volstateguy Posted February 15, 2012 Posted February 15, 2012 Gunner05 topic asking where the best place to live made me think of this topic. If you made a list of the top 5 or so places you would consider living in the Philippines where would they be and why? I'm hoping to hear from not only from people who are still planning and researching but also from people who are living there already. So if you had to move from your location now, where would you consider relocating too. My top locations are...in no specific order:Cebu, well lets say Metro Cebu: So this could be anywhere inside Cebu City itself to from Talaban, or Carcar. From the beginning when I started researching a retirement in the Philippines (2006) or so, Cebu has always been pretty much on top of the list. For one, there is just so much info out there about Cebu...between all the forums and blogs I'd almost say there is more readily available info about Cebu than any other area of the Philippines. Secondly, everything you need can be found in Cebu...notice I said need...obviously its gonna be hard to find every western product you had back home in the Philippines, and if you do find it its gonna cost you. But there are plenty of nice malls, shops, restaurants and places to get a cold San Miguel. You can also get decent internet connection, cable, and reliable electricity. Rent is also affordable. Another thing that is attractive to me in Cebu is the relative rarity of Mother Nature....Typhoons, volcanoes and earthquakes.Bohol: Bohol is just a beautiful island, with nice beaches really close. I could definitely be a beach bum :nudie: Besides the beauty its also smaller and therefore less crowded and polluted than Cebu which is nice. I think Tagbilaran also would have everything you need to get by in the realm of decent rent, internet and cable. But it does not have the selection of malls and such as Cebu.Palawan...specifically El Nido: I will be honest in that I don't know a heck of a lot about El Nido. But from what I have found and the pictures I've seen, it seems like its one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. The beach looks absolutely amazing.Davao: Like Cebu it is a large city and will have everything you need. Plenty of malls, good hospitals, and such. Plus it has the reputation of being one of the safest cities in the Philippines. So definitely worth a look.Baguio: Baguio seems like an idyllic mountain home for someone who can't take the heat of the rest of the Philippines. I actually prefer cooler weather....not frozen like when I was in Germany...but 70 is dang near perfect. From what I have read it seems to have everything you need also. Not near the selection of say Cebu or Davao, but enough. Plus rent seems to be cheaper as well as electric due to the cooler climate. Also it has a VFW that I could be involved with. Downside would be the typhoons and landslides.Bauang: This is a city that I will admit I have just discovered so I really don't know very much about it. What I do know is that it has nice beaches and it would be cheaper for rent than Cebu or Davao. Also, like Baguio is has a VFW. A VFW isn't a requirement, but it would give me something to be involved with.That rounds out my list as of now. Like I mentioned I have always considered Cebu my number 1 choice but thats because I know the most about Cebu do to the availability of info and my numerous visits. But I think some areas are worth a look. I think when I retire I may spend a few months just traveling around visiting all the areas that interest to see which area suites me best.I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to say. 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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