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Going Around

Your guide to exploring Subic Bay

Where to Stay

Subic Bay offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all types of visitors, from furnished single detached housing units and modest hotel rooms to luxurious ones and villas, as well as rooms and cottages by the beach. Most hotels and resorts accommodate walk-in customers. During peak season however, reservations are highly recommended.

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Where to Eat

With a wide array of dining places and menus to satisfy every palate and budget, Subic Bay has become a destination for both foodies and those just hungry for a good meal. A lot of restaurants are also now open by the bay side, so open-air dining has become an attractive option.

While most of these restaurants are clustered within the Central Business District, particularly along Waterfront Road and Rizal Highway; a sprinkling can also be found elsewhere.

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Where to Go

As Subic Bay's reputation as a premier hideaway has grown, its nightlife has become more colorful and exciting, with new bars and fun places sprouting up to serve the needs of visitors from early evening up to the witching hours.

These places include nightspots - which are strategically placed on the beachfront with live bands and singers - to music lounges and clubs, which offer a variety of not just English and Filipino songs, but also Korean, Japanese and Mandarin tunes.

Or you can spend the night chasing lady luck at the casinos in the Central Business District. Barring all else, you can always have an alcohol-free evening, watching movies in state-of-the-art cinemas.

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Where to shop

Duty-free shopping remains one of Subic Bay's top attractions. Most of thes duty-free shops are located in two major areas - Argonaut and Palm Streets in the Gateway District, and Rizal and Sampson Road in the Central Business area.

These shops always hold big weekend discount sales, so make sure to check them out from time to time.

But the latest and most comprehensive assortment of shops in Subic Bay is found at the newly built Harbor Point Mall where items range from brand name apparels to the latest technologies.

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In 1565, famed Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi established a settlement in Cebu, Philippines. Because of an uneasy situation with the local inhabitants, an expedition was sent north to explore the island of Luzon. Seven years later, de Legazpi's grandson Juan de Salcedo made his way to what would be Subic Bay and later reported on his findings. However, it would not be until 1885 that the Spanish Naval Commission authorized construction of its Arsenal in the area.

Because of Subic Bay's strategic location, its fully sheltered wharf and natural deep harbor, and its beautiful natural environment, Subic became a bastion of foreign military might from the 1800s to the early 1990s.

In the twenty-first century, Subic Bay enjoys its reputation as a major international tourism destination. With its pristine waters and diverse ecology, Subic Bay stands as a model for sustainable development.

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