The island of Guam is located on western South Pacific Ocean, and is a mart of the Mariana Islands of Micronesia. Guam is a unincorporated territory of the USA, and has a stationed military base too. The capital of Guam is Hagatna or Agana. Guam is known for its azure seas, white sandy beaches, tropical jungles and duty free shopping.
Guam is popular among tourists, especially those from Japan, because of its tropical marine climate and lush landscapes. This small island is traditionally occupied by the Chamorro people, who later imbibed the cultures and traditions of the European Roman Catholics, the Spaniards, The Americans and the Japanese. Hence, Guam stands today as a potpourri of mixed traditions and heritage.
In this article, we put together some helpful information for those who are planning to visit the beautiful island of Guam.
To begin with, Guam can only be accessed by flight. One can access non stop flights from Honolulu and some other Asians and Australian destinations. Continental Micronesia, East Asia on Northwest and JAL are the three airlines that offer flights to Guam. English and Chamorro are the languages spoken on the island.
Tourism wise, the island is divided into four regions, Tamuning and Tumon, Northern Guam, Central Guam and Southern Guam. A number of sites of tourists interest are scattered throughout the island, including, bays, parks, zoo and war memorials.
The Tumon Bay area is the center for leisure as well as business activities, teeming with plush hotels, restaurants and shopping outlets. The two and a half mile long white sandy beach and azure water of the Tumon Bay is a natural attract among tourists. The crystal clear waters of Tumon is home to a number of shallow water multicolored fish, corals and octopus. There are a number of open air bars for those not interested in the water. TumonBay is also the haven for fashion shoppers. A number of duty free outlets and boutiques in this area sell brands like Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Fendi, Bvlgari, Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton and many more.
The Chamorro village located in Hagatna is a public market where vendors sell everything including fruits and vegetables, clothing and handicrafts. All sorts of local cuisine are cooked in small booths. Master craftsmen, including weavers, carpenters and blacksmiths show their skills here and will even teach you a lesson or two. This place is a favorite lunch spot for locals as well as tourists at reasonable price. The Chamorro village will give you a taste of the local culture and traditions.
Sirena, the careless girl who became a mermaid, comes out straight from the myths and sits in a well-maintained park by the Old Minondo River. One can spend a leisurely afternoon with Sirena’s statue in this park. Guam also has its very own Statue of Liberty, standing at the Hagatna harbor.
If you are interested in eco-culture, then you can visit one of the eco-cultural retreats in northern Guam’s limestone landscape.