As the capital city of Capiz Province in Western Visayas, Roxas City is a place for the seafood lover and for the environmentally-concerned citizen. Here you can enjoy the nature which you know is being taken care of as Roxas City was once awarded as Cleanest and Greenest City in the region. Visit the city now and see what it means to live well with nature.
Roxas City is also known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines for its abundant marine life. It is well surrounded by sea, and by that, by beach resorts which any sea lover would enjoy. Technically, it is a city, but the place still resonates a laid-back atmosphere making it feel timeless once you are there.
From Manila, Roxas City is just one hour away by plane. Local airlines regularly have three (3) flights going to the Roxas Airport. There is also a four-hour flight from Cebu and a 14-hour flight from Tuguegarao. These are indirect flight which stop at Manila before flying to Roxas City.
The city is also accessible by sea as there are direct ferry transport from Batangas port. If you are coming from Bacolod, there are ferry transport going to Iloilo City and from there you can continue your travel to Roxas City by land.
There are buses from Cubao which takes the Roll on-Roll off (RORO) in Batangas and then lands in Panay and passes by Roxas City. If you are coming from Kalibo or Iloilo, there are buses or vans which can take you to the Roxas City Integrated Terminal. Should you wish to drive your own car once you are there, drive going to the Batangas port, then avail of RORO transport for you and for your car to get you to Roxas City.
The same as in most cities in the Philippines, there are jeepneys, taxis and tricycles which you can take to get you to places within the city.
The celebration of Sindaya sa Halaran festival is a must-experience event when going to Roxas City. It is a culmination of activities which showcase the spirit not just of Roxas City but of the whole province of Capiz.
For the historical buffs, the birthplace of the former Philippine President Manuel Roxas is a must-visit place. It is located a few blocks away from the city hall. The Moro Towers in Sitio Nipa and Ang Panubli-on or the Roxas City Museum are other sites to visit.
Lastly, to admire the natural wonders and the environmental-friendliness of the city, visit the Culajao Eco-Park and the Hortus Botanicus, take the Cadimahan River Tour, and explore the Olotayan Island.
Enjoy the freshest seafood at Baybay beach, where you can find the Baybayon Seafood Plaza which houses at least seven (7) seafood stalls and restaurants including Rhiane’s Grill and Resto. The dining place are conducive for intimate dates or even family dinners.
Discover the agricultural and marine products of Capiz, particularly products from Capiz shells, at the Teodoro Arcenas Center. You may buy your pasalubongs (souvenirs) from there as well!
Try the buttered oysters, grilled blue marlin and squid in any of the stalls and restaurants in the Baybayon Seafood Plaza in Baybay. For Spanish-Ilonggo cuisine, dine at Spanggo Cafe while for American-Mediterranean cuisine, go to Raffy’s Bistro. Explore also the four restaurants at the San Antonio Resort.
At first impression, visitors would think there are no night activities in Roxas City. But walk around for a bit or ask a local and you will find Distrito Kitchen + Bar, The Wayfarer Bar and Restaurant, the Seaport Café and many others to spend your night with drinks, music, and even company.
There are a wide range of accommodations in Roxas City which will cater to every budget and preference. There are hotels like La Hacienda Hotel and Roxas President’s Inn. There are also lodging houses and apartelles like the Ocean Side Family Suites.
Stay at Suhot Cave and Natural Spring Resort where you can both relax and be adventurous. You can marvel at its surrounding clear waters and rock formation, or you can search for taklongs (snails) inside the Suhot Cave.
If you have any trouble finding a place in Roxas City, you can approach a local resident for some help or even for company going to your destination.
Bring an anti-allergy medicine, even if you are not allergic to seafood, especially if you are planning to eat a lot of it. Better safe than sorry.
Be adventurous! Explore everything you can, from the place where you stay to the place where you eat.