Famous for its sunset views of Manila Bay and the South China Sea, Roxas Boulevard is a real microcosm of Manila: on one side, it’s all five-star hotels, yacht clubs and mega malls. On the other, the homeless sleep rough under coconut trees as eight lanes of honking taxis and cars rush by.
One of the Philippine capital’s major roads, Roxas Boulevard includes the popular Manila Baywalk, a 1.2-mile (2 km) stretch between the United States Embassy and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). A stroll here is best at sunset, when the temperatures have cooled a little and the pink-hued views are to be enjoyed. Other notable stops on Roxas Boulevard include the SM Mall of Asia, Manila Ocean Park and museums like the CCP. For a feel of Manila’s early 20th-century Golden Age, head to the historic Manila Hotel, just northwest of Rizal Park. Just behind Roxas Boulevard is the historical Malate District, one of the the city’s liveliest spots, full of open-air bars and restaurants.
Located in the heart of Metro Manila, Roxas Boulevard is best reached by tax if you're not driving yourself. Cabs are inexpensive in Manila, and they generally have air-conditioning.