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guam picturesAre you traveling or relocating to Guam? Are you in the military with orders to Guam? Guam-OnLine.Com provides information about what you can expect and to help prepare for your trip or move. Learn about Guam's history and culture. Preview Guam 's beaches, scuba diving, golf, parasailing, sky diving, dining, nightlife, shopping and other leisure activities. Find out where to stay at our "Hotels" and "Real Estate" pages and get transportation tips from our "Getting Around Guamh page. Check our "Military Assignment" page for a glimpse of what a military tour on Guam has to offer. Take a virtual tour of Guam and experience the beaches, scenic overlooks, historical and cultural landmarks and Guam 's fabulous undersea life at our extensive image galleries.

Rolling hills of Northern GuamLocated approximately 3,300 miles West of Hawaii, 1,500 miles east of the Philippines and 1,550 miles South of Japan, the Island of Guam is the Western most territory of the United States and one of the leading tourist destinations in the Western Pacific. Guam is truly a tropical island paradise. Approximately 30 miles long and 4 to 9 miles wide, the Northern end of Guam is a plateau of rolling hills and cliffs rising to 600 feet above sea level. Waterfalls, rivers and bays abound throughout Guam 's Sunset from Guam's Haputo Clifflinecentral and southern areas. Luxury 5 star hotels line the Tumon Bay beachfront and Guam 's unique "duty free" status makes it a shoppers' paradise. The beaches of Tumon Bay offer gleaming white sand and crystal clear, warm waters for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing and enjoying the fantastic sunsets over the Philippine Sea . With its year round warm and crystal clear waters, Guam is one of the most desirable scuba dive destinations in the World. Guam offers seven world class golf courses scuba diving on guamopen to the public and two military courses for authorized military personnel. Guam has a number water parks and beach clubs that offer jet skis, windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboats, pools and water slides and various other water sports. Other popular Guam outdoor leisure activities include hiking (boonie stomping), skydiving, parasailing, deep-sea sport fishing and more. The Island of Guam has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage.

Ancient Chamorro Latte StonesThe original inhabitants of Guam, the ancient Chamorro, are widely believed to have been of Indo-Malaya descent with linguistic and cultural similarities to Malaysia , Indonesia and the Philippines . The first known contact with the West occurred with the visit of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Guam was formally claimed by Span in 1565. Jesuit missionaries arrived in 1668 to establish their brand of European civilization, Christianity and trade. During the Spanish period, the Catholic Church became the focal point for village activities and Guam became a regular port-of-call for the Spanish treasure galleons that crisscrossed the Pacific Ocean Spanish Plaza in Agana Guamfrom Mexico to the Philippines. Evidence of Spanish influence can still be seen across the island today and sunken Spanish galleons still lie under Guam 's warm waters. Guam was ceded to the United States following the Spanish American War in 1898 and formally purchased from Spain in 1899. Placed under the administrative jurisdiction of the U.S. Navy, Guam experienced many improvements in the areas of Captured WWII Japanese Submarineagriculture, public health, sanitation, education, land management, taxes, and public works. The U.S. Navy continued to use Guam as a refueling and communication station until 1941, when it fell to invading Japanese forces shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor . Guam remained under Japanese control until reclaimed by American forces in July of 1944. In 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Organic Act, making Guam an unincorporated territory of the United States with limited self-governing authority, which it remains to this day. Read more about Guam 's rich history and culture.

Chief GadaoToday, Guam is a truly cosmopolitan community with a unique culture, the core of which is Chamorro heavily influenced by the Spanish occupation and the Catholic Church. Strong American influence is evident in the celebration of many public holidays, the form of Guam fiestaGovernment and the pride in being U.S. that is displayed by the populace. Guam 's culture has also been influenced and enriched by the Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Micronesian immigrants each group of whom have added their unique contributions. Many of the major hotels provide cultural shows and cuisine. The Chamorro Village in Hagatna offers ancient cultural dances, live reggae bands, and other cultural exhibits and you may also experience a wide variety of restaurants and food stands featuring Chamorro, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Jamaican, Mexican, Filipino and other exotic delicacies.

We maintain one of the most extensive galleries of Guam images available on line. Take a virtual tour, see Guam's historical landmarks, pristine beaches and under water scenes. High resolution images are available for download and printing.

Gab Gab Beach, Naval Station, Guam

Inajaran pools, Inajaran, Guam

Moray eel, Guam undersea pictures

Learn more about Guam's rich history and culture. We won't make you an expert, but our brief history will help you understand how Guam came to be the cosmopolitan center it is today and a key gateway between the United States and Asia.

Spanish Fort Soledad on Guam

Not detailed street maps, but our maps will get you from the airport to your hotel and many of the major restaurants and attractions featured on this site. Our "Getting Around Guam" page provides basic information on available transportation and most rental car companies will provide detailed maps.

Map of Tumon, Paradise Island, Guam

 




 

 

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