Tinian Is



Although Tinian now has a 400-room hotel and casino, it's still a much quieter place than Saipan. The best sights on the island will appeal to nongamblers as well, including several beautiful Shinto shrines built by the Japanese during their occupation of Tinian. You can also visit the former U.S. Air Force base from which the B-29 Enola Gay took off to bomb Hiroshima: The runways and bomb pits are still there.

Tinian has some great beaches, including the beautiful white-sand Taga Beach, where local people go on Sunday. In San Jose, the small (and only) town on the island, you can visit Taga House with its 12 mammoth stones (the stones were traditionally used to support Chamorro structures). Outside of town, you can visit the Taga Stone Quarry to see giant stones that were cut but never taken out of the ground. You can see all the sights of the island and get in some swimming and gambling in a two-day, one-night visit. 3 mi/5 km south of Saipan.

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