Hafa Adai! Welcome to Santa Rita
The quiet village of Santa Rita is nestled amongst the southern villages of Guam. Santa Rita is also the host to the island’s U.S. Naval Station and Naval Magazine. This coastal village is bordered Piti, Yona, Talafofo, and Agat.
If you live outside the U.S. Naval Station traffic to and from this area is very minimal. Getting around does not take very long due to the size of the main highway and the smaller amounts of people utilizing this section of the highway.
The village of Santa Rita is one of the smallest, quietest, and least modernized villages on Guam with a population around 7,500. The military adds another 6,000 transient military residents that live within the boundaries of Santa Rita, increasing the village’s total population to around 13,500. The village is considered one of the smallest villages when you exclude all the military properties (including military housing areas, the U.S. Naval Station, and the Naval Magazine). The village is also known to be surrounded by natural water sources, and shares it with the villages of Talofofo, Yona, and Agat. These water sources are comprised of two rivers, a freshwater lake, and a waterfall.
Most of Santa Rita’s festivities and activities revolve around its village church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Since the village is fairly small, most everyone in the village knows who the members of the community are. Most families have been living there since the village came to be after WWII.
In recent years, the village of Santa Rita has experienced an increase in nice large size homes. There has been an addition of a housing subdivision during a time of expansion in the area. Many of the homes have beautiful views of Apra Harbor and offer its residents a relaxing ambiance within its community. Most of the homes in the village of Santa Rita are along Route 4, which is commonly referred to as Cross Island Road.
Within the U.S. Naval Station, military personnel are provided with military housing, shopping outlets, a gas station, elementary/middle school, and more. There are buses that transport students living outside the base as well. Guam’s largest public high school, Southern High School and a public elementary school are also located in Santa Rita.
D’s Corner Store and Santa Rita Store are the only two stores located in the village, along with one video store, the Santa Rita Video Store. The village is also home to the Department of Public Health and Social Services Santa Rita Region Health Center and provides services under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC Program.
Santa Rita flourishes with an abundance of tropical life. There are many mango trees and coconut trees throughout the land. The mango trees bare fruits seasonally, and if you get the opportunity to pick one for yourself, it sure will make a delicious treat.
Another prized possession of the village is the Santa Rita ginger flower. It can be seen throughout the village. This bright red flower provides a colorful accent to the village.
Namo Falls Tropical Garden is a popular recreational area visited by tourists. In the middle of the village there are two waterfalls that have been turned into a tropical paradise. It is surrounded by tropical flowers and lush tropical jungle. Here, visitors are given the opportunity to taste an array of tropical fruits.
The village’s activities mainly revolve around the village church but also provide a baseball field and a senior citizens center for the public to use. From what we’ve shared, there are a few ideas to help keep you entertained.
So sit back and relax in Santa Rita. After a long day, it is always nice to come home to a quiet neighborhood. The slow paced atmosphere in the village is surely a great way to unwind. The village is a tropical getaway and can be your tropical oasis. See you soon in Santa Rita.
Distance to Popular Destinations:
- Andersen Air Force Base- 42 minutes
- Naval Base Guam- 11 minutes
- US Naval Hospital- 22 minutes
- Guam International Airport- 31 minutes
- Guam Premiere Outlet- 29 minutes
- Micronesian Mall- 32 minutes
- Agana Shopping Center- 25 minutes
- Tumon, Guam- 31 minutes