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Guam

THE PRIDE OF MICRONESIA

As the largest island of the Micronesian archipelago, Guam is still only 30 miles long and 12 miles at its widest, a snug little corner of the tropics in the grandeur of the Pacific. Considering its modest dimensions, Guam has a remarkably colorful history: from the native Chamorro people, to the Spanish invasions, to the battles scenes of WWII. These historical events remain woven into the island's cultural makeup and are as much a part of the Guam experience as the pristine white beaches and glorious sunsets over aquamarine waters, not to mention the famed hospitality of its people.

WHAT TO PACK

Keep It Light: Guam has a tropical climate with only two seasons, and both of them are hot. Whether rainy or sunny, this island is humid. Stick to lightweight and light-colored clothing to best deflect the heat. Reef Days: To fully explore Guam’s white sand beaches and wade fearlessly through the water, it would be wise to invest in a pair of reef shoes to prevent your feet from being brutally scratched. Day Tripping: Stay hydrated and cool while touring the sites with a sturdy yet stylish carry-all that can hold cap, water bottle and hand wipes (for meals on the go).

FIVE ESSENTIAL PHRASES

Håfa ådai: This is Chamorro for ‘Hello’ but Buenas will suffice for ‘Hey!’

Ådios!: Conveniently, the same as ‘Goodbye’ in Spanish.

Håfa tatamanu hao?: Slightly more of a mouthful, but nonetheless nice to know, this is the formal way to ask a local ‘How are you?’ The informal version is Kao mamaolek ha' hao? 

Put Fabot: Please. Influenced in part by the high number of Japanese residents and visitors to the island, exchanges in Guam tend to be laced in the highest degree of politeness.  

Si Yu'us ma'ase': Thank you. Also important to learn for the aforementioned reason.

TIPS FROM A LOCAL

Top Tips: Despite the strong influence of North American culture, tipping is not much observed beyond the 10-15% service charge added to bills. 
 
Northern Highlights: The North of the island is mostly owned by the military, which means little residential build up and lots of deserted beaches.

Culture Vulture: Head south to catch a glimpse of the native Chamorro culture, unique to this part of the globe. 

Coconut Candy and Pickled Papaya: These moreish treats are ubiquitous on the island and nibbled on by everyone. Pickled papaya, or "atsara" as it is known in Chamorro, is a spicy combination of chili and green papaya, of which every family guards their own recipe—tourists can stock up on the most lauded commercial version at Kathy’s Mini Mart. Coconut candy is a simple but delicious treat, blending sugar and shaved coconut, and has been enjoyed on the island since time immemorial.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Time Zone: UTC + 10:00
Dialing Code: +1 671
International Airport: Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM)
Tipping: 10-15%
Will I Need A Visa? No passport or visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Guam. Certain regions are eligible for the visa waiver program (Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Japan and New Zealand) to enter Guam for up to 15 days, but all other regions must obtain a US visa prior to arrival. 
Travel and Health Insurance
Comprehensive health care is strongly advised, as the cost of health care in Guam is high. 
The Weather 
Guam is known for its year round warm weather, though as with all tropical climes, there’s a rainy season to be wary of from July through November. The coolest and least humid months are December to February.

See
A petite microcosm of tropical splendor just a mile off the coast of Dungca Beach.
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Eat
Proa stands as one of the island’s culinary treasures and a hive of social activity.
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Drink
If you have a hankering for a wild night on the sand then let The Beach Bar be your first port of call.
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Sleep
A day resort located only 3km off the southern tip of Guam.
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See
Named after a romantic tale, a poetic spot to take in Guam’s history and culture in one breath
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Eat
A contemporary menu rooted in Japanese tradition.
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Drink
The ideal waterhole after a long day in the sun.
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Sleep
Perched atop Oka Point with panoramic views of the Pacific.
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See
A unique facility that boasts Micronesia’s first and only underwater observatory.
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Eat
Enjoy a flavorful meal while looking out over Tumon Bay.
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Drink
A landmark establishment in Hagatna Village serving a selection of locally brewed beers.
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Sleep
One of Guam’s luxury hotels situated a stone’s throw from Tumon Beach.
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See
Stomp and trek through Guam’s incredible rainforests and mountains.
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Eat
Enjoy a whimsical delight from one of Guam’s top bakeries.
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Drink
Feel the sand beneath you feet at the epitomize of easy living island life.
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Sleep
A serene escape with warm and inviting spaces and peaceful ocean views.
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