Kayak along scenic sandy shorelines, enjoy tax-free shopping in upscale malls and explore historic settlements on this cosmopolitan Micronesian island.
A U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, Guam offers interesting blend of foreign influence and indigenous culture. Wander through the streets of a small Guamanian village, relax at a beach bar overlooking the shimmering sea and smell the smoky scent of barbecued meat at a night market.
The island enjoys a rich history that began with settlement around 2,000 B.C. Learn about the Chamorro people, whose ancestors belonged to the island’s indigenous population. While the Chamorro language is still spoken, English is becoming the dominant language.
Start in the tourist district of Tumon for plenty of family-friendly entertainment options. Take the children to splash around under palm trees at the Tarza Water Park and marvel at the tropical fish at the UnderWater World aquarium. Stop by Guam Zoo to spot endangered marine animals and wildlife from around the world.
Cultural attractions are easily found in the capital, Hagåtña. See the remains of Spanish buildings from Guam’s colonial period, visit the Guam Public Library for historic literature and see the cathedral that serves as a religious center for Guam’s Catholic community.
Guam is also home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches. Head to Tanguisson for hidden coves and shaded picnic spots. From Tanguisson, make the half-mile walk over to the uncrowded and secluded Sharks Cove beach. In the south of the island, Ipan Beach provides ideal conditions for kitesurfing.
If it’s shopping you’re after, Guam doesn’t disappoint. Window-shop on boutique-lined Pale San Vitores Road or head to one of the island’s three large malls. Shopping in Guam is tax-free and many visitors choose to take advantage of the discounted prices.
Get to Guam by flying into the Antonio B. Won Pat Guam International Airport. Plan your trip around the dry season from January to May for the least chance of rain. Leave heavy clothes at home as Guam enjoys warm weather year round.
Relax on sublime beaches and enjoy the calming sounds of the ocean during your stay in Guam.