Hey everyone! Wanted to tell you that I just returned from a vacation (from my vacation) to the Philippines! I’m working on a blog post for that adventure; meanwhile, here is a post on my favorite beach in Guam!
The journey to Ritidian Beach was a long and bumpy one. Most of the road is polluted with potholes and not very well taken care of. The first time I went, the park was closed due to the holiday. Luckily, the second time I went it was a Sunday afternoon and opened. The sky looked a bit sketchy but we thought, “We’ll just go and hope for the best.” I’m SO glad we did this. It turned out to be a beautiful, perfect day. After dodging the potholes and passing through the gate, the most beautiful view of the beach below welcomed us into the park. Down the hill to the other side we drove, finally reaching the parking area. This is a nice place to go with your family. The park has areas that can be used as daytime campsites. Many people were barbecuing when we arrived. We packed a picnic, radio, snorkeling gear and sunscreen. That day it felt as though the sun was hotter than ever before. As you can see from the pictures, the water matched the sky and the sand was white. It was a nice day for swimming and snorkeling because the waves were not rough at all. Most areas in Guam are great for swimming because the waves are broken by the reef that surrounds the island. As a beginner to snorkeling, I don’t like to go too deep into the water. Even in the shallow areas closer to the shore, there was an abundance of sea creatures and tropical fish! There are only a few beaches in Guam that I really enjoy swimming in because I prefer crystal-clear blue water where you can see to the bottom. So, this limits a lot for me. This is by far my new favorite beach and I look forward to visiting again.
The park does close at 4pm, which felt too early and I wasn’t ready to leave. I snorkeled a bit then lounged around the rest of the time until a parks worker drove by in his ATV and kindly told us that it was closing time. This park is also a wildlife reserve. There are newly built fences to keep out Boonie dogs and cats, snakes (not sure how) and wild pigs to protect the natural vegetation and birds of the island. There was a swarm of black butterflies that I tried to capture in the photo, which I’ve been told cause seven years of bad luck if caught!