Roxas City is home to about 167,000 people, but it's the abundance of sea life that really sets this city apart. This bounty has earned Roxas City its nickname as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines." Whether visitors are in town to enjoy the rich fishing grounds or explore other aspects of this environmentally friendly place, it's important to understand the rules of driving before hitting the road to get there.
Renting a Car in Roxas City
Foreigners in the Philippines can drive for up to 90 days after arrival with valid driver's licences issued by their home countries' road authority, as long as the licenses are in English. Drivers will also need an International Driving Permit to rent a car. When driving, travelers should keep their passports or copies, along with their licenses on them.
Because it's a smaller city, it's easier to rent a car when flying into a major transportation hub like Manila Airport. Popular car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Europcar, National, and Viajero Rent-a-Car operate from the airport's terminals. It's about a 15-hour drive from Manila's airport to Roxas City on a route that includes a ferry, but it gives travelers a great way to explore the beautiful Philippines on the drive to their primary destination.
Driving in Roxas City
The Philippines is a cluster of thousands of gorgeous islands offering a variety of attractions, depending on where visitors go. Different islands, though, offer different driving challenges, so travelers should be ready for anything and everything on the drive to Roxas City. Manila's roads are congested and chaotic, while outlying islands have many dirt roads. Drivers should think about renting four-wheel-drive vehicles if their travels will take them off-road often.
What to Do in Roxas City
Roxas City is an eco-tourism haven, so travelers who enjoy exploring the natural world will love this city. One highlight is Palina Greenbelt Ecopark. It's about a 20-minute drive from central Roxas City and offers a way for visitors to explore the land through a community-driven program. Travelers can relax on a river cruise and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at one of the floating cottages.
The Roxas City Bandstand provides visitors with a touch of history. The bandstand was built in the early 1920s by Capiz Trade School's first Filipino principal, Jose S. Roldan. Overlooking the Panay River, the bandstand is the backdrop for political rallies and programs in the city. Fun fact: It's an earthquake-proof structure. Travelers can take in views of the river while there, too.
Visitors can also drive for about an hour to nearby President Roxas, Capiz to explore Liktinon Falls. It's an easy trek for experienced hikers, though those who don't hike regularly should leave at least 30 minutes to navigate the trail to the jump-off point. Hikers should watch out for some instances of steep terrain, not to mention the slippery boulders that dot the path. Visitors who brave it will be rewarded with a fun slide down the small waterfall.
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