In 1898, Guam was captured and ceded to the United States. It’s an American territory where the citizens cannot vote (no electoral votes), but they do have a congressional delegate (who also cannot vote). Due to the island’s location in Micronesia, across the International Date Line, it is the first place the sun rises each day in the United States.
Hence, where America’s day begins.
You know how you wish your birthday could last for more than 24 hours? Well by traveling to Guam, I extended my birthday by about half a day! Woop woop!
After arriving in the late evening and picking up our incredibly reasonably priced rental car ($26/day), we headed over to the beautiful Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.
We drove from the west to the east coast of the island, which took about 20 minutes, in the search for Marbo Caves. It’s a hidden cave on an unmarked road, down an unmarked trail.
Directions from the Sheraton Laguna:
- Go NORTH on Marine Corps Dr.
- RIGHT on Route 10A towards airport
- LEFT at fork
- Straight on Algeta St.
- RIGHT on Route 26 Macheche Rd.
- Road will descend, then end. Turn LEFT.
- (Don’t forget to HONK at blind corners)
We visited the cave on a Thursday around 2:00pm and we had it all to ourselves (not counting the ancestral spirits). It was SPOOKY, quiet and all around magical. There are openings to other caves within the initial foyer pictured here, but we will just have to explore that next time ;)
Exit the cave and walk straight (if you turn right, you will walk back to the car).
Make all LEFT turns until you reach the cliffs. Follow the sounds of the crashing waves.
Two Lovers Point
We headed back to the east coast, stopping at the famous Two Lovers Point.
Hidden Mushroom Rock Beach- Hilaan Beach
From Two Lovers Point, drive to Tanguisson Beach by following that same road northbound.
Park by the beach sign, near a grove of palm trees.
On the walk back, notice how dreamy a shut-down factory looks when tucked into a paradise-nook.
22 hours in Guam, well spent!
Thanks for reading! I hope this helps you on your next adventure to Guam!
Photos taken by Melllypoo via Canon 6D, GoPro Hero 4, iPhone 6.