This is a guest post by Anna from Anna Love Life. She is a travel and style blogger based in the Philippines.
Sitting on a wooden chair while sipping a glass of iced tea on the front porch of your beach house is probably the kind of life you want on a daily basis. Living in the Philippines does look like that – that is if you plan to retire there. Even if you don’t intend to, but still prefer a life in this tropical country, there’s a special place where you can call it your new home. Let me share you five of the best cities for expats in the Philippines
1. Cebu City
The province of Cebu has been known as a top tourist destination as its location is very close to several beautiful, turquoise beaches. It’s also where you’ll find one of the biggest cities in the entire country, which suggests the presence of a successful economic growth, business developments, and of course, urban residential homes. There’s also an airport (soon to be two) for both domestic and international flights. Hence, an excellent spot for expats.
2. Baguio City
For much cooler weather, Baguio City in the province of Benguet in northern Luzon is a perfect choice. In fact, this is the only place where temperature decreases from 8 or 6 degrees Celsius between December and February. This city is 7 hours away from Metro Manila, but only 2 hours away from the nearest beach in La Union.
About 60 miles away from Manila is the city of Clark (otherwise known as Clark Freeport Zone). It is a former US military base that is now a region consisting of commercial establishments and modern infrastructure. It continues to progress in terms of business, industrial services, tourism, entertainment and education.
As far as aviation is concerned, this is the third location of an international airport. There are also several condominiums and apartment buildings apart from the ordinary residential home communities. Many expats from different parts of the world have settled here for years.
Like Clark, as a former US military base, Subic is a recommended place for expats due to its developments. It offers an American-inspired lifestyle with access to duty-free shopping malls where you can purchase product items exported from most the United States. There are also hotels and resorts, restaurants and tourist spots for your entertainment needs. This is only a 2-hour drive from Manila through Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
5. Davao City
The city of Davao has been remarked as the largest in Mindanao and the most peaceful in the entire Philippines. It’s also multi-cultural due to the province’s history and exposure to nearby regions with vast culture and traditions. Aside from the semi-urban lifestyle, this place offers sanctuary for nature lovers as it’s a home of beaches, rivers, falls and mountains.
Philippines is not just a hub for travelers who seek thrills, fun and adventure. It’s also a gateway for people who are on the verge of retirement or simply want a change of environment. This country can be a perfect home to anyone regardless of economic status, religious beliefs and educational attainment since it’s open to the world.
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