The scene of a brutal Japanese occupation and bloody liberation I World War II, today there is a significant US military presence on the island, with several bases in this strategic location. A former Japanese soldier was found there still in hiding in 1972. Most tourists head to Tumon on the west coast, close to the capital, Hagatna.

Water activities are popular and there are many different types of restaurants to sample. There are Coral Reefs perfect for diving. Native Chamorro remains strong and is a source of pride. There is a debate over whether to change the name to Guahan, a native word.

Place (USA)

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Why you should go:

You like sailors. And pilots.

Why you shouldn't:

29% of the island consists of military bases. It is hardly an island paradise.

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