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“An OK beach”
Review of Ypao Beach Park

Ypao Beach Park
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Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Tumon
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Owner description: Everything except food and sunscreen is available at this beautiful beach: grassy spots for games, a sandy stretch, great swimming, a playground and restrooms.
Reviewed 20 September 2013

A nice park, some shelters away from the beach to sit at. The beach itself has a lot of small coral bits all through the sand, so wear something on your feet. The water is a bit deeper than the rest of the bay and there is a lifeguard station.

Thank Axeman58
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I had a lengthy review that I wrote for Tumon Beach but erased it because it really belongs to this group of reviews. Ypao Beach Park has been renamed to Joseph Flores Beach Park. It has been a preserve for the past 15 years or so. Ypao Beach Park is within the Tumon Beach, hotel row area. It is located next to the Hilton and is a public space. There is a lot of parking but try to park at the entrance area that is open because that is the safest from break ins rather than under the trees next to the Hilton.

This area attracts a great many Asian, particularly Korean and Japanese family and honeymooner tourists. But that is ok because the fish don't seem intimidated by too many people and there are plenty fish and you don't see nearly as many people as you would in the touristy areas of Hawaii. Ypao is a premier snorkel spot because it is a preserve and it is well monitored by the lifeguards. Go at high tide so you don't scrape against the coral and so there are more fish available to see. I got a Lifeproof cover for my iPhone 5 and was very happy with the results. It allows underwater photos and vids up to two meters which is all you need here. It is very relaxing watching these critters and, as long as you settle down and are relaxed in the water, they will come around you as if you were any other animal in the sea. They are very colorful as you can see from the photos.

The beach park has a lot of great features which you won't always find in other tropical locations but reflect the culture of the people who are festive, partying, embracive, inviting and welcoming. There are large pavilions for big parties and small ones for family gatherings. There are outdoor beach showers at frequent intervals to rinse off yourself and your snorkeling gear as well as bathroom areas that are well kept. Lifeguards are aplenty and are very friendly; they always seemed ready for a conversation and one even gave me a gift which I treasure (apparently because he was grateful for something I gave to the island years ago - but the gesture was so reflexive that one must take it as a sign of this beautiful and loving group of people).

Leave your belongings near the lifeguard tower if you are alone. The lifeguards don't mind watching out for them and though many islanders will give you the last bowl of rice in the house, they sometimes feel that what is yours belongs to them too (not all, but some).

From these diligent lifeguard watchers I learned there had been a shark attack some months before on a man alone who went over the reef; that yes, there is a moray eel out there but he won't bother you if you don't stick your hand in his mouth (he was near the flag when I was there and I took a pic but I was afraid to get too close so you can't see him in the pic); that one of the guards saw a barracuda inside the reef some years back but nothing since.

Be sure and pick up Franko's Guam Guide and Dive Map and a Reef Creatures Identification Guide at Guam Visitors Bureau or at KMart on Marine Drive. It will help to ID what you are seeing. Be sure you have plenty of sunscreen. It is tough to leave the water because watching the fish under these circumstances is so hypnotizing and induces a state of euphoria I think.

After an hour or two of this, try going to Hilton Tree Bar for a Mai Tai. The wait staff chats with you and the scenery is very cool. I particularly like the rainy season for pics because the clouds bring out the colors and are, themselves, breathtaking.

If that isn't enough for you, there is a little archeological dig going on down there and, though I was not there long enough to find out more about it, you could try going to the University of Guam library or one of their research labs in Mangilao to find out more about it.

The last time I was in Guam was 30 years ago and my last review reflects that time. I am pleasantly amazed at how these tourist areas have been developed. Except for the distance and some inconveniences, Guam really rivals Hawaii for a go to destination. It is also not as glutted with tourists and traffic, though getting difficult, is nowhere near what I saw on Oahu and Kauai.

No, they don't sell food here. Bring your cooler and reserve an area if you want to barbecue which is the custom here. But you are surrounded by hotels with eateries and some quick stop places for water, soda, sunscreen etc. nearby.

One note. This is NOT gun beach. Gun beach is way at the other end of the Tumon Beach area nearer to the Westin.

9  Thank oopsydaisey
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

I often go there for snorkeling. For the purpose, I usually stay in Hilton, or Shealaton as these hotels are close to the beach where snorkeling spot is close by.

2  Thank ranitajp
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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

Ypao beach, being a marine preservation area, is one of the best snorkeling spots on Guam. Bring a slice of bread and you'll attract countless fish. They come to the very tips of your fingers to grab a bite. They're used to tourists feeding them so you'll be able to see them in arms length. The water is nice and refreshing on a sunny day. The best part is It's FREE!!! Even when the tide is low, the area where the corals and fishes are will always be deep enough to snorkel. The lifeguards are available for this public beach. They have showers to rinse off when you're done as well as public restrooms. One of the most popular beaches on Guam where people bring their families to BBQ, play volleyball, jog, swim, and/or snorkel.

3  Thank Mayline I
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Yes it is a public beach. What is under the water about 30-50yds out from shore is a wonderfully vibrant showcase of marine life. The colors of blue, green, rust brown coral. Living amongst the coral is an the astounding variety of fish will make any mainland marine biologist green with envy. Jailfish, triggerfish, parrot fish, trumpet fish, goat fish, jacks, needlefish, idols, wrass, gobies, densely populating the coral. There was a school of spades one day hopping from one coral bunch to another. The waters are exquisitely calm due to the protection the reef barrier provides. Wave action inside the reef barrier is non existent outside of typhoon conditions. You can body float all day if you wish. Went to Ypao almost everyday. There is always something new to find within the coral. See it!

2  Thank texasaero
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