One of my favorite things we did on the island was a trip to the Dededo Flea Market, only I wish we’d done it the first morning we were there so we could get a machete and load up on local produce for mid-day snacking.
I have three suggestions for visitors to the market:
- Try every kind of food you possibly can. If you see a fruit you don’t recognize, buy one and try it. If a kind woman, proud of her son for becoming a doctor and talking about it constantly (pictured above), offers you banana cinnamon lumpia, try it. If there’s some sort of baked good on a table and you’re not sure what it is, try it. We discovered so many amazing things at that market.
- Talk to every vendor who will talk back. This applies everywhere you go, whether on the island or not, but always take the opportunity to hear their story.
- Bring lots of $1 bills. Lots of cash in general, but don’t expect everyone to have change for the $20 you got at the ATM.
If I could do it all over again (I can in March!), I’d go to the flea market on the first morning and get a machete for hikes. Those coconuts don’t just fall open on their own but they sure are refreshing.
The Dededo Flea Market is on Marine Corps Dr. (1), just past where it meets with 27/Harmon Loop Rd. You’ll see it with no trouble. Bring cash to park because we couldn’t find free parking, although we were able to get a discount because we were on scooters.