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 recording sessions at the world famous Air Studios, plus a steady stream of travelers looking for the best that the smaller islands of the Caribbean had to offer.
Then in 1989 is was pummeled by the 140 mile per hour winds of hurricane Hugo. Over 90% of the structures on the island were damaged. Air Studios closed, tourism evaporated, but the Montserratians vowed to rebuild.
And they did.
It took five long years.
Then, when Plymouth was just about ready to retake its roll in the region, disaster struck. In 1995 the Soufriere Hills Volcano suddenly became active for the first time since the 19th century. It menaced the island for several weeks before suddenly wiping Plymouth from the map in a matter of hours — literally burying it under 12 meters (39 ft) of boiling mud.
With Soufriere remaining active after all these years, today the only way to visit Plymouth is still from a very safe distance.