Travel Guide: Roxas City, Capiz Itinerary, Places to Stay, Things to do and More
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Craving for some seafood right now? If yes, Its about time for you to plan your visit to the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, and have your cravings fixed, alongside with other exciting activities and must-see attractions in Roxas City, Capiz.
Roxas City is located in Western Visayas, and 3 hours away from Iloilo. So if ever you’re planning to do a side trip in nearby cities, drop by at Roxas for a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Capiz is known for producing home decorations like lampshades, Windows, and trays through the use shells. Aside from the locals’ creativity – Roxas City – has been a recipient of the Cleanest and Greenest Component City in Western Visayas Award in the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK) Cleanliness and Environmental contest. Not only that, the Department of Health gave the city with the Red Orchid Award for being “100 percent tobacco-free.”
There are plenty of amazing beaches and historical landmarks here in Roxas. In this Roxas City, Capiz Travel Guide, we have rounded up some amazing things to see and do, recommended hotels to stay, best restaurants and sample itinerary to make your Roxas trip a memorable one.
Best time to visit Roxas City
A smart traveler must know when’s the best time to visit a specific place. It’s either to know what kind of attire to bring and what types of activities can they enjoy during that time. So here in Roxas, the best time to visit would be during Summer which starts from March to April – as visitors can get the perfect weather to enjoy island hopping and visit some churches in the city.
How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific serves flight to Roxas City from Manila. Travel time going to Roxas City is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour by plane and around 16 hours by boat.
From Iloilo City
From Iloilo City, it will take around 2-3 hours by bus or private vehicle. Two airlines operate in Roxas City Airport with 3 flights plying to and from Manila and one flight from Roxas to Cebu, vice versa. A passenger ship operating in Culasi Port, Roxas City plies Manila and Capiz twice a week. Also available are ferryboats traveling from Romblon and Masbate and Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) Buses plying through Capiz.
Touring around Roxas City is hassle-free, because of the numbers of tricycle and jeepneys in the area. Fare only costs 8 pesos per person.
Also, what’s amazing about Roxas City, is that tourists attractions are just 5 to 10 minutes away from each other.
Learn some local lingo
The language spoken by the locals in Roxas City are Capiznon and Hiligaynon. Here are some basic phrases that you might use when roaming around the city.
- Good Day: Maayong Adlaw
- Good morning: Maayong aga
- Yes/no: Huo / Indi
- Please/Thanks: Palihug / Salamat (gid)
- How much: Tag-pila
Places to Stay in Roxas City
Have an amazing stay at Roxas City through staying at one of their luxury hotels – the Hotel Veronica located at Pueblo de Panay. The hotel speaks of sophistication, as seen on their rooms and suites. Each room are equipped with coffee and tea making facility with complimentary coffee, refrigerator, cabled televisión, bathroom with hot and cold shower, and a safety deposit box.
They even have an in-house restaurant called “Fiesta” famous for its indoor and al fresco dining. Fiesta serves local dishes to international ones too. Some of their bestsellers are the Seafood Pasta, Kalderetang Kambing, and steaks. If you want to have a cup of coffee, you can visit their Café Pueblo.
San Antonio Resort
Stay in a serene environment while in Roxas City and book your stay at San Antonio Resort. It boasts 50 beautifully designed rooms, equipped with Cable TV, telephone, bathroom with hot and cold wáter. They even have family rooms perfect for those who travel in big groups. The hotel also has modern amenities the guests can enjoy.
Not only that, San Antonio Resort houses 5 restaurants such as the Port Lago restaurant famous for its pizzas and pasta, the Kainan Village, an open-air food stall, The Pool Bar for a snack and light meals, and their newly opened Café Felisa for various dining options.
Here’s a budget hotel you’re going to love. Islands Hotel, which operated last 2016, is located at Sacred Heart of Jesus Ave. Pueblo de Panay.
Islands Hotel has 35 guestrooms and suites and is equipped with double beds or a matrimonial bed. They have facilities perfect for those who travel for business or for leisure.
Urban Manor Hotel
This hotel is located at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Avenue and is conveniently located near the airport.
Its interior evokes a blend of a hip mentality which provides distinctive-fun and memorable experience for modern travelers.
Their 21 rooms are divided into 5 family room, 2 suite rooms, 2 junior suite rooms, 3 matrimonial rooms, and 9 superior rooms. They even have a fast internet connection all over the hotel. Room rates starts at P 1,200 up to 1,800.
Roxas Midtown Hotel
Get your money’s worth by staying at Roxas Midtown Hotel. It is conveniently located at city’s major tourist attractions and other establishments like the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, the Capiz Provincial Capitol, Panubli-on Museum, and the downtown city proper.
They offer three types of room from Suite, Junior Executive, and Junior Suite. Their rooms are cozy, and the hotel houses modern facilities guests can enjoy.
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Best Places to Eat in Roxas City
What’s a great way to dine in Roxas, than eating at Café Terraza. Its location overlooks at the scenic Pueblo de Panay Township. They have open cottages where you can sit and dine while enjoying the panoramic view of the progressive City. Café Terraza is famous for serving Asian and Western cuisine, perfect for discerning palates.
Harry’s Seafood Palutuan
Treat yourselves with the best-cooked seafood here at Harry’s Seafood Palutan. They’ve created a wonderful twist on their seafood which makes this restaurant a go-to place for tourists when in Roxas.
Almax Grill and Restaurant
This is Roxas City’s version of Dampa wherein you can choose what seafood you want and then they’ll cook it for you. It’s located at Arnaldo Blvd right beside the beach.
El Maria’s Palabok House & Resto
Things to do and See in Roxas City
Roxas City, although not the first option when it comes to beach hopping – is now for us – an obvious holiday getaway with plenty of exciting activities to do. Check out these amazing list of things to do and must-see tourist spots in Roxas City.
Visit Manuel Roxas Shrine
One must not forget to visit the Manuel Roxas Shrine when in Roxas. This ancestral house was home of the late President Roxas and is one of the last standing houses of its kind in the city. It is amazing to see how the interiors and furniture remained intact and preserved despite the years.
The Roxas Cathedral, located in the city, is one of the most significant landmarks in Roxas. The cathedral have withstood the passing of the years and the Great War, fires and earthquakes.
Visit Sacred Heart of Jesus Monument
Also located in Roxas City, you should also try to visit the Sacred Heart of Jesus Monument, towering at 102 feet. Vistors will be able to see one of the largest statues of Jesus in Asia.
Roxas City Bridge
Another amazing landmark in Roxas is the Roxas City Bridge, with its former name as Capiz Bridge. It crosses the Panay River with its one end facing the city’s rotunda and the cathedral.
Roxas City Bandstand
This earthquake-proof bandstand overlooking the Panay River is also a must-see tourist place in the city. It was built in the 20’s by Jose S. Roldan, the first Filipino principal of the Capiz Trade School. The bandstand is the venue for many political rallies, presentation and launching of programs that benefited the City and the Province.
Ang Panublion Museum
Panublion is a Hiligaynon term meaning a guardian of precious things. The Panublion Museum is a refurbished museum which houses some memorabilia and religious icons.
Dine with a view at Cafe Terraza
Located atop the hill in Pueblo de Panay, Café Terraza is a popular hangout place in Roxas City, for those who want to dine and get an amazing view of the city. The restaurant served a great combination of local and western cuisine.
Watch Sunset at Baybay Beach
Take a breather and watch the sunset at Baybay Beach. Locals and tourists usually just stroll along its long stretch of black sand. It is also a perfect place where visitors can swim, snorkel, kayak, and skimboard.
River Cruise at Palina Greenbelt Ecopark
You can also experience a River Cruise here in Roxas, when you go and visit Palina Greenbelt Park. If you want food to be served during the cruise, we suggest you book a hut a day before the tour.
Visit Panay Church
The Panay Church or the former Santa Monica Parish Church should also be visited if you’re in the province. This historic church was built in 1700 and is famous for having the biggest bells in Asia. The bell measures 5 feet in height and weighs 10 tons.
Best Places to Shop in Roxas City
Search for the best pasalubong here in Kapis atpb. They sell gift and decors made with capiz shells. It’s located at Brgy. Banica in Roxas City.
Banica Dried Fish Market
Not every pasalubongs are key chains and sweets. Here at Banica Dried Fish Market, you’ll get to have variety of dried fishes from tuyo, dried pusit, dilis, and hibi. It’s perfect to eat on breakfast.
This shops name is a combination of words “Spanish” and “Ilonggo.” They have barquillos, churros, homemade salad dressings, and more.
Sample Itinerary and Budget
- 11 am – Arrival in Roxas City
- 12 noon – Check in at the hotel
- 1 pm – Late lunch at Harry’s Seafood Palutuan
- 2 to 5 pm 0 Roam around the plaza, explore historic churches in nearby área (Roxas City Bridge, Bandstand)
- 5 pm – Head over to Baybay Beach for Dinner
- 8 pm – Back to Hotel
- 7 am – Breakfast at the hotel
- 8 am – Travel going to Panay Church
- 11 am – River Cruise at Palina Greenbelt Ecopark
- (free time)
- 7 am – Breakfast the Hotel
- 9 am – Visit the Roxas Shrine
- 11 am – Lunch at Galleon (right beside Spanggo)
- 11:45 am – Back to the Airport
Panay Island Tour Packages via Las Islas Travel and Tours
There are plenty of Panay Island Travel and Tour Packages available out there for your most convenient trip. Instead of doing DIY tour, we highly recommend that you get a pre-arranged or customed tour in Panay. You can either choose from Captivating Capiz Basic Tour, the Eco-Tourism Tour, and the Panay Island Expedition. They also offer a Capiz Seafood Tour for as low as Php 1,999 per head.
Las Islas Travel and Tours
Address: Punta Dulog, Pueblo De Panay, Roxas City, Capiz
Contact Details: (Globe) +63995 335 7310 (Smart) +63999 430 0133
Facebook Page: Las Islas Travel and Tours FB
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