Beach Bumming at Boracay

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I admit, Boracay changed so much since the first time we went here. It's already too commercialized, hotels built everywhere, and commodities have increased as well. But there's something about this tourist destination that makes me want to go back again and again.

every sunset is different

We had our first family vacation here a couple of years ago, our wedding at the Punta Bunga beach was just last year, and now we are back to spend some alone time with my husband. However, our main agenda is to jump at the famous Ariel's Point, which deserves a different blog post. This is actually part of my bucket list that I can't seem to let go. I'm thankful that we were blessed with a great weather and we were able to accomplish this long time dream.

the three diving boards at Ariel's Point


Expenses

Around May this year, we scored our tickets via AirAsia for only P1,000 each person, roundtrip. Because we thought that our group vacay will push through, we booked La Carmela de Boracay for about P10,000 for 5 days and 4 nights instead of getting a more convenient hotel for us. Anyway, it was a surprise to see that my husband's friend and girlfriend were on the same flight as ours. Rather than take the van, we opt for a private car ride instead. It was priced at P2,000 but the ride was worth it. The car was well-maintained, no smell that would cause you discomfort and best of all it was fast! I highly recommend Paradise Nest Transport Tours if you are going to Boracay with kids or with 3 of your friends so you could just divide the cost by 4. Of course, you still have to pay for the boat ride (P20), terminal and environmental fees (about P175 I think), and the tricycle going to the hotel of your choice (P100 for the trike ride, good for 4 pax).

When La Carmela wasn't as famous as it is now for budget travelers, I remember that I felt comfortable with their executive room. Since it's cheap and good for a family of 4, we checked in twice here before. Too bad I don't feel the same sentiments as I did years ago. So here's a rundown of what I think of La Carmela.

You should stay in La Carmela (station 2) if:
  • You want to be at the end of station 2. Though beachfront, it's still far from where the real happenings are. It still took us more than 10 minutes every time we head to the D'Mall or D'Talipapa by foot.
  • You want an affordable hotel for the family. We booked this via Agoda for about P2,000 a night. The room that I chose was good enough for 4 pax but they upgraded us to a premier suit with 3 beds. It could fit 6 pax in total but it was too big for the 2 of us since it was just me and hubby who checked in.
  • You have kids who love two swim. They one pool each. The old La Carmela still has their beachfront pools where you can watch fire dancers perform at night during their dinner buffet (worth P300 each). But there's also another pool where you can just leave your kids within sight. It doesn't have a deep part of the pool so kids can just swim around 
  • You can rest in a not well-lit room along with that cabinet scent that you can smell from the toilet to the room.
  • You want to use stained towels. Moreover, they would only change towels and sheets every other day.
  • You want a breakfast buffet that sucks. I don't even know where to start. The scrambled eggs aren't scrambled at all, the buffet spread is limited, they can't even replace food in time, and the rant continues. So sorry for this La Carmela but even the food from a carinderia can actually beat what was on your buffet spread. For 4 breakfasts included in what we booked, we only used 2. We opt for different restaurants during the other mornings because we can't really swallow what was served before.
We love to stay inside the hotel a lot and appreciate what a good one has to offer. Too bad La Carmela wasn't just right for us. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed an almost week-long vacation away from kids and the dog. Most of the time, we ate at D'Talipapa where you can buy fresh seafood and have it cooked your way. 


The rest of our days were spent chilling, swimming, spending some night out with bands singing near the beach, and of course a day at Ariel's Point. We didn't do much water activities this time because we already did those during our previous trips to Boracay. It's really more of a beach bumming and probably one of the most relaxing vacations I've had.


Boracay is still and will always have that special spot in me. I just wish that the government will stop issuing permits to build new hotels and other establishments because the island already has too much. Our country is indeed rich with these natural wonders and we should all help together to keep these treasures for a long time.

I know most of you already went to Boracay, so what are your thoughts? What do you enjoy most and why do you think it's one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth, or the universe, rather.

xoxo,






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December 28, 2015 at 6:59 PM delete

Nothing beats Boracay's stretch of fine white sand beach, but it has become a bit too touristy for us. We prefer Palawan and Bohol... since we want peace and quiet time.

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Meikah
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December 28, 2015 at 7:27 PM delete

I love going back again and again to Boracay. Love walking on those endless beach! It's cool that you've spent family time at Boracay.

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EINz
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December 28, 2015 at 7:53 PM delete

I was 5mos. pregnant when we visited boracay and stayed at La Carmela. So, I never get to try water activities instead enjoyed laying and relaxing on its fine white sand. Hopefully we can visit again, where I can fully enjoy our stay!

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mommymadz
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December 28, 2015 at 8:51 PM delete

I haven't been to Baracay yet.Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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December 28, 2015 at 11:29 PM delete

I should admit. Never been there yet.. boo for me.. hehe.. but anyway, thanks for sharing your experience. When my kids get a little older, we might have vacay at boracay.

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Petite Momma
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December 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM delete

I've been to Boracay several times already but have not tried any of the activities other than bumming at the beach. Hehe. One time, Hubby and I were so sleepy (I was preggers) that we missed the whole family island hopping activity! Haha!

I haven't tried La Carmela but my family did in 2010 and they said it was hard for them to get a phone signal inside their rooms. I've also noticed their hallways are dark and narrow.

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December 29, 2015 at 2:16 AM delete

yes, i just hope the local government will stop issuing construction permits for new hotels. and that i could bring my family there for a vacation. perhaps, maybe when our baby could walk na and appreciate the sand of Boracay.

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December 29, 2015 at 1:53 PM delete

I agree. :( Boracay is now too crowded and so much hotels na! Miss the old times...

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December 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM delete

I admit I've never been to Boracay since Samal Island is just 15 minutes away from where I live but I would still want to visit it someday!

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December 30, 2015 at 4:31 PM delete

My sister inlaw and family, were planning for a vacation this coming 2018 in Boracay, hope we m=can make it. and thank you for this post and ideas sis. God bless.

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December 31, 2015 at 11:47 PM delete

We miss Boracay! We've been there once and we're so looking forward to visit again. Happy New Year!

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Elizabeth O.
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January 1, 2016 at 9:38 PM delete

That's one of the top places to visit this year! I really hope I can see its beauty for myself!

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MELISSA U
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January 3, 2016 at 7:51 AM delete

What? That actually sounds reasonable. My family and I are planning to go to Boracay this December. Wee, bookmarked this! Thank you so much! :)

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January 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM delete

It's been ages since I was last in Boracay. My husband and I are planning a vacation there soon, and were thinking of booking a room in La Carmela. Thank goodness I read this post! We like to stay in as well so we need a comfy hotel room.

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January 3, 2016 at 10:51 PM delete

I haven't been to Boracay in a while! Must book a trip soon. Thanks for the tips!

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January 4, 2016 at 5:13 AM delete

palawan is next on my list. how true that travelling to Bohol is expensive?

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January 4, 2016 at 5:13 AM delete

yes. i feel like i'm one with the sand hahaha!

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January 4, 2016 at 5:14 AM delete

i'm glad you enjoyed reading :)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:14 AM delete

yes. and they would definitely love it there too :)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:15 AM delete

the hallway? yeah it still is. Smart was working properly and 3G signal was great all over Boracay today. =)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:16 AM delete

yes, so she could enjoy playing at the sand too :)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:16 AM delete

ikr. i never go there during the summer. i can't enjoy the beauty of it all. =P

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January 4, 2016 at 5:17 AM delete

you should before it still have its beauty. i'm already done with Boracay and still exploring what Philippines has to offer =)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:18 AM delete

thank you too and God bless your family as well =)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:18 AM delete

yes you should =) December is good since it's not too crowded there

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January 4, 2016 at 5:20 AM delete

you're very much welcome :)

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January 4, 2016 at 5:20 AM delete

you should try TIDES. it's not beachfront but i rate it 5-stars for luxury and comfort =) it's just in front of the D'Mall

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January 4, 2016 at 5:21 AM delete

yeah there will be promo fares coming up soon :)

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January 5, 2016 at 4:40 PM delete

I've been to Boracay once and I'd like to go back again with my family next time. I'll take your cue and check out other hotels.

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Ayi
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January 8, 2016 at 9:38 PM delete

Haven't been to Boracay for the longest time since I had kids. I miss the beach tuloy :))

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January 14, 2016 at 1:01 PM delete

I've been to Boracay 9 years ago! I can imagine how much it has changed!

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Michi
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January 19, 2016 at 4:11 PM delete

We celebrated our wedding anniversary in Boracay several years ago. I love the beach of Boracay, it is one thing that I miss but I dislike the crowd, too commercialized na siya.

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January 30, 2016 at 9:38 PM delete

Sad to hear that La Carmela is already not what it used to be. Husband and I enjoyed our stay here in 2008. Next time we'll be visiting Boracay I'll better look for another hotel that is affordable yet with good service and superb comfort.

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February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM delete

I think Palawan (especially El Nido) has slowly beaten Boracay. The Department of Tourism in cooperation with LGUs in the said area must do something to preserve and bring back its former glory.

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