If you're wondering where is Guam, let's find out. Guam, also known as "Guahan" to the natives, is situated in the northwest of the Pacific Ocean. It can be said that it is located three quarters of the way from Hawaii to Philippines. Its geographical coordinates are 13 28 N, 144 47 E. Guam is the southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago and also the largest. It is a part of the United States of America and one of five American territories that has an established civilian government. It has a military strategic location.
Guam's capital city is Hagatna and it has a population of 161,785 people. The island has a coastline that runs 125 km and it occupies a total land area of 541 square kilometers. Its sandy beaches and steep coastal cliffs characterize it. The southern part of Guam is mostly mountainous while the northern region slopes down into low hills. Most of the coastline has coral reefs and deepwater channels.
Where is Guam historically? It was inhabited by the Chamorros people 4000 years ago and became a colonized Spanish territory in 1668. The island was surrendered to the US in 1898 and captured by Japan in 1941. The US was able to recapture it in 1944. There are many places to visit in Guam, which is now a popular tourist destination owing to its beautiful beaches, rich cultural and historic locations and other local attractions and activities that include hiking, snorkeling, and deep sea diving among many others.
Start exploring the island with Agana Heights and witnessing the Spanish era in Fort Apugan, which looks over the Hagatna Bay. For some local dance performances, handicrafts and food, head over to the Gef Pa'go Cultural Park in Inarajan and if you're interested in war history, visit Asan where the Marines and Army landed in 1944 to retake the island. Its shoreline is preserved for tourists. For high end shopping, golfing and hotels, the city of Tumon is a popular tourist hub.
Other places to visit in Guam are the Talofofo Falls Park and the Chamorro village on Wednesday for a fun filled ride to experience the local tastes. There are also many beaches where you can spread out and enjoy the serene blue waters such as the Ypao Beach in Tumon, Gun Beach, Jeff's Private Cove Beach and the Gab Gab Beach. Haputo is a great beach for snorkeling.