General Info, Travel Info, & FAQs are provided to assist with your vacation.
FAQs What is the population? In 2001 the population was 4,482. This is a significant drop from the 1991 census of 10,639 due to volcanic activity.
How big is the country/island? Montserrat is approximately 39 sq miles. It is 12 miles long and seven miles wide, but is expanding due to volcanic activity.
Can I drink the tap water? Tap water is safe to drink.
What are the best things to buy here? For souvenirs with local flavour look for pottery, tea towels, needlework, woodcarvings, dolls, shell jewellery, volcano photos and memorabilia, jams, jellies, chutneys, liqueurs and Sea Island clothing.
What are the main industries? The main industries are tourism, rum, textiles and electronic appliances.
What native dishes should I try? Montserrat's national dish is goat water, a goat meat stew. Other local dishes include mountain chicken, which is actually a large frog, salt fish, pumpkin soup, aubergine (eggplant) patties, souse (a soupy stew made from pig's head and feet), braised turtle and a variety of fresh seafood.
Can I use my calling card from here? Directory assistance: Operator assistance, 411
AT&T: Service is available for calls to the US only using AT&T Calling Cards, AT&T Corporate Cards, American Express, Diners Club, Discover/NOVUS, MasterCard and Visa. Dial 1-800-872-2881 + area code + local number and follow the voice prompts.
BT: no service available
Canada Direct: Service is only available from public pay phones with calling cards from Bell, MTS, Aliant, SaskTel and Telus. Dial 1-800-744-2580 to reach a Canadian operator directly.
MCI MinutePass: no service available
Sprint: Dial 1-800-372-3881 and follow the voice prompts.
For more information see the section in General Info: Telecommunications.
How should I dress to go out? Dress in Montserrat is casual. Lightweight clothing is suitable although you should bring a light sweater/jacket for evenings or during the winter. If you plan to do any hiking bring rubber-soled hiking shoes and long pants.
Can I use my hair dryer and electric shaver? Electricity is 220 and 110 volts, 60 cycles. An adapter and converter are recommended.
How much should I tip? Tip waiters and taxi drivers about 15%. Some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill. It is not necessary to leave more unless service was above average.
Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.