Cheap Flights to Guam

A picturesque Pacific island in the Mariana Islands archipelago, Guam is an unincorporated US territory and home to a large military base. Yet the island still retains many of its Micronesian customs, along with a Spanish influence from its former colonization.

Guam proves that good things come in small packages. The island is small enough to be explored in a day or two, yet there are plenty of reasons to stay a bit longer. Most visitors stay in the cosmopolitan Tumon Bay region, which offers a veritable smorgasbord of shopping and restaurants to explore. Once you get out of the cities to explore the southern region of the island, you'll be rewarded by sleepy traditional villages, untouched beaches, and cascading tropical waterfalls.

Although there are cruise ships which make Guam a regular stopping point, most visitors will arrive via the Won Pat Guam International Airport, located just a few miles away from Tumon. The airport is serviced by United Airlines, offering nonstop flights to Honolulu and on to other North American, Australian, or Asian destinations. United Airlines runs fights from Guam to Manila and Cebu. Philippine Airlines also operates flights from Manila to Guam five times a week. Because Guam is a US territory, visa requirements are similar. A Guam tourist visa is required for Philippine citizens, which can be applied for online in advance of the journey.

Most tourists head to Tumon to begin their exploration of Guam. In this region you'll find no shortage of duty-free luxury shops, hotel resorts, and restaurants to suit all palates. Most are drawn to Guam for its warm tropical climate and crystalline turquoise waters, but it's also a fascinating destination for military history buffs. The War in the Pacific National Historical Park is a must-see sight for historians, with its historic monuments and clearly marked former WWII battlefields. You can get down in the trenches and learn more about the island's military history.

If you're interested in learning more about the island's Chamorro culture, you'll want to visit the southern region of the island. This area is more rural, where you'll find pristine beaches such as the black sands at Talofofo. Don't miss the views from Two Lovers Point, which stands at the top of a limestone cliff. Local legend has it that a young couple jumped off of this point, with a golden statue of the lovers placed here in remembrance. The northern region is dominated by the US military base, but a worthwhile getaway in this area is Ritidian Beach, which is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful on the island. This wildlife refuge is usually quiet in comparison to the heavily populated beaches near Tumon, making it ideal for a restful getaway under the swaying palm trees.

Did You Know?

•Guam's numerous beaches are composed of ground coral rather than powdery sand, which accounts for their unique texture and colors.

•There is a bus system in Guam, but it's notoriously slow and you may find yourself waiting upwards of two hours for transportation. It's better to rent a car if you wish to explore the island outside of the main tourist areas. Those who want to shop until they drop can opt for the Tourist Shopping Bus, however, which takes you from hotel to shopping district and back.

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