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6 Tips for Making Your Trip to the Northern Marianas More Convenient

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Part of the fun of traveling is making room for spontaneity. However, it also helps quite a lot to plan ahead—especially if you’re visiting a place for the first time. If that place is the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas (CNMI), which is known for its nature, vibrant cuisine, and hospitality, planning ahead will serve you well. The better you plan, the more convenient your trip will be overall—and the higher your chances of enjoying your time in the Northern Marianas.

Here are the CNMI Phone Book’s tips on booking accommodations, dining, getting around, and planning leisure activities in the islands. Our listings should help you have an awesome trip!

Browse the CNMI Phone Book’s e-Yellow Pages

Physical phone books are rare nowadays. However, browsing e-yellow pages like the CNMI Phone Book is still a great way to find essential goods and services in a place you are visiting. On our site, you can search for what you need using the search bar, or you can simply browse listings by category. We have the same functionality as a real phone book, but with the added convenience of features only made possible by computing.

Checking e-yellow page listings will prove extremely helpful for your Northern Marianas trip. You can learn the names of reputable establishments in CNMI and call them ahead for queries, bookings, or reservations. All you’ll need is access to the Internet and to a phone or computer, and CNMI businesses will take care of the rest for you.

Book at a Hotel with the Amenities You Need

One of the first items in your travel plan should be your accommodation. It’s best that you look up CNMI hotels as far ahead of your trip as you can. That way, you can take your time comparing prices, locations, and available amenities.

Call the best contenders, or look them up online. Make sure they have the amenities that you want, such as air conditioning, WiFi, free breakfast, a pool, and a gym. If you get this knowledge ahead, you will know exactly what to expect when you arrive at your hotel.

Rent an Apartment

If you don’t feel like staying at a resort or hotel, a viable alternative is booking a CNMI apartment. Apartment rentals can be cheaper and more flexible than hotel bookings, especially if you are staying in the islands for more than one week.

For greater convenience throughout your trip, rent an apartment space that’s within your budget. You’ll also want one with a good location, near town landmarks like groceries, banks, and drug stores.

Browse Northern Mariana Restaurants in Advance

Another convenient thing you can do during your trip is call and look up CNMI’s most popular restaurants. You must look for Chamorro restaurants to try, as well as establishments that serve authentic Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisine. If you’re craving food from well-known cuisines like American, Italian, or Mexican, there’s also a wealth of choices within the islands.

Browsing restaurants in advance could save you time and money, in addition to ensuring that you’ll have a good dining experience. You should know what the resto’s hours are, whether you can reserve a table, and whether they can accommodate special dietary restrictions. This is especially important if you or anyone in your travel party is allergic to a certain food, is vegan or vegetarian, or needs kosher or halal dishes.

Plan Your Tour of the Northern Marianas

With all the basic travel planning you need to do, you may be wondering about the best way to squeeze in some sightseeing. The good news is that you can get a CNMI tour operator to do all the work for you. Booking a tour affords you a structured but relaxing means to discover the islands.

Look for a tour that includes the sites you want to visit, whether they’re famous beaches or points of interest related to World War II. Your tour guides can fix the itinerary, the transport arrangements, and meals during the tour, so that’s less hands-on planning for you.

Calculate the Costs of Leisure Activities

Last but not least, it would be good to get a ballpark estimate of how much money you’ll spend on leisure activities in CNMI. If you don’t do this, you could find yourself in the unpleasant situation of not having enough cash immediately on you. Luckily, it’s easy to contact establishments and ask for prices.

Call a Northern Marianas dive shop ahead to schedule a diving lesson or a diving excursion, and know how much you’ll need to pay upfront. Find the rates for CNMI spas so that you know how much to pay per session, plus how much to bring for tips. If you plan ahead with your cash, you’re guaranteed to relax more during each activity.

Convenience Is the Key to Enjoying Your CNMI Vacation

In summary, it’s good to strive for maximum convenience when traveling to the Northern Marianas. Planning ahead and knowing the best possible avenues reduces time spent queuing, calculating costs, and setting expectations that can’t be met. Take our  advice, and you won’t be disappointed when you come here on vacation!


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