Camarines Norte

5-v-camarines-norteFound in the southern part of Luzon is a province tagged as the Gateway to Bicolandia – Camarines Norte. The province has 12 towns – Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, Sta. Elena, Talisay and Vinzons.  Each municipality has its festivals, different beliefs, preserved historical attractions and beautiful tourist spots.

How to get there?

You can reach the province by land through an executive, air-conditioned or ordinary bus, though it will take 6 to 8 hours trip from Metro Manila. The bus companies bound to Daet are the Superlines, Daet Express, Philtranco and DLTB.

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There is an alternative route through Camarines Sur. One can book a flight from Manila to Naga City, Camarines Sur through Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific. Then take a 2 hours trip to Daet by van or 4 hours by bus.

When is the best time to travel?

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The best time to go there is on summer, especially if you are a beach lover. Most tourists and locals visit different islands during these time. There are also international competition on surfing, kiteboarding and aerosports during the Bantayog festival on April and Pineapple festival on June.

What to do?

You can do island hopping in Mercedes. Visit Vinzons’ famous island – Calaguas Island, and Daet’s Bagasbas Beach where you can do surfing, kiteboarding and paragliding. Know the history of the province by visiting the museums and historical places. You can also indulge yourself of the delicious foods from K-Sarap Restaurant, Pratesi, Dulzenia, Alvinos and more.

Where to stay?

Hotels and inns are available in the province. You can choose from Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel and Resort with overlooking view of Bagasbas Beach. Hotels located near the business area are the  Prime Suite Hotel, Calaguas Hotel, Hotel Formosa, and more.

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Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel and Resort, Daet, Camarines Norte.   Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor.com

What to expect?

The province is not as progressive as its neighboring province, Camarines Sur, so there is no high-rise buildings. But you can visit some department stores, supermarket and large fastfood chains and restaurant, bars which are already present in it’s capital town – Daet. The main transportation is a tricycle going around the capital town. If you will hop from one town to another, you will be riding in a jeepney and a bus.

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