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March 08, 2012

Puerto Galera's White Beach Guide 2012: Where to Stay and What to Eat?

March 08, 2012

Puerto Galera's White Beach Guide 2012: Where to Stay and What to Eat?

Where to Stay?

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If you want to stay along White Beach, we would recommend Mindorinne Oriental Beach Resort, owned and operated by the Del Mundo family. This beachfront establishment is located in the middle of White Beach, and it is at the center of the night activities because of its Hiyas Bar.

This is where we stayed when we attended the Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival.

One of the advantages of staying in a family-operated resort is that the family is hands-on (and they usually have a good network of local connections around the area). One of the issues with family-operated resorts, though, is the consistency of service.

Make sure to coordinate properly with Brian Del Mundo (+63 917 857-8425) who runs the resort.

Puerto Galera White Beach Series:

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Mindorinne Oriental Beach Resort has a beautiful garden square in front of the rooms, which provides much-needed breathing space in the crowded White Beach area.

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It is also a bit expensive versus the other places along White Beach.

Mindorinne Oriental Beach Resort
White Beach, Puerto Galera 
Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
For reservations, inquiries and more details, please contact:
Office Number Telephone Number: +632 535-3988
Office Number Mobile Number: +63 917 857-8425 Brian Del Mundo
Office Number Email Us: inquiry@mindorinneoriental.com

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We stayed in the newly-renovated standard room, with basic amenities -- airconditioned, with a refrigerator and cable TV.

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We loved the new restrooms with hot and cold showers. :)

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When you're there, walk along the white beach, and you'll see the other inns and resorts, one after another.

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I also checked out Dreamwave resort, which has standard rooms (non-peak standard rates) that start at P1,500/night on a weekday and P2,000/night on a weekend. The rooms and the resort feel a bit claustrophobic and stuffy because there's really no breathing space and no real windows.

You can check out Trip Advisor for Puerto Galera White Beach resorts, but most of the B&Bs and inns that "promote" there are typically the ones inside and not along White Beach.

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As you stroll towards the end of the cove, you can cross the boulders and arrive in Aninuan Beach, the quieter side of Puerto Galera.

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The most popular place to stay in the area is the Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort. Although it is well-rated, it gets mixed reviews in Trip Advisor. It does have a good beachfront sunset view, a swimming pool, and a nice, relaxing ambiance. 

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Another resort to consider is Tamaraw Resort, where most of the artists during the Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival stayed.

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The beach in Aninuan is pebbled, brown and disappears during high tide.

What to Eat?

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Breakfast is usually included in the room rate. It would be better if you lowered your expectations.

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Food is simple -- there's no signature breakfast to eat along White Beach.

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You can try the local kakanin for 3 for P50, but they're nothing to rave about.

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Beside Hiyas Bar is a 24-hour Food Trip venue with unlimited garlic rice. It is quite popular to eat there at night or during breakfast. But as mentioned previously, don't expect too much from the food.

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Here is the menu of Hiyas Bar to give you a sense of how much the food and drinks are along White Beach. It's a bit expensive and priced like you are in Manila (but with lower quality).

Main Dish, Set Meals | Breakfast, Pinoy's Favorite, Salad, Burgers, Sandwiches, Soup, Dessert  |
Cocktails, and Shooters | Pitchers, Shakes, Warming Drinks, Beverages, Bottles, Refreshments

Hiyas Bar is popular because of the beautiful sheboys. Plus, they have a complete line-up of Alcoholic Pitchers. Don't forget to try the signature Puerto Galera drink -- the Mindoro Sling (P180)!

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Food along White Beach is either served grilled, sizzling or pizza-style. As is usual in most provincial areas, they tend to copy each other and end up with poor quality of food.

We ordered the Beef Pepper Steak with Mashed Potato (P280) in Hiyas Bar. The meat was yucky and rubbery -- I don't even want to ask where they source their beef.

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We recommend sticking with simple comfort food like Lechon Manok (Half-P150) or Liempo.

There's really no great food along White Beach, and the over-commercialization also killed the competition in terms of coming up with unique and better food quality in the area.

If you have good food recommendations in Puerto Galera, let us know in the Comments section. 

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for all our trip expenses. We are not connected in any way with the owners or promoters of the establishments featured in this post.

P.S. Any personal recommendation on where to stay and eat in Puerto Galera?

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