USO Guam Weekly Upbeat 06/07/2023
USO Guam Weekly Upbeat 06/07/2023
Top 5 Beaches on Guam – Find your perfect white sand beach below and let us know if you have your favorite spot that should be included in the list.
Location: Tumon Beach, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
Your journey has to begin just steps from Guam’s row of world-class hotels, restaurants, and shops in Tumon Bay and Pleasure Island. This is the central tourist spot on island that boasts endless opportunities for fun. From soft, white-sand shores and beautifully blue and calm waters, the entire bay is sheltered from rougher seas by a coral reef that extends across the horizon.
You can begin your day waking up with an ocean view at one of the world class-resorts (Book with a Klick Discover Partner Here). Then hearty local options provide a great taste of the islands are less than a Klick away (Click Here). You can easily check out Little Pika’s for all day breakfast that combines local cuisines with international inspirations. When ready, countless water sports from snorkeling, riding jet skis, scuba diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, playing a few rounds of beach volley ball at sunset (take a quick stroll down the street to The Beach bar and restaurant), and more await all takers. If you crave a little history, there are also world war II remnants as you stroll down past Matapang Beach on your way to Ypao Beach park as Outrigger canoes and joggers speed past on land and sea.
As you head further down the sands, this presents a great opportunity to call up friends and family to meet you at Ypao Beach Park.
Location: Near junction of Pale San Vitores Rd. and Route 14 B, Tamuning, Guam
A little over 3 Klicks from the heart of Tumon, is one of the island’s largest parks. With an abundance of walking paths, outdoor showers, BBQ pits, and shaded open air pavilions, Ypao presents the perfect spot for gatherings, concerts, and convenient hang outs.
If you happen to check out the area, don’t forget tons of sun block, ice cold water, and your snorkeling gear. The cool, calm, and sparkling blue waters here are more than just a great way to stay cool and have a great time. They are considered an Underwater Sea Life Park. As one of Guam’s five Marine preserves, made to protect, preserve, manage, and conserve aquatic life, the area has become an amazing habitat for a bustling marine community. You can even expect the vibrant colors of countless species of fish to swim right up to you.
Regardless of how much time you have on our island paradise, you might want to spend a day or two exploring these soft, white-sand shores.
Location: Gun Beach, Gun Beach Rd, Tamuning, Guam
As referenced above, a quick drive north of the Tumon Beach and Ypao Beach park area, Gun Beach is a great getaway. Named for an old World War II Artillery Cannon, which can still be visited with a short hike up a well-marked trail, along the cliffs towards the north, this provides a wonderfully easy way to find a quiet beach with one-of-a-kind views.
The best way to add this to your daily trip, is by planning to end a long day around island by catching the sunset and a few ice cold refreshments. The sun will set just under Two Lovers’ Point (high above on the cliffs) and you can enjoy ocean front food, music, drinks, volleyball, and truly amazing times.
Location: Shark Cove Beach, Unnamed Road, Dededo, Guam
As the first “2” Beaches on this list present great opportunities to hit the island scene quickly, we wanted to make sure that nature lovers and those that prefer a quieter escape can take a hike to number 3 on our list, Shark’s Cove Beach. This remote beach getaway takes you past the famous Mushroom rock, over unique and beautiful rocky outcrops along the choppy crash of open ocean, and past the northern edge of Tagachang Beach.
The hike alone is about a half-mile from the trailhead at the northern tip of Tagachang beach and present a secluded, relatively inaccessible, and truly unique getaway that is sure to clear your path of unwanted crowds and tourists.
Proper Hiking Shoes, tons of sunscreen (required for any day out on the tropical island paradise), all the water and food you’ll want, and snorkeling gear is a must. Oh and you shouldn’t worry too much about sharks, it’s just in the name…its a rare encounter.
Location: Guam National Wildlife Refuge, Yigo, Guam
Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 4 pm
Phone: +1 671-355-5096
Ritidian Point resides within the Guam National Wildlife Refuge, a 1,203-acre park that’s teeming with native fauna. It’s tucked away on the northern tip of the country, about 35 minutes from Tumon. Tree snails, Mariana fruit bats, geckos, toads, butterflies, and monitor lizards are just some of the species that roam the thick jungle. Exploring is easy, as the refuge has 3 family-friendly nature trails to traverse: Latte Loop (0.75 miles), Nature (1.25 miles), and Ritidian Caves (0.5 miles).
This trip definitely requires a little more preparation, but is perfect for the ultimate nature lover. Be sure to bring the right gear for both land and water activities. From proper shoes to proper snorkeling and water safety gear, the waters can become a beautiful but windy and choppy challenge. Be sure to check weather and ocean forecasts for the area prior to making the trek.
There are a list of options that Service Members have access to that can provide great opportunities to bbq, swim, snorkel, and enjoy the island’s great waters.
Tarague Beach (Yigo), Restricted Access on Andersen Air Force Base
Dadi Beach (Santa Rita), Restricted Access on Naval Base Guam
Gab Gab Beach (Santa Rita), Restricted Access on Naval Base Guam
San Luis Beach (Santa Rita), Restricted Access on Naval Base Guam
For example, Tarague Beach on Andersen Air Force Base requires base access to utilize. It is rarely crowded, a 10-15 minute drive from base, and beach access is easy with clear, blue waters waiting for all to enjoy. You can find hiking trails from the beach, playgrounds (making it great for families), pavilions, volleyball courts, and Bamboo Willies. Bamboo Willies serves up fresh food, ice cold beverages, and provides a great way to beat the heat. It does have very limited hours, so be sure to check prior to making any plans.
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