Trip@dora Review: Lodging in Paracale

Sleep has been my answer to avoid nausea in a long and winding road trip to Camarines Norte. It was around midnight when the driver, Kuya Rico, stopped the engine of the vehicle. Thank God! I together with fellow travel writers arrived safely at Paliza del Rio, Sta. Rosa Street, Paracale, Camarines Norte.

Paliza del Rio is a new tourist inn in the mining town of Paracale, which is also the nearest jump-off point to Calaguas Islands. After registration, we were given our keys to the room. This was our airconditioned room, which is good for three pax.

It has an LCD TV and an ensuite toilet inside (towel and soap are provided too).  It was simple yet clean. I didn’t have time to take pictures of the toilet. I just got one picture of the room. Yes, I was dead tired from the trip. After fixing stuff, I grabbed the blanket and went to dreamland.

The day after, I learned that the wifi was only available at the lobby. WIFI’s FREE in case you want to check email updates. But why would you check your email if you’re on a vacation? Nonetheless, it’s good for important matters. The guest connection can easily be inaccessible especially when your companions decided to be online too. If you insist to be online, ask the the staff for the password of the other connections and she would readily give them.

From Paliza del Rio, the fishing port of Paracale was just a stone’s throw away. It’s a good five-minute walk.

From the fishing port, you can talk to the boatmen when going to Calaguas Islands. Use your haggling skills. The boat rates can be very expensive (Php 10,000 roundtrip for 30 pax). Or if you’re really on a budget, you can take the passenger boat at 2pm. Non-locals are charged Php 100 per way.

TRAVEL NOTES:

RATES for PALIZA del RIO:

  • Standard Fan Room for 2 pax- Php 550
  • De Luxe Room  (double bed for 2)- Php 995
  • Triple deluxe room (for 3 pax)- Php 1,495.00

Check out time: 12NN.

Contact Details: paliza_delrio@yahoo.com

Tel no: 02-5423888 Cel no: 0912-7409266

 ***Special Thanks to the Provincial Tourism Office of Camarines Norte for the assistance extended for this trip.