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Magnificent Montserrat

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Montserrat is home to one of the world’s most active and selfish volcanoes. Amid all this destruction, though, emerged a new and decidedly more uncommon Montserrat. Gone is the celebrity cache of the 1970′s and 80′s when the biggest names in rock and roll trekked here to record at the legendary AIR Studios. Instead, the Montserrat of today is a haven for the most hearty, curious and adventurous travelers.
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Old Town, Montserrat
Beatles producer George Martin fell in love with Montserrat and founded Air Studios in 1979. In turn, British rock royalty fell in love with Air, and Montserrat, as well. Private jets full of artists now addressed as “Sir” went through hundreds of...
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Plymouth, Montserrat
Plymouth was THE place. Arguably one of the hottest spots in the Caribbean of the 70's and 80's, this small town on Montserrat played host to rock and roll royalty down for a recording session at the world famous Air Studios plus a steady stream...
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Woodlands, Montserrat
Montserrat, like many islands in the Lesser Antilles, is volcanic by origin and the island’s features are those typical of a volcanic island: steep hills, rich soil, and something many Americans have never experienced, black sand beaches. So,...
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Woodlands, Montserrat
Completely devastated by hurricane Hugo in 1989, then nearly wiped off the map by the violent eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in 1995, the people of Montserrat have had it rough and the troubles just keep coming. But for all the pain and...
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Woodlands Beach, Woodlands, Montserrat
Black sand beaches are actually made of teeny-tiny pieces of lava, like this beautiful example pictured above: Woodlands Beach easily accessible on the leeward side of the island.
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Woodlands Road, Saint Peter, s, Woodlands Rd, St Peter's, Montserrat
Bush rum is the perfect storm of many West Indian traditions. First, you have the bush. A little arrowroot for this, a little “love vine” for that. Then, of course, you’ve got the rum. In this case, Wray & Nephew’s overproof rum. (126-proof or 63%...
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Loblolly Ln, Salem, Montserrat
The angels of Olveston House are Carol Osborne and Margaret Wilson, along with their daughters Amanda and Sarah. They’ll fix and serve all your meals, dole out delicious rum punches while you lounge about the breezy veranda, and basically tend to...
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Garibaldi Hill, Montserrat
Soufriere Hills Volcano dominates the southern region of the tiny island of Montserrat. For miles around the continually active volcano stretches an area designated the exclusion zone —a no man's land prone to pyroclastic flows and general Hellish...
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St Peter's, Montserrat
St. Patrick's day is huge on Montserrat. Well as huge as things can be on an island with 3000 inhabitants. Montserrat likes to proclaim itself the only place in the world, besides the Irish Republic itself, where St. Patrick’s Day is an official...