Where is Guam?



What’s the weather like in Guam?

In Guam, an island administered by the United States, which is located in the western Pacific Ocean between the equator and the tropic of Cancer, and geographically is part of Micronesia, the climate is tropical, hot and humid all year round, with temperatures around 30/32 °C (86/90 °F) during the day, and 24/25 °C (75/77 °F) at night.
The rainfall is abundant, above 2,000 millimeters (80 inches) per year; the rainiest period is from July to November, the driest is from January to April, in which, however, there is a moderate amount of showers and thunderstorms. Here is the average precipitation.

Cyclones

The island lies in the path of typhoons, the tropical cyclones of Southeast Asia and the Philippine Sea. Typhoons can cause more or less serious damage, bringing heavy rains and strong winds, and normally occur from May to December, though they are more frequent from August to November; sometimes, however, they have passed over the island outside of this period, as happened with Roy (January 1988), Isa (April 1997), and Kong-rey (not strong, April 2007).

When to go

The best time to travel to Guam is from February to April, being the least rainy of the year, and (normally) outside of the typhoon season.

What to pack

All year round, light clothes, of natural fibres, sun hat, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the evening; light raincoat or umbrella.
For the reef, equipment for snorkeling, water shoes or rubber soled shoes.


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SIGHTS INFORMATION

Tumon Beach

Tumon is known for its beautiful beaches along its shores. Many hotels on the beach side provide bungalows for activities like banana boating and kayaking. These water activities provide an excellent opportunity to experience the waters of Guam firsthand. If you are not in such an adventurous mood, the vibrant colors and soothing sounds provide an excellent environment for lounging on the sand while achieving the perfect sun-kissed skin. If you decide to dip in for a swim, the waters are calm enough for relaxation while providing sufficient waves for beach play. If the daytime scene isn’t convincing enough, the sunsets will take your breath away. Shades of orange and pink contrast against the deepening shade of the ocean to create the perfect ambiance for a romantic walk on the beach.
Guam’s world-renowned beaches are famous for the perfect temperature of the waters. It isn’t too hot or too cold. You can comfortably enjoy swimming in the cool waters as you take in the gorgeous view of palm trees and ocean.

The Plaza

The Plaza Shopping Center, with direct access from the Outrigger Guam Resort Lobby, is home to over 60 boutiques, including some of the world’s most exclusive luxury brands. More than 20 cafes, bars, and restaurants cater to all tastes and occasions. Spoil yourself with the largest variety of shops in Pleasure Island, and a wide selection of entertainment and international cuisine, all at your fingertips.

Tagada Amusement Park

The Tagada Guam amusement park opens this week, setting a new landmark in the tourist district of Tumon. A grand opening for invited guests is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 a.m. The amusement park will officially open to the public on Friday, March 16. The park, which is touted to be a new crowd-drawer in Tumon, will be open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight.
“We hope to see as many people as we can. The park opens a lot of excitements that we are introducing to the local community,” said Mark Day, chief operating officer of Tagada Guam, which owns and operates the park.

Ritidian Beach

The northernmost perimeter reef of Guam is accessible without security clearance from Ritidian Beach. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Preserve is located near the recreation area. Strict obedience to posted warnings about the rip currents and conditions will insure a safe and enjoyable visit to one of the most pristine beaches on Guam. A visitor will cross a cedar-lined margin to access the deep white powder beach ranging in width from thirty to fifty yards. Shady vegetation proves to be a welcome alternative to midday sun reflecting off of the surrounding sand.

Two Lovers Point

Two Lovers Point is not only the site of Guam’s most famous legend but also one of the best places to really see the beauty of Guam.
Guam’s Romeo and Juliet story is every bit as tragic as the original. According to the legend, the daughter of a wealthy high-ranking family falls deeply in love with a lowly Chamorro warrior. To avoid her arranged marriage and a pursuing army, the maiden and her lover throw themselves over the cliffs of Tumon Bay.
To get the full story and see some of the most beautiful panoramic views of Guam, head to Two Lovers Point Park. Red Trolleys run all day between Tumon and the Park. Park Admission is $3 per person (children 6 and under are free).

Ypao Beach

Family activities abound at Ypao Beach. The local spot for seeing and being seen, Ypao beach is adjacent to one of the largest public parks on Guam. Parking is full on holidays and weekends and locked after sunset. Recently updated covered seating is in abundance and walking paths surround the space, as well as an outdoor shower. Events are scheduled regularly for this location and there is a bandstand for concerts on the lawn. This section of beach is groomed and manicured regularly. Tourists are also observed enjoying this park as the proximity to hotels and shops is so convenient.

The Chamorro Village

The Chamorro Village is open every day of the week, but is best known for its Wednesday Night Market. It is not uncommon to notice the smell of barbecue as you walk through Spanish influenced buildings that lead you to a center court where people of all ages dance the night away. You can also find farmers displaying local produce grown under their care and local dance groups entertaining the crowd. Fresh fruit juices are usually available to quench your thirst after a long, hot day. In addition, carabao rides and other cultural activities are simply a few steps away. The Chamorro Village is also ideally located near the Hagatna Marina, Paseo de Susanna and across the street from Skinner Plaza and the future Guam Museum.
With a mission to maintain a place that encourages and promotes made on Guam products and small businesses, the Chamorro Village is the perfect place for visitors to experience being part of the island’s extended family. It is also a hub for the local community that perpetuates Guam’s culture and traditions.

Plaza de Espana

Those looking to experience Guam’s history need not look further than the capital of Hagatna. One of the island’s most famous landmarks, Plaza de Espana, represents the Spanish occupation of Guam, and features several original structures dating back three centuries.
Located across the Guam Museum and next to the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, the Plaza de Espana complex is rich in history and key to Guam’s civic activities.
Originally constructed in 1736, the original name, Plaza de Magalahes, was later changed to Plaza de Espana. During the Spanish occupation, the main structure in the complex was known as Casa Govierno, meaning Governor’s Palace. Since Spanish rule, the Plaza de Espana has played an important role in subsequent governments. During the Naval Administration, it became the headquarters of the American government and the official residence of the Naval Governor. Later expansions included a baseball field (now replaced by the Kiosko) and a badminton court.

Latte Stone Park

Latte stones are pillars on which ancient Chamorro houses were constructed as early as 500 A.D. They have become a signature of Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands. Customarily, bones of the ancient Chamorro’s and their possessions, such as jewelry or canoes were buried below the stones.
The park is also known as Senator Angel Leon Guerrero Santos Memorial Park.

Hagatna Bay

Hagåtña, also spelled Hagatna, formerly Agana, town, capital of the unincorporated U.S. territory of Guam, northern Pacific Ocean. It is situated on the west coast of the island, on a beach surrounding Hagåtña Bay at the mouth of the small Hagåtña River. The name of the town was formally changed from Agana to its Chamorro-language form in 1998.
In the late 1660s, Diego Luis de San Vitores, a Jesuit priest, established a mission on Hagåtña Bay, the first official Spanish settlement on Guam. A town of 10,000 inhabitants in 1940, it was completely destroyed during World War II. Reconstruction was hindered by the difficulty of determining ownership of many small plots of land. The Roman Catholic Dulce Nombre de María Cathedral Basilica was rebuilt after World War II. Adjoining the cathedral is the Plaza de España and the Azotea (“Back Porch”), one of a few parts of the original Spanish governor’s palace still standing. Close by is Latte Stone Park, with latte stones (pillars that supported houses of the prehistoric Latte culture). Tamuning, just northeast of Hagåtña, and Piti, to the southwest, have become major business centres at the expense of the capital. Hagåtña usually enjoys a mild climate but is often struck by typhoons. Pop. (2000) 1,122; (2010) 1,051.

Fort Santa Agueda

The villages of Asan/Maina, Hagåtña, Ordot/Chalan Pago and Sinajana border Agana Heights.
The sections of the village are As Apugan, Tipugan, Fonte, Hilaan, Taigigao and Charito. Fonte River divides Agana Heights from Maina village and Taigigao Street is the boundary separating Agana Heights from Ordot/Chalan Pago. Sinajana village and Agana Heights village are also separated by a shared roadway.
Prior to World War II, Agana Heights was a farming community for residents who lived in Hagåtña. Today, sprinkled throughout the village are some beautiful homes with gated and manicured lawns, quaint residential homes, apartment complexes, and a row of buildings that serve as homes to different religious denominations and organizations. Agana Heights has been transformed into a thriving cosmopolitan community.

Agat Marina(Dolphin Watching)

Agat Marina is located in the Southern Village of Agat. A privately operated restaurant and gift shop are located on the Port owned property. The marina was constructed in 1992 and houses residential, recreational and some commercial vessels.
A cruise out to sea always lifts your spirit but the sight of dolphins brings shear joy and laughter to your heart. Our expert captains will take you in close range without worry of harming these wonderful creatures. And if sea conditions are good, you’ll be able to feed the fishes while you snorkel.

Fort Soledad

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Fort Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is a Spanish-era fortification overlooking Umatac Bay. The picturesque spot offers a step back in time with replica canons and ruined bunkers. Sweeping views of the southern mountains offer a glimpse of Umatac Bridge and Magellan’s (disputed) Landing just across the bay.
The bridge dates not back to the Spanish times, as visitors often assume, but to the 1980s under the helm of Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo.
Carabao rides are sometimes offered at Fort Soledad.

Inarajan Natural Beach

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For rugged beauty and photo appeal, Inarajan pools has the most intriguing geology. Natural bathing spots surround a public park on the main road that circumnavigates the island. Coral outcroppings resembling the lava flows of volcanic islands loom at 15 to 20 feet above the horizon, blocking the view of the reef beyond. On days with heavy seas this natural protection shields this beauty spot from wave action, allowing only ripples into the shallow pools resting in the shadows of the black rocks. Tropical fish and other creatures can be observed in their natural habitat. The calm water is a perfect place for the very young snorkeler to test out fins and goggles. Swimmers and divers are observed making use of a tall diving platform and other amenities including BBQ pits and covered seating.

Iharajan Hisoty Vilalge

The tranquil village of Inarajan is located on the southeastern coast of Guam and is rich with both Chamorro culture and Spanish history. Considered the oldest village in Guam, its history predates the island’s discovery by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Today, Inarajan remains the island’s best-preserved Spanish-era village with plenty of historical, cultural and natural attractions to explore. If you’re in Guam and want to get at the heart of the island, head to Inarajan.

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established to commemorate the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those participating in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater of World War II. At War in the Pacific National Historical Park, the former battlefields, gun emplacements, trenches, and historic structures all serve as silent reminders of the bloody World War II battles.

Fisy Eye Marine Park

Step onto our pier and out into spectacular Piti bay. Our 1000-foot long wooden boardwalk has covered rest areas where you can stop and watch the fish and enjoy the fresh ocean air. Down below tropical fish dart through the coral reefs. Blue waters in every shade of aqua highlight your jaunt out to Micronesia's only undersea observatory. And in late afternoon, you can also marvel at the beauty of the western sunse. Once at the observatory, the 360-degree upper deck allows you to enjoy see the ocean, the coral reefs, outer barrier reef and Guam's majestic mountains. The air-conditioned inner vestibule has a selection of marine art. You can then walk down our spiral staircase to the lower deck. You are now safely beneath the sea and can view the ocean world from 24 windows (16 rectangular and 8 round). Here, dry and comfortable, you will see Piti's amazing marine life and underwater coral gardens. Watch as our divers attract some of the 200-plus species of fish that call our location home. Brilliant yellow butterflyfish, silvery jacks, curious snapper and odd trumpetfish all pass by the windows. This is one of the most important places on the island for fish to mate, hatch, grow in the protection of the corals and also get cleaned. Undersea cleaning stations can be seen from many of the observatory windows. Here small fish preen parasites from larger fish, an important act on the reef.

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica is a religious structure which stands on the same place where once stood the first Catholic church in the downtown area of the capital city of Hagåtña, within the unincorporated and organized territory of the United States, the Territory of Guam.
The first structure on the grounds was constructed in 1669 with the guidance of Padre Diego Luis de Sanvitores, however, today it is replaced by a better built one which stands also as a proud memorial for the original structure that was demolished during the Second World War.

Talofofo Falls

Explore one of the most popular waterfalls on Guam, through the Talofofo fall's park. The park also boasts a Guam historical museum, cable car, yokoi's cave, Observation tower, love land garden, kids rides. Along side we have a gift shop and a shooting range.

Cocos Island

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Located just 1.6 km/1 mi. off the southern tip of Guam, Cocos Island is an uninhabited getaway for residents and visitors alike. The island is 1,600 meters long but only between 200-300 meters wide. Transportation by ferry is available from Merizo Pier to Cocos Island Resort for $40 per adult and $20 per child. Residents should ask for the local rate and pay only $25 per adult. Admission includes a very basic cafeteria style lunch of salad, noodles, meat, and tea or water. Cocos Island Resort is a day resort with a pool, volleyball court, cafe, ice cream parlor, restaurant and bar, and water sports equipment rentals. Visitors to the resort can snorkel, dive, kayak, dolphin watch, parasail, jet ski and bike. Prices for activities range from $15 for a mini jungle tour to $100 for two adults to parasail. The resort sells day packages that include meals and extras such as entry to SandCastle dinner show, Mandara Spa, and a beachside BBQ at Fiesta Resort. All the water activities available on Cocos Island are also available on Guam’s mainland, but bird lovers will enjoy simply sunbathing under the trees on the north facing beach. There are far more birds on Cocos Island than on Guam’s mainland.

Blue Hole

The Blue Hole, one of Guam’s most popular divesites, is a natural limestone shaft extending down into the reef. Soft and hard corals, sea whips, fish and eels can be seen inside the shaft.
The upper opening is at 60 feet. From there, the shaft drops to 300+ feet. Gliding down the awe-inspiring shaft can get even the most experienced diver’s adrenaline up, so watch your descent rate and depth carefully.
The first opportunity to exit the shaft is at 127 feet. It's not uncommon to see large pelagic fish outside the opening, and as you follow the wall on the outside of the Blue Hole you probably will see more.
Once out of the shaft, ascend to about 80 feet and follow the contour of the wall for a while. Then ascend to the 60’ reef flat where there is a variety of hand-fed fish and several large boulders covered with interesting corals and algae. Watch for large trigger fish and lots of schooling fish.

Dededo Market

For shoppers who rise with the sun, Guam's popular flea markets are a special treat. Every Saturday and Sunday morning at 6 a.m., the Dededo Flea Market, located on Marine Drive, welcomes throngs of bargain hunters with the intent of finding the best buys among rows and rows of new and used merchandise.
Buyers can find everything from lawn mowers to baby clothes, vegetables, plants to pets. Hot snacks and beverages are available, and many people enjoy an island-style breakfast of fried rice, eggs and meat while shopping.
Take Marine Corps Drive north towards Dededo. You can't miss the market as you'll see lots of canopies and people on your right side about 2 miles past the Micronesia Mall.

Zip Line

Get a bird’s-eye view of the mountain forest and Tumon Bay. Get your adrenaline rush through an adventure that is as close as you can get to flying. Thrill-seekers on Guam may now experience zipping through paradise. Zip Guam Inc. recently opened the two-part zip lines within the property of the Hilton Resort & Spa, offering a new attraction right in the heart of the island’s tourist district.Trevor Takasu, president of Zip Guam, said Tumon Bay is the perfect location for the new outdoor adventure.

Onward Beach reasort

Welcome to the Onward Beach Resort, your private Paradise in the island of Guam! Set against the backdrop of tequila sunsets on scenic Agana Bay with offerings of dazzling white sand beach and shady palms and 286 beautifully furnished rooms.
Endless amusements await our guests - splash the day away at our Waterpark, relax in our swimming pool or spas, or try one of the endless beachside activities we have in store - jetskiing, parasailing, canoeing and more!
Located on Agana Bay, the Onward Beach Resort is centrally located on the west coast of the island, only 10 minutes from both Guam International Airport and Tumon Bay. Escape the crowds and relax on one of the few white sand beaches on the island.

Pacific Islands Club Guam

Escape to a tropical paradise where families can get away from it all and have fun. Nestled along beautiful Tumon Bay, our spectacular Guam resort is a playful destination where memories are made on the island's western coast. Relax in beautiful rooms and suites with modern decor and many with balconies overlooking the sea. Lounge on pristine white beaches or snorkel and in a beautiful blue lagoon. Soak up the sun by our outdoor pools and sip a tropical cocktail from the bar. Savor international cuisine at our waterfront restaurants as the sun sets over the Pacific and experience the spirit of Guam at the Pacific Fantasies Show. Splash into fun at our exciting PIC Waterpark, and let the young ones play at the Kid's Club. Your family will enjoy unlimited recreation, water sports, and rental equipment, from windsurfing and sailing to snorkeling tours and tennis lessons . . . all included in your stay. Paradise awaits at Pacific Islands Club Guam, where your only care is what to do first.

Tarza Water Theme Park

TARZA is Guam’s most thrilling water theme park with 9 fun water attractions. We have the only Flowrider and the longest and steepest Super Slide on Guam. As a beginner on the Flowrider it’s not quite as easy as it looks but it’s so much fun that you’ll want to keep riding until you’re able to master riding the currents. Or, if you just want to relax and enjoy the sun you can sit in a floating ring and let the current carry you around the Lazy River. A fast food eatery, TARZANA, is on location if you get thirsty and hungry. Kids and adults will enjoy all that Tarza has to offer.

Fasouri Watermania - The waterpark

Fasouri Watermania is the ideal place for families, friends and children to spend a one-day outing, away from work troubles and paper loads. At Fasouri Watermania Waterpark we want you to enjoy being entertained in a safe, fun and relaxing environment. Get away from the hassle and bustle of the crowded city and join us for a unique thrilling experience. The Waterpark packs an impressive array of attractions, facilities and services. Dressed in a Polynesian theme, the Waterpark adds a tropical feeling to your experience.

BEACH BBQ

Guam is every beach lover’s idea of a perfect spot. Soak in the rays on the chaise lounges as you gaze across the beautiful sandy Guam beach at the flawless horizon of Tumon Bay. Dig into delicious Tinian Burgers, fresh Guam BBQ and Chamorro food at this beach front bar and restaurant. During the day, the Beach Bar is a perfect Guam restaurant for the entire family. Enjoy beach volleyball or just chill by the sea with Guam’s best drinks. As the sun sets, The Beach Bar & restaurant turns into a romantic location with the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever seen!

What to eat in Guam

RED RICE

For centuries, rice has been a fixture in Guam’s food and culture. It is a staple and a necessary part of the meal at any party or gathering. Red rice has similarities to Spanish rice which makes sense, as the main ingredient, the achote seed, most likely came from Mexico and was first introduced to the Chamorro people by the Spanish.
The achote seeds are soaked in water and the rice is then cooked in the water giving it a deep red or bright orange color, depending on how long the seeds are soaked. Other ingredients such as onions and garlic are often used to infuse more flavor. Altogether it brings a wonderfully subtle earthiness to the rice and makes for a visually appealing side dish to your meal.


KELAGUEN

Chamorros are known for their kelaguen-making skills and this food is a signature local dish. Kelaguen is based around the cooking property of lemon juice and has similarities to ceviche. A combination of lemon juice, onions, local hot peppers, salt and sometimes grated coconut are used to “kelaguen” either seafood, beef, chicken or even Spam.
Chicken is the most popular meat chosen to “kelaguen” and tastes the best when it is barbequed beforehand. Octopus or squid kelaguen can be harder to find but are especially delicious and are definitely some of the best types of kelaguen. The tanginess of the lemon juice combined with the spicy kick of the peppers infused into the meat of your preference creates a sensational dance of flavors in your mouth that will have you instantly craving for more.


BARBEQUE

As controversial as it may be, I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Guam’s barbeque is The Best Ever. That’s right, ever. There, I said it. Of course, this is all based on my own opinion and personal preference. The local barbequing process begins usually about a day before the actual grilling. The reason for this is to allow time for the meat to marinate. The most common way to marinate meats for a barbeque involves a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, salt, black pepper, onions and garlic. While these are the main ingredients for a good marinade, most cooks have a secret ingredient or two that they like to add.
This marinade can be used for a vast array of different meats but the most commonly used in local barbeque are chicken and spare ribs. The best barbeque is grilled using the tangan-tangan wood found throughout Guam’s landscape which provides a unique smoky flavor. In the end, the meat is perfectly accentuated by the marinade and the smoky flavor is unforgettable.


Kadon Pika

Kadon Pika is one of my favorite local dishes. The Chamorro word “kadon,” when translated, means stew and the word “pika” means spicy. So altogether we get a spicy stew. Most often this stew is made with chicken as the main feature. The other ingredients include soy sauce, vinegar, salt and black pepper, onions, garlic, local hot peppers and last, but most certainly not least, coconut milk. The chicken is marinated in the combination of the above ingredients excluding the hot peppers and the coconut milk. Those are added after it has simmered for a good while. When ladled upon a nice bed of red rice, bite into the warm, tender chicken and the spicy peppers will clash against the sweet, creaminess of the coconut milk to bring you the perfect local comfort food.


Coconut Candy

As simple as coconut candy is, it is delicious. It is basically a combination of sugar and freshly grated coconut. The sugar is heated and melted down, the coconut is added and once it is cooked to the proper consistency it is then formed into balls or rectangles. A demonstration of how the ancient Chamorros made coconut candy can be seen at the Gef Pa’go Cultural Village in the southern village of Inarajan. It is a nice little confection to treat yourself to and it often comes in small pieces so you can enjoy it without feeling too guilty about the indulgence.