United States of America Trust Territory
The Northern Mariana Islands are warm-weather escape Northeast of Guam. Once you’re on the islands, the only difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether to sunbathe on a beautiful beach, try your luck at our casino, play golf with dazzling views of the Philippine Sea or go scuba diving in a World War II shipwreck. Then again, there is no reason why you can’t do them all.
Though the Northern Marianas consists of 15 islands in total, the most popular ones are Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Start on the sand – specifically, the blazing white shoreline of Micro Beach in Saipan, popular among locals and visitors alike. Then, head to the many, many other activities offering lush tropical scenery and a whole range of activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s always cliff jumping, cavern dives, and night diving.
Northern Mariana’s resorts and hotel are more than just sleek beach fixtures; they are gateways to the territory’s vibrant outdoor life and urban spirit. Resorts arrange hikes to hidden villages, banana boat rides, and cliff fishing. Take a windsurfing tour or tee off at one of the golf courses.
The Islands’ storied past – and especially its indigenous Chamorro culture – is very much alive everywhere you look. Archeological sites, prehistoric stone structures, and small villages engage you with people, past and present. Spring and summer’s San Vicente Fiesta and San Antonio Festival introduce you to Chamorro and Carolinian food, dance, and music.
History buffs will also find the Northern Mariana Islands a trove of exceptionally preserved World War II buildings and posts, including a Japanese lighthouse, bunkers, jails, and an abandoned airfield. Banzai and Suicide Cliffs are dramatic testaments to the character of the Chamorro people.