The island of Guam is a popular tourist destination all over the world, but no other people love to come here more than the Japanese. Japan and Guam have a lot of history together, and it seems as though Japan is making up for the past heartaches as the Japanese people continue to bolster Guam’s tourism today. Many tourist spots in the island specifically target Japanese tourists, and one of them is the Coco Palm Garden Beach, a private beach that may only be visited by Japanese vacationers.
In 1941, Japan inflicted much damage to the beautiful island-nation of Guam. World War II saw the best of Japan’s military and tactical prowess but the worst of its atrocious regard of mankind. Countries in Asia and the Pacific were forcibly made to bow and pledge allegiance to the Japanese flag. The Japanese Occupation over Guam made up the darkest three years in the history of the island. People were killed, properties were destroyed, and the local culture threatened. In 1944, Guam finally broke free from Japan’s clutches with the help of the United States and its allies. Guam and the rest of Asia and the Pacific were free once again.
Today, there are many silent reminders to the horrors of the war. Guam, now a US territory, has maintained monuments and sites as eerie reminders of the past and as testimony that the worst is over. The Guamanians have definitely gotten over Japanese tyranny, and there’s a solemn monument in Yigo Village to prove this. The South Pacific Memorial Peace Park features a 50-ft tall monument of two giant hands clasping in prayer and friendship. It symbolizes the friendship that now exists between Japan and Guam (or the United States). Underneath the monument are buried remains of brave Japanese soldiers who valiantly fought for their flag. The entire park is above an underground command post built by the Japanese.
Today, hordes of Japanese people come to Guam every month, not to make war, but to relax, have fun and enjoy the beauty of an island that they once seized. (BTW, if you want another beach destination near Pacific then head to the Philippines. Check out Boracay travel blog for more facts about the island.)
For some reason, the owners of Coco Palm Garden Beach have decided to take in only Japanese vacationers, and so it is never overcrowded and the guests feel comfortable with each other. The resort offers a number of fun water activities such as beach volleyball, kayaking, fishing, hiking and snorkeling. The beach is known to have pristine sands and amazing marine life and corals, and so it made Number 1 in the list of “Things to do while in Dededo”, being a perfect place for the perfect tropical getaway. Admission is $75 per person.
Other tourist attractions near Coco Palm Garden Beach are the Micronesia Mall in Dededo, Dededo Morning Market, Two Lovers Point in Tumon (4 km away), Underwater World also in Tumon (5 km), Mandara Spa and Hotel Nikko in Tamuning (5 km), Tarza Magical Adventure Zone and Water Park (5 km), and yet another facility for Japanese tourists, the Tokyo Sakurazala Spa and Esthteigue also in Tumon (5 km away).