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Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat

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Montserrat

Montserrat is home to one of the world’s most active and selfish volcanoes. Like a bratty kid hoarding her toys, Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills Volcano has been re-claiming large swaths of the “Other Emerald Island” for herself since 1995. Now, more than half of Montserrat lies in the exclusion zone—an area uninhabitable due volcanic activity. The pre-eruption population of 12,000+, reduced to around 3000.

Amid all this destruction, though, has emerged a new and decidedly more uncommon Montserrat. Gone is the celebrity cache that came with the jet-set days 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. Nature-lovers drawn by Soufriere Hills’ fury, sports enthusiasts keen on competing in such unique events as the Montserrat Volcano Half-Marathon, SCUBA divers wishing to thrill at the one-of-a-kind brand of renewal that only a volcano can have on a reef system; all encounter a destination that is truly without compare. This is a place where even the simplest interplay of everyday life can give rise to sublime experiences that last a lifetime.

In short, Montserrat is magical, and quite possibly the most uncommon destination you’ll never want to leave.

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