An unsung isle, Saipan is one of America's best kept secrets. A commonwealth of the United States, Saipan is the largest island in the Northern Mariana Islands, which are anchored in the paradisaical Pacific Ocean. Vacations in Saipan are perfect for those who love steady 80 degree Fahrenheit weather, a relaxed resort feel, and plentiful tropical sunshine.
As hosts of one of the world's oldest windsurfing events, Saipan is ideal for water sports. Hikers love Forbidden Island, which is paradoxically quite welcoming, as well as Bird Island. Many of Saipan's great treasures lie in the adjacent waters, where the warm and clear ocean makes scuba diving and snorkeling spectacular. Managaha Island is one of the best spots to snorkel, as you're sure to witness scores of multicolored marine life. The island is small but hilly, and Saipan vacations go much more smoothly with a vehicle, so be sure to check out car rentals in Saipan before you go.
Saipan hotels and resorts make wonderful home bases to explore the islands and their unique culture. Local culture comes to life during the annual Flame Tree Festival, where participants from all over Micronesia flock to the island. Sailing enthusiasts from across the globe attend the yearly Saipan Laguna Regatta in March, a race on the open sea. April brings the island's annual festival celebrating Saipan's patron saint, ideal for lovers of carnivals and parades, and June's San Antonio Festival similarly features traditional food, music, and dancing. The annual windsurfing cup is in November, and people from all around the Pacific come to compete.
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