It’s a tropical island paradise that an American won’t need a passport to visit. Hawaii? Nope. Puerto Rico? No, again. The exotic island is Guam. And if you’re scratching your head wondering where Guam is, you’re probably not alone. This American territory, which is located in Micronesia, has been off of most people’s travel radars for a long time. But that’s about to change. Why?
Because the world is beginning to discover all that Guam has to offer, including cascading waterfalls and lovely white-sand, palm-fringed beaches. According to the BBC, this island’s natural beauty rivals that of Hawaii’s. Plus, Guam — the largest in the Mariana archipelago — also boasts ideal year-round temperatures of between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Guam’s water temperatures are also delightfully warm.
With its thriving reefs, many shipwrecks, large schools of colorful fish and crystal clear waters, Guam is also a favorite destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. One of its more popular dive sites is known as the Blue Hole — a crevice off of the Orote Peninsula that features a stunning 100 feet of visibility and is home to lots of interesting marine life, including unicorn fish, turtles, crocodile needlefish and triggerfish.
In addition, Guam’s culture is uniquely its own. The island’s local indigenous Chamorro culture is alive and well, but you will also see the influences of Spain in this former Spanish colony as well as those of Japan the Philippines, China and America. Its varied cuisine is, especially, influenced by all of these different cultures. If you are interested in knowing more about the Chamorro culture, you can visit one of Guam eco-cultural sites where you can learn more about its people and the interesting history of this island.
Although this tidy little island is only 30 miles long and 9 miles wide, it boasts a surprising number of elegant luxury hotels, including the Sheraton, Marriott and the Westin. And if you prefer smaller boutique hotels or bed and breakfasts, Guam has those, as well.