Travel Guide: Accommodation, itinerary and places to see when planning a trip to Subic, Olongapo
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Best things to do in Subic. Olongapo City
January 2017, Olongapo City, Zambales.
Walk along the coast. Subic Freeport is a strip of water at the other end. During the day you can have shopping at duty free shops, at night restaurants and bars are mostly active.
BuMa Hotel. We’ve tried several hotels here in Subic – The Light House, Subic Park, and Vista Marina. BuMa at that time were interested to try. Why BuMa, it stands for Busan and MAnila. A Korean and a Filipina couple owns the property, hence the name Buma Hotel.
Roam around Olongapo City. During our childhood, we stayed and traveled back and forth in Botolan Zambales for a few years. When we were kids, Olongapo road trips were lively equally in both daytime and nighttime. Subic then but fully occupied by the American military. Merely all stores and establishments were made in the USA.
Shop at Subic Freeport. Some American brands/establishments remain in the free port. From this trip, some shops locked abandoned. On the other side, some locations are now replaced by shopping malls. Back then, there were monkey-watching activities along the Subic forest. Yet, there is still an existing Duty Free Store – Freeport Exchange. From time to time, this is our favorite place to buy beach essentials like board shorts, all-cotton shirts/apparels, wines, canned goods, chocolates, home accessories and other goods which are normally priced in dollars but you can pay them in peso. An American-brand shirt normally costs $2.
Iba, Zambales. This is the town proper. The wet market here is bigger than in Botolan. You can find a lot of beach resorts all the way to Masinloc. Zambales is an agriculture region, you can buy good seedlings for your urban gardening.
Masinloc, Zambales. There’s an island in Masinloc, also in Palauig where you can find a fine white beach. They may be far, but the best part is they are accessible by land. Then arranged a boat transfer at a minimal amount. Our last visit here was not the beach but the DENR. We saw a lot of mahogany seedlings, only that they were not for sale.
What to eat at Subic. See the complete foodie post at Foodamn Philippines.
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