Touring Sorsogon Without a Car Part 4: From Donsol to Rizal Beach Resort in Gubat
Out next order of business after the whale shark interaction is to head immediately to Sorsogon City. We have to be there by 5 PM since our gracious host in Rizal Beach, Mrs. Milagros Duana, who is the owner of the resort offered to have us ride with her driver who’s also going there.
FROM DONSOL TO SORSOGON CITY
Leaving Woodland Resort
So from Woodland Resort, we rode a tricycle to the street (you would not exactly call it a terminal) where the vans leaving for Legaspi are waiting. After waiting for more passengers, our van left at around 2 PM.
About 45 minutes later, we get off in a highway at Putiao (pronounced Pu-chiao) where other people are also waiting for buses going to Sorsogon City. There are buses every 30 minutes so we don’t have to wait long although the bus was a bit full that time. The bus ride lasts for about an hour and some of the views going to the city are quite excellent.
There are no air-conditioned bus around here but the ride would still be pleasant. The road is well maintained and fresh air is always good.
FROM SORSOGON CITY TO GUBAT
At Sorsogon City, there are familiar fast food restaurants (Chowking, Greenwich, etc.) where you could get some snacks. When you’re done, ride a tricycle to the terminals of vans or jeeps going to Gubat. As always, riding the jeep is much cheaper but stops a lot.
When you reach Gubat, there are lots of jeeps lining up the street. Look for the ones going to Barcelona. Rizal Beach lies in between Gubat and Barcelona and the ride takes only about 15 to 20 minutes.
Luckily for us we have a straight ride from Sorsogon City going to the resort courtesy of Mrs. Duanna.
RIZAL BEACH RESORT
There are two places to stay in Rizal Beach. One is Rizal Beach Resort and the other one is Veramaris Beach Resort. Both are pretty old so don’t expect much in terms of looks and accommodation.
We stayed at Rizal Beach Resort. What can I say about it? The room (Php1,225) that we stayed have cable TV and it’s air-conditioned as well. The bathroom is not that appealing and the bed is kinda old (too springy). They have a canteen for short orders and meals and they make a mean “adobong pusit“.
Not appealing at all
The place hasn’t been renovated for quite awhile. Some of the paint are already peeling showing rust. Seems like some of the staff aren’t that used to having chatty guests. It felt like they were avoiding making conversations so it’s kinda hard to come up with an itinerary for the following day.
The beach does not really have white sand. It’s more of a lighter gray one but is soft on the feet. It stretches far into the sea so swimming is quite enjoyable without having to worry about corals and pebbles that can hurt your feet.
Rizal Beach and its soft light gray sand
The resort guests are mostly locals and we didn’t see any foreigners around. Some are day guests who just want to rent cottages and take a dip in the sea.
We didn’t swim when we got there but just planned four our trip for the following day.
Next part would be our tour of the eastern part of Sorsogon.
- Tricycle going to Van Terminal – Php20 per head
- Van to Putiao – Php60 per head
- Bus to Sorsogon City – Php30 per head
- Jeep to Gubat – Php10 per head
- Jeep going to Rizal Beach Resort – Php10 per head
Note: Fare price will have most likely increase due to the constant increase of fuel cost.
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