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Monday, January 14, 2013

San Carlos City, Negros Occidental: A Quick City Visit

TRAVEL DATE: Couple of times

San Carlos City comprises one of the thirteen (13) cities of the Province of Negros Occidental. It is located 137 Km. north of the province's capital, Bacolod City. It is also a 2-hour boat ride from Toledo Cebu.

San Carlos City Pier Negros Occidental
Port Of San Carlos City

I've visited the city twice so far and its serene and clean environment still remained in my memory. San Carlos City is the last city up north of Negros Occidental province and famous for its white sand beaches such as the Sipaway Island.

People's Park Miniature Negros Occidental
People's Park Miniature Structure

When visiting San Carlos City, be sure to visit their tourist park called the "People's Park". It is strategically located near the port going to Cebu City so that waiting passengers can visit the place when they are killing their time waiting for the boat to arrive. What's nice was that they have an area designated for the miniature buildings of the city so that the public may know what are the places their city has to offer. Isn't it cool? :)

People's Park_05

San Carlos Train in Negros

When I went again to Cebu City, I chose the Toledo-San Carlos boat route going home. Unfortunately, our trip was delayed and it left Toledo City at around 7PM already. The trip took 2 hours so we arrived San Carlos City at around 9PM already. And to our delight, the Ceres Bus trips there were only until around 8 - 9PM. At the end of the tiring day, we did not catch the last bus trip going to Bacolod City. And here we stayed at San Carlos City again.

Toledo Cebu peir
Toledo, Cebu port---from afar! 

TRAVEL TIP: In case you will not catch the last trip home, the bus terminal has a lot of small stores and local restaurants or "carinderia", that serve rice meals.

We do not have any choice but to stay at the terminal until the first bus trip which is 2 AM. Anyhow, for us to escape from boredom, we rented two trikes (locally known as "trisikad") from two trike drivers, for us to roam around the area. We only paid PHP 10 per person for around 15 minutes bike ride. Who said we're bored, eh'?

Biking at San Carlos City_01Biking at San Carlos City_02

On the second level of the terminal, there were some videoke restaurants that served beers and finger foods or "pulutan". The videoke machines were on a pay-per-song basis. Drop your PHP 5 coin first, encode your song number, press enter, and then your song will play!

Videoke mode at San Carlos City_01Videoke mode at San Carlos City_02

Videoke mode at San Carlos City_03Videoke mode at San Carlos City_05

Song list at San Carlos City
The most high-tech song-list!

Visiting San Carlos city is such a delight knowing that it's quite far from the island's capital city, Bacolod City. Yet, it has the capacity and stability to run the city progressively.

TRAVEL TIP: Their local festival here is called the Pintaflores Festival celebrated every first week of November. Here was their 2012 Program for your reference!

taken from san carlos city website

Oooopos! Before I forget, I would like to thank my friend Vic Amiel for all the pictures taken during this trip. All the credits go to you. *clap clap*

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