Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Where to stay in Boracay?

Boracay is one of the most popular holiday destination in Philippines. Regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Boracay offers white sandy beaches, clear waters, good accommodation, water sports,  great diving locations, good food and a decent night life.

Before going into where to stay in Boracay question, let’s sound a warning here. Boracay is famous with a hotel scam. There are agents (mostly in Manila) which behave like a representative of a specific resort or a hotel in Boracay (can even have a hotel web site). If you book through these agents, you usually pay double or triple the price. When you arrive and realize that you have overpaid, the hotel or resort cannot do anything. Because they have no connection with the so-called representative of the hotel. If you would book in advance, try to book online or call the hotel directly.

It is also advisable to book a hotel in advance during holiday seasons like Holy Week , Christmas and New Year. Boracay is a very popular tourist destination for Philippians and can be very crowded during holidays.

Where to stay in Boracay?
Boracay Map
White Beach

This 4 kilometer long white sandy beach on the west coast of Boracay Island is the most developed and popular destination on the island. White Beach is also where the Boracay night life is so if you are looking for a calm atmosphere, try to avoid the middle section of White Beach.

White Beach offers all types of accommodations from rooms you can rent from residents to luxury hotels. Since the major dinning, night life and shopping options of the island are here, most visitors to Boracay stays in a hotel in White Beach.

If you are looking for a nice luxury Boracay hotel, most are to the north of boat station 1. To the south of boat station 3, you will find more budget accommodation alternatives.

For hotels in White Beach as well as details like room prices, room types, facilities and guest reviews, visit Boracay White Beach hotels pages.

Where to stay in White Beach Boracay Island?
White Beach is the most popular and crowded area in Boracay Island.
Bulabog Beach

Another popular place to stay in Boracay is Bulabog Beach on the east coast. Although the beach is on the other side of the island, because Boracay is long and narrow (see the map below) it is only a 20 minutes walk away from the more popular White Beach.

Bulabog Beach is famous with its winds and a popular destination for sports like wind surfing or kite surfing. From November to April, the wind is good for these sports (it is best between December and February) and Bulabog is full with people of these sports.

For hotels in Bulabog Beach as well as details like room prices, room types, facilities and guest reviews, visit Boracay Bulabog Beach hotels pages.

Other Beaches in Boracay

Diniwid Beach just to the north of White Beach is a nice and calmer place mostly with budget accommodation. Balinghai Beach to the further north is more secluded but there is almost nothing here except a bar belonging to a resort on the beach. For a really peaceful, quiet and quite secluded place to stay in Boracay, you can try Puka Beach on the northern tip of the island.

How to get to Boracay Island?

Boracay does not have an airport and you need to take a jetty to the island. The nearest airport to Boracay is Caticlan Airport. You can fly from Manila, Cebu or some neighbouring countries like Singapore to Caticlan Airport.  From the Caticlan Airport, a van ride will only take you 5 minutes going to the Caticlan Jetty Port. A pumpboat ride from the Caticlan port to Boracay port will take at about 15 minutes.

Puka Beach can be accessed by land through the main road going to Puka Grande.

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