Olongapo

Olongapo City is one of the top tourist destinations in Zambales province. By successfully combining modern hotspots with stunning natural attractions, this highly urbanized city is able to cater to every traveler’s interests. The city also borders the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a former military base that has become one of the most famous entertainment hubs in Central Luzon.

One of the first sights that will greet you once you pass the Olongapo City welcome sign is the large kalapati, or dove, sculpture atop the World Peace Memorial, a landmark built to honor those who died in the Battle of Zig-Zag Pass during World War II.

Get to know the city and its history by taking a short tour of the Olongapo City Hall, which houses a small exhibit showcasing the city’s history and achievements. Just a short walk away from the city hall is Rizal Triangle Park, where you’ll find a towering monument of the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

History buffs can also check out the Olongapo City Museum, where displays of dioramas, artifacts, and paintings provide a more detailed retelling of the city’s rich history. Once you arrive at the museum, you’ll be greeted by the Ulo ng Apo monument. According to popular legend, Olongapo got its name because of a tribal boy who started crying “ulo ng apo!,” or “head of the elder,” when he found the missing head of their tribe’s elder resting on top of a bamboo pole.

Continue your heritage tour by checking out landmarks like the Olongapo City Public Library and the St. Joseph Catholic Church. You can also pass by the Grotto of Our Lady of Pardon, a sacred site near Kalaklan Bridge where Catholic devotees pray and pay homage to the Lord of Pardon.

After touring Olongapo City’s landmarks, you can stop for a break at any of the city’s peaceful green parks. Travelers can enjoy the view of Subic Bay from Gordon Memorial Park, take a leisurely walk around the Friendship Park, or relax under the shade of the trees at Marikit Park.

You can also stop by the Volunteer’s Park near the gate of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ). This long and narrow park houses the Volunteer’s Wall, a wall of granite slabs engraved with the names of the 8000 volunteers who pioneered the SBFZ.

Those who prefer to relax along the beach can head to the popular beach destination, Subic Bay. Aside from boasting white sands and azure waters, Subic Bay is also lined with plenty of quality beach resorts. But if you’re looking for more affordable beach resorts, check out Beach Boulevard, Olongapo City’s famous “golden mile” for fun and relaxation.

Once you’ve had your fill of nature, journey back to the city to experience its thriving nightlife. Guests can shop, dine, or enjoy a movie at the Harbor Point mall in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try going club or bar-hopping along the city’s famed after-hours districts, Rizal Avenue and Magsaysay Drive.

Don’t forget to go restaurant-hopping too while you’re in Olongapo City, since the place has also become a popular haven for food lovers. Aside from housing lively entertainment districts, the city also boasts plenty of homegrown restaurants that offer a wide variety of local and international cuisines.

Some favorites you might want to try are the giant tacos of The Coffee Shop Restaurant, the black coffee offerings of Cafe Balooga, the thick-crust pizzas of Sam’s Pizza Family Restaurant, the Mexican dishes of Playa Papagayo, and the homemade comfort recipes of Rico’s Fastfood and Restaurant.

Top Rated Restaurants in Olongapo Browse All

  1. Texas Joe's House of Ribs
    4.5 Stars
    American
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  2. Xtremely Xpresso
    4.5 Stars
    American
    105 Reviews View
  3. Meat Plus Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Steak
    117 Reviews View
  4. The Coffee Shop
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View
  5. Coco Lime
    4.5 Stars
    Asian
    9 Reviews View
  6. Chef Samurai
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    8 Reviews View
  7. Gourmet Garage
    4.0 Stars
    Deli
    9 Reviews View
  8. Wimpy's
    4.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    11 Reviews View
  9. Burger King
    5.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    4 Reviews View
  10. T.G.I. Friday's
    4.5 Stars
    American
    5 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Olongapo Browse All

  1. The Lighthouse Marina Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    15 Reviews View
  2. Segara Villas
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  3. Court Meridian Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  4. Moonbay Marina The Villas
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    8 Reviews View
  5. Mangrove Resort Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  6. Subic Bay Yacht Club
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  7. Vista Marina Hotel & Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  8. iCove Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  9. Grand Hoyah Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  10. Mango Valley Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Olongapo Browse All

  1. Texas Joe's House of Ribs
    4.5 Stars
    American
    62 Reviews View
  2. Xtremely Xpresso
    4.5 Stars
    American
    105 Reviews View
  3. Meat Plus Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Steak
    117 Reviews View
  4. The Coffee Shop
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View
  5. The Lighthouse Marina Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    15 Reviews View
  6. Coco Lime
    4.5 Stars
    Asian
    9 Reviews View
  7. Starbucks Coffee
    4.0 Stars
    Coffee
    20 Reviews View
  8. Chef Samurai
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    8 Reviews View
  9. Harbor Point Cinema
    4.5 Stars
    Movie Theatre
    7 Reviews View
  10. Segara Villas
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Olongapo

  1. SM City Olongapo

    SM City Olongapo

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