|Guam as a tourist destination is relatively unknown outside of the US and Japan. The main market is Japanese tourists and although this is primarily a tropical island destination, Guam also has a fair amount of culture to offer its visitors.
With the growth of the tourism industry over the past few decades, Guam has a surprisingly good tourist infrastructure considering its relatively small size. There are a good number and range of hotels as well as golf courses and other tourist facilities.
Diving is a popular pastime on Guam and there are several more popular dive sites including a couple of sunken Japanese warships in Apra Harbor and a reef feature known as the Blue Hole which is a hole in the reef and suitable for more advanced divers.
The capital and second largest town on Guam is Hagatna (formerly called Agana). Situated on the north western shore of the island, the town has several attractions of interest including the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica and the Plaza de Espana. The Latte Stone Park is an historical attraction – these are pillars with stones on the tops and were used as building supports by the ancient Chamorro people.
Tumon is the main tourist centre of Guam so you’ll find the majority of the island’s hotels here as well as shopping, restaurants and more. Some visitors may be disappointed at how Americanised Guam is when you look at the choice of restaurants on offer – McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café, and the list goes on! However, if you do want a more ‘local’ meal, seafood is plentiful and served with more authentic Pacific cuisine. There are also a good variety of other cuisines such as Chinese, Filipino, Chamorro and Japanese to name a few.
War in the Pacific National Historic Park
Maintained by the US National Park Service, the War in the Pacific National Historic Park was established to honour those who fought in the Pacific during WW2. As US sites go this one is unique because it doesn’t only honour the US casualties but those from other nations who participated too including Japan, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the Netherlands and more.