Nice places in the Philippines
Summary: With its low cost of living, beautiful beaches, bustling cities and hot climate, expats have been flocking to the Philippines for years. Here are six of the best places for expats to live in the Philippines.
Living in Tagaytay, Philippines
"Tagaytay, I feel, is the best balanced place to live in the whole Philippines if you would consider its proximity to Manila; it has all the amenities one needs to live daily but not quite as congested, although you could feel the pinch on weekends with the influx of the tourists; it is close enough to surrounding beaches for beach goers yet because of its higher elevation, the weather year-round is the most pleasant (I’ve never had to use an air conditioner, just a fan on a few days out of the year). Baguio is cooler for sure during the cool months, but Baguio’s fog stays for days on end in its bowl like terrain. Tagaytay has a free flowing breeze that when it fogs, it is usually gone within minutes. Tagaytay’s populace are used to seeing enough expats around living among them that one can sense a degree of acceptance and safety. On the downside, multi-story buildings that are being built right now will worsen the traffic in the future. While there is no true bus terminal in Tagaytay per se, all the buses stop and queue outbound or onto the direction of Manila in Olivarez Plaza. If you want to take your time boarding and making sure you are on the right bus, that is the best place to do so. However, those same buses are ones that you can catch by the side of the road. The drawback (by the roadside) is you have little time and under pressure to decide to board or not when it stops. Once you get to know the buses and the destinations on the signboard then all you have to do is catch it by the road side. Those same buses will still stop at Olivarez to wait for a few minutes to add more passengers. The terminal is located in front of 7-11 near McDonalds. There are two 7-11's in that area, not the one near the circle, " described one expat living in Tagaytay.
"I am a Brit currently live in Tagaytay at the Royale Tagaytay Estate, at least half a dozen properties for sale here from around P7, 000, 000 upwards small but challenging 9 hole course with no charge, free to play for residents and country club membership with plenty of facilities, swim pool, bowling, tennis and nice restaurant, 3 or 4 large golf courses within a few Km. Understand your reasons for choosing Tagaytay, Manila is just too overpowering, Tagaytay of course has a far nicer climate than the city, but can get congested during the weekend and holidays, mainly due to the poor road system which is endemic in the Philippines, " explained another expat.
Living in Subic Bay, Philippines
An expat living in Subic Bay Freeport Zone provided an insightful overview of life there, "Subic Bay offers great amenities left behind by US military. Very quiet, most rules enforced, most traffic officers honest - tickets are cheap and easy to pay. Rules usually enforced. No flooding, PLDT phones and internet via SubicTel, Subic Enerzone has reliable power, Subic Water handles water and sewage, SBMA handles trash/recycling pick up. Medical facilities were basic but improving with two new medical centers, one in Cubi and one in the central business district. Various grocery sources including a couple wet markets. There are lots of activities for both, especially if you enjoy any form of outdoor activity. For a taste of culture such as museums or big shows you go to Manila (2 hours via toll road "NLEX") or casinos in SBFZ or Clark. Prior US military housing is very sturdy, large yards, parking. Wide range of prices depend on lease conditions. Houses to apartments available. Cheaper than expat areas in Manila but more than Olongapo or Baguio. Contact SBMA LADD, there is also a Century 21 office. Expats can hold long term leases and sublet. Security in residential, checkpoints are okay, not as good as Dasmarinas or Bel-Air. The residents are also to blame. Most expats in this area work in SBFZ or Clark Economic Zone. Clark is 1 hour away via a toll road "SCTEX". Lots of parks and recreational areas and it is safe to run, bike on the streets. This is the jungle. The stars fill the night sky. The bay is beautiful and the beaches nice. Lots of fresh air. Pet friendly. There are some nightlife and restaurants, many nightclubs and bars. In Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) there is very little crime, outside SBFZ petty crimes and other things associated with a city." In terms of international schools, this expat recommended Brent International, Casa Kalayaan and a few other smaller schools within SBFZ. Plus, Ateneo has a campus here.
Living in Makati, Philippines