Santander is a place south of Cebu.
The place was named ‘Santander‘ because the Spaniards named it after a certain city in Spain.
There are many resorts in Santander. I only blogged what I visited. This time, it would be the:
Peebles Beach Resort
The place might be difficult to pinpoint for the first timers. But once you’ve reached the place, it would be easy to remember.
So how do we reach it? We simply asked the bus konduktor to drop us to the place. Just name the place, and I think majority of the konduktors are familiar with the place.
There are two clues that will tell you you’re in the place. First is the hard left turn. During this time, the seas are very much visible in the right. You can then get out of the bus. That would be the place.
Second, if you reach the Liloan Port, then it means you went past the target. You can get out of the bus and just walk a few meters back. The port and the resort are just a few walking distance away.
Enough talk. Show us the map.
This is the left turn I’m talking about:
I’m shooting in the opposite direction, so what you see is where you are coming from.
The left side of the picture is already a beach. (Left-side of the picture, but right-side if you’re riding a bus.)
Basically the resort and the huts (where you’ll stay and sleep) are divided by this road.
The right side of the picture are the huts, the beach’s on the left. Here’s a diagram:
I notice that when you reach the place, there’s no big sign board that indicates that you are already in Pebbles Beach Resort.
Well actually there is. But it’s not directly noticeable. Here’s an example:
Found the label?
If you’re riding a vehicle, I’m sure you’ll gonna miss that label.
They also have a sign board. But…….. you’ll have to open your eyes wide enough to see.
And here’s another label where you can only read if you are on the beach side:
If you are in the street, you obviously cannot see that sign. It was placed on the beach side, facing the beach. That sign is for the mermaids for them to know that they are in the Pebbles Resort.
Anyway, enough with those hard-to-find labels. Assuming you’ve made it to the place without straining your eyes. You will now go to the hut where you will rest/sleep/do-whatever.
Their huts comes in different sizes and generally look like this:
They may look native, but they are air conditioned. It has a bed (obviously), a small fridge, toilet room, and shower. Some huts don’t have TVs. You’ll have to tell the reception area during your reservation to put you in the hut where there’s TV.
Can’t afford any of these huts? Stay here:
The pool is situated near the huts. It has levels for kids and for adults separated as shown:
There’s also a small restaurant near the pool where you can order your food.
I didn’t capture their menu, but the average price of the food is around 300 pesos.
They also have a karaoke but I haven’t visited the place. It’s in separate hut, in the beach side. They also offer hard drinks and stuffs. This is the hut:
(There’s that hard-to-find sign board again)
Now for the beaches…
Most of the beach I went into have sands in it. This one’s made of pebbles.
Because I forgot that the name of the resort is Pebbles Beach Resort.
Bring your sandals if it’s painful to walk through it. But some consider it therapeutic. The contours of those
body pebbles gives you a feeling of delight.
Here’s something interesting.
One thing I notice the moment we went out from the bus is the current flow of the sea.
I notice that the current is not going towards the sand (or the pebbles) like I usually know about.
This one’s going in parallel which I find it scary (considering on how ignoramus-city-boy I am).
Or maybe it was just my imagination. But after seeing the flow, we are already cautious during swimming. And you should be cautious too.
Also notice the distinguishing line between the dark blue sea water and the light blue sea water from the image above.
Anyway, let’s talk about the beauty of things.
The whole place is a relaxing place. Very good for people who like to staycation.
Not to mention the clear water.
Kudos to the people who maintain the area, and to the disciplined visitors who throw the garbage to their proper place. Thumbs up to those people.
And some miscellaneous capture:
Overall, the place is so relaxing. One should be cautious when swimming in the beach though.
So….should I go back again here if given the chance?
Certainly, I will.
(For more info, visit their official website in this link.)