Where to stay
- Fiesta Resort Guam, 801 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon; +1 671 646 5881; fiestaguam.com. Aside from the usual amenities, this resort also offers cultural activities that enable travelers to immerse in local culture. These include weaving sessions and spear-throwing. The pristine white sands and clear waters of the marine preserve are only steps away from the hotel.
- Guam Plaza Hotel, 1328 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon; +1 671 646 7803, www.guamplaza.com. Offers 505 modern and spacious rooms at the heart of Tumon Bay.
- Hyatt Regency, 1155 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon; +1 671 647 1234; guam.regency.hyatt.com. Take your pick from elegant pool-, garden- or ocean-view guestrooms, which all boast fluffy white duvets, walk-in closets and high-speed internet.
- Pacific Islands Club, 210 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon; +1 671 646 9171; www.picresorts.com/guam. Overnight guests at this four-star resort can access its famous PIC Waterpark for free.
- The Westin Resort, 105 Gun Beach Rd, Tumon; +1 671 647 1020; www.westin-guam.com. Enjoy luxe accommodations overlooking the crystalline waters of Tumon Bay. Work up a sweat at the hotel’s fitness studio, relax at the Mandara Spa, or practice your swing at the nearby Leo Palace Golf Course – Westin guests enjoy special rates.
Where to eat
- Beachin’ Shrimp, The Plaza Shopping Center, Tumon; +1 671 642 3224, facebook.com/BeachinShrimp. Enjoy an array of fresh shrimp-based dishes, from coconut shrimp to gambas (shrimp with garlic and olive oil), at this popular eatery.
- Caliente, 135 Archbishop FC Flores ST Hagatna; +1 671 477 4681. Sample Mexican fare like pollo asado (roast chicken) burritos, taco salads and more.
- Jamaican Grill, Tamuning; +1 671 472 2000. Locals in Guam love their barbequed meats. Tuck into the chicken and ribs family platter; don’t be shy to eat with your hands!
- Meskla, 130 E. Marine Corps Dr, Ste 103, Hagatna; +1 671 479 2652. A fusion bistro serving up hearty Chamoru cuisine with a modern twist. Favorites include the Dinache glazed pork chops with red rice.
- Pika’s Cafe, Star Building, 888 North Marine Corps Dr, Tumon, +1 671 647 7452. Bestselling dishes at this popular breakfast and brunch spot include the pork belly and bulgogi kimchi rice bowl, and the salmon tinaktak sandwich.
- PROA, 429 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon; +1 671 646 7762. This restaurant serves a dressed-up version of local Chamorro barbecue. Try the house specialty, Proa BBQ, which comes with chicken, spare ribs or short ribs, as well as red rice and finadene sauce.
- Wednesday Night Market, Chamorro Village, Paseo Loop, Hagatna. Get a taste of local flair at this market. Fill your plate with barbecued meats, red rice and finadene sauce, and wash it all down with a selection of fresh fruit juices.
What to do
- Atlantis Submarine Tour, atlantissubmarines.com. Explore the waters off Guam and admire colourful marine flora and fauna by riding a 65ft submarine.
- Chamorro Village, Paseo Loop, Hagatna. Head to this shopping complex for its bustling Wednesday Night Market, where you can shop for trinkets and local produce, snack on barbecue skewers, and be entertained by local dance performances.
- Diving. Guam is one the world’s best dive destinations, with underwater attractions like coral reefs and World War II shipwrecks. Popular dive sites include Agana Bay (with plenty of hard and soft corals, and great visibility) and American Tanker (a wreck dive for beginners).
- Guam Premier Outlets, Tamuning; +1 671 647 4032. The only outlet mall on the island, with discounted products from international brands like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
Micronesia Mall, 1088 Marine Corps Dr, Tumon; www.micronesiamall.com. Shop to your heart’s content at Guam’s largest duty-free shopping center.
- Mt Lamlam. Scale the highest point in Guam, which stands at 406m. While its height isn’t all that impressive, the distance from its peak to the bottom of the nearby Mariana Trench represents the biggest change in elevation on Earth.
- Pacific War Museum, Hagatna; +1 671 477 8355. Learn more about the events that unfolded in the Pacific during World War II, via intriguing exhibits that include uniforms, vehicles and artillery. The museum was established by the late John Gerber, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam War veteran.
- Ritidian Point, Route 3A, Hagatna. The northernmost point on the island boasts a gorgeous sandy beach that’s great for swimming and snorkelling.
- Tumon Bay. The malls at Tumon Bay are a haven for shoppers who want to purchase US goods without traveling all the way across the Pacific.
- Tumon Bay Beach. Spend an entire day swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing at this paradisiacal white sand beach.
- Two Lovers Point, +1 671 647 4107; www.twoloverspoint.com. A lookout point which affords visitors with sweeping views of Tumon Bay. It’s named after a legend, which tells of two star-crossed lovers who leapt to their deaths from the cliffs in order to be together in the afterlife.
- Valley of the Latte Adventure Park, Talafofo; +1 671 646 1710. Ride a carabao (Guam’s national symbol), visit the animal sanctuary, cruise down the Talofofo River, try standup paddle boarding and more at this fun-filled eco destination.
- Ypao Beach Park, Tamuning. Accessible from major hotels, this family-friendly beach has a park, a children’s playground, and ample space for picnics. Regular concerts are also held at the park’s amphitheater.