Agat Guam is a small village in
Guam located on the southwest
shore of the island. Agat has a population of around 5,000 people and
is governed by its own elected mayor and council. Agat Guam is
populated for the most part by the indigenous Chamorro people, and
many of the traditions of the Chamorro people are still quite
noticeable in Agat. Travel to Agat Guam can include festivals, time
spent at the beach and sampling the local cuisine of the Chamorro
people in Agat.
The village of Agat is located just south of Apra Harbor, and as such
much of Agat tourism is influenced by trips to the nearby harbor. Agat
tourism also centers on some of the special features of the village
itself. Mt. Alifan, the Agat Marina, the Spanish Bridge, and the War
in the Pacific National Historical Park can all be found in Agat and
continue to be major Agat tourism attractions.
The Historical Park in particular is a major attraction to Agat.
Established in 1978, the park honors all who participated in the
Liberation of Guam after World War II, during which time the island
was occupied by the Japanese. Liberation Day is still celebrated each
year on July 21st and is one of the major holidays in Guam, marked by
carnivals and feasting for an entire week. The Park features trenches,
caves and other historical structures for viewing.
If you plan to stay in Agat rather than just tour the area, you will
have no trouble finding a place to stay. A nice range of Agat hotels
can be found in the area. Additionally, hotels in Agat will be more
than happy to arrange outdoor activities for guests.
Today, Agat vacations offer a nice range of excellent waterfront
hotels and resorts. Agat spas are increasingly popular among tourists
who take Agat vacations, and major international hotels and resorts
feature Agat spas. Agat vacations at one of the many hotels or resorts
in the village will often feature upscale bars and clubs right in the
hotel. In addition to great nightlife, the village of Agat offers
plenty of great options for dining out. Chamorro food in particular is
exceptional in Agat due to the high percentage of Chamorro people
making Agat their home. In the spring, the village of Agat joins other
southern villages in Guam to
host their annual festival. The festival is organized like a block
party or street fair, and travelers will find plenty of food, music
and traditional dancing to enjoy.
Whether you plan to stay at an Agat spa or hotel for your entire
Guam vacation or simply make
it one of the many stops on your way around the island of Guam, Agat
is worth a stop. The historical park, great food and century’s old
Spanish Bridge are well worth the visit.
-Agat (Hagat) village is located on the southwestern side of the
island. This area is part of the Haya (Southern) District. Old Agat
was built between 1680 and 1684 and was designed by the ruthless
Spanish Governor Don Jose Quiroga as a settlement for rebellious
islanders whose homes had been destroyed. Many of its first citizens
were brought from the interior village of Fena, which had also been
wiped out. In July of 1944, the village of Old Agat was totally
destroyed by the American invasion. After the war, new Agat sprang up
in a location further south and is one of the villages in the south
that is now experiencing development and commerce.