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Arriving in General Santos City
General Santos International Airport is the areal entry point to the Soccsksargen region of the Philippines, while Makar Wharf serves seafaring visitors to General Santos City. There is a Europcar rental office in the arrivals hall of the airport, but any rental car company can arrange a meet and greet at the airport, the wharf, or popular hotels.
Drive on the right hand side of the road in the Philippines, and watch out for the many tricycles (three-wheeled taxis) and jeepneys (brightly-colored kitsch wagons) darting about on the road. Drivers can rent a car in General Santos City with a valid driver's license from their home country, provided it is in English.
Driving to Attractions Southwest of General Santos City
Take the amiably named Filipino-American Friendship Avenue from General Santos International Airport East to the Makar-Siguel Road. Drive south through the fishing districts and tuna canneries and continue 30 minutes along the main road to reach the beach resorts south of General Santos City. There is no shortage of beachfront destinations, from popular tourist beaches to more isolated, quiet beaches for peaceful relaxation. Continue south along the Makar-Siguel Road for a two-hour, 69-mile drive to reach the popular Tuka Marine Park and Beach Resort, where crystal clear waters and exotic marine life abound.
Driving to Attractions Northwest of General Santos City
Another popular destination in the General Santos City region is Lake Sebu, which features seven waterfalls, a tranquil lake with lotus blossoms, and a 2300-foot zip line ride from one of the waterfalls. From Gensan—as the locals call it—take the AH26 road northwest, pass through pineapple plantations, and drive to Koronadal City. From there, take the National Highway south and switch to the Surallah-Lake-Sebu Road to Lake Sebu. The entire 63-mile trip takes a little over two and a half hours.
Driving to Attractions Southeast of General Santos City
Most of the popular tourism sites are outside of General Santos City and revolve around beach resorts, or waterfalls and mountain hikes. Before leaving Gensan, check out the abandoned Japanese World War Bunker on the north side of the city. Before leaving town for a drive south, grab a bunch of street food at the Tiongson Arcade on Tiongson Street. Try the local specialty, the seafood boodle fight. Fear not, the food is not thrown around, but eaten with the hands, like a local.
For a touch of old colonial charm amid pristine, white sand beaches, Glan Town takes just over an hour to drive in a rental car. Drive East from General Santos City and take the Sarangani - Davao del Sur Coastal Road South along the east side of the bay. Many beachfront resorts dot the road along the 35-mile journey to Glen Town. Glen Town features an abundance of colonial style wooden buildings in varying degrees of disrepair.
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