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Northern Mariana Islands

Background

Northern Mariana Islands

Under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific, the people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence but instead to forge closer links with the US. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the US was approved in 1975, and came into force on 24 March 1976. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978.

About

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a commonwealth in political union with (and in practice, close to a territory of) the United States. The islands are in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Ocean, between Japan, the Philippines, and Palau.

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Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana IslandsHyatt Regency Saipan 

Capital Hill Rural Branch
PO Box 5087
Saipan 96950
Northern Mariana Islands

Price (US$): $235 - $339 / night

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Location. Hyatt Regency Saipan is a business friendly resort located in Saipan's Garapan neighborhood, close to American Memorial Park, Micro Beach, and Managaha Beach. Additional points of interest include Saipan Zoo. Resort Features. Hyatt Regency Saipan features a coffee shop/café, a beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves buffet breakfasts in the café (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor… more »

Northern Mariana IslandsFiesta Resort and Spa Saipan 

Saipan Beach
Garapan
Saipan 96950
Northern Mariana Islands

Price (US$): $129 - $290 / night

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Location. Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan is located near the beach in Saipan's Garapan neighborhood and close to American Memorial Park, Micro Beach, and Managaha Beach. Saipan Zoo is also a point of interest near this spa hotel. Hotel Features. Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel… more »

Northern Mariana IslandsMariana Resort & Spa 

P.O. Box 500527 Marpi Road
Saipan 96950
Northern Mariana Islands

Price (US$): $170 - $270 / night

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Location. Mariana Resort & Spa is located near the beach in Saipan's San Roque neighborhood and close to Marianas Country Club, Bird Island, and Kingfisher Golf Links. Other area points of interest include Saipan Zoo and Managaha Beach. Resort Features. Mariana Resort & Spa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The resort serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also… more »

Northern Mariana IslandsHeaven II 

PMB557 Box 10003, Capital Hill
Saipan 96950
Northern Mariana Islands

Price (US$): $84 - $187 / night

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Location. Heaven II is located in Saipan, close to Saipan Zoo, Kingfisher Golf Links, and Marianas Country Club. Nearby points of interest also include American Memorial Park. Resort Features. Heaven II's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. The resort serves cooked to order breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is… more »

Northern Mariana IslandsAQUA RESORT CLUB SAIPAN 

PO Box 500009
Achugao
Saipan 96950
Northern Mariana Islands

Price (US$): $180 - $300 / night

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Aqua Resort Club premier and most spectacular resort in Saipan designed with you in mind. Relaxing atmosphere tempt those who wish to escape from busy city life. The Resort is situated in the legendary Achugao Beach overlooking the open wide Pacific ocean. more »

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Northern Mariana Islands

Capital
Saipan
Location

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

Geographic coordinates

15 12 N, 145 45 E

Area comparative

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

1,482 km

Climate

tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation; dry season December to June, rainy season July to October

Terrain

southern islands are limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs; northern islands are volcanic

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation on Agrihan 965 m

Natural resources

arable land, fish

Population

48,317 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Asian 56.3%, Pacific islander 36.3%, Caucasian 1.8%, other 0.8%, mixed 4.8% (2000 census)

Religions

Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found)

Languages

Philippine languages 24.4%, Chinese 23.4%, Chamorro 22.4%, English 10.8%, other Pacific island languages 9.5%, other 9.6% (2000 census)

Government type

commonwealth; self-governing with locally elected governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature

Independence

none (commonwealth in political union with the US)

National holiday

Commonwealth Day, 8 January (1978)

Chief of state

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

Head of government

Governor Benigno R. FITIAL (since 9 January 2006); Lieutenant Governor Eloy S. INOS (since 1 May 2009)

Internet country code

.mp

Airports

5 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Saipan, Tinian, Rota

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