On Guam, residents don’t live in large cities or towns. Currently there are 19 villages that make up the island—from Yigo and Dededo in the North, to the central villages of Hagåtña and Mangilao, with Merizo and Umatac in the South. Most of the villages are known by both their indigenous Chamorro and Americanized/Spanish spellings—for example, Malesso’ is the indigenous name for Merizo.
Take a tour of Guam’s villages by clicking on any of the villages below. Each entry describes village names, history, landmarks, fiestas, mayors and other features that makes each village special.