ritidian beach

How to Be a Beach Bum

Hello there!

Since I returned from Oregon, I’ve been trying to enjoy the sunshine as much as I can. Lately it has been rainy here on Guam and I don’t like to go out after the rain because the humidity is unbearable. But over the weekend I was lucky to have spent a beautiful day on the beach.

We recently sold our car, which I used for work, and have come to rely upon our scooter once again. I like the scooter better anyway. Driving on Guam is a nightmare and the scooter lets us get through traffic quicker, we spend less on gas and on a sunny day the cool breeze feels nice! Anyway, we packed the beach gear (tarp, beach mat, snorkel gear, and other miscellaneous beach necessities) and headed up to Ritidian beach, yes again!

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It was one of those days when I’m like, “I never want to leave Guam, EVERRRR!” and I kept saying things like, “How can it be this pretty?” and “WOW look how blue the sky is.”

The road to Ritidian seemed like it had been patched up a little bit…I mean it’s still a horrible road to drive on, but it was better than the last time we drove on it. Oh and some good news, there is a new viewpoint just as you reach the top of the hill before you descend down to the beach! I was very excited about this.

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The view from here is GORGEOUS!

I say we went on the weekend, but our weekend is Sunday and Monday. So we went to Ritidian on a Monday, which was why the beach was empty! We found a nice spot near the trees to set up our beach bum gear. Tarps are necessary on Guam. For some reason Ritidian beach seems to be hotter and the sun just feels like it’s burning my skin, unlike some of the other beaches I visit. So yes, you MUST buy a tarp/canopy to survive beach time in Guam. I laid out the beach mat and set up our solar powered radio. We shared a sandwich and guzzled three of the four juices we bought and then we ran into the water to cool off.

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The water was warm and clear. Just how I like it! Ritidian’s reef is closer than the reef in Tumon Bay and the water is rougher. I stayed close to shore. I put the snorkel gear on and to my surprise there were TONS of fish swimming around me. They weren’t scared at all and some even swam TO ME! It was nice. I searched for cool rocks, shells and broken glass. I pretty much splashed around and snorkeled for a few hours. Then we ran back under the shade of the canopy to rest a bit before we packed up. I felt like I could stay there all day and every weekend!

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A Rainy Beach Day…

Hope you enjoy the video! Ritidian on a rainy day.

I’ve been craving beach time a lot lately, so we loaded up the car and drove on that beat up road to Ritidian Beach again. There was a giant, ominous cloud drifting over the island. Being optimistic, I thought it might just pass us without a threat to our beach day. Half way through the drive the rain poured and didn’t stop for about 1 ½ hours. We waited in the car until the humidity was so intense that we were drenched in sweat. So we ran, umbrella in hand, to a shelter outside. Then the thunder and lightening began and we thought it would be safer in the car! The thunder was so strong that it shook the car! The rain slowed and we couldn’t take the humidity in the car anymore so we took a walk on the beach. As usual, once the storm passed it turned out to be another beautiful day on Guam. During our walk on the beach, we gathered shells and then decided to jump in the warm water. Ritidian really is a beautiful beach. The sand is also different than any other beach I’ve visited on Guam. If you were curious about the weather in Guam, this is a perfect example of what the rainy season is like. I think it rained in one day what it would rain in one month back in Oregon. It will just pour down, seemingly out of nowhere, and then suddenly clear up and the sun will shine again. As you can imagine, the heat and rain combined make for a HUMID day!

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Ritidian Beach

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!