Thanks for the response.
I was stationed on Guam for five years, and the reasons I can't wait to return include world-class diving--and a temperate climate, and tropical beauty, and great people, and... (I went through Supertyphoon Pamela on Guam. Leaves memories.) Actually, Tinian's got a substantial population, and there's even a large casino now, catering to the Japanese. A ferry runs twice a day between Saipan and Tinian.
Saipan's economy has tanked, especially with the loss of the garment manufacturers and the loss of several airline routes. The cost of living is significantly higher there, which is one reason I'm trying to factor in ways to get to Guam reasonably often--to stock up at the Navy Exchange and Air Force commissary. On the other hand, with so many people leaving the island, rent is cheap for wonderful oceanfront properties.
Guam's got a couple of pretty nice sailing clubs, but the population has almost doubled from when I was there.
Last edited by hamsterdam; 01-11-2009 at 01:35 AM.