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Summer Get Away within the City Of Smile (Bacolod City)

Updated on November 18, 2011

Not all people have long summer holidays this year. For those who still have work obligations and assignments this summer time, like myself, there is no need to frown, we can still have the summer outing we are hoping for, even for the weekends only.

We have a lot to offer here in Negros Occidental when it comes to beaches, waterfalls, swimming pools and resorts for the whole family to enjoy. But those requires big preparations and also large amount of time, which sadly, we do not have now. Let me give you ideas on where to bask and play in the sun here in Bacolod City. These places is within the city limit and minutes away from the city proper.

Villarosa Beach Resort, Punta Taytay
Villarosa Beach Resort, Punta Taytay

Villarosa beach resort and its nearby beaches is a well known place here in Bacolod. It is located at Bgry. Punta Taytay. It is just 20-30 minute drive from the city proper.
If you want to feel the ocean breeze and to relax from a hectic week, this should be a good getaway.

Sta. Fe Resort is just 15-20 minute-drive with one olympic sized pool, 1 safari pool with animal slides and a kiddie pool. I've been there a couple of times and this is an ideal place if you hate travelling for a long period of time just to have a swim. It also have a mini zoo and playground for the young ones. They are located at Sta. Fe, Brgy. Granada. They offer overnight rooms, cottages and sheds at a very reasonable price.

Kiddie pool with elephant nose as a slide. Sta. Fe resort
Kiddie pool with elephant nose as a slide. Sta. Fe resort
Carribean Waterpark and Resotel
Carribean Waterpark and Resotel

Carribean Waterpark and Resotel is a resort located at Goldenfield Commercial Complex. They have giant water slides, the biggest here in the province and an open jacuzzi. This is made especially for children for the depth of the pools is not more than 5 feet. Visit their site for more information.

Jacuzzi in Carribean
Jacuzzi in Carribean

Water Garden Forest Park is located at Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City. Children and adult will surely enjoy the place. They have pools, a gazeebo, a mini zoo, lazy river and tents. They also cater for overnight stay at their Villas with complete amenities. You may call for reservation and inquiries at (034) 433-3114.

For nature lovers, Bokal Bokal Spring, is the perfect place to go to. It is in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City. Though the road going up there isn't good, the trip will all be worth it when you got to experience the pools which has crystal clear spring water. They have cottages and picnic tables around the area. I suggest you come up there early in the morning say 8:00 am for you to enjoy the place the whole day for they don't allow overnight stays. The last time I went there was on April 2011, they have renovated the place and they have added more cottages and improved the place to attract more visitors.

kiddie pool at Bokal Bokal Spring
kiddie pool at Bokal Bokal Spring

Having no time for a long vacation makes me contented of the outings and picnics in those places above. Although I have visited the places countless times already, it is great to go there again and again especially when it restores your focus and makes you relax. Hopefully when my big vacation comes, I can tour you to other places farther.


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    • LornsA178 profile image


      11 months ago from USA

      I miss Bacolod City, it's been a while since we last visit. Thanks for sharing some of our best summer get away places. Are you related to Ms. Leticia Benares? Just wonder...

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Interesting. Are there any good beaches in Bacolod?

      We are planning to go there in September, and my friends want to enjoy some beach there. And, I heard Bacolod has also great waterfalls somewhere.


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      9 years ago

      my favorite


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