Camarines Norte Photo: Kristine A.

Camarines Norte

It may be overlooked at times because of its more famous neighbors, but the island province of Camarines Norte in the Bicol Region is growing to be one of the top destinations in the country. The province is home to beautiful beaches, numerous species of aquatic wildlife and the sweetest pineapples known to man.

Camarines Norte’s Calaguas Islands may just beat Boracay. Much like the popular beach in Aklan, these islands’ beaches feature clear turquoise waters and fine white sand but minus all the people.

Because unlike Boracay, these islands are completely virgin, meaning that there aren’t any five star resorts to be found here. Or any kind of accommodations for that matter. If you’re planning to stay the night, you’ll need to bring a tent and some firewood.

Another beach to explore is Bagasbas Beach over in the capital town of Daet. The beach is a well known surfing spot, with people heading to the area between the months of September to January to catch the best waves. Bagasbas Beach also offers a fantastic panoramic view of the rest of the Camarines Norte islands from its shore.

For those more interested in being underwater, head on over to the town of Mercedes, also known as the “Fishbowl of Camarines Norte.”

The town may have gotten its name thanks to the diverse marine life that you can find at Canimog Island. The coral reefs here are home to a wide variety of fish, including Moorish idols and butterfly fish. You can also find the Canimog Lighthouse here, the oldest one of its kind in Bicol.

If you’re feeling starved, you can also grab a seafood and Bicolano lunch at Doña Mercedes’ Floating Restaurant, found in the middle of the Catandunganon River.

Nothing can beat Camarines Norte’s Formosa pineapples. Also known as the Queen variety, these pineapples are noted to be the sweetest in the world, thanks in part to quality of the soil found in the area.

From its pristine beaches to its incredibly sweet pineapples, it’s no wonder that Camarines Norte quickly gaining popularity as one of the best destinations in the south of Luzon.

Top Rated Restaurants in Camarines Norte Browse All

  1. K Sarap
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  2. Alvino's Roast, Grill & Fry
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  3. Brankolei Pizza Italian Vero
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  4. Cowboy Food Haus
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  5. Kusina ni Angel
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  6. Kudo's Grill
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  7. Mang Inasal
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  8. Escalante Bulaluhan
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  9. Hills & Garden Family Restaurant
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  10. Leo's Cuisine
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Top Rated Hotels in Camarines Norte Browse All

  1. I Love Calaguas Island Resort
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  2. Pineapple Island Resort
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  3. Palms Farm and Resort
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  4. Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel Resort
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  5. Hotel Dolor
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  6. Waling-Waling EcoVillage Calaguas
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Top Rated Places in Camarines Norte Browse All

  1. Calaguas Islands
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  2. KICK Milk Tea
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  3. K Sarap
    4.0 Stars
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  4. I Love Calaguas Island Resort
    5.0 Stars
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  5. Alvino's Roast, Grill & Fry
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    3 Reviews View
  6. Brankolei Pizza Italian Vero
    5.0 Stars
    Pizza
    1 Review View
  7. Cowboy Food Haus
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  8. Kusina ni Angel
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  9. Parola Island
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  10. Kudo's Grill
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Popular Areas in Camarines Norte

  1. Daet

    Daet

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  2. Mercedes

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  3. Vinzons

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