Best big little city near a beach?

Big cities don't work well with beaches.  So,  maybe within an hour or less by car-distance not drive time.

Big little city I would define as 300 - 500k. In Luzon or Viasayans

Lipa City 40 minutes to beaches in Layia
Plus cooler like Tagaytay
Plantacion Meridienne subdivision is a perfect place in that area!

Btw I am from Salem, OR
Currently in Quezon City

Please tell me more about Lipa City. Man I'd be at the beach working out at least once in the mornings. Probably falling asleep under the stars. Hoping more will expand on this topic. Beaches. Thanks

SirDwight :

Please tell me more about Lipa City. Man I'd be at the beach working out at least once in the mornings. Probably falling asleep under the stars. Hoping more will expand on this topic. Beaches. Thanks

I will tell you. Overcrowded. Dirty. Polluted. Lipa City is town that you want to avoid, believe me.

sekmet :

Big cities don't work well with beaches.  So,  maybe within an hour or less by car-distance not drive time.

Big little city I would define as 300 - 500k. In Luzon or Viasayans

I suggest Bacolod or Dumaguete. Laoag City is very nice also, but there is not so many beautiful beaches like in south.

You don't want to live in Lipa City but the area immediately around it is great! Two decent malls for shopping! Climate is hard to beat! I.m talking from experience! But I'm thinking Cordova would fit yours needs well! It has some of Mactan's beaches but all on the island are an easy reach in under 40 minutes. Most in10 to 20!

Man Thanks, I appreciate the info. I'm looking up the areas you and Eduardo mentioned. What is a Mactan beach? also, mentioned immediatley around Lipa City, north, south, Etc. or is Cardova the place near you've mentioned.  Thanks SirDwight

Edurado001, excellent! Will check the places out you recommended. Man, not trying to live in city, want to get out of the hood. a hour or less distance to beach, great!!  Eduardo011, is there a reason you recommend, Bacolod, and Bumaguete?

Beaches here around Cebu are hit or miss due to the coral reefs and rocks, mangrove zones, and pollution anywhere near a city or resorts.  It's hard to find a nice clean sandy beach going into the ocean, that is also near a city.  I would probably avoid Mactan Island as the the waters tend to be polluted from all the resorts and industrial waste, shipping, etc. Same anywhere near Cebu City. 

For nice clean beaches on or near Cebu I would recommend Moalboal on the west side of the island. It's a 2 1/2 hour drive south from Cebu. There are also beaches going south from there.

Bantayan Island, at the north of Cebu is even better - clean, beautiful sand, and uncrowded, but kind of quiet as it's not near a big city and you have to take a ferry to get there.

Leaving Cebu, but not too far (2 hours by fast ferry) is the city of Tagbilaran, on Bohol. 20 min to the south of Tagbilaran on Panglao Island there are some very nice beaches, and it's kind of quiet (except for touristy Alona Beach). I lived there a few years ago and found Panglao very peaceful but the new international airport may have changed things.

Going south from Cebu across the water to the island of Negros, I would definitely second the vote for Dumaguete - it has great beaches to the south of town and Dumaguete itself is a nice city with lots of universities and expats. A bit congested in the city center but otherwise quite nice..

And Boracay might be really nice now since they cleaned it up.

pncyclist! My man, that is just what we are looking to know. All the forum comments have been helpful, and you've provided options. Every place has good and bad. Seeking your advice, which personal favorite city(s) would you suggest we narrow our searches down to, as safe, cost effective places for home base as we travel? SirDwight

great thread ,what im interested in also .

Just want to thank you again, for the way you laid out the beaches. First time it's made sense. Only because I'm retired military (USAF) architectural engineer, so forgive me for appreciating  specificity. Man I over organize everything.
We're not locked into any one place yet. You said you lived in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Peaceful, nice and near a new international airport. Would that not work, man why"d you move?  You lived on Panglao Island, or just visit the  beach there from the city?
We've been blessed to be pretty well self funded, thus I'd really appreciate some thoughts from you to help us with the cost projection. Bottom line, a small, conservative place for home base is whats up, because traveling is the plan.
Holla Back
Dwight

Hi Dwight. Thanks, yes I'm the same way, haha. As to a recommendation, I would probably try out Dumaguete or Bohol, meaning Panglao, although that whole island of Bohol is nice (big) and has a lot to see. Spend a week in Panglao, you will love it. Peaceful, great restaurants and lots of expats. I'm a cyclist and could ride around the island of Panglao in a couple of hours, then I would stop at a restaurant for a snack. Great place.

I have two kids in school here in Cebu, as well as my GF (older student, haha). I do it for the schools, which are better here without a doubt.. but I am really tired of this city. Might move back there when she's done next year. But I also spend half my time in the US and travel. I have used Cebu as a home base for several years to see a lot of SE Asia. It's worked out well, and we're going to Vietnam next month.

Good luck, feel free to PM me.

John

Thanks again, John. Seems we are both adventurers. What's your wife's major?
Going to research the new locations. This information has narrowed our, entry point home base selections.
Hey Man, there are a few more things next on my costing list, i'd like to impose upon your knowledge to get, I've been Googling crazy, but they are all trying to sell so it's experience I trust.
In your opinion John; Where's  the best, safest for the buck places to lease when we land?
Got a "bad ass" 2001 Dodge Ram, 3/4 cam, glass pack headers, icy white, but leaving it here (WHINY). What's the auto purchase wisdom there? A motorcycle is good, to start.
Lastly, for some reason a good (Working) contact number for the Veterans Admin. Philippines seems to be a mission impossible movie. Would you in any way convenient, help?
Appreciate your time
Dwight

Sorry Dwight, we have been busy this week with school ending. I bought a small newer car (3 months old) when I moved here 4 years ago. Under warranty, reliable, no issues. Don't buy a car that's used unless it has a clear service history. Asian cars carry low taxes, American or Euro are expensive. Forget driving a guzzler here - theres no point with small roads, slow speeds and congestion everywhere. Diesels emit pollution. Motorbikes convenient but dangerous. I sold my 650cc bike - too risky, especially if you are in an accident and need urgent care. I'm afraid I have no idea how to contact the VA.

Thanks for your help John. I trust the school endings went well. I'm going to do like you, get a small, newer, car to get started. Not a flashy car guy. Especially, if we start in Tagbilaran  Bohol, or Dumagette  Negros a bicycle will be good exercise.
Be blessed
Dwight

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