(photo credits: wikipedia)
Cebu City was once the capital of the Philippines until it was transferred to Manila. It is now the second city of the Philippines and is dubbed as the “Queen City of The South.” Cebu is one of the favorite destination of tourists in the country because of its white sand beaches, shopping, historical landmarks, and any other activities under the sun; from snorkelling and diving deep down underwater with its rich marine life to trekking inland to the mountain area, or simply wandering around the city and shopping in malls or in marketplaces. In everything that you can think of, Cebu could always have it for you!
What To Do/Where to Visit:
Malls: Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, Elizabeth Mall, Banilad Town Centre, Gaisano Country Mall, SM Consolacion, Parkmall, J Centre Mall, etc
Restaurants/Food Dining: Hukad, Golden Cowrie, Cafe Laguna, Alejandro’s (best crispy pata), Ila Puti, Mooon Cafe, Casa Verde, Rodeo Grill, Kuya J’s, Chika-an, and more!
White Beach Resorts:
Mactan High End– Maribago Bluewater Resort, White Sands Resort, Shangri-La Mactan, Plantation Bay, Imperial Palace, Crimson
Mactan Low End– Blue reef, Ocean Pearl,
Camotes– Please refer to my Camotes entry.
Bantayan Island- Please refer to my Bantayan Island entry.
Moalboal- Please refer to my Moalboal entry.
Mountain Resorts: There are several mountain resorts that can be found throughout the island of Cebu, but if you just opt for a mountain resort within the city, you can choose Mountain View Nature’s Park. You can get there through any cab or hire a motorbike in Lahug, Cebu City.
Mobilizing around the vicinity would be cheaper by taking jeepney. That is if you are already familiar with the places and the route of the jeepneys. It has always been cheaper and enjoyable to take a jeep when you want to have an adventure in this concrete jungle. Here are some tips from me if you are planning to visit Cebu and wander around the city by jeepney:
- Always remember the jeepney markers or numbers at the upper part of the jeepney, that is their route. Observe first what jeeps pass by your hotel. (ex 13C, 14D, 01A)
- Do not be shy to ask any friendly face in the jeepney, you might win a new friend.
- Activate your sense of direction. It is a human instinct.
- Take the same jeepney route to and from the place of destination, but always ask the driver first because in some cases, they wont pass a certain street in going back.
- Watch your wallet and bags at all times, knowing that you are a foreigner or a tourist makes you a probable target of snatchers/pickpockets.
- If you get lost, the best option is to get a taxi cab.
Riding jeepney is good but taking a cab would be the best option. And oh, make sure to take note of the cab’s plate number and operator. You might leave something important behind.
For more Jeepny Route guide just click here:
Cebu Taoist Temple (photo credits to George Tapan)
Magellan’s Cross (photo credits to the owner)
Places for Adventure/Hangout:
Crown Regency Sky Experience
Danasan Eco Adventure Park (Danao)
I cannot just blog everything about Cebu because it is way too many to tell you everything and I do not even know everything about my hometown yet. I am also still discovering. You might be searching google for more about Cebu but I think google still does not know some things about this Metro. All you have to do is discover the streets of Cebu! Enjoy!