Much more than sun and sand...
By Julie Paxton, REALTOR, SRES, CRS
Guam, U.S.A. is quite possibly America’s best kept secret for taking advantage of the great outdoors.
Guam is so much more than sandy beaches and coconut trees blissfully swaying in northwesterly trade winds.
There are 5k runs (and its perfectly okay to walk these) practically every Saturday morning @ 6:00am (and sometimes on Sunday mornings as well). The sun is just coming over the eastern horizon thus the perfect time to walk or run.
Others might choose to take a ride on their mountain or racing bike.
You may wish to adventure into the varied ‘outback’ (we call it the ‘boonies’ or ‘jungle’) into various types of forests. Our forests have varied terrain such as bamboo forests, limestone forests, ‘savannah’, wetlands with mangrove trees. There are canyons with rivers running through them, mountains with narrow trails to allow you a vantage point to view both sides of the island where you can see both the Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean all in one breath. Words cannot describe the beauty of all the shades of blue and turquoise of the fringe reefs you’ll see. Even the reef fish are amazing to see.
You’d expect to have a great variety of water sports or leisure activities on or near the water. There is no lack of choices to enjoy the ocean around us or the rivers that flow to the sea. There are fishing boat tours available for you and your friends to possibly catch fish, sunset cruises, a submarine that offers to show you what our out-of-this world varied fish, coral and sea creatures.
Even if you are not a sports enthusiast, you can watch the paddlers on the outrigger canoes. Or leisurely stroll along the 2 mile or so stretch of Tumon Bay from one end to another to watch how the others enjoy their day at the beach. Or choose to stroll right at sunset to catch the ‘green flash’, listen to the drums of the entertainers as they treat hotel guests to island dancers. The kite boarders jumping off the water and into the wind are amazing to watch along the eastern side of the island.
We have tried to capture as much information about the activities Guam has going on. As soon as you learn about one activity, you’re bound to learn five (5) more you thought you might not ever consider. Until you arrived on Guam….
Spend time to learn about Guam, immerse your self about cultures, customs, food, clothing, language of our “locals”, our neighbor islanders, our visitors from other countries and you may just learn that although Guam is an island, we are all one.