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There is still a vacation hideaway in the Philippines that refuses to catch up with the times. Aptly named Coco Beach, the Puerto Galera-based island resort is beautifully stuck in the tropical protocol of coconut worship. Everywhere I went at the resort, I saw several uses of the coconut tree and the people working there couldn't be more proud.
At a time when beach resorts had to look stunning and easy to maintain, natural-looking getaways were suddenly not appealing to local tourists anymore. It seems that the more artificial the landscaping and property design are, the better. The case is quite the opposite at Coco Beach. The more that the resort is beholden to the coconut tree and its blessings, the more foreign tourists are enamored. Our accommodation actually was constructed out of such trees. Our booked rooms (P4,000+ peak season rate) welcomed enough breeze from the mountain.
A Warm Island Resort Welcome
Located at Behiya, Oriental Mindoro, Coco Beach is usually seen from a distance by White Beach guests from their boat rides coming from the Batangas Port. The fancy resort signage a la Hollywood sign would entice their curiosity as to what the place offers. And it's exactly what me and my entourage of family members and relatives felt while we were aboard the boat transfer from a private port in Batangas after being picked up in a van, coming from Manila. We were curious as we were getting off the boat. The mystery instantly vanished when singing resort staff members welcomed us with offerings of seashell necklaces and fresh buko juice!
We Were The Foreigners
As we expected, we were only two of a group of Filipino guests at the island resort. The rest were foreigners from different countries. We could tell of the variety of nationalities because of the languages that they were using. If there were foreigners on vacation, it was definitely us.
Our first day of stay at Coco Beach allowed us to ride the jeepney cable car that took us to a secluded hilltop pool overlooking the beach. Surrounded by more coconut trees, the conventional pool and an adjacent jacuzzi looked inviting. As for our free boat ride as guests, we were able to use the privilege to visit the nearby Agas Beach the next day and it was there where we decided to experience fish-feeding and snorkeling.
The resort has a 101 list of fun things to do for guests but our overnight accommodation was just not enough time for those. A second visit can definitely be in the offing...
You can visit Coco Beach's official website here.
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