Brades is the capital of Montserrat or Monserrat. Earlier Plymouth was capital but now it is the only volcanic-buried town in the Americas. Brades is a town and the de facto capital of Montserrat since 1998. The move was initially intended to be temporary, but it has remained the island’s de facto capital ever since.Several names have been suggested for the new capital now being constructed in the Little Bay area. Brades is located at the northwest end of Montserrat. It lies to the north of St Peters and Bunkum Bay, in the vicinity of Carr’s Bay and Little Bay.
Best Time to Visit
This place has a good weather throughout the year. Hence, one can visit it any time. To be more specific, mid-December to mid-April is considered as the high season.
Top Places to Visit in Brades
1. Little Bay
Little Bay is a town under construction, intended to be the future capital of the Caribbean island of Montserrat. It is adjacent to Brades. On Montserrat’s west coast, Little Bay Beach is one of the most popular crescents of sand on the island. The calm waters are great for swimming, and visitors can relax along the gray-sand shore and watch boats bob in port at the bay’s northern end. Beachside restaurants sell local seafood delicacies and refreshments.
2. Centre Hills
Covered in tropical rainforest, the Centre Hills are renowned for their biological diversity and rich habitats. Most of Montserrat’s 34 species of land birds and large numbers of migrant songbirds make this area their home, including the threatened Montserrat Oriole (the national bird), the rare Forest Thrush, the Bridled Quail Dove, and the Mangrove Cuckoo. The area also harbors many species of reptiles and amphibians.
Festivals in Montserrat
Montserrat holds a number of annual festivals in both the winter and summer months. The St Patrick’s Week Celebration is a highlight in Montserrat. It’s the only place outside of Ireland to declare St. Patrick’s Day an official holiday. The celebration takes place in the week leading up to March 17th with colorful events, fun things to do, entertainment, and competitions. Other popular festivals include the Calabash Festival, held in July, and the simply named Festival, which takes place over the two weeks leading up to the New Year. Festival here is comparable to Carnival on other Caribbean islands, with music, dancing, costumes, parades, entertainment, and competitions.
Divers looking to escape the crowds and explore thriving coral reefs will love Montserrat. After the volcanic eruptions, the southern reefs were reborn and the budding marine life drifted to the reefs in the north, boosting their populations. Divers can see everything from huge sponges and heads of brain coral to kaleidoscopic tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, and sharks.