This island has the lowest crime rates in the entire Caribbean. In Montserrat most visits are trouble-free. Why this island isn’t on the top of this list of safest Caribbean islands? Because of the Soufrière Hills Volcano.
Montserrat today is actually two islands: the Safe Zone, to the north, which is lush and green; and the southern Exclusion Zone, which looks like a movie set with restricted access.
On occasion, southern winds blow ash and volcanic gases across the entire island, which can lead to flight cancellations. Montserrat is great to explore when hiking and it is perfectly safe to do so (in the Safe Zone).
Traffic is mild, there are no traffic lights just like in Bonaire. Monserratians’ warmth, optimism and cheer is something that truly stands out.
If hitch-hiking is on your bucket list, do it here as it is perfectly safe during the day and early evening. The island is remarkably quiet and a peaceful place. It's still recovering from a hurricane and volcanic activity during the 1980s and 1990s but the sepia-toned landscape makes it even more special.