And it is awesome! A 3 1/2 hour flight gets you there, and suddenly you are in the US. Outlets full of clothing that fits tall people, at very affordable prices (in our case we mainly shopped at Ross, a vitamin store and Nine West). And US drugstores, filled with shampoos and other goodies (coconut water!) which are hard to find in Japan. On arrival my backpack was only 1/3 full. Upon leaving Guam's shores I could barely lift it!
The weather was a bit variable, but we still had a great time. I went with my friend K-Sensei ( who is actually from the US), and spend our time lounging on the beach in Tumon Bay (best for clean white sand and very friendly fish), hanging out at the bar on Gun Beach (but beware of the sea cucumbers!) and generally shopping and eating.
Oh, the eating. K-Sensei is an awesome cook, and my love of good cuisine borders on the indecent, so we made a beeline on the first evening to Proa, probably one of the best restaurants on the island. Their menu is sort of 'nouveau Chamorro', and we seriously could not recommend this place enough. The panko-encrusted eggplant salad was to die for, and K-Sensei was thrilled with all of the fish dishes he ordered...since we went back again the second night... and then I went again for a slice of their chocolate-wasabi cake before my flight. The service and waiters were superb, and whenever I go to Guam next (because I definitely will), this will be a major stop on the itinerary.
Guam is nicely low-key, and small enough that you can drive pretty much anywhere. Since we were keen on relaxing, we did not go very far out (except to look for a microbrewery that was unfortunately closed), and just chilled. It was glorious. One of the interesting things I noticed, besides the fact that most signs are in Japanese or Korean, was the number of shooting alleys! Apparently people come to Guam to experience shooting a gun... although I cannot imagine why.
When the skies are clear, it is truly a gorgeous place to be. However, since I cannot really get tan (for professional reasons), the slightly cloudy times were a boon. For a short beach getaway, Guam is definitely my first choice now.