cannons pointing out towards neighbouring Redonda and the surrounding oceans. The site is also home to a model replica of the lost clock tower and war memorial as well as the native large iguanas that some visitors may be lucky enough to see during their stay.

Runaway Ghaut

The ghauts of Montserrat are large ravines responsible for transporting rain water down from the mountains to the ocean. Runaway Ghaut is one of Montserrats most famous ones and according to legend and rumour, those who drink the water within will return to Montserrat over and over again. The ghaut was named back in 1772 when they French used it as an escape tunnel whilst fighting against the English. The ghaut also gained fame during the drought of 1965, when the people of Montserrat used it to salvage the water that eventually saved their lives.

Cultural Centre

Officially opened in 2007, the Montserrat Cultural Centre was the brainchild of former Beatles producer Sir George Martin. The centre is home to a handprint wall of fame, conference centre, gift shop, recording studio, business offices, a bar and kitchen as well as a theatre auditorium with seating for up to 500 people. Sir George Martin's ambition was to give the people of Montserrat a place to celebrate the culture and history of the island and help the local people thrive commercially.

Shopping in Montserrat

Montserrat does not contain any chain and department stores, but there are plenty of small shops on the island at which visitors can purchase authentic local souvenirs and gifts for themselves or friends and family.

Eating Out in Montserrat

A range of restaurants and cafes are situated across the islands serving delicious traditional dishes prepared with the finest local ingredients. Familiar international cuisine is also available from various fast food outlets and bars.

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