Lapyahan sa San Remigio: Experience Cebu’s longest shoreline for free

There’s a very popular spot in northern Cebu that is a proof that not all white sand beaches have to be an expensive experience. The northern town of San Remigio, Cebu is a third class municipality that is known to tourists as the jump-off point to Bantayan Island.

Though there is so much more to San Remigio than just being the gateway to Bantayan. This town boasts of having the longest shoreline in the whole province of Cebu.

Photo by Maistrang Laagan

Lapyahan sa San Remigio is located in the town proper so it is quite easy to find. The local term “lapyahan” simply translates to “shoreline”. Aside from being the longest shoreline in Cebu, Lapyahan also takes pride in the long stretches of powdery white sand with a perfect sunset view. On top of all these, entrance is free!

Photo by Maistrang Laagan

Their shoreline is the town’s main attraction and it is in fact the highlight of their annual town fiesta which the locals call “Lapyahan Festival” and is celebrated every 16th of May.

Lapyahan sa San Remigio is a public beach so you get to experience some sunset watching while sitting on white sands or dipping in Lapyahan’s crystal clear waters without draining your budget. The water level is also very shallow on the first few meters of the beach so it’s very safe for children.

There are cottages nearby which you can rent out, but you can also just bring your own mats and lay it down on the sand to save on cottage fees. There’s also no problem with food and beverages because they have the nearby Kan-anan sa Lapyahan where you can buy barbecue, snacks, and drinks. There are also a lot of resorts nearby if you want to stay overnight.

The best time to visit Lapyahan is on the afternoon so you can get to see the sunset. This is one of the best spots in Cebu for such an experience.

RATES & OTHER INFORMATION

Fees:

  • Entrance fee: FREE
  • Cottage fees: P200-P350 per day

Room rates:

There are many resorts and hotels that offer overnight accommodation around Lapyahan. Here are two which are located very close to the shoreline:

HOW TO GET THERE?

Exact location: Poblacion, San Remigio, northern Cebu — 3-4 hours away from the city.

BY BUS: Head on to Cebu North Bus Terminal and hop on a bus for San Remigio. Fare is around P150-P200 pesos and travel time is around 2.5-3 hours. Tell the driver that you’re going to get off at the poblacion or town proper. Upon arrival, you can ride a habal-habal to Lapyahan (fare around P10-P20).

BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Lapyahan sa San Remigio” in northern Cebu. Parking space is available.

Phrexus
"The Samareño who fell in love with Cebu."

Writer | Eastern Samar

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