Tarague Beach on Andersen AFB is really a hidden gem here in Guam. Yes, you do need base access to use it which is probably one of the best reasons those with an ID should use it! It’s rarely crowded there, the water is clear, the beach access easy, and it’s a short 10-15 min drive from main base. There are also some other neat things about Tarague beach that are often overlooked.
Tarague Beach used to have waves that lapped the cliffs but after geological shifting the reef area was exposed and the jungle area grew. It’s home to the endangered Marinas crow, the Marinas fruit bat, and a safe haven for nesting sea turtles. There are remnants from the tribe who lived there in 500 B.C. as well the remnants of a 1900s copra plantation. On clear days you can even see Rota to the North. I am so thankful that we get the chance to enjoy this amazing beach.
From the first main roundabout on Marine Corps Drive it’s about a 10-15 minute drive down to the beach. It’s quite charming as you get the feel of driving through the jungle to reach it!
If your lucky you may even get to see some of the local wildlife like the chickens that mill around the base. Or the wild pigs that are out forging for food, we’ve seen them at least twice on the way to the beach now. Those pigs have some tusks so I don’t recommend getting too close!
You’ll also get an amazing view as you go around the bend of Saunders Slope. It is an amazing preview of the beach area surrounded by the dense and lush jungle area.
When you arrive at the parking area there will be a few spots when you enter, then more down towards the main beach area. The ones at the end are great for if you plan on hiking the trial. Tables and benches are located in this area as well.
Yes, there is a hiking trail at Tarague beach too! Most people I’ve talked to who’ve been here awhile had no idea. It’s also in the Best Track son Guam book. I highly recommend picking this up from the War in the Pacific museum outside of Big Navy. You can see a sign near the entrance as well. We plan to hike it soon.
Of course being on a AFB there are lots of rules, and they are all posted. So make note of the rule and follow them. They are pretty much common sense stuff. Note there are no dogs are allowed at the base beach unfortunately.
Make sure to note the swimming conditions which is posted with the flag. There is also a sign that explains what the colors mean.
There are quite a few amenities in the beach area. There are 2 playgrounds one for smaller kiddos and a larger one as well.
Volleyball area and a covered area where you can have get togethers, etc.
Bamboo Willies is also at Tarague but it does have limited hours. It’s open on Friday evenings & Saturdays depending on how many people are using it. The restrooms are located in the building next to it but we’ve found that they are not well stocked. It’s best to bring your own tissue with you, just in case.
You can also camp at Tarague beach, I’m not a camper so you won’t find me gracing the sand overnight. I’ve heard from many that it’s great, I’ll take their word on it 😉 There are 30 campsites and these can be reserved through Outdoor Rec. You can even rent camping equipment from them if you don’t have any. Camping is open year round but I’ve been told the best time for the least rain & humidity is often Dec-Feb time frame.
One of the best things about Tarague is that it is never crowded! We’ve been several times even on weekends and it’s never overly crowded, I love that about it! Sandy areas for setting up and easy access into the buoyed swimming area are found on the beach. Like any beach here in Guam it’s recommended that you have shoes, felt bottom ones are the best. These will make it MUCH easier to get in and out of the water over the rocky areas. It’s easier/harder depending on high/low tide as well. The BX has the felt bottom shoes but the Home/Garden store at the NEX has ones without the split toe as well. There is also a Dive shop on base that has some as well.
Crabs can be found all over the beach! From huge fist sized hermit crabs to ones that are just bigger than a grain of rice! My kids enjoy finding the crabs and building a ‘home’ for them in the sand. Fish are in the swimming area and can be seen when snorkeling. Some days the water is a bit clearer than others but for the most part there are always fish around to see.
If you turn to the right away from the beach you’ll find signs for Well No. 4. Here you can walk down and see the natural sinkhole with stairs to the pump building. The sign says open during daylight hours. I only had sandals on and there were way TOO many lizards to go attempt that in them and without Mr. B, so I’ll head back to take more pics soon.
Another great spot is the Tarague Scenic Overlook area! When you head to the beach instead of turning at the left towards the beaches keep going straight and follow the Scenic Overlook signs! It’s about a 10-15 min drive from the main roundabout as well and will take you on some curvy roads. The pull off will be to the left after a bend, it looks like there was a sign that used to be there but it wasn’t there a few weeks ago. You’ll see a clearing area to the left and if you go past there will be a fence, so you know you just missed it.
There is a sign up that gives some history about the beach and the area. While the area itself is beautiful it’s always the history that I appreciate the most so I’m always excited when I see signs like this!
The overlook has some amazing views of the beach area, how lucky are we that we get to use this amazing beach?! I want to go back for the sunset view as well! I even know someone who was married at this overlook area, love that idea 🙂
There is also a large Ifit tree as well as a sign that gives some info about them. The Ifit tree is the official tree of Guam and is protected here on the island. We are lucky enough to have one in our backyard here.
So if your here in Guam and have access to Tarague I encourage you to get out and enjoy it! But also make sure your enjoying the rest of the island as well, it’s small but mighty! 🙂