Sights of Puerto Galera
I have decided to leave the filthy atmosphere of Manila and have now set up home on the Island of Mindoro and to be specific Whitebeach in Puerto Galera. This most of the year is a sleepy place for divers from all over the world and a beautiful white beach with a few quaint restaurants dotted along and behind the beach.
Because there are many foreign visitors coming and going it is reasonably easy to get treats like cheese from abroad and even the British HP Sauce. The people are remarkably friendly and you hardly see any cars at all. Heaven is a place in Mindoro.
For those who like a little more nightlife the town of Sabang is down the road. Lots of posh restaurants and bars full of girls and crazy noise. All very well, but Whitebeach is for me.
White Beach is the most popular of Puerto Galera’s 32 beaches especially among Filipino tourists. Come summer, from March to May, Manila tourists flock to Puerto Galera by the hundreds, and during the Holy Week, by the thousands. During this period, the rates of accommodations can increase by more than 300 percent. Private homes are rented out to many who could no longer be accommodated in the more than 50 resorts and lodging inns in the area.
White Beach, during this time, is the scene of many concerts and festivals organized by big corporations like San Miguel, Smart and Globe. The beach are filled with people, relaxing, walking to and fro, sunbathing, playing volleyball, riding jet skis and banana boats. At dawn, people sit at the beach to witness one of the best sunsets in the country. At night, more people come out to enjoy meals at beachfront restaurants. There are several open-air bars with “gay dancers” and serving Puerto Galera’s trademark concoction, “Mindoro Sling”. There are also many tattoo shops and souvenir shops along White Beach.