Where America’s Day Begins

Every travel that I take is usually by air. Each and every time, my final destination is “Where America’s Day Begins”. America’s day begins in Guam which is my home and where I am originally from. Guam is a United States territory and

“as the sun sets on this island the US Mainland is nearly a full day behind” which is why it is where America’s day begins.

Allow me to share with you a little about this place that I call home which is actually a paradise destination for many from around the world….

Guam’s History

CHAMORROS

Guam is believed to be discovered by seafarers from Southeast Asia around 2000 BC. Linguistically and culturally, Guam has many similarities to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. This is how the Chamorro people, the indigenous people of Guam, came to be. Chamorros were skilled in weaving and making pottery. They built unique houses for their region in the Western Pacific. They also made fast-moving canoes and were great seafarers.

SPANISH

On March 6, 1521, Ferdinand Magellan led a Spanish expedition that found its way to Guam. In 1565 Guam was officially claimed by Spain but was not colonized until the 17th Century. During Spanish colonization Guam was introduced to Christianity and trade was established. The Chamorros also adopted Western-style clothing and the Spanish language and culture became a major influence.

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

The Spanish ceded Guam to the United States as a result of the Treaty of Paris after the US captured the island during the Spanish-American War. Guam played an important role for American ships.

WORLD WAR II

Guam was invaded by the Japanese Imperial Army on December 8, 1941. They occupied Guam from 1941-1944,. Then on July 21, 1944, came the “liberation” of Guam when the US landed and defeated the Japanese Imperial Army.

POST WAR

The Guam Organic Act of 1950 allowed Guam to be an unincorporated organized territory of the United States and Guam after many years of colonization and occupation finally established a civilian government.

All persons born on the island of Guam on or after April 11, 1899, are granted US citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952,

GUAM TODAY

Although the US presence In Guam is still strong with military installations still around after all these years. Guam’s tourism industry is its focus for its financial security. Guam sees many tourists from Japan, Korea, China, the US and Russia among other places in the world.

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Visiting Guam

Guam is an amazing place to visit if you’re looking for a paradise island in the Pacific. Remember, it is a United States territory so there is no need to convert your US dollars and English is the primary language. You can travel light because temeratures are always in the mid to high 80s. Shorts, t-shirts, swim wear, some beach slippers and either sun tan lotion or sunblock are basically all you need.

BEACHES

There are many white sandy beaches to experience. The most popular beaches among tourists and locals are the beaches along Tumon Bay…Ypao Beach, Matapang Beach and Gun Beach. If you decide to stay at the many hotels in the Tumon area, then you will definitely have access to prime beaches of the island.

HIKING

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If you are into the more active and outdoorsy life, Guam has many hiking trails that you can partake in. These hiking trails range from really easy to the more difficult hikes. Whichever trails you go on, you can almost guarantee that all trails lead to something really amazing at the end.

WATERFALLS

There are some amazing waterfalls that await you on Guam. Most of these waterfalls require a hike or two to get to though. All worth it! One of the most popular waterfalls most frequented is Talofofo Waterfalls.

SOUTH SIDE

Rent a car, a convertible if you can, especially on a sunny day and take a stroll to Guam’s south side. The southern end of the island is absolutely breath taking and takes you away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday worries.

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If it’s your first time on Guam or want to take your special someone on a romantic adventure the Two Lovers Point is a must. You’ll enjoy learning about the legend of Two Lovers Point and there’s an absolutely spectacular view from the point.

DINING AND NIGHT LIFE

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Guam has an array of American restaurants to include McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Chili’s, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Denny’s (trust me) just to name a few.

There are also many Asian and Filipino restaurants to enjoy,

Every Wednesday night in the capital city of Hagatna there is the Chamorro Village Night Market where you can enjoy local foods and purchase local items and souvenirs to take home with you.

Other local staples include The Cafeteria, Pika’s Cafe, Meskla, Proa, Linda’s Coffee Shop, King’s and Shirley’s Coffee Shop.

Nightlife on Guam is amazing for those 18 years and older as there are many clubs, lounges, bars and karaoke places to have a great time. Incidentally, the drinking age on Guam is 21 years and older.

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There are a number of hotels to choose from should you decide to visit Guam. These hotels include Hilton Guam Resort and Spa, Pacific Islands Club, Pacific Star Hotel, Holiday Resort, Fiesta Resort, Hyatt Regency Guam, Outrigger Guam, Dusit Thani, Royal Orchid, Westin Resort Guam, Nikko Hotel Guam, Lotte Hotel Guam, Bay View, Sheraton Resort, Leo Palace Hotel.

SHOPPING

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If you’re into Duty Free Shopping there is definitely lots on Guam especially in the Tumon Bay area. There’s Gucci, Prada, Coach, Celine, Fendi, Tory Burch, Bally, Michael Kors, Burberry and everyone else luxury brand.

Guam also has a Super K-Mart and Ross Dress for Less.

You can shop at the Micronesia Mall, Guam Premiere Outlets and the Agana Shopping Center.

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

For those who are history buffs there are many historical landmarks to assuage your interests. Some places to check out are War in the Pacific Memorial, Asan Beach Memorial, Korean Airline Memorial, Angel Santos Latte Stone Park, Sirena Park, Spanish Bridge, Fort Soledad, and Fort Apugan.

LOCAL DELICACIES

Visitors to Guam enjoy the many local delicacies or Chamorro food. You will discover that Chamorro food has influences from the Spanish, Filipino and other Asian countries.

Guam is famous for its village fiestas which are held throughout the year. You will also find that many families on Guam have big celebrations for just about every occasion, They also have many BBQ s and beach outings which come close to any other fiesta on Guam.guampedia

A typical fiesta table includes Red Rice, Tortillas, fresh-baked bread, taro, breadfruit, bananas, spinach, egg plant, BBQ spare ribs, short ribs, chicken, fish, crab, lobster, numerous types of kelaguen (favorite of many visitors), pancit, lumpia, shrimp patties and a variety of salads,

Must try local desserts include empanada, buchi buchi, sweet tamales, latiya, kalamai, rosketi, guyuria, rosettes, and bonelos just to name a few.

Guam also has exotic fruits that you can look forward to when in season. Fruits found on Guam include mangoes, papaya, star apple, bananas, breadfruit, guavas and many others.

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Begin YOUR Day

So, if you are looking for a new travel destination and you want to wake up “Where America’s Day Begins”, then begin YOUR day on Guam.

It’s another paradise island waiting for you to discover her.

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12 Replies to “Where America’s Day Begins”

  1. Hi, Geri.

    Thank you for your introduction on Guam including its history. I can feel your love and pride for Guam.

    I am currently living in Korea, and Guam is not far away from here. I love traveling and have been thinking where will be my next destination. I want to visit Guam in the near future.

    There are many places where I want to visit including some beaches and Talofofo Waterfalls. I also want to visit local delicacies. I will try many local foods over there.

    I have a quick question and suggestion for you. How about the expenses while staying there? Some people say that it is kind of expensive. If so, do you have any tips on saving extra cost? You can write another article on “How to save money while staying in Guam”. In the article, you can introduce some good quality & cheap accommodations, popular local restaurants, etc.

    I will be highly interested in reading more article from you.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Geri,
    I love that. “Guam is where America’s day begins”. Now I know why that is so 🙂 I have met a few people from Guam where I live (in Mexico), but I didn’t know much about it, except for the history in WWII and the aftermath. This was such an interesting read and I learned so much about Guam! Now, I would even love to visit. There is a lot to see, and the food looks delicious! I am definitely not tempted by McDonalds, Wendy’s, and all the other fast food restaurants – I prefer local and healthier food, lol.
    Hopefully, one day I can make it to Guam. It looks like an amazing place!

    1. I am so happy that you found this post valuable. Guam would be happy to have you visit.

      Many people, like you, are only familiar with Guam’s military importance but there’s so much more.

      Yes, I’m sure that you’ll enjoy the local foods more than fast food restaurants. 😉

      Thank you for visiting my site!

  3. Hi Geri,

    I really enjoyed reading your article on where Americas day begins. I must admit that I had never considered Guam as a holiday destination, but it is definitely on my bucket list now. I would be travelling with my children and wonder if you have any things to recommend to do with them in Guam? Thanks in advance, Andrew

    1. That’s great to hear, Andrew! There are many family friendly things that you could do with children here on Guam. Many hotels have water parks and programs set up for the kids. There are many jet ski, banana boat rides, parasailing and other rentals available. There is also Underwater World, Sling Shot Ride, Tagada Amusement Park and Chuck E. Cheese’s. Just hanging at the beach is great, too.

      Thanks for visiting my site.

  4. I live in Australia, and know little about Guam, I had an enquiry once from Guam, about some kayak gear I was selling and had listed on E-bay.
    But postage killed that deal.
    And that is about as much as I know about Guam
    So thank you for the wonderful introduction.
    I’m a traveller, and I prefer the outdoors type of sightseeing. Sightseeing and experiencing I think is a apt term.
    My interest would be Diving. I am imagining there would be some good dive sites there.
    Thanks for a great insight into your part of the world.

    Michael.

  5. I live in Australia, and know little about Guam, I had an enquiry once from Guam, about some kayak gear I was selling and had listed on E-bay.But postage killed that deal.And that is about as much as I know about GuamSo thank you for the wonderful introduction.I’m a traveller, and I prefer the outdoors type of sightseeing. Sightseeing and experiencing I think is a apt term.My interest would be Diving. I am imagining there would be some good dive sites there.Thanks for a great insight into your part of the world.

    Michael 

    1. Oh yes there are some diving spots around the island. You’ll be surprised to know that Guam gets some visitors from Australia every year especially since it’s not that far away.

      Thanks for visiting my site.

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