Brades is the de facto capital of Montserrat since the evacuation of Plymouth in 1997. The city is located in Carr's/Little Bay on the northwest end of the island. All of the government buildings have been relocated to this town of about 1,000 people.
Carr's/Little Bay offer great snorkeling and diving opportunities. Also this is a good jumping point to other diving locations around the island. Many of the dive schools and dive centers are located in Brades.
Brades has a hot and humid tropical climate with average daytime temperatures between 28 °C and 30 °C and average nights around 23 °C. Most rain falls between June and October with a change of hurricanes from August onwards. Therefore, the drier (and slightly cooler) December to April period is the best time to visit weatherwise. Unfortunately prices rise sharply during this period and the months of November and May still have good weather. So budgetwise these latter months may be a good option as well.
Gerald's Airport (MNI) is a small international airport that opened in 2005 to replace the old airport which was destroyed in the eruption of 1997. Currently the only regular flights are:
See also International Telephone Calls
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