Guam — Overview
Vibrant coral reefs and powder-like beaches are just some of the defining aspects of the tropical paradise that is Guam. The largest island of the Marianas and the most populous island in Micronesia, Guam has served as a crucial base for the US Armed Forces since WWII and continues to draw tourists from Asia and America thanks to attractions like Tumon Bay, charming Southern Guam and the night markets of Chamorro Village. Travelers typically start exploring from the capital, Hagåtña, which boasts historic sites and is a great starting point for adventures to Mount Lam Lam.
Tourism is one of the major factors driving the local economy and the government is pushing for a major overhaul in its reputation, highlighting not just its shopping and nightlife, but also its natural wonders. Beyond the glamorous façade are many interesting things to see and discover, such as historic villages and the colorful Chamorro culture. The tropical marine climate makes it a great destination all year-round, not to mention a fantastic option for those looking for a place to retire.
Guam boasts a wide range of accommodations in the Tumon Bay area, Hagåtña and near the airport. This highly westernized island has all the comforts of home. The original locals, known as Chamorro, are friendly and sociable. Many of the immigrants living here are of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino descent, and are very hospitable. Guam’s culinary scene is colorful thanks to its range of neighborly influences. Be sure to try traditional Chamorro food at the Village Night Market.
The typical traveler stays in Tumon Bay, but if you are more adventurous, explore beyond the main infrastructure. Driving is one of the best ways to get around and flights from the US are plentiful. United offers non-stop services to and from Honolulu, connecting cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Washington-Dulles, and Houston to Won Pat Guam International Airport.
- Enjoy peace and tranquility on the beautiful and deserted Ritidian Point Beach
- Have a picnic in the historic and scenic Talofofo Falls area of southeast Guam
- Shop, socialize and dine at the bustling Chamorro Village Night Market
- Buy Chamorro souvenirs and try the traditional cuisine
- Visit the southern part of the island, a quiet and rural retreat from the bustling touristy spots
- Walk around the Pacific National Historical Park
- Try a range of water sports and reef fishing