Duty Free Shopping. Guam's unique duty free status is just one more reason why Guam is one of the top tourist
destinations in the Western Pacific. At the various duty free shops and shopping centers, import tariffs are not added on many quality
international brand name products such as watches, perfumes, leather, spirits and other luxury items, making prices are significantly lower than
shoppers would normally pay. A traveler returning to the United States mainland via Guam can bring in double the value of foreign-made goods
duty free as long as at least half of this amount was purchased on Guam. Visitors will want to set aside some time from the beaches, water sports,
and visiting the many historical and cultural landmarks to pick up some quality merchandise at great prices.
Tumon Duty Free Shopping. Most of the large hotels in Tumon have large duty free shopping facilities with many shops located on the hotel premise. However, hotels normally do not offer the variety that may be found in the other large duty free outlets. Further, many outlets have on-site major quality brand specialty stores, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Armani, Coach and Rolex. Most of the major duty-free outlets are located in Tumon within walking distance of the major hotels. Located in the heart of the Tumon hotel and entertainment district are the Tumon Plaza, Galeria and Tumon Sands Plaza duty free shopping complexes. The Tumon Plaza, is located in the Outrigger Hotel complex along with the Hard Rock Cafe and Underater World. Directly across San Vitores Road are the Galeria Duty Free Stores (DFS) and Planet Hollywood. Just a few hundred yards to the South is the Tumon Sands Plaza. Each of these these shopping centers contain a large selection of shops and stores offering quality name brand items at duty free prices, restaurants and other attractions. There are a variety of restaurants and refreshement outlets in the area if you feel the need stop and cool off or get a bite to eat.
Centers. While they cannot compare with the mega-centers on the U.S. mainland, Guam has three significant shopping centers that offer a large
variety of stores, food courts and restaurants. The Micronesia Mall and Guam Premier Outlets are frequented by tourists and residents
alike. Each center hosts a large variety of
stores and large food courts with Korean, Chinese, Philippine,Chamorro, Italian and American fast food outlets. The Micronesia Mall has an indoor fun park complete with merry-go-round and a jungle theme roller coaster. Located further away from the Tumon tourist district, the recently resurrected Agana Shopping Center also boasts a variety of stores and eateries as well as the only Philippine SM store on Guam. Not the enormous SM Mall you would see in the Philippines, the Guam SM is just a medium sized department store, but it does bring more variety to the island. Each center has a movie complex with
multiple theaters. Guam also offers a number of smaller shopping centers that mostly serve the needs of local residents. The largest K-Mart in the World and a brand new Home Depot have brought a bit of mainland flavor and convenience to residents looking for day-to-day items.
Flea Markets. Flee markets are popular shopping options on Guam. The Chamorro Village", located on Marine Corps Drive in Hagatna adjacent to the Hagatna boat basin, Wednesday night market features out-door stalls selling locally crafted handicrafts and curios, food stalls serving a variety of local and international dishes and occasional cultural shows featuring local talent. In addition to the stalls, there are a number of stores in the Chamorro Village. The "Coconut Villa Gift Shop" offers authentic local crafts and souvenirs in their store as well as on-line shopping for Guam souvenirs. The Dededo flee make, located on Marine Corps Drive in the village of Dededo, opens at 600 AM every Saturday and Sunday. Here you will find stall after stall offering just about anything you could think of from clothing, kitchen utensils, house wares, towels, power tools, plants, jewelry and local handicrafts. You're first impression will probable be the aromas from the many food stalls offering every type of local delicacy you could think of to include many kinds of barbequed meats, local style soy sauce barbeque, lumpia, fried banana donuts
(banuelos), pancit, noodles and tapioca drinks.
Getting There. Except for the hotel and other Tumon shops, most shopping is not conveniently located for hotel guests. Occasionally you will see some energetic tourists walking or riding rented bicycles to the Micronesia Mall and Guam Premier Outlets; however, this is quite a trek. However, the Micronesia Mall, Premier Outlets, KMart and Chamorro Village are on regular bus routes and hotel busses normally provide transportation for their guests. You will need your own transportation to visit the other shopping locations. Taxi services on Guam are usually pretty reliable and prompt, but expensive. Your best bet, if you do not have a rental car, are the regularly scheduled tourist shopping busses or trolleys. Check our "Getting Around Guam" page or more information.