Why Guam is perfect for history buffs and beachgoers

Located in the Western Pacific, Guam is a tropical island just a few hours from the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Those familiar with Guam know the island for its beautiful beaches and magnificent coastal views. However, those who have yet to explore this beautiful island will fall in love with it, the same way people admire adventures on Koh Phi Phi.

At the same time, this American territory is home to the Chamorro indigenous community, an indigenous community of Guam who inhabited the island as early as 2000 BC! Although many history buffs enjoy learning about Chamorro culture, hundreds of historic sites date back to World War II and times dating back to the Spanish and American periods.

All in all, whether a traveler is looking for history of beautiful beach views, Guam has it all. Discover incredible sites around the island, perfect for history buffs and beach lovers!

8 Gef Pa’go Cultural Village

Have you ever wondered what traditional culture was like in Guam? Thanks to the Inalahan Foundation, visitors can learn about the Chamorro culture, Guam’s indigenous community. Composed mainly of elderly Chamhorros, tourists can discover Gef Pa’go and learn about traditional cuisine, arts and crafts. The village is located near Inarajan in southern Guam.

seven Hagatna Chamorro village market

The Chamorro Village Market in Hagatna is bustling Monday through Friday, offering visitors an eclectic variety of arts, crafts, food, and souvenirs to take home. Located in the capital of Guam, the market is also popular on Wednesday evenings. Visitors can enjoy dancing under the tropical sky. At the same time, foodies will also love Hagatna, the Chamorro village market. There are many food stalls to experience Guamanian cuisine. Influenced by various cuisines, foodies can taste local delicacies like kelaguen, buñelos aga or eskabeche! It’s a fun way to experience Guam’s local traditions and cuisine, and it’s perfect for travelers who love to shop.

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6 Guam Museum

Exploring Hagatna on foot is an ideal way to admire the city’s architecture (with some signs of Spanish influence). Additionally, tourists will have plenty of opportunities to learn about Guam’s Chamorro culture, from its traditional music (known as Township of Chamorro style) or the local folklore surrounding certain monuments. However, the permanent exhibits at the Guam Museum are a great way to learn more about the history and heritage of Guam’s Chamorro people. Through photos, videos and over 300 artifacts, visitors can learn about the island’s history that dates back thousands of years!

5 Guam’s Spanish Forts

Guam has a rich history of Asian and American influences despite its small size. Guam also has influence and ties with Spain. From the 16th (through the 18th) century, the European nation built fourteen fortifications across the island to protect their Pacific trade routes. Today visitors can explore some of these forts, including the Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad and Fort Santa Agueda.

Alternatively, for a little more history, in some houses in southern Guam, the Spanish influence is visible through their architecture. For example, some churches are home to many villages on the island, some dating back to the 17th century! Alternatively, history buffs can marvel at the remains of Spanish-influenced buildings, such as the PLaza de Espana or the village of Soumay.

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4 Latte Valley

Valley Of The Latte is ideal to satisfy both history buffs and nature lovers! This eco-friendly tourist attraction is an action-packed adventure park filled with nature, activities and local history programs. Visitors to Valley of the Latte can enjoy carabao rides, paddle boarding, fishing, and kayaking! Alternatively, tourists can take a relaxing ride on the river cruise along the Talofofo and Ugum rivers, learning about the Latte site and the local wildlife. Visitors who have been to Valley of the Latte recognize it as one of Guam’s best tours!

3 Fish Eye Marine Park

Located in Piti, the Fish Eye Marine Park is a family destination built for fun! Soak up Guam’s beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish, and cross the park’s ocean deck to watch dolphins play. The park also offers eco-friendly snorkeling trips for tourists and an exciting dinner show for guests!

2 The Priests’ Pools of South Guam

Merizo is home to Guam’s Priest’s Pools, stunning bodies of water set against the island’s lush green landscape. This magnificent view features eight pools that draw water from the nearby Pigua River, making for a peaceful and scenic hike. Visit the basins soaking up the scents of the wild flower fields! The Priest’s Pools were named after Spanish priests (presumably from the nearby Catholic Church of San Dimas) who often frequented the pools for cooling off and bathing.

1 South Pacific Memorial Park

The South Pacific Memorial Park was once an intense battle going back to World War II. Today, the peaceful park serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives for freedom during war, especially those of Japanese, American, and Pacific Islander descent. The park is adorned with a 50-foot memorial, next to a Buddhist temple housing countless wartime artifacts.

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