1. Good FOOD everywhere!
|BBQ ribs from Jamaican Grill|
|Chicken Wings from Jeff’s Pirates Cove|
|Steak from Manhattan Steakhouse|
2. Shopping fever!
My favorite letters are everywhere – S A L E!!
Guam attracts tourists with their premier outlet stores and shopping malls that won’t bother to give you big discounts. My personal favorite is Guam Premier Outlet, where I shopped the most. That’s where you’ll find Ross, Calvin Klein, Nike Sports, Tommy Hilfiger, Forever 21, BCBG, Guess and more more brands.Knowing Ross, American department store, is open until 1 in the morning, my eyes would still be wide awake in the evening for shopping!
3. If you think you’re brave, then Skydive.
The ultimate extreme activity for the brave hearts!! In spite of its nerve-wrecking idea, skydiving felt safe and secured for me. The experience is for the books and I would totally regret if I missed out on jumping off the plane!!
For more details about Skydiving, check out my previous blogpost.
4. Sights a photographer will love
I had a quick collection of beautiful scenery photos from a single trip to Guam. It seems like you can’t blink an eye when you’re exploring the island as you drive down the road with the beach on one side. Just so beautiful! Looking to the left or right, I appreciated nature more by how the Guamanians maintained the clean environment. The blue waters calm as I stare for just a minute.
Other than getting a free pass to see paradise in Guam, I also enjoyed some of these places:
Two Lovers’ Point
Fish Eye Marine Park
Inarajan Natural Pool
The Beach BBQ
You can save 2 full days to roam around the stunning sights of Guam and learn the rich culture of the island.
5. Breathtaking view of beachfront hotels.
I was blessed to stay in Pacific Star Resort and Spa, a premiere hotel with a tranquil beachfront view. The fact that Guam is also known for their beach, one of the ways to enjoy it fully is to book a room in a hotel that has access to the beach. You could consider staying in the same hotel where I stayed, which is by the way few minutes away from the shopping malls. Or, just make sure you choose a hotel that’s located in Tumon, with a beachfront view of course.
Heads up! Dusit Thani is opening soon, the newest luxury hotel in Guam.
6. Relaxing Environment
Guam is lavish with a stress-free environment. It’s one of the strong characters the island possesses. Where I’m coming from, traffic is scattered in all cities. Sadly, Sundays and holidays are the only exceptions. 🙁 Weekday or weekend, the traffic doesn’t change in Guam. You can reach your destination without worrying about traffic. Isn’t that lovely?
For those on a vacation, renting a car may be your best option. With the relaxed situation, you would want to drive to places at your own pace and own time. Filipinos, the good news for us is that our license allows us to drive for a month.
7. Warm and casual Guamanians
8. Feels like home with Filipinos around
As rule of thumb, just talk to everyone in English even if you think the cashier lady is Filipino. Not only do they look like Filipinos, a percentage of Guamanians acquire Filipino blood. Not that long ago, some of our ‘kababayans’ have chosen to work and migrate to Guam. For sure, you’ll encounter a bunch as you explore Guam as I did. In few stores I shopped, in restaurants I dined in, in our hotel and in other public places, I stumbled into several Filipinos I had a short chitchat with. I remember one from T Galleria (duty free), she shared with us briefly what a Filipino’s life is in Guam. The best part about her story, she’s living the life! I can’t generalize the life of my other kababayans based on few stories but there is one common sentiment they expressed, Guam is not that far from the Philippines that they could go home easily. In a country where you meet and mingle with fellow Filipinos, that’s when you feel home.