Naga City Review, Camarines Sur, Philippines
This post is a Naga City review. Naga City is a small but busy town in Camarines Sur on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
This Naga City review includes personal opinions and useful information including directions, pictures, costs, etc.
Address: Naga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol, Philippines.
Naga City and Camiguin are two top spots that I researched for me make a permanent base to travel to and from, i.e., somewhere to call home and to work on projects while not traveling.
Naga City Review, Philippines
Camiguin was AMAZING but didn’t quite make the cut. I think it was just a touch too small, and lacked some of the things I need to make a place worth living in.
The reason for Naga City is mainly because I have read good things about the food. The food is good, so it ticks that box, and means that at least the Bicol area (Bicol foodis what makes it stand out from the rest of the Philippines) is going to be the spot for me.
Naga City is easy to get to (an overnight bus or one hour plane ride from Manilla) and even has a public swimming pool. Somewhere to swim laps is important for me, so either a calm beach or a lap pool.
On first entry I was not impressed. The town city seems quite polluted, but even just moving a block or two out of the center it seems rather pleasant.
Unfortunately, I just don’t like the “feel” of Naga City. I think it is too busy for my liking. luckily, Bicol has lots of places I can look at to decide.
There isn’t too much to do in Naga City itself. They have a small museum in the university, which was closed when I went there, a cinema in SM Mall, lots of good food, etc. I think the main appeal is that it is a good hub for transportation to other places, such as the nearby Pasacao Beach, Mt Isarog, or further afield to basically anywhere you want to go in Camarines Sur.
At night around the various town squares there are lots of people just hanging, eating, etc. It kind of has a “big city” feel, without actually being a big city.
Getting to Naga City, Philippines
I caught a taxi from the airport. It cost 200php, including tip. Non-metered taxi’s tried to charge me 400php. I’m not sure why non-meter taxi’s always charge more. It is in my opinion that taking the non-metered taxi is more of a risk than the metered taxi, so shouldn’t they be cheaper? If you do take a non-metered taxi, be sire to offer less than 200php, because that’s how much a metered taxi costs.
The taxi ride took about 15 minutes.
I am sure you can take a Jeepney from the airport. Just walk out into the street and catch whatever is going towards town. It will probably take three times as long, but will be peanuts in price comparison.
Another option is to catch a bus from Manila, which is what I’ll do to get back. The bus terminal is next to the big SM Mall, which is within walking distance to most accommodations.
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