If you think the only things to do in Guam revolve around beach activities and water sports, you couldn’t be more wrong. Of course, many do come to Guam primarily to take advantage of its idyllic beach life, but there’s much more the region has to offer. Here are five must-see attractions outside of the beach:
1. If you fancy a round of golf, you’re in the right place. Guam has a number of courses, and two of the best are located not far from Outrigger Guam Beach Resort. As an American territory, Guam’s golf courses tend to follow the norms expected in the United States, so you’ll see carefully manicured Bermuda grass greens and fairways to complement to stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. The Mangilao Golf Club has a spectacular ocean side location and has been called the ‘Pebble Beach of the Pacific’. The signature par three 12th is sure to have you reaching for your camera as well as your seven-iron. If you like variety you might also want to try the Talofofo Golf Club which boasts the quickest greens on the island along with countless photo-opportunities.
2. For those who find golf a little too sedate, another American sport to try is baseball. Why not visit the island’s Strike Zone Batting Cages where you can practice your hitting? Pitching machines deliver the ball at speeds from 40 to 90 miles per hour, so you can either choose your comfort zone, or test your reactions. It’s a fun activity for the whole family.
3. Away from the sporting activities, Guam is also a shopping heaven. The island is a tax free and duty free zone which offers a number of famous international fashion houses, world-renowned brands, and special deals to suit every wallet.
4. History buffs, take note. There are a number of famous World War II sites to visit in Guam. As the conflict raged, Guam fell under Japanese occupation before American forces famously re-took the island; the War in the Pacific National Historical Park commemorates the sacrifices made. Visitors can learn more about the role of Guam in the conflict and pay their respects to those who gave their lives for its liberation. Numerous other wartime sites are located around the island and provide an opportunity for quiet reflection.
5. Put your hiking boots on and explore some of the natural beauty of Guam from up above! For outstanding views over the island, try the trail which runs to the peak of Mount Lamlam. At 406 m, the walk is not especially challenging, but the total elevation from the depths of the nearby Marianas Trench to the summit of Lamlam cannot be surpassed within such a short distance anywhere else on Earth, making a claim for this unassuming little hill to be the world’s mightiest mountain. Fortunately, Lamlam can be easily scaled within an hour, unlike lesser peaks such as Everest or K2.
All in all, Guam has more than enough to keep visitors fully occupied, so if you thought you were only coming for the beaches, you might find yourself running out of time to enjoy the full range of possibilities that Guam has to offer.