The Okinawan culture is extremely polite, respectful, and considerate, which means public areas are extremely clean and well maintained. Okinawans also believe that touching blonde hair is a form of good luck, so blondies will benefit here as incidental celebrities.
Although culture shock is all but inevitable, the US military's heavy presence on the island means just about everything is translated into English. This makes ordering a bowl of delicious, not-from-a-pack ramen that much easier.
Best base amenity: With so many bases located on Okinawa, there is no shortage of amenities. The real highlight, though, is in beachfront property located on some of the island’s primo real estate. Okuma Beach offers affordable cabins rentals, water sports, and snorkeling excursions.