Hafa Adai. Welcome to Hagatna!
Hagatna, also known as Agana, is the capital city of Guam. The village is nestled in the central part of Guam, between Agana Bay and the cliffs of Agana Heights. It also sits along Guam’s beautiful western coastline.
The village of Hagatna is approximately fifteen minutes away from the U.S. Naval Station, in Santa Rita. For those who are traveling to the U.S. Naval Hospital, it will take you less than five minutes to get there, and about thirty minutes to get to Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo. Guam’s main roadways, Route1 and Route 4, run through the village, making it easy and convenient to get around the village and to other areas of the island.
Hagatna is the capital city and the business center of Guam. It is one of Guam’s least populated residential villages with a population of only around 1,100. Since the village is the business center of Guam, there is a strong presence from both government and private businesses. The island’s three main branches of Government (Legislative, Judicial, and Executive) and numerous commercial enterprises – including legal offices, banks, department stores, insurance companies, police stations, and restaurants, are located in the village. Hagatna is also home to the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, the Island’s center for Catholics, and a couple of schools – including an all-girls high school.
If you prefer living in the center of the action, Hagatna is for you. Everything you’ll need is here. Even though Hagatna is known for being a business center, there still are a few residential areas amongst this thriving metropolis. Residential homes and a few apartments are located below the cliff in the western portion of the village. These residences are in a quiet area of the village and away from the main roadways. Homes in the area are built close to each other with small yards.
Living in Hagatna will provide everything you need. Plus, there are many activities within this bustling community to keep you busy and entertained.
Hagatna is filled with activities to enjoy and places to see. The village is full of rich history with many historical sites to visit. Some of these sites include the Latte Stone Park – full of latte stone pillars that were used to build huts on top of by the ancient Chamorros, the Plaza de Espana – known as the location of the Governor’s Palace during the Spanish occupation, the Spanish Bridge, and other fabulous historic treasures.
If you want to experience the island’s culture in today’s modern setting, the famous Chamorro Village is highly recommended. Every Wednesday, local vendors flock to the Chamorro village, and sell an array of delicious local food, beverages, jewelry, local art, and unique tropical souvenirs. The Wednesday “Night Market” has been a very popular activity for both local residents and many of the island’s visitors over the years.
The Agana Shopping Center is one of the few major shopping outlets on Guam. There are many retail stores and restaurants, and a movie theater located in the outlet. The village is also the host of some of the island’s best local and internationally themed restaurants. There are many restaurants to choose from and can be a food adventure for those with an interest in tasting cuisines from around the world.
Hagatna also provides beautiful beaches for you to enjoy along with other water-related fun. The Hagatna Boat Basin is a small boat marina where many of the island’s ocean enthusiasts dock their boats. Many of the fish caught at sea by the fishing charter companies that operate from the Hagatna Boat Basin are bought and sold at the marina’s Co-Op. There you can purchase and enjoy fresh tropical fish. This are is also a popular place where surfers enjoy some of the islands best waves.
If you are not much of a water person, Paseo Park is right next door and offers a great location to run, walk, or jog. You can also watch a baseball game at the Paseo Stadium. The area is well lit with a large sidewalk and ample parking.
Aside from all the fun-filled activities this village offers, Hagatna is known for its seasonal Parade. On July twenty-first, Guam celebrates its annual Liberation Day with a large Parade along the main street of the capital of Guam. The parade is filled with floats from the different villages, lots of entertainment, local food, and tons of fun.
Hagatna is the capital and is a bustling economic hot spot and full of fun. Are you ready to jump into the mix and start enjoying your time in Guam’s tropical capital city? Come to Hagatna and see you soon!
Distance to Popular Destinations:
- Andersen Air Force Base- 26 minutes
- Naval Base Guam- 13 minutes
- US Naval Hospital- 1 minutes
- Guam International Airport- 10 minutes
- Guam Premiere Outlet- 8 minutes
- Micronesian Mall- 13 minutes
- Agana Shopping Center- 2 minutes
- Tumon, Guam- 10 minutes