… where America’s Day begins
1. CHILL BY THE TURQUOISE WATERS AT TUMON BEACH
Swim and snorkel in the turquoise water at Tumon Bay with a beautiful white sandy beach and crystal clear waters. If your hotel is not located right on the beach you can easily rent out beach chairs and umbrellas for $50 for the whole day (or $10 per hour) and includes 1 hour use of their beach floaties and available beach gear.
2. SHOPPING IN GUAM
JP Superstore offers the greatest selection of unique souvenirs from Guam, chocolates and local food items. It’s definitely a must if you are looking for gifts to take home.
You can’t leave Guam without shopping at Micronesia Mall. Perfect for all budgets and ages, the Micronesia Mall has something for everyone. You can easily spend a full day roaming around the mall, whether it is shopping at Macy’s or eating at the food court!
Guam Premier Outlets
Another shopping destination to check out is the Guam Premier Outlets. With a vast selection of outlet stores (Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess etc.), Forever 21 and delicious American food chains (my favorite: Wendy’s), it will definitely keep you busy for a couple of hours.
3. TAKE THE TWO LOVER’S SHUTTLE TO TWO LOVERS POINT
One of the island’s top attraction is the Two Lovers Point, a cliff overlooking Tumon Bay. According to a local Chamorro legend, two star-crossed lovers forbidden to be together by their parents jumped to their death from this cliff to be together in the afterlife. Regardless of the dramatic story, it’s worth the trip for the amazing view!
4. HAVE LOCAL CHAMORRO FOOD AT TERRY’S LOCAL COMFORT FOOD
It was my first time trying local Chamorro food, so I cannot comment much on its authenticity – however, I can say it was some pretty good BBQ. Terry’s Local Comfort Food (only 10-minute walk from JP Superstore) is cozy with a casual atmosphere and friendly service! We ordered the Fiesta plate and we were recommended to try the Hagan Suni Mannok (grilled chicken with spinach curry) from the waitress. We also tried their Chamorro spring roll appetizer, which we found to be average. Overall, food was great and portions were huge – we probably should have just ordered one dish to share! Should definitely stop by for some good Island BBQ!
5. TRY GUAM’S MANGO BEER
Have a taste at what is supposedly Guam’s number 1 beer by the island king – the mango beer was delicious – refreshing and fruity!
* Do note the Guam t-shirt Sho is wearing – probably the best souvenir from JP Superstore!
6. SNEAK INTO NIKKO HOTEL
Sneak into hotel Nikko and take a walk on their fabulous quiet beach (right between Tumon and Gun beach) – their pool (with slides) is also superb if you can manage to sneak into it!
7. STOP BY THE “I LOVE GUAM” SIGNS AROUND THE ISLAND FOR A PHOTO
You must take a mandatory tourist photo at one of the many “I Love Guam” signs scattered around the island. Their vibrant colorful walls will make the perfect backdrop to your photo!
8. HAVE AMERICAN STYLE PHO
If you are in the mood for Vietnamese food, I highly recommend Pho Thanh Xuan Vietnamese Restaurant for a deliciously abundant bowl of Pho. Get ready to wait at least 10-15 mins for your food, but it’s worth the wait. Their other dishes also looked extremely tasty but we didn’t personally try them!
9. TRY GUAM’S #1 BURGER AT MESKLA DOS
For all the burger lovers in the house – you must try Guam’s #1 burger at Meskla Dos to satisfy your burger cravings. There isn’t anything absolute unique about it, but they are good burgers!
10. DOWNLOAD THE APP FOR A FREE RIDE
When we were in Guam we downloaded the Lam Lam Bus App for a 2-hour free ticket for the Tumon shuttles (all except the Two Lovers Point, Chamorro Village and Flea Market shuttles) when you sign up – perfect way to travel on a budget (saves you $4 to $10 depending how many times you use it within the time limit). Also, there is a $7 airport shuttle from the DFS building to the airport!
I highly recommend renting a car during your stay in Guam, this will give you easy access to amazing beaches and the Talafofo waterfalls (which we sadly didn’t get to see) along the way, as well as exploring the less touristy areas of the island. Unfortunately, neither of us can drive, but it’s in our to-do list for next visit! Another thing we didn’t get to do was the Chamorro Night Market and cultural night, which happens every Wednesday and can be easily reached with the Chamorro Night Market Shuttle Bus Service for $7 roundtrip – sadly, we weren’t on the island on a Wednesday.