Cebu is one of the most visited places in the Philippines and Asia. Every year, the island welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists. In fact, people come here for more than just a visit. Over the years, a number of foreigners have chosen to settle in Cebu.
This small island sitting in the center of the country indeed has a lot of things to offer for tourists and even locals. In 2014, Cebu topped the list of Top 10 places to live in Asia.
And so the question:
Why live in Cebu?
Below, we share some of the best reasons why you should.
Laid back lifestyle
Cebu has excellent livability. Though it has fully embraced urbanization, it still exudes that provincial atmosphere that is simple and laid back – the island life, as some would say. Some dub it has the calmer version of Manila, the country’s capital. Those who dream of living in a big city can opt to live in the metro. Meanwhile, people who prefer the quiet life can choose to live in the smaller towns a few hours away from the city.
Affordable cost of living
Compared to Manila, Cebu has a relatively more affordable cost of living – one can live on $1000-1500 a month. Those who are planning to move to the city can find apartments that are comparably cheaper to rent. If you prefer a more high-end living, you can always find a condo for rent in Cebu that will meet your requirements.
Since it’s located in the heart of the country, Cebu has a very favorable geographical location. Accessible by sea, land and air, the island can be considered a gateway to various places in the Philippines. Travelers can easily find their choice of transportation going outside the island and the same thing for tourists coming in for a vacation. Nowadays, there are many affordable flights to a variety of destinations around and outside the country.
It’s not an unknown fact that Cebu has a thriving economy. This southern gem has been noted to have a consistent economic track record with several growing industries like real estate, mass production and tourism. Cebu and Mactan have a number of economic zones that provide plenty of job opportunities. Tourism until today is still a major driving force of Cebu’s economy. Real estate is continuously on the rise with numerous residential and commercial condominiums in the works. Four huge malls will soon rise in the city, one of which is opening this November – the SM Seaside, the fourth largest SM mall in the country.
Attractions and adventures
Cebu may be a small island but don’t let the size fool you. Adventure seekers, history buffs and beach lovers can find what they need on the island. The place is home to many attractions, historical landmarks and some of the country’s finest beaches. Those who are looking to experience some outdoor fun can go trekking, canyoneering, island hopping or diving.
Are you looking for a great place to retire? Or planning to move to Cebu?
The best thing you can do is to visit this wonderful island in the south. Explore the place and discover why some people found it hard to leave. See for yourself. You be the judge.