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Understanding Guam


Guam was ceded to the US by Spain in 1898 after the Spanish-American War Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later The military installations on the island are some of the more strategically important US bases in the Western Pacific


The economy depends on US military spending, tourism, and the export of fish and handicrafts Total US grants, wage payments, and procurement outlays amounted to $1 billion in 1998 Over the past 20 years, the tourist industry has grown rapidly, creating a construction boom for new hotels and the expansion of older ones More than 1 million tourists visit Guam each year The industry has recently suffered setbacks because of the continuing Japanese slowdown; the Japanese normally make up almost 90% of the tourists However, Guam tourism is branching out to attract people from other Asian countries such as Korea and China Most food and industrial goods are imported The possibility of a large military buildup has generated a lot of interest in increasing the tourist facilities on the island


Guam enjoys a tropical marine climate: generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds The dry season runs from January to June, the rainy season from July to December, though with little seasonal temperature variation During the rains, squalls are common, though destructive typhoons are rare

Talking in Guam

English is a first language on Guam, though Chamorro words are an integral part of the local vocabulary, and like any area, a local accent of English exists Chamorro borrows many words from Spanish, and many place names are pronounced as in Spanish, with key differences: "y" is pronounced as a "j" and vice-versa, such that the local name Reyes is pronounced ray-jez

What to do in Guam

Scuba diving and snorkeling There is an amazing assortment of tropical fish, even in water less than one metre deep For those who can't swim, glass bottomed boat trips are on offer

There are many festivals to attend to in Guadeloupe In Guadeloupe they call them "parties on the street" They use colourful ribbons and tie them round their wrists to resemble the colours of all the nations Their parties last all through the night until the early morning They sometimes call them "swatson"

Buying stuff in Guam

There are many retail outlets in Guam, including DFS Duty Free Shoppers which operates several stores in hotels, a large "Galleria," and a store in the Guam Airport Further, visitors to Guam will note some of the same shopping opportunities that exist in "the States" Although there is no Wal-Mart, there is a large K-Mart that does a very high volume of business Indeed, visitors who are used to the voided cavernous K-Marts in the USA may be surprised to find that they can barely squeeze through the aisles of the Guam K-Mart

The Tumon Bay area possesses many duty-free shopping outlets and boutiques catering to Japanese tourists Among these are boutiques selling Bvlgari, Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, and more

Food and eating in Guam

Despite its small population Guam has a range of restaurants, including Ya Mon's Jamaican Grill local made soon-to-be franchised Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe, Tony Romas and Chili's is a building next the the Guam Premier Outlets Major hotels and restaurants serve continental meals and ethnic dishes

Fresh seafood is bountiful Fresh fish, octopus, and lobster are either grilled or baked with vegetables or fruit, sashimi, and in other ways unique to the Pacific

Travelers who venture further will find Chamorro, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Mexican, and European restaurants, each with its own distinct ambiance Chamorro Village offers a great variety of choices for local chamorro food, especially Wednesday nights Of course, American fast food chains, such as Wendy's, Burger King, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, Winchells Donuts and Dominos are common

Locals pride themselves in BBQ'ing and it is a frequent event in Guam Families and friends often get together and for BBQs, so if you visit ask about BBQ's It's a good chance you'll get invited!

  • Jeff's Pirates Cove Ipan Talofofo 671-789-COVE http://wwwjeffspiratescovecom A great place to stop for a burger, beer, or tasty Greek dishes Situated just off the beach, the outdoor tables command a great view of the sea Friendly staff, but hit-and-miss food quality However, no trip to Guam is complete without a stop at Jeff's
  • Mama Gyros 647 Marine Corps Drive Next to Club Texas across from Napa Auto 671-482-4976 http://wwwmamagyroscom 10:00 - 21:00 Great home made gyros and sandwiches shop in Guam The average lunch dinner price is US$9 per person

Drinking in Guam

  • Casa Nami San Vitores Road, Tumon Across from Pacific Islands Club, second floor 646-NAMI
  • Buddies Billiards and Brew Behind Tick Tock in Tamuning 649-CUES 2837
  • Bully’s Bar & Grill Located on the first floor of The Plaza in Tumon 649-2389
  • C’s Karaoke Lounge Located next to Shen’s Furniture on Route 16 647-0488
  • Cafe Havana Located at the Hyatt Regency Guam Resort in Tumon 64SALSA 647-2572
  • Cho Cho’s Poolside Bar Located at Fiesta Resort

Accommodation in Guam

The main tourist area is around Tumon Bay, which has a number of high-rise hotels and resorts similar to Waikiki Beach with an even larger percentage of Japanese tourists Cheaper accommodations exist near the airport, especially around the village of Harmon Be aware that Harmon hotels tend to be on the seedier side since Harmon is a mixed industrial/residential neighborhood Many of the flights scheduled through Guam to other locations especially in Asia often require an overnight layover, so plan ahead Some hotels offer airport pickup, as taxis can be quite expensive

  • PIC Resorts - Guam 210 Pale San Vitores Road 1-670 2347976 http://wwwpicresortscom/en/Guam/Indexasp 12 13527184 144813537Located in the Micronesia Islands, PIC Guam Hotel overlooks stunning Guam Beaches
  • Tamuning Plaza Hotel 960 South Marine Drive, Tamuning +16716498646 http://wwwguamhotelcom 1300 1200 $4950 Budget economy hotel located on Marine Drive, across the street from Agana Hagatna Bay and the beach

Working in Guam

The largest employers on Guam are the Government of Guam and Continental Airlines, followed by a large duty-free retail firm DFS Guam, the US Federal Government, the hotel industry and services sectors Guam has two large military bases and several smaller military installations that employ many people The only Air Force base is Andersen Air Force Base on the northern tip of the island The US Navy has a large naval station -- Naval Station Guam --located on the west-central part of the island near the village Agat The Navy operates the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station NCTS south of the village of Dededo Additionally, the Navy controls the Fena Reservoir, which provides drinking water in addition to the aquifer in the northern part of the island

Cities in Guam

What do you think about Guam?

How expensive is Guam?
Meal in inexpensive restaurant11.04 USD
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)55.05 USD
McDonalds meal8.31 USD
Local beer (0.5 draft)2.73 USD
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 4.98 USD
Cappuccino4.93 USD
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)1.5 USD
Water (0.33 bottle)1.42 USD
Milk (1l)2.39 USD
Fresh bread (500g)3.29 USD
White Rice (1kg)2.82 USD
Eggs (12) 3.24 USD
Local Cheese (1kg) 9.38 USD
Chicken Breast (1kg) 7.16 USD
Apples (1kg) 4.52 USD
Oranges (1kg) 4.29 USD
Tomato (1kg) 5.38 USD
Potato (1kg) 3.06 USD
Lettuce (1 head) 2.15 USD
Water (1.5l)2.24 USD
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.85 USD
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)2.88 USD
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 5.04 USD
Cigarettes7.75 USD
One way local bus ticket56.88 USD
Monthly pass for bus53.68 USD
Taxi start8.86 USD
Taxi 1km3.11 USD
Taxi 1hour waiting42.07 USD
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.42 USD
Utilities for a "normal" apartment402.44 USD
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.55 USD
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 787.2 USD, your travel companion

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