Montserrat is a small pear-shaped island measuring 12 miles by 7 miles, with a main road that transverses the island.  Since the volcanic eruptions and destruction of the capital city of Plymouth, many of the businesses, restaurants, and activities have been scattered in areas from Salem to Little Bay (where they are rebuilding the new capital).  Consequently it is recommended that visitors rent a car or arrange for taxi service.  Montserrat is a British overseas territory, so they drive on the left side of the road.  It is not too difficult to get used to though - just keep telling yourself "stay left!"  Visitors will need to purchase a temporary driver's license at the Brades or Salem police station (thay are sometimes available at the airport as well) for approximately $20US.  The roads are generally well maintained and, since there is one "main road" it is difficult to get lost.  Your hotel, guesthouse, or villa can usually provide directions and the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) has maps available in their offices near Government Headquarters.  For information on car rental and taxi services, visit their website at www.visitmontserrat.com.

One thing to note is that since the eruption of Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills volcano in the south of the island, this side of the island has endured an evacuation and relocation of residents beyond the Exclusion Zone.  While the northern portion of the island is perfectly safe, the southern exclusion zone is potentially dangerous and is illegal to enter.   The Soufriere Hills volcano is still active but is actively monitored by scientists in the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO). Tourists should not try to enter the Exclusion Zone. The boundary for the Exclusion Zone is from Cork Hill and Foxes Bay southwards to Plymouth and St. Patrick's through Windy Hill and Harris and down to the east coast at the site of W. H. Bramble Airport. Signs and gates exist to warn travelers of these "forbidden" areas.  For more information on the Exclusion Zone as well as activity at the volcano, visit the MVO's website at www.mvo.ms