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Guam, an incorporated US territory that was colonized previously by Japan, is often passed over by tourists looking for "real" Pacific values. Granted, the local Chamorro culture doesn't find full expression anymore, but all the same Guam can be a surprising island if you're prepared to dig a little deeper. Armed with that new attitude, you'll discover some lovely scenery, friendly locals and always-agreeable weather. The north is given over to Andersen Base, the massive US air-force installation. The other huge northern installation is Tumon Bay, where all the malls and big hotels are — it's a hub for mainly Japanese travelers looking for ...

Guam, an incorporated US territory that was colonized previously by Japan, is often passed over by tourists looking for "real" Pacific values. Granted, the local Chamorro culture doesn't find full expression anymore, but all the same Guam can be a surprising island if you're prepared to dig a little deeper. Armed with that new attitude, you'll discover some lovely scenery, friendly locals and always-agreeable weather. The north is given over to Andersen Base, the massive US air-force installation. The other huge northern installation is Tumon Bay, where all the malls and big hotels are — it's a hub for mainly Japanese travelers looking for the ultimate duty-free experience. But there's one jewel up north: Ritidian Point, an archetypal Pacific beach, with swaying palms and bluest water. Down south you'll find the best value, with winding scenic drives through lush greenery and well-preserved villages. Guam played a key role in WWII and there are interesting monuments and relics scattered around the island that tell the story. The Spanish were in Guam in the 17th century and there's evidence of their reign, too.

Simon Sellars
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Simon Sellars is coauthor of or contributor to many Lonely Planet books, including Micronations, South Pacific and Micronesia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Guam is an island in the Western Pacific Ocean and is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States.
  • Language: English, Chamorro
  • Currency: U.S. Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Dry season: January to late April