Guam is territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. It is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government. It is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands. Guam is a beautiful western Pacific island that has plenty of things to offer. The largest of the Mariana Islands, Guam is an extremely popular destination for tourists. The island has many natural scenery attractions, museums, cultural memorials and historical sites. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Guam along with your family are listed below: www.travelrows.com
1. Fort Apugan
The Fort Apugan is one of the major tourist attractions of Guam. It is a Spanish Colonial epoch historic location that was build during the year 1800. The main purpose of building this structure is to keep the bay and the city of Agana safe. The primary functions of this fort are the defense of trading ships from pirates while they were anchored in the bay. It was also used for defense from raiders until 1898 when it was overtaken in the Spanish American War. While the disassembled cannons and platform remain, and it is widely accepted that the view from this vantage point alone, is reason enough to visit this site.
2. Chamorro Village
The Chamorro Village is one of the main tourist destinations of Guam. It is equally famous with both tourists and locals. This village of Guam has plenty of things to offers and also very rich in history and culture. It is considered one of the finest places for shopping in Guam. Once here you will find merchants here sell everything from clothing and handicrafts to wonderful local foods. Here, master weavers, metal smiths, wood carvers and other local artisans demonstrate, and teach their crafts.
The Hagatna is one of the popular places to visit in Guam and at the same time it is the capital of Guam. It is said that even before Spanish settlers visit in the 16th century, the city of Hagatna Guam was an essential place for the Chamorro people of Guam. Now the capital of Guam, Hagatna has remained a significant coastal city in Guam and the center of government on the island. Hagatna Guam was formerly known as Agana, but in 1998 the spelling was changed to more closely match the Chamorro pronunciation. With a major shopping center and a great beach, Hagatna Guam is a central part of life in Guam to this day. Today, it remains one of the island’s major commercial districts in addition to being the seat of government.
4. Latte Stone Park
Latte Stone Park is one of the spectacular tourist attractions of Guam. It is a very amazing miniature Stonehenge-style monument in Guam. The park beautifully demonstrates a home-building technique that dates back to 500 A.D. once here you can witness that the park displays eight pillars atop which the Chamorro people once constructed their homes. It is believed hat these pillars have been moved from different spots across the southern portion of Guam to rest here as a monument to the indigenous people. These pillars are supposedly made of limestone taken from coral, and were transported great distances, to the place of the homebuilder.
5. Cocos Island
One of the major tourist and sightseeing attraction of Guam is the Cocos Island. This beautiful island is surely worth a visit. You will find it quite close to Merizo, this island is situated just towards the southern tip of Guam. The island is entirely surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, activities here include: jet skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and more. You will find some of the finest white seabirds here popularly known as fairy ferns.
6. Tolai Acho Park
The Tolai Acho Park is another attractive tourist destination in Guam. This spectacular tree and moss covered park said to be occupied with many vital historic monuments from the Spanish Colonial period. Most famous among them is the Nineteenth Century Bridge called as San Antonio. It is said this famous park of Guam has gone through several damages from the bombs that were dropped on it in World War II. It was repaired in 1966 and is today a historic site both due to its Spanish origins and its survival of the war. Near the bridge is another monument, a statue of the mermaid, Sirena. Although moss covered, you can still see why she kept the sailors so intrigued.
7. Paseo de Susana
Paseo de Susana is a peninsula in the historic capital city of Agana well known as Hagatna, is one of the most attractive tourist destination of Guam. The major tourist attraction here includes dolphin watching, parasailing and aquasports have immeasurably helped to boost the economy of this fishing village. In close proximity to Paseo de Susana baseball stadium, local markets, a replica of the Statue of Liberty along the bay and annual beach festivals, ensure that Paseo de Susana stays lively and welcoming to tourists.
8. Isla Center for the Arts
One of the most interesting tourist attractions of Guam is the Isla center for the Arts. In the collation you will find Micronesian art merges various artistic techniques in its collection of exhibits. The museum also presents some of the finest exhibits of folk art, tools and everyday craft items from an Asian influence, similar items from a Philippine influence; and, an anthropological collection of the island aided by many local donations. Because of this, despite its being an under-funded, small University Museum, it offers a spectacular collection of cultural items.
9. South Pacific Memorial Park
South Pacific memorial park is another most exiting tourist attraction of Guam. You will find it situated at the final site of Japanese occupation on Guam, it is said that through the donations of Japanese people this war memorial was created. It honors the lives of more than 500,000 people who were lost to this war and doubles as a headstone for some of the last Japanese casualties in Guam. The 50-foot white statue points toward the sky in an abstraction of hands held in prayer. It is nine miles north of Agana central on Route One. Once here you can also witness the famous Buddhist temple that includes a war museum exhibit.
10. Two Lovers Point
Two Lovers’ Point also well known as Puntan Dos Amantes, forms the northern tip of Tumon Bay, is one of the immensely popular tourist attraction of Guam. It is also considered as one of the must see attraction when visiting the island of Guam. It is widely believed her that a pair of star-crossed lovers whose parents would not allow them to marry tied their hair together and jumped to their deaths from this 378-foot rock face and made this place a very popular spot. Visitors have an impressive view from this point of the gleaming white-sand beaches and lush hillside along the Philippine Sea and in central Guam.
11. DFS Galleria
When you are planning for shopping in Guam then head towards the DFS Galleria, it is one of the amazing places to visit. There retails offer you some of the best duty free luxury brand retailer sells fashion apparel, accessories, leather goods, jewellery, watches, beauty products, perfume, and liquor.
12. San Vitores Martyrdom Site
One of the most prominent tourist attractions of Guam is the San Vitores Martyrdom Site. You will find it located just off the beach near the Guam Reef Hotel; this monument marks the exact location where Chief Matapang killed the leader of the first Spanish Jesuit mission for baptizing his daughter against his will.
13. Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana is one of the most sought after tourist attraction located right in the middle of Hagatna. These spacious grounds and the remains of Spanish were previously served as the Governor’s Palace from the year 1669 until the invasion of World War II. The Governor’s Palace housed the office and residence of the Spanish governor. It was completely smashed during the liberation of Guam in 1944. On the other hand, portions of the foundation may still be seen. The surviving or restored structures include the Azotea, Chocolate House, Tool Shed, Siesta Shed and Spanish Walls.
14. Inarajan Village
The Inarajan Village is one of the historically significant places of Guam; it is the designated historical village. This village is the southern-most village on Guam’s eastern coast. Steeped in history, it offers one of the best examples of Spanish influence, while also preserving the Chamorro heritage at Gef Pago Inalahan Cultural Village. The major tourist attraction of this region is the natural pool at the ocean’s edge.
15. Pleasure Island
The Pleasure Island is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Guam. This district running from DFS Galleria to SandCastle itself is the most popular center of Guam tourism. Once here most tourists find their way here sometime during a Guam vacation to enjoy attractions that include Sandcastle Dinner Theater, Underwater World, Gameworks, The Plaza, Outrigger Guam Resort, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood and innumerable other glitzy establishments. The pleasure island is definitely one of the top tourist attractions.
16. Sella Bay
The Selle Bay is another most interesting tourist attraction of Guam. This amazing and remote bay was the location of a leper colony throughout Spanish colonial times. A Spanish bridge and oven was constructed during the nineteenth century are situated quite close to the Sella Bay location and along the coast.
17. Fort Nuestra de la Soledad
The Fort Nuestra de la Soledad is a very famous and interesting place to visit in Guam. This Spanish remain is situated right on the precipice overlooking amazing Umatac Bay, which was the site of Magellan’s historic landing in 1521 and an early Spanish colony. Visiting this place is surely worth it.
18. Fish Eye Marine Park
The Fish Eye Marine Park is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Guam. This park provides you with the unique opportunity to explore some of the finest underwater observatory; you will also find the popular Piti Bomb Hole in Piti Bay is thriving with over 200 exotic aquatic species and coral reefs.
19. Guam Chocolate and Pastries
The Guam Chocolate and Pastries are very popular among tourist. It is said to have been a tradition among sweet-toothed locals, this confectioner at Chamorro Village makes all of its own candies and pastries, and they are all delicious. It is highly recommended to indulge you in some of the finest and tastiest pastries of the world.
20. California Mart
If you are longing for the some of the best shopping destinations in Guam, then head towards the California Mart. This Asian food store at Guam Premium Outlets attracts plenty of visitors, it offer fresh seafood and produce and one of the widest selections on Guam, particularly of Korean goods. This store occupies approximately 17,000 square feet, carries fresh fruits and vegetables, flown in daily from Korea; fish, live lobster and crab from Guam and the Philippines; plus meat, bread, kimchee and other prepared foods.
21. Ypao Beach Park
Another most fascinating tourist attraction of Guam is the Ypao Beach Park. It is considered to be one of the favorite beaches in the Tumon Bay area. You will find this beautiful and sandy stretch situated towards the northern end of the bay and offers many visitor amenities with no day use admission fees. Once here you can witness this beautiful swimming beach, sandy playground area for kids, restrooms and picnic tables, and a pavilion for groups to enjoy. The Ypao Beach Park is a perfect picnic location.
22. Tarza Magical Adventure Zone
Tarza Magical Adventure Zone is another most popular tourist attraction of Guam. It covers an area of about 3.5 acres; it presents 100-yard water slides and an uphill water coaster that empty into the “lazy river beach” portion of the park. The “beach” is a tranquil, sandy-bottomed area where groups reunite, kids catch their breath and adults can enjoy chaise lounges and sunshine while watching for their kids’ safety.
23. Ipan Beach Park
You will find this beautiful Ipan Beach Park in the serene coastal lands of Talofofo, is one of the most popular beach destination. This beach have said to attract thousands of tourist from across the globe, the famous attractions of the beach include Golden yellow sand, deep blue sea, cool shades of ironwood trees. Ipan Beach Park also offers plenty of water sports facilities. Snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, fishing and a host of other beach-side activities can be enjoyed. Quaint little benches and barbecue areas fill the park, where picnic groups have a gala time.
24. Gef Pa’go Chamorro Cultural Village
Gef Pa’go Chamorro Cultural Village is well known as the Gef Pa’go Park is considered one of the spectacular relics of the previous Spanish period of Guam. This beautiful village is located on the wonderful shores of the Inarajan bay; this charming modest village is managed by the Historic Inahalan Foundation, and is one of the leading tourist destinations of Guam. Named after the indigenous Chamorro people who inhabited the island, Gef Pa’go is home to thatched huts, demonstrations and products showcasing the life, times and ways of the Chamorros.
25. Talofofo Falls Resort Park
The Talofofo Falls Resort Park is one of the famous tourist attractions. Apart from its 30-foot waterfall, this park also contains the Guam Historical Museum, Yokoi’s Cave, and an observation tower. Visitors can access the waterfall on foot or via a cable car.
26. Skinner Plaza
Skinner Plaza is one of the beautiful parks of Guam; it is to be found in central Agana. Though a small plaza but one of the finest places to visit with the complete family. This beautiful green space is a quit and cool that is considered to refresh the one who visit the island on a vacation. The park is bordered by enormous trees and manicured plants that are a pleasing sight to the eye. Often the park is populated with tourist. Besides serving as a recreational space, the park also hosts a few local events in its premises.
27. Guam Museum
The Guam Museum is one of the most interesting and prominent places to visit in Guam. It is said that many of ancient Chamorro and Spanish period relics were damaged during WWII. Removable relics were removed either by individual collectors or government agents. During Spanish rule, most archival materials were dispatched to Manila, Madrid, or Rome. Important portion of collection remaining are in storage in new location. Remnants of artifacts are with private collectors in Guam, Manila, Cebu, Madrid, Mexico City, Acapulco, Washington D.C., Annapolis, Maryland and Honolulu.
28. Cetti Bay
Cetti Bay and the chain of 1,000 foothills are part of Guam’s Territorial Seashore Park that is considered one of the major tourist attractions of Guam. This beautiful region is categorically considered a geological delight with the rock formation providing clues to the volcanic origins of southern Guam. The coastal area around Cetti Bay has been inhabited by Chamorros for around 3,000 years. Latte stones and pottery shards provide the proof. The twin hills below the Cetti Bay Overlook and to the north, called Attelong Acho, or Black Rock, are examples of pillow lava formed underwater during ancient volcanic eruptions.
29. Gef Pa’go Guam
Situated towards the southeast coast of Guam along the coast of Inarajan Bay, Gef Pa’go is a famous and prettiest historical village with Chamorro culture and traditions on exhibit, craft shops, and Chamorro performances. This famous cultural village is encompasses with all natural materials to mimic the ancient Chamorro buildings of the past.
30. Latte of Freedom Guam
The Latte of Freedom is an enormous 60-feet high building in Adelup shaped like and representing a latte stone, is one of the most sought after tourist attractions of the Guam. The Latte of Freedom can be seen from flights coming into Guam. It serves as an observation deck where visitors can take in the views of Guam’s western coast. You will also find a plaque situated quite close to the structure explains the history of the Latte of Freedom. The Latte of Freedom symbolizes honored heritage of the Chamorro people and the Guamanian people.
31. University of Guam
University Of Guam was founded in 1952 as a two year teacher-training school known as the Territorial College of Guam, established by Governor Carlton Skinner. It is among the top most universities of the Island. It is a four-year land-grant institution, located in the village of Mangilao on the island of Guam in the Western Pacific Ocean. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers thirty-four degree programs at the undergraduate level and eleven master’s level programs.
32. Jeff’s Pirates Cove and Seaside Museum
You will find some of the finest artifacts dating back to the ancient Chamorros along the shore fronting Jeff’s Pirates Cove and the surrounding area. They will represent and at the same time gives an idea about the rich history of this site, and this internationally known landmark. It is one of the most interesting tourist attractions of Guam.
33. Historic San Antonio Bridge on Guam
The San Antonio or Stone Bridge is one of the most sought after tourist destination of Guam that was constructed over the Hagatna River by the Spanish Governor during the year 1800 and dedicated to San Antonio de Padua. This famous bridge is one of the finest instances of the Spanish stone construction of the 19th century. The bridge has survived floods, high surf and war. It is said to be standing strong for almost 150 years now.
Barrigada is one of the beautiful villages you will find in Guan that are situated in the United States territory of Guam. It is a huge residential municipality and its major village is situated south of the Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport quite close to the intersections of Routes 8, 10, and 16. The community east of the airport known as Barrigada Heights is said to be a rich neighborhood on the island, where homes gives you some of the spectacular views overlooking much of Guam including the island’s airport and hotels at Tumon Bay.
35. Merizo Bell Tower Guam
The Merizo Bell tower is one of the most fascinating tourist attraction of Guam that was build during the year 1910, the major motive behind constructing this tower was to raise the standard of living for the people of Merizo village, it was done under the direction of Father Cristobal de Canalas . The tower was build with stone and cement and the bell was used to announce religious events, town meetings and mass. Although no longer in use today, it has been maintained and is a well known landmark to visit when in the Southern part of Guam.
36. Guam Greyhound Park
Guam Greyhound Park is one of the most entertaining places to visit in Guam. It offers you with the best of and surely a value for your money. This park is said to be the only Pari-Mutual facility on island where you can watch one of the world’s fastest animals race around a track. A visit to this place of Guam is surely worth it.
You will find this beautiful village of Merizo situated towards the southern tip of the island and is part of the Haya (Southern) District. The village of Merizo is the southernmost village where the tourist can get the chance to ride a boat to a smaller island known today for its recreational and resort facilities – Cocos Island. This tiny village has also got historic importance and was home of the ancient Chamorros who lived along the shores of the bay and fished for a living in the abundant sea, especially full of “lesso”, which gave the village its name.
38. Chief Quipuha Park
Chief Quipuha Park is to be found situated on the Paseo de Susana peninsula. It is a tribute to Chief Quipuha who was the highest ranking chief in the Hagatna region at the time the first Spanish settlers came to the island of Guam. When Chief Quipuha Park is a circular park situated in the middle of the Paseo circle. It is considered a perfect place for family picnicking.
39. Local Village Fiestas
It is widely said that if you want to actually experience the real culture of Guam then visit the local Village Fiesta. It is a famous custom introduced by the Spaniards during the year 1668, nearly every village throws one each year in celebration of its patron saint’s day. The festivities begin on Saturday with a mass at the village church, followed by a procession and two days of feasting and fun.
40. Underwater World
The Underwater World of Guam is simply amazing and offers a plenty of things. It is a famous saying here hat you don’t have to know how to dive to go underwater here. This facility provides the chance to every visitor to enjoy underwater creatures without even getting wet. The standard tour experience comprises a dive card with photos and identification materials of what you will see, along with a hand held audio device that tells you information about the different exhibits and underwater areas. It is a very interesting place to visit.
41. Micronesia Mall
Micronesia Mall of Guam is one of the spectacular attractions for tourist. This bright airy shopping center, the biggest mall, only one of its kinds in Guam, makes shopping very interesting and pleasurable. Indoor palm trees bring the outdoors inside. The 120 shops and restaurants include Macy’s, Swatch, Coach, Le Sportsac, Esprit, The Paper Gallery and Kamera World.
42. Father San Vitores’ Shrin
The Father San Vitore’s Shrine is one of the popular tourist destinations in Guam. Marking the location and the date of tremendous upheaval and change on the island of Guam, this shrine is a memorial to the first Catholic Missionary, Father San Vitores. It is believed that this was the location were both, he and his assistant were killed.
43. Captain Ross Christensen Fishing Adventures
Captain Ross Christensen Fishing Adventures gives some of the most fascinating fishing experience offshore for marlin, yellowfin, skipjack tuna, wahoo, Mahi and much more. This very popular 20-foot catamaran-style charter boat can travel at up to 35 knots. All fishing gear is provided and all required emergency equipment is on-board. It is considered one of the most famous tourist activities.
44. Mangilao Golf Club
The Mangilao Golf Club is designed by Nelson and Haworth, is one of the most visited and highly appreciated tourist attractions of Guam. This Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System’s 6,904 yard course, set amidst a lush and scenic natural setting, is suitable for all golf skill levels.
45. The Plaza
Another most interesting place to visit for doing shopping is none other than the Plaza. This famous shopping centre of Guam is situated in Tumon contains international fashion brand boutiques, as well as dining and entertainment options. Once you visit this shopping mall you can’t have enough of it.
46. Water sports
One of the most famous outdoor activities among tourist in Guam is the water sports. They simply boas some of the world’s clearest and warmest waters, water sports abound here. The famous sports include diving, snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing, canoeing, parasailing, glass-bottom boat and submarine excursions, boating, and more.
You will find Tumon situated towards the western shores of the United States territory of Guam, Tumon forms part of Guam’s Tamuning municipality, is one of the most popular attractions of this place and also the island’s economic centre. Once here you can explore the Paris of the Pacific’s premier shopping, bountiful seafood, clear waters and lovely protected beaches.
Yona is a village towards the east coast of Guam, is one of the fairly attractive tourist destination of Guam. It was actually a historical farming community but currently mojorly residential. The village offers some of the beautiful scenary and the Leo Palace Resort that is situated in the Manenggon Hills. The Leo Palace Resort is also used for association football.
Agat is one of the fairly popular tourist destinations of Guam; it is a little town within the southern regions of the territory of Guam. One of the two landing sites in Guam for the US Marines during World War II, these sites in Agat is now part of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park. Featuring schools and public libraries for residents, Agat, originally founded between 1680 to1684 by the Spanish governor. You will find some of the finest tourist attractions in this little town such as the Spanish Bridge, the Agat Marina, and Mount Alifan standing at a height of 768 feet above mean sea level.
Tamuning is well known as Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon is a municipality to be found towards the western shore of the island of Guam. It is considered as the economic center of Guam, which has Tumon, known as the heart of Guam tourist industry, Harmon Industrial Park, and commercial districts in other parts of the municipality.