By Nicole Girardin
Zamboanga
Philippines
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Zamboanga, the city of flowers, is located in the beautiful Philippines. It is one of the busiest port cities in Mindanao. This coastal city has much to offer the palate, the pocketbook, and the soul. Zamboanga is a must see for adventurer lovers around the world. This historical city blends many cultures and histories, many of which can still be seen today.

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There is a plethora of activities and adventures that are available in this melting pot of cultures.  Zamboanga is home to such cultures as Chinese, Malaysian, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic and Caucasian.  This mesh of cultures, which began melting together because of the city’s proximity to the other islands of Southeast Asia now, has great potential as a tourist destination. EscapeWizard.com invites you to begin your tour of Zamboanga at Fort Pilar. This fort was founded in 1635 during the city’s Spanish period.  There is also a museum of antiques, cultural memorabilia and even early marine life.

Another stop in Zamoanga is La Vista del Mar and the home Honorary Consulate of Spain. La Vista del Mar is a beach resort with a museum of art and a delicious restaurant. With a small entrance fee to enter the resort, you will be able to enjoy a fabulous beach, art, and culture and cuisine. 

Across the street from this resort, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to venture to the Yakan Weaving center. This is the host to the only Yakan community in the city. In this sanctuary, you can witness the local people weaving intricately hand woven blankets and clothing. Be sure to check out the brass wares that are also available at the center.

If a picnic or a sleepover in a park is in your list of adventures, head over to Pasonanca Park. The construction of this park started in 1912 and is the only one of its kind in the country. With an abundance of trees, shrubs, ferns, plants, and over 600 species of orchids, this park truly emulates Zamboanga’s nickname as the “city of flowers.” Not only is this park perfect for anything from picnics, to strolls along the rippling stream, but, nestled high among the branches is a tree house. Guests are welcome to spend the night in this natural abode. There is no fee for this undertaking, but permission must be obtained through the Office of the Mayor.

If you need a sanctuary after all this sightseeing, EscapeWizard.com invites you to relax with an early morning or evening stroll through Cawa-Cawa Boulevard. While strolling, take time to enjoy the view.  This boulevard boasts some of the most stunning views in the Philippines. You can even experience the culinary treat of balut. Balut is a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and then eaten with vinegar and salt.  Expand your taste buds!

If you desire more water on your vacation, be sure to visit the Santa Cruz Islands. There are two islands that make up this group; the Great Santa Cruz Island is known for is pink sand beach and sand bar, and Little Santa Cruz is a typical white sand beach. They are both great diving sites and are host to a lagoon, a Muslim burial site, and a Badjao/Samal community.

With something for everybody, EscapeWizard.com invites you to start your exotic vacation to Zamboanga today!