Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dumaguete's Rizal Boulevard

While in Dumaguete, we stayed at Honeycomb Inn, one of the bayside hotels along Rizal Boulevard. Its a low-rise medium-range hotel with a homey-facade facing the sea. Unfortunately, the room given to us on the first floor has no window for seaview. 

Our room has very basic furnitures but clean. Amenities include the usual shampoo, toothbrush, and nice-smelling bar soap. Set breakfast is included on the Php 1,000 nett rate per night, with choice of Filipino, American, Chinese, or Continental varieties. Their front desk people are courteous and helpful. The only downside is that they don’t provide complimentary drinking water, whether in dispenser or in small bottles.

Our room is behind their coffee shop that face the sea and boulevard, that’s why we don’t have a window. Like the other bars and restaurants along the boulevard, the coffee shop attracts customers starting at early in the afternoon, mostly foreigners drinking alcoholic beverages some with company of Filipinas.  

Photos above and below are early morning views of the sea-facing Rizal Boulevard. The pier is located at the southeastern tip of the boulevard.

A group of people doing tai-chi exercises.

Along the baywalk is the monument of St. Paul sisters who founded the St. Paul College in Dumaguete in year 1905, the first in the country. Opposite the road is the city’s famous Sans Rival coffee shop.

The city’s town plaza with Rizal’s monument and old cannons, but this is a block from the boulevard going inland.

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