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Montserrat Sights

St. George's Hill/Garibaldi Hill

Updated 03/04/2014

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The only access to this incredible vantage point over the devastation is across the Belham Valley, through a once-beautiful golf course now totally covered by volcanic mudflow, resembling a lunarscape. The area is sometimes reinstated in the Daytime Entry Zone when decreased volcanic activity permits. If it's accessible on your visit, be aware that routes aren't signposted on the rough road, which is often impassable after heavy rains, so it's best to hire an experienced guide. You'll drive through Cork Hill and Weekes, villages for the most part spookily intact (there's no way to provide utilities, though geothermal drilling as an alternate energy source is underway). Close to the summit, the equally eerie, abandoned, stark-white wind-generator project and the giant satellite dishes of the Gem and Antilles radio stations resemble abstract-art installations awaiting completion by Christo. At the top, Ft. St. George contains sparse ruins, including a few cannons, but the overwhelming sight is the panorama of destruction, an unrelenting swath of gray offset by vivid emerald fields and the turquoise Caribbean. If access is restricted to St. George's, you may be able to drive partway to Garibaldi Hill, which also affords sweeping vistas of the devastation.

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St. George's Hill, Montserrat

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Updated 03/04/2014

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