Puerto Princesa Travel Guide

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Puerto Princesa Overview

Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan, in the Philippines. It is not necessarily a destination in and of itself, at least not according to the mass tourism industry, which mainly uses the city as a headquarters for excursions to the outer regions of the island itself. This is a shame, because the city offers a wide variety of adventures for a wide variety of visitors, with the prerequisite of being willing to look beyond the surface and delve into the shrouded secrets of the Philippines. Often heralded as the cleanest and most modern city in the Philippines, as well as one of the most environmentally friendly, Puerto Princesa boasts access to such destinations as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park—otherwise known as the Underground River—and places like Honda Bay, and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conversation Centre, well known for its crocodile farms.

Exploring Princesa requires an understanding of Filipino life, and an understanding of the history of its people and cities. In this case, Princesa can be traced back to the Princess Asuncion, a Spanish princess who unfortunately died at a young age, at which point Queen Isabella II renamed her to Puerto de la Princesa. The settlement as it exists today dates back to 1872 when it was founded by Spanish colonials. And while the vast majority of the ruins have been modernized, you can still see traces of Spanish colonial in some of the buildings around the island, and in the city.

Puerto Princesa is not a tropical paradise city. It is packed with people, and easiest way to get around is by jeepneys and tricycles. Accommodations and food will depend on your budget, and while the city definitely has its own unique appeal, the main reasons to come here are for the destinations surrounding the island and the city itself. Either way, this is one of the best places to experience the Philippines in a modernized setting.

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