One of Manila’s best-known streets, Roxas Boulevard hugs the waterfront for most of its length and includes Rizal Park, the historic Manila Hotel, and the popular promenade Manila Baywalk. It’s backed by the lively Malate district, with its open-air bars and restaurants, while Manila Bay sunset views make it a popular early evening stop.
You don’t need a tour to visit Roxas Boulevard. If the traffic fumes aren’t too much, it’s easy enough to head here for a sunset stroll along the Baywalk. A number of Manila city tours drive along Roxas Boulevard, enabling you to soak up the marine sights without the traffic fumes. The street is at its most attractive when seen from Manila Bay, and many visitors opt to view it on a sunset cruise.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Sunset lovers will want to swing by Roxas Boulevard for sunset or admire the street from the bay.
- Save time by joining a Manila city tour that travels along Roxas Boulevard.
- A jeepney, whether a humble shared city jeepney or on a private jeepney tour, is a classically Filipino way to cruise Roxas Boulevard.
How to Get There
Roxas Boulevard runs along the Manila waterfront from Rizal Park until Paranaque, when it becomes the Manila-Cavite Expressway or Coastal Road. As such, many tours will simply pass along the boulevard. There are numerous bus stops along the boulevard itself, while its starting point is an easy walk from Intramuros.
When to Get There
Weekends are the best time to visit Roxas Boulevard, when the yacht clubs and restaurants that line it are liveliest and the traffic on the road itself is lighter. Visit around sunset to soak up enviable views of Manila Bay, to embark on a Manila Bay sunset cruise, or to join the locals on a sunset stroll along Manila Baywalk.
Roxas Boulevard: What’s in a Name?
First planned out over 100 years ago, Roxas Boulevard was originally called Cavite Boulevard, then became Dewey Boulevard and Heiwa Boulevard before acquiring its current name during the 1960s. Manuel Roxas was the fifth president of the Philippines, but the first president after the islands achieved independence from the US.