Jul 24, 2011 - Boracay    No Comments

Be Captivated by the Beauty of Boracay

Boracay Island remains popular when foreign and local tourists talk about vacation places in the Philippines. Its beaches are super, hotels and resorts comprise a wide selection of accommodation packages, fun activities, delicious culinary treats, and nightlife.

A white sand beach in Boracay Island

A white sand beach in Boracay Island—Photo courtesy of bee_tee_double_you on Flickr

The next time you realize after that plane ride is a wish comes true of your Boracay escapade— leaving the hectic urban life to this world class island paradise retreat. The best time to visit Boracay is from November to April. Temperatures these times are between 25 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. Although from June to October is known to be rainy season, there can be days for saltwater dip or tropical pool dive. The hottest time in a year in Boracay is from May to mid-July, temperatures can reach up to 38 degrees Celsius, a lovely sun for your leisure activities. And when sundown comes to a close, another face of Boracay surfaces.

“Fun never ends in Boracay,” so they say. Superb beach bars started to rule the quiet musing of the sea by dusk. Since Boracay is also known to be the party capital of the Philippines, the clubs and beaches lining the coast stay busy as party animals come out to jive the rhythm, it surely fascinates you to see how alive the beaches are at night. Boat stations 1 and 2 are filled with noisy bars where the discotheques meet and merry. Boat station 3 is more acoustic and relaxing, more preferred with regulars and long stayers a laidback alternative to the hectic pace of the other locations.

When in the island, it is advised to drink plenty of fluids, sunlight can be intense. It is highly advised not to drink the tap water in Boracay. Bottled water is available for reasonable market prices. Boracay Island hospital, Metropolitan Doctor’s Medical Clinic, Island Clinic Boracay and Diagnostic Center can provide basic treatment for minor illness and injuries. Vaccinations are not recommended when traveling to Boracay Island. At the Boat Station 3, the Tourist Center Boracay offer postal, telecom, fax services, safety deposit boxes, money transfer (Western Union), internet, and more.

A treat for local delight turns curiosity to adventure for the heart and… stomach. Boracay does have novelty. A delicacy called “balut”, a young embryo of a duck cooked while enclosed in its shell may be new to you but loved among those who enjoy it. Balut vendors throng in the streets late at night to early mornings. Interesting snacks like the chicaron (pork cracklings) is usually served with unique spicy vinegar. The balut and chicharon are two favorites for the beer drinkers in the Philippines. The lechon (Roast Suckling Pig) is a specialty in the Philippines that’s not left out in parties and celebrations. Since Boracay hosts a lot, the Lechon is ever present and crispy and tasty. The popular and tasty siopao is also well enjoyed by foreign trippers. For the curious, the siopao is meat and special sauce stuffed inside a white bread. Whether a pig’s ear, chicken foot (adidas), or a strip of animal intestine stuck in a stick and barbecued, can be a way to harmonize with the diversity of culture.

Beach activities in Boracay Island are distinct. No wonder why it has been voted as the Yahoo! Travel Most Popular Beaches of 2007.

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