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Welcome to the Saipan Living Website!

"America's best kept secret!"
"Discover what it's like to live on Saipan, Tinian or Rota, Northern Mariana Islands!"--Walt Goodridge

Saipan Overview

A summary of key points
What's the ecconomy like right now? What are the political parties? What's the weather like? Are there typhoons? What currency do they use there? Can I own land there if I'm NOT of Northern Mariana Descent? MORE...

The People

"Take a look at Saipan society!"
Saipan has a unique population of Chamorros, Carolinians, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Thailanders, Bangladeshis and US mainland transplants! What language is spoken there? Are the people friendly? MORE...


Visa, Passport, Green card information and more!
Do US citizens need a visa to visit Saipan? MORE...


Minimum wage, job availability and more!
What types of jobs are available? Where should I look for job vacancy announcements? What's the going rate for my profession? MORE...

Cost of Living

Your daily expenses
Is it expensive to live there? Can I survive on my pension or disability? How much is trash pickup? Are utilities cheap? Are the private schools affordable? MORE...

Doing Business

Making money on Saipan
What sort of business should I start? What sort of businesses are needed? Would a Starbucks succeed on Saipan? Are there any entrepreneurs I can speak with? MORE...


Helpful information
Are there any websites, books, maps, directories or other resources that can help me make my decision? MORE...

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What people are asking
Here are more questions answered in the Relocation Guide MORE...

More information about living on Saipan

Here's all you need to know
Discover for yourself what it's like to live, work, do business, invest, vacation, or retire on the Pacific island of Saipan, CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), a US territory.

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where is saipan

Located in the western pacific, a short flight from Guam and 3 hours from Japan, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a popular tourist destination rich in history, culture and natural resources. Saipan, just 5 miles wide by 13 miles long, is the largest and most populated of the 15 islands making up an archipelago that stretches 400 miles (north to south) along the edge of the Marianas Trench.

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Saipan Living 2018! The Relocation Guide!

EXTRA! Order the paperback from this site and receive bonus, full color maps of Saipan, Tinian and Rota to help plan your relocation or visit!

Saipan Living 2018! A comprehensive guide for moving to, finding a job, working, living, retiring or simply vacationing in the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

An "on the ground" overview of life on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) researched, compiled and presented by a (former New York City dweller turned rat race escapee) CNMI resident and author with over 10 years of experience observing, exploring, writing about, offering tours of, answering questions and personally enjoying Saipan living!

Where exactly is Saipan? Is it a place I can escape to? What's it really like? Can I retire comfortably there? What taxes will I need to pay? Will I be able to vote in the US elections? Do I need a visa or passport to go there?

Read Saipan Living 2018, and discover Saipan for yourself! Find out what it's really like to live on Saipan from current, up-to-date, on-the-ground information that not even the ! Get answers and information and learn everything you need to know about visa & passport requirements, job opportunities, labor laws, expat communities, pets, churches, schools, gun laws, crime stats, the economy, dating, land ownership and much, much, much more!

This unique volume includes:

An A to Z index of relevant topics from "accommodations" to "zoning laws" with specific, up-to-date information and answers to the most frequently-asked questions as well as "tropical island lifestyle" details you probably haven't even thought about thinking about--details and nuance that the CIA website, travel guides, and even blogs don't get quite right. Indexed TWO ways for your convenience: (1) by Frequently Asked Questions and (2) by topic!

You get: The truth about Saipan including the good, the bad and the ugly

• Reassurances for your concerns from to mosquitoes to humidity to crime

• A step-by-step checklist for your relocation

• Tips and advice for a smooth transition and adjustment

• Support and resources for your unique lifestyle

• Contact numbers, websites & email addresses for vendors, organizations and all govt offices

• The latest updated information as of 2018 including entry requirements, cost of living, job search, school life and more!

• The latest census information with "reality check" modifications from those who actually live there!

• Facts as well as valuable opinions from past, current and even future residents!

• Completed tax forms with instructions to show how to pay taxes on Saipan!

• 10 years of questions collected from the saipanliving.com website, along with the actual responses from past, present, and even future residents.

• Actual "relocation scenarios" featuring people's real concerns and the answers they received!

• Photos of the islands you won't find anywhere else.

• "The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly!" Yes, it's not all peaches and cream!

• Chamorro, Carolinian, Filipino, Chinese, Russian, Korean, American, Japanese viewpoints and perspectives on Saipan living.
Yes, you get all this and more to help you decide if Saipan is the right place to visit, vacation, venture into business, retire or simply escape the rat race!

Another goal of this book is to help shape the on-going transition of what Saipan living means and could mean in the future. It includes: • Predictions of Saipan's future • A manifesto on what Saipan really needs • Interviews with people who've lived there since the 1970s


"You've pretty much answered most of my questions. I can't believe how much was covered in this book. I read it in one day. I didn't want to stop reading."--Brittany (2017 from the Amazon website)

"I've just read Saipan Living, the relocation guide, and it's excellent! My husband and I are relocating to Saipan at the end of the month, and current resources about the island are extremely difficult to find. Thank you, Mr. Goodridge, for making available such up to date, well-written, and helpful information. It's already been useful, and I'm sure it will be tremendously so when we hit the ground in a few weeks. Finding for a place to live, furniture to purchase, and perhaps even a job will all be much easier with this inside scoop!"--LeeAnn (2017 from Amazon website)

"hi Walt, I am very impressed. I never thought of early retiring there until seeing this website. I am interested in finding out more.-- Jim W (from the early-retirement.org forum about welovesaipan.com)

"I have read great things about you and your assistance. I have already found your book to be of great assistance. It is awesome! Thanks so much."-- B. Manuel re: Saipan Living

"Just finished your book and very much did enjoy it I am sure I will read again and again it has a lot of very good information and answered most of my questions."--Keith P. p.s. keep me in the loop please.

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In addition to being just an ordinary guy living a vegan lifestyle on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean, Walt Goodridge is an in-demand speaker, passion coach, author of 16 books (including his top-seller on Amazon, Turn Your Passion into Profit), web marketing guru, business columnist, and was recognized by official CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) Senate Resolution No. 15-54 for his invaluable contributions to Saipan, its residents and economy.

Because of numerous demands on his time, Walt's exclusive all day tours of Saipan (including Walt's "Ultimate Saipan Experience") are not available to the general public. They are available by referral only, or by special application. To begin the application process to experience Saipan Walt's way, please click here.

Other resources from author and SaipanLiving.com founder, Walt F.J. Goodridge

Saipan Now...in full color!!
A photo adventure
by Walt F.J. Goodridge, Ferdinand Ramos, et.al.
Author, local photographers and visiting tourists team up to create a photo book capturing the beauty, culture and lifestyle of contemporary Saipan! 100 pages; 8" x 10"; PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1493736379 ) Read more at www.bestofsaipan.com


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There's Something About Saipan!
A visitor's guide to fantastic facts, tantalizing trivia, startling statistics, dramatic diaries and hair-raising history from America's most colorful island territory
by Walt F.J. Goodridge.
Now you can discover Saipan for yourself with this insightful, sometimes irreverent, occasionally politically incorrect look at the life, love, legend and lore on the island of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Tourists from Asia return season after season. US mainlanders come for a week and end up never leaving! Men and women come and find the loves of their lives. Others decide to raise their families here. Retirees see it as the perfect place to spend their golden years. Yes, there's something about Saipan that endears it to visitors and residents alike. But what is it exactly? Is it the Guinness Book of World Records weather? Is it the Spanish, German, Japanese and US colonial influences? Is it the world-changing WWII history? Is it the warm, welcoming indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian people? Is it the unique mix of guest workers and expats from all over the world? Is it the special, possibly magical, energetically enhanced proximity to the Marianas Trench? Is it a combination of all these or something as yet unidentified? Perhaps you'll be the one to find out!

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SEE MORE... These are the topics, conversations, latest developments, pending legislation and stuff that will affect life, business and tourism on Saipan, Tinian, Rota and the rest of the CNMI
The Casino Situation (2018)
Despite historical opposition by the general population voiced in public referanda over the years, local lawmakers pushed through an approval of allowing a company to build and operate a casino on Saipan. MORE..

The Contract Worker cap (June 2018)
This is likely the most urgent situation in the CNMI. With the total number of allowable contract worker contracts decreasing each year towards the goal of a total phaseout by the USCIS recently announced that this year's "cap" of 12,999 CNMI work permits has been reached. Consequently, any contract worker with a CW1 visa whose renewal application was not filed, will not be renewed regardless of years in the CNMI, regardless of the number of dependent family members living in the CNMI. This decision has already started to have dire consequences for employers, spouses and children of contract workers on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.... MORE..

The Minimum Wage (2018)
The minimum wage in the CNMI is now $7.55/hour. Here's what you need to know if you are looking for a job here. MORE..

The State of Tourism (2018)
The Visa Waiver Program that allows citizens of Russia and China to visit the CNMI without securing a visa in advance is still in effect. Japan tourist numbers fall while China tourist numbers rise. MORE..

The Land Ownership Debate (2018)
Article XII (12), the section of the CNMI constitution that limits land ownership to those of Northern Mariana descent only is up for re-evaluation. MORE..

Military use of these islands
Both Tinian and Pagan have been subjects of debate MORE..

Typhoon Soudelor (August 2016)
On the night of Sunday, August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the island of Saipan. Though officially recorded as a "Category 5-equivalent super typhoon,” speculation continues that Soudelor’s winds far exceeded this category. Cars and even trucks were overturned, and it was later discovered that the wind speed recording equipment was destroyed during the storm; the highest speed recorded before the failure was 180 miles per hour. At the time, it was the most powerful storm to make landfall....ever…anywhere that year. Soudelor’s core (the eye and eyewall) was smaller than the island. That's why the devastation on Saipan was so intense, and why the neighboring island of Tinian, only two miles away, was virtually untouched by the storm. As we approach the year anniversary, check out what it was like and how the island survived the aftermath... MORE..

Can I really retire there? (2007-2016...)
What's the voting situation? What's the cost of living? Read what other people have frequently asked over the years...! MORE..

What's there to do on Saipan?
Jetskiing, trekking tours, submarine rides, parasailing, wakeboarding and much more! MORE..

Tshirts, mugs and more!

click on image to view more and to order The Battle of Saipan marked a turning point in World War II. After the US capture of the island from the Japanese army and subsequent capture of Tinian, the US was able to launch B-29 bombers to attack Japan. Eventually, the Enola Gay took off from Tinian's runway Able, dropped a bomb on Hiroshima, which brought about Japan's surrender four days later. Many war buffs and tourists who visit Saipan wish to take away some memento of their unique war tour. This iconic photo of the landing on Red Beach adorns items frequently used at home and in the office. (Click below, then click on "Available Products" to see full range)

Notebook, blank journal, mug, clock, tote bag, stuido pouch, drawstring bag and more!

Tshirts, mugs and more!

Bring the beauty and uniqueness of Saipan into your home, office space and daily life! Order your Saipan-themed t-shirt, tote-bag, ipad case, laptop skin, phone case, mug, pillow, school notebook, journal, clock and other apparel including tanktops and miniskirts! View the full selction of 52 different products to choose from! (Click below, then click on "Available Products" to see full range)

Throw pillow, mug, clock, tote bag, stuido pouch, drawstring bag and more!

You know what they say! "Once you go blue..." Get the new Saipan Blue tshirt! plus $6shipping! View now
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Why you need a Saipan tour guide!

Getting the visa requirements for Saipan is just the first step! BEFORE you get here, you'll want to reserve a tour guide to give you a PERSONALIZED tour to get the most of the experience!

A personalized tour is:

• Unrushed--At your pace!
• Intimate--No huge, noisy crowds!
• Conversational--Ask absolutely ANYTHING you want!
• Customizable--More of what you like, less of what you don't!
• Flexible--Want to go back to that first site? No problem!
• Interactive--Get out, touch, meet local residents...
• Unpredictable--may include a special treat!
• Extended--Twice the duration of standard tours! (7 hours!)

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