Cebu is known for its magnificent beaches, which have been featured in a number of local and international travel magazines. Some of these beaches can be found in the northern part and southern part of the island. Here are some beaches you may consider visiting for the summer.
The Maravilla Public Beach is a hidden paradise located in the northwestern part of Cebu. The white sand beaches remain relatively unspoiled since the area is not as commercialized as the beach resorts close to the Queen City of the South. There are some beach resorts in the area, but you have the option of pitching a tent on the beach. Even as the place is a public beach, the residents in the area are doing a great job in maintaining the place. You will not have to worry about security since the barangay hall is located at the entrance of the beach and barangay tanods patrol the area at night to ensure the safety of their visitors. The Maravilla Public Beach is located in the town of Tabuelan in the northwestern part of Cebu.
Another gem of a beach in the south of Cebu is the Tingko Beach of Alcoy. Similar to the beach in Maravilla, the Tingko Beach is a pristine white sand beach where you can spend some time off from life in the city. It is also a public beach that is popular among the residents of the town. It is also gradually becoming popular among local and foreign tourists. The beach is around a kilometer long and is great for get-togethers among friends and family. There are resorts in the area where you can stay a night or two. You also have the option of pitching a tent if you want to be one with nature (or if you have a tight budget). You can also explore the beach and visit to the old watchtower or Bantayan sa Hari at the end of the beach.
One of the more popular summer destinations in the island is Basdaku or White Beach in Moalboal. While the town is best known as a diver’s paradise for international visitors, the nearby white sand beach is popular among locals. Since the beach has the tendency to become crowded during weekends, it is advisable to visit the place on a weekday. You have the option of getting a room at one of the resorts in the area or you can also pitch a tent on the beach itself.
If you’ve had your fill of beaches and want to try something new, you can check out the mountain retreats in the island of Cebu. These mountain retreats offer more than just a place to stay the night. Some of them provide guests with some activities to allow them to commune with nature while others offer extreme activities for adrenaline junkies.
The Bacalla Woods Campsite is located in the mountains of the town of San Fernando in the south. It is one place where you can disconnect from the world since there is no cellular signal at the place. The campsite features basic accommodations and you will have the chance to commune with nature and make new friends. It is essentially a place where you unplug yourself from the world and do some soul-searching while enjoying the beauty of nature. And you can do this while swinging on a hammock with the sun setting over the horizon. The place is gradually becoming popular among local and international visitors. You have the option of renting a room at the campsite or pitching a tent and let the twinkling stars slowly lull you to sleep.
There is another mountain resort in the south where you can spend your summer relaxing in a cool environment. The Coal Mountain Resort is located in the southern town of Argao and used to be a family rest house before the owners converted it into a resort. Aside from the pools, you can also explore the demonstration tunnel of the place where you can get to experience a day in the life of coal miners. In addition, the mini zoo will also be a treat for the young ones and the young once. The Coal Mountain Resort has a number of rooms available for its guests.
You will also have another option in Liloan if you want to spend the summer in the mountains. The Ibabaw Mountain Resort is nestled in the mountains of this northern town of Cebu. It offers a tranquil and serene location for people who want to escape from life in the city. The green landscape of the resort allows you to put your anxieties on the back burner and gives you the chance to relax even for a short while. While the resort allows day usage of their facilities, you can rent one of their cottages if you want to stay a night or three at the place.