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Garapan is located on the island of Saipan. It is the largest village on the island, situated on the west coast. Saipan is part of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Most of the hotels on the island of Saipan are located in the village of Garapan. The village is also home to the American Memorial Park dedicated to honouring soldiers who died in the Battle of Saipan. There are also various shops and restaurants near the hotels. Garapan is also the home to the largest elementary schools in the Commonwealth. It is also known for its red-light district but the government is spending money to improve the infrastructure and safety of the area to make Garapan a safe spot for residents and visitors alike.
The west coast of the island is scattered with beautiful coves, white sandy beaches and a large lagoon creating an off shore coral reef, great for snorkeling. The east coast of Saipan is mainly rocky with large steep cliffs. The island's highest point is Mount Tapochau, a limestone covered mountain. It was once thought to be an inactive volcano, but that has since been proven untrue.
The main language spoken on the island is English, but there is also a presence of people who speak Chamorro. There are other, smaller percentages of native languages from the import of workers from China, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Cambodia. There are also many first generation immigrants from Japan, Korea, China, and other islands.
If you will be visiting Garapan, a car is essential for getting about. You can explore the islands stunning countryside with ease. There is nothing like feeling the wind in your hair as you travel to new and exciting places in Garapan.