Picture perfect pink sanded Santa Cruz Island, colorful vinta sails, and the historic 300 year old Spanish fort may well be Zamboanga's star attractions, and with good reason. But only a few know Asia's Latin city has plenty to offer beyond all those.
Located south of Manila and an hour and thirty minutes by air, Zamboanga City bombards you with beauty, history, and culture. The entire experience feels at once effortless and nonpareil - the apex of living in a different time zone, a rich history bringing you back to Spanish Philippines.
So what do you do when you've actually reached Asia's Latin city? Here are some ideas.
Ride the tricycle around town. The streets of Zamboanga teem with culture. A great way to see the town, surrounding artistic villages, and the historic fort is on a tricycle.
Rent the iconic and historic Tree House in Pasonanca Park. No trip to Zamboanga is complete without an overnight stay at the much-visited landmark. Book early. For reservations, call Zamboanga City's tourism office.
Watch the sunset at R.T Lim (Cawa-Cawa) Boulevard. The neighbouring island of Basilan and pink sanded Santa Cruz rises out of the horizon like a hazy dream along Basilan Strait. Catching it at sunset frames the neighbouring islands at their most beautiful and surreal.