It was already lunch time when our plane from Manila landed in Roxas City Capiz, the Seafood Capital of the Philippines. At that time, I was already very hungry. Oh yes! Very hungry! Hahaha! As they are known for seafood, I asked the tourism officer at the airport where I could eat fresh seafood here.
He suggested that I could go with him and he will just drop me at Baybay beach where I could eat fresh seafoods from the restaurants by the beach. Awesome! Free ride to the beach! Salamat po!
When we arrived at Baybay beach, I bid goodbye to him and thanked him for the free ride. I was overwhelmed by the wide array of fresh seafoods in front of me. There were Diwal (Angel’s wing), Talaba (Oysters), Scallops, Tahong, Blue Marlin and many others. But since I am alone and I still have 5 days of travel ahead of me and I don't have that "matibay na sikmura" thingy when it comes to seafoods, I'm afraid I will upset my stomach with these seafood. So, I just ordered grilled squid, a cup of rice and a bottle of soda, just to be safe. While waiting for my food to be cooked, I roamed around to feel the sand at the beach and see how things are going.
The wind is blowing so hard during that time and the waves are a bit huge. The beach is facing Sibuyan Sea, it is very rugged and has fine gray sand. There were quite a few people swimming, maybe because it's 1 o'clock in the afternoon and most of them are in their homes having lunch or their afternoon siesta.
I also went to the People's Park, which also provides a very nice view of the beach and the nearby island of Mantalinga. As the wind continues to show its strength, coconut trees are just dancing with its strong gusts.
I took some time to just enjoy the park, feeling the cool breeze of the air while waiting for my food to be cooked. After several minutes, I went back to the restaurant to feast on my freshly grilled squid.
It would be best to visit it during sunset as you could just watch the sun simply disappear in the horizon while the sky turns into multitude of colors. There are so many things you can do in Baybay Beach and it definitely wouldn’t cost you so much. I just wish I had more time.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Roxas City airport, take a tricycle to Baybay Beach. It is around 5 minutes away and fare is just 10 pesos. Note: Do not take a tricycle inside the airport, it's very expensive. You could just walk a few meters outside the airport and take a tricycle that passes by.
This is part of my quick visit to Roxas City and Panay, Capiz that happened last February 8, 2012. Capiz is the 50th province on my list and this visit happend on day 1 of my "5-day Panay Island adventure". Join me as I enjoy fresh seafood, the city of Roxas and the biggest catholic church bell in Asia.
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