AMERICA IN ASIA
Guam Quick Facts
- Current population is 165,000 people.
- It is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands.
- The island's capital is Hagåtña, formerly Agana.
- Approximately 3 hours from any Asian destination.
- Uses U.S. currency, laws and language.
- Guam's economy is mainly supported by tourism (particularly from Japan, Korea and the United States armed forces
Guam (Chamorro: Guåhån), officially the U.S. Territory of Guam, is an island in the Western Pacific Ocean and is an organized unincorporated territory of the United States. As the United States’ westernmost territory, Guam is “Where America’s Day Begins.”
As a member of the American family, Guam is able to offer visitors a stable and secure environment. Federal law provides local self-government on Guam, U.S. citizenship for her people, and application of the U.S. Constitution to the island. While maintaining its relationship with the United States, Guam also enjoys its strategic location as the gateway to Asia. This proximity makes travel to and from Guam quick and convenient.
The Island of Guam has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage dating back over 4 centuries. Today, Guam is a truly cosmopolitan community with a unique culture that is a combination of ancient Chamorro traditions, over 300 years of Spanish influence and the Roman Catholic Church doctrines. Guam's culture has also been influenced and enriched over the last 50 years by the American, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Micronesian immigrants that have each added their unique cultural contributions.
Guam is a 'Tropical Paradise' featuring gleaming white sand beaches, marine and land based out-door activities, historical and cultural landmarks, cosmopolitan dining and active nightlife.