Located approximately 3,300 miles West of Hawaii, 1,500 miles East of the Philippines and 1,550 miles South of Japan, the Island of Guam is the Western most territory of the United States and one of the leading tourist destinations in the Western Pacific. Although located in the Northern Pacific, Guam is truly a tropical island paradise. Approximately 30 miles long and 4 to 9 miles wide, the Northern end of Guam is a plateau of rolling hills and cliffs rising to 600 feet above sea level. Waterfalls, rivers and bays abound throughout Guam's central and southern areas.
Luxury 5 star hotels line the Tumon Bay beachfront and Guam's unique "duty free" status makes it a shoppers' paradise. The beaches of Tumon Bay offer gleaming white sand and crystal clear, calm waters for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing and enjoying the fantistic sunsets over the Philipine Sea. With its year round warm and crystal clear waters, Guam is one of the most desirable scuba dive destinations in the world. For golfers , Guam offers seven world class golf courses. And, there are no "members only" country clubs. All seven courses are open to the public. Other popular Guam activities include hiking, or " boonie stomping ", jet skiing, windsurfing, sky diving, parasailing and deep-sea sport fishing .
Guam was ceded to the United States following the Spanish American War in 1898 and formally purchased from Spain in 1899. Placed under the administrative jurisdiction of the U.S. Navy, Guam experienced many improvements in the areas of agriculture, public health, sanitation, education, land management, taxes, and public works.
The U.S. Navy continued to use Guam as a refueling and communication station until 1941, when it fell to invading Japanese forces shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Guam remained under Japanese control until reclaimed by American forces in July of 1944. In 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Organic Act, making Guam an unincorporated territory of the United States with limited self-governing authority, which it remains to this day.
With its beaches, out-door activities and many historical and cultural landmarks, visitors to Guam will not be wanting for activities during their visit. A wide variety of tour guides and dive operators are available to ensure visitors make the most of their time. Check our pages for fun things to do, where to stay and how to get there.
Guam Travel Guide