Cebu City Vacations

Cebu City is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Philippines, and its second largest city. Sandy beaches and two very large shopping malls make up a large part of its attractions, yet it also boasts its fair share of history. Magellan’s Cross is said to mark where Ferdinand Magellan first landed, but the city also has a monument to ... Read more
Lapu-Lapu, a native warrior who led the fight against the Spanish explorer, killing him in the battle of Mactan. The Basilica of Santo Niño is another attraction, featuring a statue of the baby Jesus that was said to have miraculously survived a fire. Nightlife is concentrated around Mango Square, restaurant options range from luxury to street stall, and hotels to suit every taste are likewise available. Cebu City is a great choice for experiencing the Philippines in a slightly less chaotic environment than Manila.

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Puerto Princesa

We stayed in an affordable and clean room, roamed the beautiful city of Cebu.

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Oslob, Philippines

i have my own beachhouse for rent
nearby the whale sharks and also the amazing waterfalls
scuba diving and old historic churches
you wil book it and see all the pictures go to the site

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Harrington Park, New Jersey

Cebu is not a fun city whatsoever. A lot of travelers spend a night here and then take a ferry or flight to one of the Filipino Islands, but there is no point in adding more then a day in Cebu to your Filipino trip. It has a couple of malls worth eating or shopping in if you're stuck there for a extended period of time. Being the second largest city in the Philippines, Cebu also has a decent nightlife scene, but the city is not safe. You have to cab it everywhere. When you get to the street with clubs and bars on it, there are police with shotguns and pistols lined up and down the street, not exactly something that gets your buzz going. I find it really disappointing when I travel to cities that I have to cab everywhere in. You always get a better feel for the culture by being able to walk around the city and immerse yourself in your surroundings, but you can't really do that in Cebu. And even if you did feel safe, there's not a lot to see.

Tip: Cebu is the island that Magellan was killed at, by a native Filipino called Lapu Lapu. There's a statue erected in his honor, check it out on your way to the airport.. it's on the way there. They also named a fish after him and now it is part of Filipino cuisine Order it at a restaurant, it's pretty good!


Radisson Blu hotel; right smack in the middle of mall and port nearby. Excellent location with lots of good amenities, eateries nearby!

Sydney, Australia

Sure, it's got some of the ick of a Philippine big city: traffic, noise, and pollution. But Cebu City is also the historical and party capital of the Visayas, with enough sights to keep you entertained for a couple of days before you head off to the beaches, and is altogether a more accessible and less overwhelming place than Manila. Best of all, even though it's the big city, it's still Philippine-friendly.

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Local from Cebu City
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people flock to this cool hole in the wall for their Ultimate Burger, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and the homemade Just Bacon.

Local from Cebu City

Well preserved culture,amazing festivals, warm and smiling people, beautiful tourist spots such as beaches and dive sites. Such a wonderful place.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Beijing, China

One of the best places in the Philippines to do an Island Hopping and water sports

Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Cebu City is a hot mess. It's dirty, loud, and cheap. I've never been to a city I liked so much at night and hated so much during the day.
It has a great food culture and a very lively nightlife. Its a good idea to get stocked up here on books, sunscreen, and other backpacker needs before heading out to the surrounding areas/islands.