The Most Beautiful Beach on Guam

Ritidian Beach lies at the northernmost tip of Guam. For many years the beach and the land surrounding it was owned by the US Navy and closed to the public. But in 1993 the Navy turned over its Ritidian property to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for a wildlife refuge and now what some people call the most beautiful beach in Guam is open to visitors. So when my wife’s nephew Joe offered to drive us to the beach on our last day in Guam we jumped at the chance. As you will soon see, we were not disappointed.

Ritidian Beach. This is the view to the left as we exited the path through the jungle from our parking spot.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

To get to Ritidian Beach you have to exit Route-3 at Potts Junction in Yigo and drive for about six miles on Route-3A, probably the worst road in all of Guam. It’s full of bumps and pot-holes, making it almost impossible to drive faster than 5 mph. I noticed that most cars will soon leave the road, preferring a smoother drive along a parallel dirt path on the edge of the Andersen Air Force Base fence. I believe the purpose of not repairing the road is to discourage the casual visitor to Ritidian. You really must want to see this beach and swim or snorkel or fish or whatever or you will give up and turn around!

Ritidian Beach has been open to the public since 1993 when the Guam National Wildlife Refuge was formed.

Beach view with my Sigma 18-35mm lens zoomed to 35mm.

Same view at 18mm.

Close-up of the clear water reaching the white (almost) sand.

The ocean floor is covered with sharp coral. Be sure to wear your shoes if you are going swimming.

Isn’t it pretty?

View of the beach from a few steps into the jungle.

My wife’s nephew Joe points to the warning sign near our parking spot.

The GNWR Overlook is on the left side of the road as you go down the last 1.5 miles to the beach. We decided to stop at the overlook on the way back.

View from the GNWR Overlook.

Another view from the overlook. On a clear day you may be able to see Rota, the southernmost island in the Northern Marianas. Rota is about 40 miles north of Guam.

This welcome sign spells out all the GNWR regulations that need to be followed by visitors.

Map of trails in the refuge. The park is open from 7:30am to 4:00pm — too late for sunrise; too early for sunset.

Some of the plants and animals that are protected in the Guam National Wildlife Refuge.

Joe and his granddaughters Kiley and Camille at the GNWR overlook

Ritidian is often closed to the public during major storms. It was closed on September 8th when Hurricane Mangkhut was about to hit the northern portion of Guam. I’m not sure if it has re-opened yet.

We spent a lot of time at Tarague Beach (on Anderson Air Force Base grounds) in prior visits to Guam (see here and here for photos of Tarague from our 2015 trip to Guam) and we thought that Tarague was the most beautiful beach in Guam. But the Tarague of today has been damaged by storms and human overuse and no longer looks like the Tarague of the 1970s. So our vote for most beautiful beach has switched from Tarague to Ritidian.

Does anyone agree?

Oh, Tarague is still our second favorite!

About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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5 Responses to The Most Beautiful Beach on Guam

  1. disperser says:

    What I like about it is the scarcity of people.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    You captured the amazing tropics.

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    I just read in a geology book about the nature and danger of the rip currents. So on the little paradise island of Guam danger is lurking when you want to go swimming. Great photography as always!

  4. so totally inviting Crow!! So much I never knew about this island!!

  5. Amy says:

    The beach and blue sky are so beautifully captured. Thank you for the wonderful tour. 🙂

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