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Guam

Background

Guam

Guam was ceded to the US by Spain in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.

About

Guam is an island in the western South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. (Geographic coordinates: 13 28 N, 144 47 E)

It is the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago. Guam is a territory of the United States of America. It is considered to occupy a militarily strategic location, south of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Guam is one of many islands that make up Micronesia, which politically consists of Belau (Palau), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati (anthropologically having affinities with Polynesia and Micronesia), the Marshall Islands, and several remote islands designated as the U.S.-administered islands of the Central Pacific. All of Micronesia has close political ties to the U.S.

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Guam

GuamThe Westin Resort, Guam 

105 Gun Beach Road
Tumon
Tamuning 96913
Guam

Price (US$): $210 - $375 / night

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Location. The Westin Resort, Guam is located on the beach in Tamuning's Tumon neighborhood, close to The Plaza, Tumon Beach, and DFS Galleria. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Underwater World and Tumon Sands Plaza. Resort Features. Dining options at The Westin Resort, Guam include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a fitness… more »

GuamHotel Nikko Guam 

245 Gun Beach Road
Tumon
Tamuning 96931
Guam

Price (US$): $155 - $275 / night

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Location. Hotel Nikko Guam is located on the beach in Tamuning's Tumon neighborhood, close to The Plaza, Tumon Beach, and DFS Galleria. Other points of interest near this spa hotel include Underwater World and Micronesia Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Nikko Guam include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Recreational amenities include a children's pool. The property's full service health spa has body treatments,… more »

GuamHoliday Resort Guam 

881 Pale San Vitores Road
Tumon
Tamuning 96913
Guam

Price (US$): $250 - $251 / night

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Location. Holiday Resort Guam is located on the beach in Tamuning's Tumon neighborhood, close to Tumon Sands Plaza, Tumon Beach, and Underwater World. Other points of interest near this spa hotel include DFS Galleria and The Plaza. Hotel Features. Dining options at Holiday Resort Guam include 4 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational… more »

GuamRoyal Orchid Guam Hotel 

626 Pale San Vitores Road
Tumon
Tamuning 96913
Guam

Price (US$): $85 - $117 / night

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Location. Royal Orchid Guam Hotel is located in Tamuning's Tumon neighborhood, close to Tumon Sands Plaza, Tumon Beach, and Underwater World. Nearby points of interest also include DFS Galleria and The Plaza. Hotel Features. Royal Orchid Guam Hotel's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a spa tub and a fitness facility. This 4 star property offers audiovisual equipment and business… more »

GuamOnward Beach Resort 

445 Governor Carlos G Camacho Road
Tamuning 96913
Guam

Price (US$): $286 - $425 / night

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Location. Located in Tamuning, Onward Beach Resort is connected to the airport and close to Statue of Liberty, Paseo Baseball Stadium, and Cathedral of Dulce Nombre de Maria. Other points of interest near this resort include Agana Shopping Center and Plaza de Espana. Resort Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, Onward Beach Resort offers 2 coffee shops/cafés and a snack bar/deli. A swim up bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. The resort serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet… more »

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Guam

Capital
Hagåtña
Location

Oceania, island in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines

Geographic coordinates

13 28 N, 144 47 E

Area comparative

three times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

125.5 km

Climate

tropical marine; generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season (January to June), rainy season (July to December); little seasonal temperature variation

Terrain

volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (source of most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north, low hills in center, mountains in south

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Lamlam 406 m

Natural resources

aquatic wildlife (supporting tourism), fishing (largely undeveloped)

Population

180,865 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Chamorro 37.1%, Filipino 26.3%, other Pacific islander 11.3%, white 6.9%, other Asian 6.3%, other ethnic origin or race 2.3%, mixed 9.8% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 85%, other 15% (1999 est.)

Languages

English 38.3%, Chamorro 22.2%, Philippine languages 22.2%, other Pacific island languages 6.8%, Asian languages 7%, other languages 3.5% (2000 census)

Government type

NA

Independence

none (territory of the US)

National holiday

Discovery Day, first Monday in March (1521)

Chief of state

President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph R. BIDEN (since 20 January 2009)

Head of government

Governor Eddie CALVO (since 3 January 2011); Lieutenant Governor Ray TENORIO (since 3 January 2011)

Internet country code

.gu

Internet users

90,000 (2009)

Airports

5; note - 2 serviceable (2010)

Ports and terminals

Apra Harbor

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