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Old 04-03-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: FL soon to be Guam
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Default New to Guam

Hey everyone! My girlfriend and I just moved to Guam in March and we are starting to get settled. The first few weeks were exciting but now the homesickness is kicking in. It's a beautiful island but it definitely lacks some of the conveniences of the States.

Does anyone have advice on how to take advantage of what the island has to offer and make new friends? Any suggestions on the best destinations around Guam for a long weekend? We had a huge social circle back in FL and we want to meet some new people.

We've been taking advantage of the beautiful reefs and snorkeling every weekend and we plan on getting scuba certified soon. We've also done a little boonie stomping and plan to do more soon. It's hard to get information on the good hikes here, I guess there is a Guam hiking book but it's out of print.

Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Adapting to island life isn't easy which is why the attrition rate amongst newbies is very high. Many find it impossible to cope without the stateside amenities along with a much slower pace where getting even the most simple tasks accomplished is concerned. Because the attrition rate is so high it's sometimes harder to make friends as locals and longtime residents know in the back of their minds that you probably won't be around for very long. That may sound harsh but is so true.

One tip I've always found worth passing on is to get involved with community activities. All sorts of organizations welcome volunteers in many different fields. Humane Society, beach-cleaning, mentoring, helping out at a senior home, etc. etc. The more involved you become the more people you'll meet and it all segues from there.

All the best!
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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We just found out we are moving to guam soon and we're really excited. I noticed that there aren't a lot of good websites to get just general information. Is it better to use a realtor or just go it on our own. We're not having much luck getting realtors to respond to our email.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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Try www.ns.gov.gu.
I would recommend finding a long term rental (3-6) month close to where you need to be for work or whatever and use that as a base camp to branch out and explore all the different areas of Guam. Once you figure out what area is what, whats around, travel, shopping and homes, you can look into something more permanent based on a better understanding of areas and whats available
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:49 AM
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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I lived in Guam for 3 years and I am looking to move back. The locals are the nicest people you will ever meet. Get out there and meet them. Someone wrote about community centers and volunteering time is the best way to start out making gret friends. Give them a little something of yourself and you will get back way more than you can imagine.

Louis
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:06 PM
 
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Just like my other half, he also complains that there are less stuff to do here compared to mainland. But I guess the fact that you are with your other half makes a difference. just try to have fun even though you are doing the same thing over and over. Try to alternate your activities every week. And also if you have money try to take advantage of going outside Guam, like around Asia, tickets will be cheaper compared when you are back in mainland. We already went to HK, Thailand, SG and Australia, and I think we saved a lot from here. Have fun under Guam's sun..
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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You can go to September Stomping (http://www.visitguam.org/Runtime/SeptemberStomping.aspx - broken link) to get up to date schedules for weekly boonie stomping.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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I was born and raised on Guam. People on Guam are very sensitive when it comes to their culture and beliefs. Also with the military making move on the island they starting to become more conservative towards outsiders. I think the best place to meet new people are at local lounges and at the beach. Have you been to Coco's Island yet?
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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Default Guam

Guam actually has a lot to offer.
I highly encourage you to leave the gates of the base you're in and come out and meet with the locals. You'd be surprised just how welcoming and friendly they are. Snorkel, eat at some of the local-themed restaurants, learn to dive, do a boonie stomp, take the ferry to Cocos Island, or attend anyone of the many village fiestas.

Guam will be a duty station you won't soon forget.
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