Montserrat, the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean

Montserrat is called the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants.

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Blessed with natural beauty of lush tropical forests and adventurous trails, pristine and quiet beaches Montserrat is a wonderful place for your next vacation.

An island surrounded by reefs makes it a grand place for snorkeling and scuba diving, Montserrat is also well known for its coral reefs and its caves along the shore. These caves house many species of bats, and efforts are underway to monitor and protect various species from extinction.

Soufriere Hills Volcano

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The Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) is a prime spot for viewing the Soufriere Hills Volcano.

Montserrat is the home to some very rare plant and animal species. The Montserrat National Trust in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has focused efforts on the conservation of pribby (Rondeletia buxifolia) in the Centre Hills region.

“Until 2006, this species was known only from one book about the vegetation of Montserrat. In 2006, conservationists also rescued several plants of the endangered Montserrat orchid (Epidendrum montserratense) from dead trees on the island and installed them in the security of the island’s botanic garden.” en.wikipedia.org

Since the terror  of Hurricane Hugo and the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano, the Montserratian economy has been adversely affected. Export businesses based in Montserrat deal primarily in the selling and shipping of aggregate for construction. Citizens of Montserrat are heavily dependent on imported goods.

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