Known as the third-largest city in the Philippines, Zamboanga City takes pride in being the center of the commercial and industrial industry in the south. It is also known to have the most visible Spanish influence in the country which you can find in their language, food, and architecture.
However, it is not as popular as a tourist destination especially for international tourists as it is near places where there are conflicts. Even though security has been increased throughout the years, “Asia’s Latin City” has seen fewer visits from both foreign and local travelers.
If you do find yourself traveling to the beautiful and rich city of Zamboanga, we recommend not to miss out on visiting some of these tourist spots that will surely take your breath away.
Paseo del Mar – Nothing beats walking at a good old fashion boardwalk to start your trip, and Paseo del Mar is just the perfect in Zamboanga City. With quaint little shops and food stalls, and a calming view of the water to which you can also see the Sta. Cruz islands, this boardwalk can be quite a romantic place especially if you’re with your special someone.
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Fort Pilar – A great example of the Spanish influence in Zamboanga City can be seen in the architecture of Fort Pilar. Built by the Spaniards in the 17th century, it is now a place where one can walk around and spend time chilling or on Sunday as a place for mass. There’s also a museum where one can learn about its history.
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Merloquet Falls - This two-tiered picturesque waterfall is a popular destination in Zamboanga City. Visitors will enjoy exploring and going on a swim in this 25-meter wide and around 10-meters high curtain of water. It is known for its amazing wall of rock formations, giving it a unique look compared to most waterfalls in the country.
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Santa Cruz Islands – The Santa Cruz Islands are made up of 2 islands: the Great Santa Cruz Island and the Little Santa Cruz Island. Both of which can be traveled to by boat. The Great Santa Cruz Islands boasts a few things visitors will surely love such as mangroves, lagoons, and a pink beach. While the little island is more of an unspoiled sand bar in the middle of the ocean which is still beautiful to spend a day just lounging around by the beach and swimming in the ocean.
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Zamboanga Cathedral – This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a church. Also called the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, it is considered to be the most modern cathedral in the entire country only completed in 1999.
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Pasonanca Park – In the heart of Zamboanga City lies this natural park. It’s a haven for those who want to spend their time in the great outdoors without having to leave the city. It’s perfect for all ages and walks of life as it has public pools, the famous treehouse built in1963, and a floral and butterfly park named after one of its late mayor, the Le Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat Park.
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Taluksangay Mosque – This architectural beauty has since been one of Zamboanga’s tourist spots. Even when tensions were high during the ’90s, there were still plenty of tourists that visited this holy place. You can find the oldest mosque within the Taluksangay Village, which was the first center of Islamic practice in Western Mindanao.
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Interested in visiting these tourist spots in Zamboanga City? Plan your travel now.
As the country is slowly lessening its travel restrictions, you’ll find that more flights are becoming available especially from Manila to Zamboanga City. Consider RedDoorz hotels for your accommodations as well. We offer the best and safest rooms in the city with the most affordable prices. You can visit our website or download our mobile app to check availability and rates.