Spanish Steps

Get a load of this picturesque place. Its called Spanish Steps. On the navy base, there’s a hike down a steep cliff along the spanish steps to a secluded beach. The spanish constructed a drinking water well at sea level and hiked up and down the steps to retrieve water.  At the bottom, you are rewarded with a rocky beach is rocky, a bit small, but you don’t need to spend alot of time there.  It’s mostly an entry point to shallow water and limestone rock croppings.

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Here’s where we enter the water for some snorkeling. It’s a very protected area, and the access to it is very limited. The military keeps it closed most of the time since the main harbor entry way is just on the other side of the croppings. Elli found a blue sea star.

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What I loved about the hike down were the hundreds of coconut trees. Here’s one trying to get it’s share of the forest.

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17 Responses to “Spanish Steps”


  1. 1 joe January 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

    how do i get there from off base?

    • 2 guammoonies January 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      You need base access or a boat.

    • 3 Matt VanCamp January 21, 2015 at 10:27 am

      BACK IN ’83 WHEN I WAS STATIONED ABOARD THE U.S.S. PROTEUS, WE HAD TO SNEAK DOWN THERE ON A TRAIL/ROAD THAT BEGAN NEXT TO/NEAR TO THE ENTRANCE TO NAVAL STATION, (NAVSTA) APPROX. LESS THAN A MILE, TOWARDS AGAT, I THINK… IT WAS CABLED OFF & WELL-MARKED ‘NO TRESPASSING’ IN A MILITARY FASHION. BACK THEN, IT WAS ALSO SUBJECT TO PATROL BY A MARINE CORPS “ROVER”, BUT WE NEVER RAN INTO ONE! WE’DE PARK THE CAR, (AFTER DRIVING BENEATH A CABLE BLOCKING THE PATH) BENEATH THE PALMS BACK THERE ALWAYS, AND MAKE OUR WAY ON FOOT WITH OUR SCUBA GEAR, AND A BIG COOLER OF ICE, AND BEER, AND FRESHLY-HARVESTED COCONUTS… I DON’T RECALL PRECISELY WHERE THE PATH BEGAN, BUT I REMEMBER THAT THERE WAS A RUNWAY THAT CAME OUT’VE THE JUNGLE AND ENDED AT THE CLIFF’S EDGE, (OROTE POINT) THERE WAS WHAT WAS LEFT OF A CORSAIR F4U FUSELAGE ON THAT RUNWAY, BACK AT THE EDGE OF THE JUNGLE. MAYBE 100′ FEET AWAY FROM THE DROP-OFF. PARALLEL TO THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, BEFORE THAT FUSELAGE, YOU COULD FIND OLD SIGNAGE WARNINGS FOR UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE… THAT’S WHERE THE PATH COULD BE PICKED UP. IT WOUND AROUND SOME OLD BUILDING FOUNDATIONS, (SEE; “MARINE BARRACKS” IN AREA HISTORY REFERENCES) THEN TO THE SIDE CLIFF’S EDGE; AND POKING AROUND CAREFULLY, ONE WILL DISCOVER THE PATHWAY DOWN.
      I DONT REMEMBER HOW MUCH EXACTLY, OR WHICH PARTS OF THOSE ANCIENT, STONE-CARVED STEPS REMAIN, BUT ITS ONE HELLUVA CLIMB DOWN.. SOME ROCKS, SOME DIRT, AND SOME OLD STONE-CUT STEPS. THOSE STEPS WERE CUT INTO THE CLIFF FACE BY ELDORADO, OR MAGELLAN, OR SOMEONE OF THAT BUNCH WHICH “CATHOLICYZED” THE CHAMORRO PEOPLE WAY BACK IN THE 1600’s IF I RECALL MY ANCIENT POLYNESIAN HISTORY CORRECTLY…
      AT ANY RATE, IT IS WELL-WORTH THE EFFORT TO MAKE IT TO
      THIS PLACE; THE UNTOUCHED NATURAL BEAUTY, AND THE MAJESTIC QUALITIES OF THE SITE MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THE SPANIARDS MADE THE EFFORT TO BUILD THIS STAIRCASE HERE…THE INTENSE TROPICAL COLORS OF THE CORALS AND FISH, AND THERE ARE LIMESTONE CAVES BENEATH THE TOWERING CLIFFS, AND “MUSHROOM-SHAPED” ROCKS COVERED IN VERDANT JUNGLE GREENS, THE INCESSANT WAVE-ACTION HAVING CARVED-AWAY AT THE LOWER HALF OF THE ROCKY MOUNDS, OFFSHORE…
      THE UNDULATING AND VARYING SHADES OF BLUE AND GREEN WATER ARE A PERFECT CONTRAST TO THE BRILLIANT GREEN OF THE TROPICAL VEGETATION CLINGING TO THE ABOVE-WATER LANDSCAPE… LITTLE BRILLIANTLY-COLORED CLOWN FISH, ANGELFISH, AND OTHER UNDISCOVERED TROPICAL WONDERS SWIM HOVERINGLY NEAR RED, YELLOW, AND ORANGE CORAL WALLS, AND HEADS, FIRE CORAL & CORAL FANS… BRILLIANT NEOPHYTES, AND BRANCHED FANS…
      THIS PLACE IS AMAZING AND SHOULD’NT BE LOCKED-UP ON THE NAVAL BASE; IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF GUAM!
      THOUGH I’M CERTAIN THAT AT LEAST PART OF THE REASON IT IS SO PRISTINE; IS BECAUSE IT IS SO UNMOLESTED AND UNTOUCHED! GO THERE, TREAD VERY LIGHTLY, TAKE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHS, LEAVE BEHIND NOTHING. WHEN I WAS A TWENTY YEAR OLD SAILOR,
      I VISITED THIS PLACE, OFTEN. YOU SHOULD TOO…

  2. 4 Some Lady February 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hi! Where on Navy? I stay there @ the base hotel.

    • 5 guammoonies February 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

      It’s been years since I’ve been there and it’s not easy to explain. It’s in the southwest portion of Big Navy. I suggest you ask around on the base. Spanish steps also wasn’t always open.

      Good luck.

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    • 6 Matthew J. Van Camp... September 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      ITS OFF THE SUB REFIT FACILITY WHERE THE SHIP WAS TIED UP.
      THE S.R.F. BASE WAS NEARER TO TAMUNING, THAN THE NAVAL STATION, (NAVSTA) WAS. WE WOULD DRIVE OUT’VE WHERE THE SHIP WAS ANCHORED, (USS PROTEUS, AS-19) WHERE “POLARIS BEACH” IS… THE ENTRANCE TO THE SPANISH STEPS WAS AN UNMARKED ROAD (EXCEPT FOR A RUSTY CABLE ACROSS THE ROAD) WE’D DRIVE UNDER THE CABLE, & DOWN THE GRAVEL ROAD THERE.
      IF YOU LOOK AT A MAP OF GUAM, NOTICE THE BEACH AT AGANA.
      THEN NOTICE THE Stairs/trail going up the hill, kneeling on the

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  5. 9 Dean Goodman October 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Was there in 1981 taking a break from a marine geophysic research cruise with Oregon State and Scripp Institution of Oceanography. A special place on our planet…

  6. 10 joe October 27, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I went there many times times while stationed on Frank Cable, 2003-04. A real neat spot with great snorkeling. They use to close it every time they did an ammo on/offload on the visiting ships. I think about it often when snow bound in these Minnesota winters 😦 Wish I new more about taking a Military flight over there. Costs a lot to fly on commercial airlines.

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