Northern Guam Day trippin'

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The Guam Guide

Two Lovers Point
Two Lovers Point is easily one of Guam’s most popular sights and for good reason – some of the best views of Tumon Bay. Prime vista time is the golden hour. The views of the Philippine Sea and the sharp cliffs are spectacular.

This cultural site is named for Guam’s very own Romeo and Juliet story, a legend of two lovers who jumped to their death. Read the legend of the ill-fated Spanish beauty and her forbidden Chamorro beau.

Despite the tragic namesake, Two Lovers Point allows for 180-degree views of the ocean and surrounding limestone cliffs. Residents should ask for the local discount to save a buck off the $3 admission fee.

Tanguisson Beach
This remote beach is actually located just north of Tanguisson Beach Park. Access is through a rocky gravel road immediately to the right when driving down the steep main road to the beach park. Use caution when driving in the rain as there are deep pits in the unpaved road. Giant rock plumes punctuate this exotic beach which is rarely crowded, has good snorkeling, and gorgeous sunsets.

At the nearby park, covered picnic tables and barbecue pits are part of the amenities at. Entrance to the municipal power plant property is near the Two Lovers Point attraction. Uncultivated beach and rugged margin open up to a park setting with large shade trees and manicured grass for games and gatherings.

Venturing north through the terrine is worthwhile. A view of gigantic rock formations in the water is breathtaking at sunset and a great photo op at any time day or night. To reach the formations, follow the unpaved road that turns off the main entrance, 30 yards after entering the park. The lane ends at a massive cliff. The attractive geology is on the left at the end of this quarter-mile lane. This beach is on the way to Shark’s Cove, which is a day trip in itself.

Coco Palm Garden Beach
Coco Palm Garden Beach is a private day resort offering kayaking, zip lining, beach volleyball, fishing, snorkeling, jungle tours, and hiking.

The resort charges an admission fee for access to the beach and facilities, but you can order a drink and sit on the deck overlooking the ocean without paying for admission.

After a drink or two, you may opt for the beachside massage to experience total relaxation.

Learn more about Coco Palm Garden Beach (in Japanese), at: www.cocopalm-guam.com

Ritidian Beach
Guam’s northernmost beach is both remote and sprawling. Accessible from a rocky pitted road, Ritidian Beach is maintained by the National Park Service and closes at 4 p.m. so you may want to start here and drive south. As you approach the beach, there is a free lookout area on the left side of the road.

From there you can marvel at the steep cliff line and often tempestuous waves crashing on the white sand beach. On a clear day you can see the island of Rota to the north. Once you get to the beach, you can park under the tall shade trees and take shelter from the sun or rain, depending on the weather that hour.

Strict obedience to posted warnings about the rip currents and conditions will insure a safe and enjoyable visit to one of the most pristine beaches on Guam. A visitor will cross a cedar-lined margin to access the deep white powder beach ranging in width from 30 to 50 yards. Shady vegetation proves to be a welcome alternative to midday sun reflecting off of the surrounding sand.

Sharks Cove Beach
Guam’s exclusive beaches are off the beaten path. Sharks Cove Beach is worth every minute of the half-mile hike to get there. Protective beach shoes are a necessity and snorkel equipment is recommended.

The entrance to Sharks Cove starts at the bottom of the hill at Tanguisson Beach Park, approximately 30 yards past the font gate. A lane leading to the right takes a visitor into an even more remote lane after another hard right. This gravel lane will travel parallel to the beach but ends abruptly at the water. The end of the road marks the beginning of the hike at the bottom of the cliff.

Hikers start out on foot turning north at the bottom of the cliff, passing the latte shaped rocks on the right. Roughly follow the water line in sometimes-dense brush about one-quarter of  a mile. Just beyond this point is a pristine palm-lined, deep, white sand beach visited by very few tourists.

What about Guam's south side?

So, you’ve tanned until your golden brown or burnt to a crisp, shopped till you dropped, and are ready to leave the manicured tourist strip of Tumon Bay and see Guam’s rugged south. Follow this brief itinerary for an awe-inspiring and relaxing drive around the island’s sleepy southern end.

  • The Latte of Freedom: More than a government house, this stop offers ocean vistas from atop the world’s largest latte – the Latte of Freedom.
  • Memorias Para I Lalahi-ta: Take in sweeping views of Umatac from the hilltops.
  • Fort Señora Nuestra de la Soledad: Remnants of Spanish colonization remain at this oft-visited historical site. You will see canons, an eroded Japanese bunker, and maybe even a carabao, Guam’s docile water buffalo.
  • Merizo Bell Tower & Merizo Combento: Built in 1910, this tower was constructed to unite the people of Merizo with organized community functions. Merizo Conbento is the oldest building on Guam, built by the Spanish to house the priest assigned to San Dimas Catholic Church. It dates to 1858.
  • Kathy’s Mini-Mart: Make a quick stop at Kathy’s (next to Bank of Guam in Merizo) for the island’s best pickled papaya.
  • Inarajan Pools: Stop for a few minutes to admire the crashing waves and bustling hermit crabs on this crater filled beach.
  • Talofofo Bay: One of the island’s few black sand beaches meets the Talofofo River.
  • Pago Bay, Yona: Before you start down the hill towards Pago Bay, take a quick right towards Del Carmen apartments for a spectacular view of the eastern coastline.

- The Guam Guide

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