I did not find Cebu to be that great. But that may be from my lack of itinerary. Cebu has a few famous landmarks, such as "Magellan's Cross", Santo Nino Church and Fort San Pedro, but that wasn't enough to merit my stay there.
I do like history, but I was underwhelmed. I was impressed with the ease of finding taxis, but the traffic was pretty bad during weekdays. The taxis are very cheap, but sitting in a taxi for a long time makes me restless and I feel my vacation time withering away. The main problem was that I didn't do anything beach or swimming related. I would say for visitors, you need to arrange something like that to maximize what Cebu offers. Walking about the city seeing the above mentioned sights exposes you to the parts of Philippines that isn't pretty: the poverty. That goes for any city in Philippines. Just stick to the resort, guided tour or planned outing and don't wander off on your own. I felt safe because there was security at most buildings, helpful guys who hailed taxis for you. I am being picky, but I feel on vacation you should have little stress and expose yourself to places as nice or nicer than where you live everyday. I liked Thailand better, it's a step up.
A nice City with an abundance of Heritage and Spiritual History. But to fully enjoy the area traveller's need to explore outside the city centre and enjoy the outer areas and seaside towns such as Oslob and kasawan Falls.
. Nice for a week or so, but the 3-4 star Hotels are overpriced compared to other Philippine destinations.
"Queen city of the South"....this is THE spot for basing yourself for travel around the Visayas....many islands and beaches to visit from here and much better than Manila unless viisiting Philippines for business.
To visit the tourist areas - its a long drive to say pier 1 to get a ferry to bohol island or a long van ride to water falls or island hopping and traffic is a nightmare if you dont leave the hotel before 6.
It's a great city that offers city, mountain and beach lifestyles. It also has a rich cultural and religious histories that they were able to preserve despite the rapid urbanization and modern living.
Cebu City is totally a compact city. You may have variable interests to come and visit the city because it basically offers a budget or affordable tourist can choose upon.
You will definitely enjoy the beaches as well as it is very closeby.
the blackouts were a disaster. the restaurants were so hot, you would lose your appetite. the people are not so familiar with where the cebu city hall was located.
the beaches however, were great.
Cebu City has all the convenience any tourist would like to avail. Very friendly, helpful people. It has a lot of cultural, historical, natural places to visit.
Good for business investments.
Get a motorcycle with a local and go around the see all the sights. It's much more safe than Jepneys, doesn't make you a target for pickpocketers and hagglers.
Really makes you feel like a local. Remember to smile and wave a lot. The locals stare lots only because they are curious to see Westerners in their part of the globe.
Steeped in Culture. Harold's Hotel was by far the best Hotel. Food Service Impeccable. TJS Bar and Grill was one of the best places to kick back and Relax.
The Bottomless Mojitos were fantastic Value and The Steaks were delicious. ( Located in Ayalla Shopping Centre). Taxi Service was great. Security Guards were very helpful.
Cebu si second largest city in Philippine, but comparing with Manila, is much nicer, much cleaner & less crowded, should stayed here for more few days.
pity only 2 nights.
If you are a tourist, this is the best place for several water activities. Go to Oslob, Cebu before noon to experience swimming with whale sharks.
Check out the do's and dont's to enjoy the experience. There are clean and beautiful beaches very near the City center.
This is my 2nd trip to Cebu and I will continue to come here because its a place where you can see the old and new merge into 1 dynamic City.
I always come back for the Lechon! Great Food, Great People... lots of smiles!
Traffic jam during day time especially to/from Mactan airport to Cebu city center. Perhaps better to stay in Mactan rather than Cebu city.
Most car driver ignore traffic rules. Too dangerous to drive the car unless otherwise you adopted how to drive safely in the city.
Cebu City is a fun place for tourists. If you haven't tried it, eat lechon (whole roasted pig with crunchy skin)go to Zubuchon or Rico's.
Try the pork rind cracklings also. You will surely enjoy the chocolate coated dried mangoes which is Cebu's pride.
Not a holiday destination unless your hotel has all the facilities you need or you're researching this country of rich and poor contrast.
Occasional shows of wealth but all too frequent over crowded hovels & street children begging passers-by and cars. Hard to believe this country does have the most attractive holiday resorts in the world, on the coasts.
Come and visit phillipines is a good choice for relaxation and filipino are very friendly hospitable and they always wear there smiles.
lots of things to do especially sinulog season. but, the place is beginning to be like manila....traffic traffic and traffic everywhere
Excellent to visit directly and not to land in Manila due to poor airport security. Cebu and Davao still a safe and friendly cities
A city which forces you to wake up real early. Else your life is spent crawling through the traffic. Friendly and smiling folks.
Eager to help but watch out for touts too.
What is unique about Cebu City is the many historical places. However, I was not impress with the unfriendliness of the people.
Traffic and trashes is also one of the downturn of this City.
Friendly people and honest cabbies. The city is no dirtier than any other Philippine city. There are so many beautiful women.
It's better to exchange foreign currency at places near Osmena Circle, rather than airport and hotels, considering the rate.
airport to ceby downtown, or downtown back to airport, can take white taxi, reasoanble fee without too much bargaining.
can also hire per hour basic if you want. if have chance heard we should go to other island or other part of Cebu, rather than only downtown.
Excellent restaurants and shopping possibilities. My favourite sight seein spot is the Taoist temple in Beverly Hills
Great City to spend time with your vacation, So much history, people are friendly, great food and very affordable.
Easy access to almost anywhere.
A LARGE DIVERSE CITY WITH A LOT OF POVERTY in abundance yet still people put ona smile and show they are happy .
Plenty of shopping available . Nightlife is good . SPORTS FACILITIES ARE NOT GOOD AS PHILS IS NOT WELL KNOWN FOR SPORTS AS COUNTRY TOO POOR TO ACCOMMODATE SUCH ACTIVITIES-- this is why MANNY PACQUIAO IS NOW a US Citizen
Beautiful city. Its clean and the people are very friendly especially the taxi drivers are God fearing people.
Beautiful beaches and good casinos. Big shopping malls. Bigger than Manila malls. Food is cheap.
Modern yet very laid back. Everything is near (beaches, mountains, shopping districts) People are friendly
Mainly stayed to see the lifestyle and experience atmosphere. There isnt that much to see in the city.
Uptown shops. Downtown shops. Colon St main road with heaps of stalls/shops. A few touristy things south and near Piers (didnt go to Bohol). Smaller version of Quezon City - nice place - would not recommend walking everywhere - many of roads are not fit/made for pedestrian access - take jeepney instead. Most of tourist places are further outside the city (i didnt have time to visit).