Pacijan Island, Philippines · 14 hotels available
San Francisco, Cebu is a quiet municipality on the Camotes group of islands and is known for several natural landmarks that tourists flock to all year round. These places of interest are also home to numerous species of endemic flora and fauna, all of which are protected by the local government. San Francisco is also a favorite swimming site for nearby locals.
Hop on Oceanjet which will take you to Camotes in an hour and a half for around PhP500.00. You can also try Jomalia Shipping that leaves Mactan Wharf to Camotes on a daily basis. Travel time is around two hours.
San Francisco is a pretty small town, so going around on foot or using a habal-habal is a good way to go around.
When one thinks of San Francisco, they immediately think of Santiago Bay. This stretch of sand is located at the southwestern part of the area, and is maintained by the local government. Another place to relax in is Lake Danao, a guitar-shaped lake where you can go have a picnic or take a boat ride to see the protected park’s beautiful scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous, try swimming in Tumibo Cave’s crystal-clear underground pool.
Being an island municipality, it’s best to take an island tour first to get to know the locals and how life is like in San Francisco. Once you’re familiar with the town, hit the beaches for some snorkeling or scuba diving. If you’re not feeling your fins growing on you yet, bring out a volleyball and take part in beach sports.
The most popular restaurant in San Francisco is Nena’s Grill and Drinks found in Santiago. On hot days, be sure to order their halo-halo, one of best-tasting treats on the island.
Nena’s also comes to mind when drinking out at night. Just a little father from Santiago Bay, more casual drinkers and diners can opt to order a bucket at Dread House Reggae Bar.
Most of the hotel accommodations in San Francisco is affordable for backpackers. Try Masamayor Beach Resort close to Santiago Bay for PhP1,000.00/night or Harbor View in San Francisco (prices vary depending on the room you’ve chosen.