Montserrat - Tell me everything

Jul 20th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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Montserrat - Tell me everything

Seeking any info from recent visitors as well as villa/cottage suggestions. We a relooking to go in the Spring for a week (+/-) 2 adults & 2 small children. All comments are welcome, since recent info is sparse. Thanks.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 05:42 AM
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Jul 21st, 2005, 05:59 AM
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Hi! I have not been there, but have researched it. Since the volcano erupted, there are no hotels left, and limited facilities, only a 1/4 of the population stayed. There used to be ferries with the surrounding islands, especially from Antigua. Parts of the island are still covered in ash, and abandoned. Is there a reason you picked this to stay? Beaches there are non-existent. However, it sounds like an interesting day trip from Antigua.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 10:09 AM
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My research agrees w/part of yours, but while the decimated part of the island is still covered in ash. The rest is recovering. W/only 8000 inhabitants & people giving away villas to stay in, + w/the opening of their new airport this month, why not ? There are some beaches there & the volcano bit interests me greatly. All I am seeking is a week or two of solitude for my family. As long as there is running water and an ocean, we're pretty much good to go.
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Jul 25th, 2005, 12:00 PM
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Still seeking info...
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Jul 25th, 2005, 12:16 PM
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I read in the St. Maarten Daily Herald that they just had another ash fallout in the last few days. That's the first in awhile so it seems there is some more volcanic activity going on there.
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Jul 25th, 2005, 12:32 PM
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Perhaps an island like Dominica would be a better option ....??? No active volcano , but tons of mountains , waterfalls , rainforst , and also the only island with caraibe (sp.)population ?
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Jul 26th, 2005, 10:46 AM
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I must admit the volcano part intrigues me. I've not yet checked on Dominica but Grenada is also on the list, but I'm not sure what is happening there w/all of the previous hurricane damage. Thanks Statia, I'll check back in w/the volcano website, it is usually pretty UTD.
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Jul 26th, 2005, 11:09 AM
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I don't really think of Montserrat as a vacation destination at this point. There is still a ton of ash. It still comes over to many neighboring islands. There is not much there now. Maybe you could stay on another island and try to make a day trip there if you want to explore... GL
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Jul 26th, 2005, 11:46 AM
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I agree with MIM04 and faithie. As far as I know, Montserrat is not really a tourist destination yet after the last dome collapse. As stated, we do still have ash fallout and airport closures in this area because of it. Maybe a day trip there might be better.
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Jul 27th, 2005, 04:26 AM
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Thanks for your concern, we may opt for that route (day-trip) or try Grenada. Keep in mind, all I'm looking for is peace & quiet, not a resort type setting & certainly nothing w/a bunch of people. Thanks again.
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Jul 27th, 2005, 04:38 AM
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You should definitely look into Dominica , Grenada , St. Vincent , Tobago , and even the Port Antonio area of Jamaica ...
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Jul 27th, 2005, 05:35 AM
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SAnParis, if you are looking for simple peace and quiet, without a lot of tourism, you should come to my island.
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Jul 27th, 2005, 06:03 AM
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Where are you again Statia ?...I do find it difficult to turn down invitations..
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Jul 27th, 2005, 06:21 AM
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Here is the link to St. Eustatius (aka Statia). It's not most people's cup of tea since our main tourism consists of divers, hikers, and history buffs. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have, though. It might make a nice day trip if you are in the area.

http://statiatourism.com/
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Jul 27th, 2005, 06:31 AM
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My first question...how easy (or difficult) is it to get there ? I'll certainly do some research & get back to you. If I click on your name I'm sure to get a plethora of info..?
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Jul 27th, 2005, 06:47 AM
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There are about four connections per day from St. Maarten via Windward Island Airways (aka WinAir).

I don't post about Statia often since not that many people ask about it, but there is a little something I posted at the request of Editor Doug Stallings on this thread.

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=5

Are you looking for great beaches? If so, that is one thing we don't have. We have decent beaches, but not great. Otherwise, the diving, snorkeling, hiking, history, and relaxation are great.
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Jul 27th, 2005, 06:51 AM
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Just 'a beach' is sufficient. I think WinAir is going to start code-sharing w/US Air (whom holds me captive since I reside in Charlotte) which should make things easier. Any info you have on cottages or apartments would be most helpful. I'll take a look at the post also as my knowledge of your island is practically nil. Thanks very much.
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Jul 27th, 2005, 07:05 AM
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I know there is one afternoon flight per day from Charlotte to St. Maarten, and there are two WinAir flights from SXM to EUX after that.

I am not all that familiar with rental properties here since I am never looking for any, but someone from Fodors emailed this to me not long ago and it's a nice place with a great price. It's literally around the corner from me.

http://www.vrbo.com/46747

Otherwise, I usually refer people to The Old Gin House hotel.

http://www.oldginhouse.com/

Let me know if you have any other questions. If you are really looking for a nice, relaxing week somewhere, I suggest a combination of Statia and Saba. You could even throw in a day or two in St. Maarten/St. Martin at the beginning or end of your stay.

Here is the link for Saba, which is one of my favorite islands for R&R. Talk about laid back. They have no beach but they certainly have other beauty to make up for it. Saba is a ten minute flight from Statia or St. Maarten.

http://sabatourism.com/
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Jul 27th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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Great & thanks again. I use vrbo.com a lot in the states. Are there any areas I should avoid particularly ?
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