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Welcome to the island of Guam

I have been to Guam almost a dozen times over the last 18 yrs. From the laid back Island feel to the crazy nightlife. It's an island torn between the urban growth of tourism and the struggle to keep the Chomorro culture.

It's always nice to get into this port after a long underway and relax, fish, dive or just have a great night out.

The Territory of Guam (Guhn in Chamorro) is an island in the Western Pacific Ocean and is an organized unincorporated territory of the United States. Its indigenous people are the Chamorros, who first inhabited the island approximately 3,500 years ago.

The capital is Hagta, formerly Agana (pronounced Agaa). Guam's economy is mainly supported by tourism (particularly from Japan) and its United States armed forces bases. The latter takes up one-third of the entire land mass of the island. The United Nations Committee on Decolonization includes Guam on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Guam History

Guam was ceded to the US by Spain in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.


No true cities exist on Guam (if one uses the 50,000 person rule), but each "city" represents an individual township, all of which have mayors and limited autonomy within the central government. The largest population concentration is in the center of the island, since the south is fairly lightly populated and the north is mostly owned by the US military.

Agana (Hagta) ? the capital
Tumon ? where most tourists head, on the central west of the island

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Island time!
  • Cons:Can be real hot!
  • In a nutshell:Take it slow in the day, and fast at night!
  • Last visit to Guam: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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