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Guam in 48 Hours: 13 Fun Things to See and Do

Jennifer Raskin

Jennifer Raskin

Jennifer Raskin is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (USA).

Jennifer is an internationally-published writer who loves travel, dining, wine, and weightlifting. After living abroad in Asia for 6 years, she once again resides in her home state of Florida.
Jennifer Raskin

The American territory known as Guam is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Japan.  It is an island that you’ve simply got to see.  This little paradise is a fraction of the cost of Hawaii and has all the Polynesian and tropical charms that you might be looking for.

Many people come here on a weekend getaway hence they only have a good 48 hours to explore Guam.  Should you find yourself visiting this charming island for a few days, here are the best things that you can do when your time in Guam is limited.

1. Enjoy the gorgeous beaches

You can’t go to an island country like Guam and not head over to a beach.  They are everywhere!  And they are truly spotless too.  Also, the waters are incredibly clear so you can easily see the sea life thriving below.  Even the coral reefs here are still in their pristine condition so if you can, jump right in for some snorkeling or diving.

There’s much to explore in the waters here, from the Apra Harbor – a site where ships from WWI and WWII sunk on top of one another – all the way to the Gun Beach.  Temperatures stay roughly the same year-round – in the 70s and 80s, so every day is a beach day in Guam!

One thing to note is that most tourists stay in Tumon.  It’s undoubtedly the most convenient location.  But, if you really want to explore Guam for the paradise that it is, rent or hire a car to take you to the Shark’s Cove.  You’re welcome.

Tanguisson Beach on the tropical island of Guam - Global Storybook2. Eat the native food

Sooner or later, you’re going to get hungry while you’re in Guam.  But if you simply turn to the typical American staples, which you will find in abundance here, you’ll be missing out.  Make sure to try some Chamorro food.  Chamorros are the native people of Guam, and their food is the perfect blend of Latin and Asian cuisines.

There are lots of tortillas and tamales, and there’s a particular condiment based on soy sauce called finadene that the locals like with everything.  One bite and you’ll wish all the American food tasted this way.

And because food is the absolute best way to get a true taste of the places you visit, I’d be remiss if I didn’t urge you to try kelaguen, which is a bit like ceviche.  It comes in varieties with beef and fish though barbecued chicken is the most popular choice.

Pickled items are also everywhere, and you’ll find things you’d never expect to pickle pickled in Guam, like mangos and papayas.  Don’t knock it until you try it!

Polynesian raw fish salad with cucumber, lime, tomato and coconut milk, Guam - Global Storybook3. Take a hike

Tumon isn’t a particularly walkable part of Guam, but then again, neither is the rest of it.  It’s tempting to look at a map and think you can handle it but you’ll turn your tail back to your hotel fast after roaming about in that sweltering heat.

While it’s only 32 miles long, it feels like thousands when you’re trying to walk it.  That being said, there are tons of places where you can take a car ride to enjoy a hike.  The Inarajun Falls, Talofofo Caves, Gadao Caves, and Fai Fai Beach are some of the most accessible hiking spots for any traveler.

Waterfall of Tarzan Falls is the largest section of the falls. Santa Rita, Guam - Global Storybook

The amazing waterfall of Tarzan Falls in Guam

4. Watch the sunset

Even if you live in California and you see stunning sunsets every day, nothing is more majestic than a twilight in Guam.  Even better, grab a cocktail, and you’ll be in absolute paradise.

Sunset at Tumon beach, Guam - Global Storybook5. Enjoy live music

In the island paradise of Guam, your beach adventures will likely lead you to some fantastic live music performances.  Beach bars and barbecues will all draw you in with their lively sounds of reggae and perfectly chill music.

6. Shop for souvenirs

You’ll find fun island trinkets to take back with you, but one thing you’ve got to get is a Guam t-shirt.  One of their famed slogans is: “Where America’s Day Begins.”

7. Don’t miss the hills

The southern hills of Guam have a very sparse population.  See them via a rental car or by hiring a driver for the day.  You can make stops along the road at the scenic overlooks and untamed lands.  There you’ll even be able to see WWII sites which are fascinating, even for those who are not much of a history buff.

lush green hills of Mount Schroeder, Guam - Global Storybook8. Attend a fiesta

The people of Guam are some of the friendliest you’ll ever meet.  Whole neighborhoods often convene monthly to share food and drinks and to throw a magnificent party.

If you love fiestas, you will love Guam.  And it doesn’t matter if you don’t know a soul here.  Guamanians are so warm and welcoming that they will invite you along even if they don’t know you.  You’ll feel part of a family before long!

9. Check out the lattes

In Guam, if you ask for a latte, you won’t be getting a drink.  In the ancient times, the Chamorro people created these interesting rock pillars and mounts which have become a symbol for the country.  One of the most impressive is the Latte of Freedom.

A replica ancient Latte Stone at the Governor's complex, Guam - Global Storybook

A replica of an ancient Latte Stone at the Governor’s complex in Guam

10. Visit the night market

If your weekend happens to be on a Wednesday, then the Wednesday Night Market in the Chamorro Village is the place to be at.  It’s where you can get lots of authentic local handicrafts for souvenirs, plus you’ll get to eat yourself silly from all that food.

11. Climb Mount Lamlam

Climbing this mountain will give you the distinction of a person who has climbed the tallest mountain on earth.  If you thought Mount Everest was the tallest, Guam has something to say.  That’s because the distance from its peak to the bottom of the Mariana Trench features the greatest change in elevation over a small distance.  Now you have something to brag about when you get back home!

Mt Lam Lam Summit Guam in HDR - Global Storybook

The spectacular Mt. Lamlam summit in Guam

12. Go on a carabao ride

Carabao is Guam’s water buffalo.  They’re sweet and gentle creatures.  Having an experience of riding one is absolutely charming.

13. Get real Guam culture at Lina’La Chamorro Cultural Park

Lastly, you can take in the original Chamorro experience of how life was in Guam some 500 years ago.  It’s a fascinating way to spend your day traveling back in time here.  However, it is only open for private tours so you’ll need to make arrangements in advance, to ensure that you don’t miss out!

Chamorro village at sunset, Guam - Global StorybookIs Guam on your bucket list yet?  Well, get it on there!  So what would you want to do first when you get to Guam?

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  1. I was born on Guam in 1962 and was raised in Agana Hieghts. We moved in 1969 and I have a lot of memories as a child growing up there. My sister, brother and I miss it terribly. We were so young when we left but we are very proud of our heritage and talk about it a lot.
    It’s a beautiful island and proud people. It is a place you must visit if you travel to Pacific islands.

    1. Thank you very much for your nice comment, David. Guam sure looks like an incredibly beautiful place to visit!

  2. I was stationed on Guam (1992-1995) – I fell in love with the island, the people and the culture. So many times I find myself thinking of the wonderful days I had on Guam. Such a beautiful place and I was one of the lucky ones to experience it. Hafa adai.

  3. Can’t wait to go and see where my mother grew up.. where my Dad was stationed.
    Where my sister lived… as well as all my mother’s family. It’s a promise I intend to keep to her.. thanks so much for your travel tips!
    Some day Guam!! Some day!

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