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Sgt. Juan Beach Inn: Sgt. Juan Beach
My wife and I stayed at the inn on Sgt. Juan beach for 2 nights. We rented an air-conditioned room for 1200 pesos a night. At the time, a US dollar was worth about 56 pesos. My wifes' family brought us food, as they live in Candelaria. Although it isn't what the Western world would call a great place, it was clean and it was right on the beach. I found the people in Candelaria very friendly and polite. It was really nice to be able to walk out onto the beach at night and just listen to the waves and look at the stars. All in all, it was a very nice stay at a very reasonable price.
Awesome views of the South China Sea, white sand beaches.
- Reviews: 79
Alta Niña Resort: One of Candelaria's secrets
We were booked there via a cousin. The five of us were given a room good for six persons but it can accomodate maybe more than that! It was a nice room for P1,500.00, with an altar and a Bible in the center separating the two beds suggesting a very calm environment. The CR is also nice, not sparklingly new, but it's clean, it doesn't have a hot and cold but the water is just fine. No cable tv, but the caretaker is willing to share his tv for the guest's enjoyment. There's also a videoke machine for a night of howling, err... singing.
Aside from the two big rooms, nipa huts (i think it's P500 per night) are also available. The resort has a huge open space and one can put a bonfire along the shore.
I would definitely recommend staying at this resort, the caretaker, Manong Noel, is very helpful and is always one step ahead in attending to our needs. He even looked for the freshest catch from the sea (which is abundant btw) for our dinner and lunch. He's a do-it-all guy, he can cook, provide all your needs (including the vest), look for a boat for hire, and you'll be amazed also with his stories.
The resort is just a five minute boat ride from Potipot Island, though the sand in front of the resort is generally gray, there's hardly any rock on it and the water is also clear save for some grayishness as a result of the fineness of the sand.
- Reviews: 87
ISLA VISTA RESORT: DeCk
From the deck or patio of the resort (this is not part of our villa though) you can see the Potipot Island already
- Reviews: 87
ISLA VISTA RESORT: Cottages
The cottages you see in the photo are part of the resort where we stayed. We could have taken this type of accommodation, that is, nipa hut with seaview but unfortunately they were all taken. Last year we were here in Candelaria, this area was not crowded at all and there was no need to reserve for rooms. We just scouted around and had our pick. Last year we were at Harvest Resort, just 4 rooms good for 4 people each room with a good verandah view of the sea, just before Isla Vista resort. Surprisingly, just over a year this summer, the resorts in Candelaria, especially in area near POtipot Island, were almost fully booked. We (some 14 people)were offerred this villa type house (with 5 rooms) in Isla Vista and charged us around Php 5000 for 1 night stay.
Ok fine, Php5000 for 5 rooms for 1 night is cheap. But... this villa needs a major "over-hauling"! Though aircon is good, bathrooms and comfort rooms are bad. No view of the ocean. I just didn't get the feeling I was just some few steps from the seashore. And the owner! Maybe due to the fact that tourists suddenly flocked their area this year, the owner appeared so "business-minded", charging us for every step we made. They don't have a real restaurant but they will lend you their kitchen stuff for an enormous amount. And they can rent out their dining hall for another charge. She (owner) appeared helpful by trying to help us work out our stay, but all her suggestions equated to an amount to be paid.
For this and for the condition of the houses/cottages, I will not recommend this resort.
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