Top Philippine Tourist Destinations to Visit–and Invest in

The tourism industry of the Philippines is constantly progressing. Not only can you immerse in worthwhile travels, but you also enjoy a higher return on investment when you purchase real estate property–given that you choose highly coveted places.

Overseas Filipino workers can even take advantage of the fact that they aren’t always in the country, so they can lease or rent out their properties to tourists.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out where to invest in the Philippines, here are the top 10 tourist destinations that you can also add to your bucket list, according to the Philippine Tourism Statistics by Colliers International. The list cites the Department of Tourism and takes into account the number of foreign visitors into the Philippines from January to May of 2019.

Brimming with cultural and modern attractions, these locations are great choices whether you’re looking for a vacation spot, a long-term home, or a property investment:

1. Cebu

The Queen City of the South is home to pristine beaches, historic churches, heritage sites, and IG-worthy hiking spots. On top of that, you’ll get the chance to experience the city’s lavish festivals, such as the Sinulog, its most well-known fiesta. As a tip, schedule your trips ahead and match it with your personal calendar, so you can file leaves strategically

2. Camarines Sur

From the deeply religious Bicol region, Camarines Sur is one of the Philippines’ newest and rapidly rising tourism stars. If extreme water sports is your jam, Camarines Sur is the best place for you, as it prides itself with stunning coasts and islands.

3. Batangas

Famous for its beaches, marine life, and religious spots, Batangas has plenty to offer. Moreover, because of its strategic location, Batangas was recognized as one of the top quick gateway destinations, requiring only 2-3 hours of travel time from the main city. 

4. Davao Del Sur

Fondly called the “Baguio City of the South,” Davao del Sur is an ideal travel destination where you can enjoy a pleasant climate all year round. Furthermore, with water bodies like Lake Mirror, Sibulan River, and Virgin Falls, you’ll face no shortage of places to squeeze into your itinerary.

5. Palawan

Palawan is named the “World’s Best Island” for two consecutive years by Travel and Leisure. This virgin island lives up to its title, serving tourists and locals with gorgeous beaches like El Nino and Puerto Princesa. Its breathtaking scenery and rainforests house over 600 species of birds.   

6. Benguet

This province in Northern Luzon is another destination that would allow you to enjoy an agreeable climate, especially if you’re not too keen on traveling under the blazing heat. To make the most of your stay, check out its most notable attractions, such as Mines View Park, Trinidad Strawberry Farm, and Mt. Pulag.

7. Albay

Albay is best known for the Mayon Volcano, which is a natural wonder tagged by the UNESCO’s World Heritage List as one of the most famous landmarks in the country. Other than gazing at the Mayon, treat yourself to Albay’s rich Bicolano cuisine when you visit! 

8. Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental, dubbed as the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines” produces more than 50% of the country’s sugar and is the largest exporter of the product. Aside from this, the southern portion of Negros Occidental is perfect for summer getaways for its lovely waterfalls, beaches, bays, coves, underwater treasures, and other natural attractions.

9. Rizal

A lot of museums and galleries dot the expanse of Rizal. If you’re an art enthusiast, Angono should be part of your itinerary. Also, if swimming with family and friends is your activity of choice, Tanay’s famous waterfall should be included in your Rizal escapade. 

10. Subic

Situated along Subic Bay, this town is known for its bountiful maritime industry. The tourism sector is also thriving, with ecotourism as the central focus, so you can go on guided treks or learn survival methods. You can also check out theme parks, sail, or do some extreme water sports like diving.

Now that you know the most popular Philippine destinations, it’s time to plan your trip–and future real estate investment!

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