Hagatna is the capital of Guam. The capital city has its own quaint village vibe in the middle of a Pacific tropical paradise filled with enchanted waterfalls, secluded swimming holes, white sand beaches and protected bays.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is Jan-May, the dry season.
Top Places to Visit in Hagatna
1. Chamorro Village
The Chamorro people are indigenous to Guam, and their mix of Spanish, Asian and American cultures is integral to Hagåtña. Visitors can shop for authentic handicrafts at the Chamorro Village, built in the traditional style as an outlet for local farmers, merchants and artisans. While at the markets, sample some of the island’s most delicious treats: chicken kelaguen, made with green onions, Coconut, boonie peppers, onions and lemon juice, octopus stewed in coconut milk, and eskabeche, a freshly fried fish dish covered with soy sauce, vinegar and a delectable mix of local vegetables.
2. Plaza de España2. Plaza de España
The Spanish ruins and spacious grounds were home to the governor of the island from 1669 until the Second World War. Many of the original structures have survived, including the circular Chocolate House, where the Spanish custom of serving hot cocoa each afternoon was carried out. Built in the typical Spanish style, the Chocolate House is made of coral stones covered with smooth lime mortar. Inside are two Spanish coat-of-arms uncovered after the Governor’s Palace was destroyed in the Second World War. The plaza continues to be the center of many civic and government activities.
3. Dulce Nombre de Maria Sagana Cathedral and Basilica
Erected in 1669, it is Guam’s oldest Catholic church. Pope John Paul II paid the site a visit, and a monument stands nearby to commemorate the occasion.
4. Latte Stone Park
Filled with the popular icons of Guam’s culture. Built around 500 AD, the stones are believed to be pillars used to support elevated houses. Each latte is made of two stones. The haligi is the shaft stone that juts up from the ground, and the tasa is the cap stone that creates a “T” shape. The park’s examples were imported from a remote village in the south, but the enduring stones are found in many of the island’s river valleys and coastal areas.
5. Fort Santa Agueda
Built to protect the bay and city of Hagåtña, Fort Santa Agueda was built by the Spanish in 1800. Little of the original fort remains, but the platform provides spectacular views of the city and the Philippine Sea.