Guam – A Postcard Perfect Tropical Paradise
Guam is the southernmost and the largest island in the archipelago of the Mariana Islands and has several places of interest such as historical monuments, landmarks, parks, etc to offer to the tourists.
History of Guam:
The country of Guam witnessed several political upheavals throughout its history. This small island was conquered by several nations before finally becoming a United States territory. One of the most notable events in the history of Guam was the Battle of Guam that took place in 1898. The Chamorro culture has left an indelible mark on the history of the country.
Popular Places and Attractions:
The list of tourist attractions at Guam is endless. Start your trip with a visit at the sparkling waters of the Tumon Bay. Bordered by towering green cliffs at both the ends, the Tumon Bay is a long strip of white sand that is home to Guam’s most elegant hotels and a sprawling territorial park known as Joseph Flores Beach Park which is Guam’s most popular recreational area equipped with various facilities.
Offering a splendid view of lush hillsides and gleaming white sand beaches, Two Lovers Point is another popular attraction in Guam, especially among the youth. The majestic structure of Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica is a well known landmark in downtown Hagatna and an architectural wonder. Other tourist attractions are Fort Santa Agueda, Latte Park, Lujan House, Plaza de Espana, Padre San Vitores Shrine, etc. Guam’s list of important cities includes Hagatna (capital of Guam), Agana Heights, Merizo, Yona, Agat, Tamuning, etc.
Getting Around in Guam:
Guam boasts of a convenient public transport system and is perhaps the only country which has special fares for the tourists. Shuttle buses, taxis and cars operate all through the country. A good guide is to keep some small notes and coins handy to make it easy to pay for your public transport.
Places for Entertainment:
Shopping is duty free in Guam. One can have a relaxed shopping experience at Guam’s largest shopping malls such as Guam Premier Outlets at Tamuning, the Micronesia Mall in Dededo, Agana Shopping Center and K-Mart in Upper Tumon. For local made gift items such as Micronesian handicrafts, beach wear etc, specialty gift shops along Pale San Vitores Road on Tumon Bay is just the right place.
The nightclubs of Tumon promise tourists splendid evenings and nights of great fun. Globe is Guam’s hottest and the only New York styled nightclub and hence a must see for tourists.
A variety of accommodation options are available in Guam such as luxurious hotels, inns, bed and breakfast, guesthouse, inns, budget hotels, motels, youth hostels accommodation, lodgings, resorts, etc.
Currency and Language:
Being a US territory, the currency of Guam is US Dollar, check the news and internet for the latest exchange rates. The official languages of Guam are Chamorro and English. Chamorro is much influenced by Spanish.
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