Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014
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The City Baywalk is a long stretch of promenade, well paved walkway right beside the bay.  It's Puerto Princesa's version of Manila Bay except perhaps this is more neat, the air is fresher, the water is cleaner and, I guess, much safer even at night.  The kilometer or so cemented walkway is lined with palm trees, some flowers and lamp posts, benches and of course the view of the bay.
Walk or jog along the promenade.


There are several concrete benches beside the trees facing the sea or just sit at the long ledge on the edge of the bay, good way to watch the sunset in the late afternoon.  Few steps from the promenade are lines of foodcarts selling cold drinks, various streetfood.  A lot of students hang around the area during the daytime.  Bicycles are available (at P75 per hour) for rent in the late afternoon when the breeze is cooler, although, the kids will be dominating the cycling scene.

In the evening, especially during the weekends, there are several seafood joints where you could just sit, relax, have a dinner or a drink.  Most visitors in the city prefer coming to the baywalk during the evening, it's more fun dining here than within the confines of a hotel's restaurant or fastfood or even those popular touristy fancy dining establishments within the city.  Food and drinks at baywalk - albeit not comparable to fine dining - are affordable amidst the cool ambiance of the bay plus you get to mingle with the locals.
In the distance, a cruise ship from Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia).

The tourist police station is at a near distance, and patrolling around, so it feels safe.  Several fishing boats and yacht sailing on the bay.  The beautiful mountain range is visible at a fair distance as well as some kampong or hamlet of houses on the water.
Police on patrol for safety.


The city baywalk is a nice place to maybe jog around, brisk walk or just enjoy the fresh air. 

Located right at the city center so if you’re staying somewhere near the cathedral or NCCC, you’re never far, it’s a fair distance walk.  But if you’re a little lazy or unable to do a long walk, then take a tricycle, it will run along Malvar street and get off at the intersection of Malvar and Del Pilar Street.

A statue at the far right end of the promenade.

How to get there:

Take a shared tricycle (P8 - 10 per passenger) and ask the driver to drop you off at the Baywalk.  If you're staying at the city centre though, it's a walking distance.  The city baywalk is also one of the stop of the 600 pesos per head “CityTour” available at your hotels and all tour operators in the downtown. Or hire a Multicab if you're a big group, it's more reasonable and you can always skip and add itineraries within your time.

Entry Fee:  Free



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