By Roy Dimayuga
Looking for a summer getaway that won’t break the bank and is free from oil spills? Look no further than Puerto Galera, the ultimate summer destination in Oriental Mindoro.
Just a few hours away from Metro Manila, this resort town at the northern tip of the province offers a cheaper alternative to the popular tourist destinations of El Nido and Boracay, without compromising on the beauty and adventure.
Puerto Galera boasts of pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking scenery, with a beach for every type of traveler. Whether you prefer the popular White Beach or the secluded Talipanan Beach, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, swimming in the clear waters, and trying out various water activities such as jet skiing, banana boating, and snorkeling.
For the adventurous, you can explore the nearby mountains and trek to the Tamaraw Falls or climb Mt. Malasimbo for a stunning panoramic view of the island. You can also go island hopping and visit nearby islands such as Boquete Island, San Antonio Island, and Haligi Beach.
Puerto Galera is also rich in historical and cultural sites. You can visit the historic Fortaleza de Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje or explore the Mangyan Village to learn about the indigenous culture of the island.
Foodies will delight in the diverse cuisine of Puerto Galera. From fresh seafood to local delicacies, there are plenty of food options to satisfy your cravings. You can also check out the local market for some souvenirs to take back home.
Also, Puerto Galera’s vibrant nightlife will keep you entertained all night long. The beachfront bars and clubs offer live music, dance parties, and fire shows. You can also join a beach bonfire and mingle with locals and fellow travelers.
Indeed, Puerto Galera is the perfect summer destination for budget-conscious travelers who want to experience the beauty and adventure of the Philippines without spending a fortune. With its beautiful beaches, adventurous activities, cultural sites, delicious cuisine, and vibrant nightlife, Puerto Galera has everything you need for an unforgettable summer adventure.