Expat Philippines: 6 Best Places to Live in The Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: With its low cost of living, beautiful beaches, bustling cities and hot climate, expats have been flocking to the Philippines for years. Here are six of the best places for expats to live in the Philippines.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Comments

paradive
Jun 30, 2014 12:33

know any services, etc. that would assist a disabled person move/transition to the Philippines?

sajidmary
Jan 14, 2015 22:24

Isabela

paradive
Jan 15, 2015 18:01

any ideas for the best area for a disabled person?

CAspacecowboy
Feb 25, 2015 18:03

Betsy, Nice article that covers several areas in a way that provides an overview, yet allows one to do more research. Two comments about items that I think you should look at for the Subic part. First, last year they had the first baha that ran right though town because the canal got blocked. Second, the 1 hr ro Clark is correct, but getting into Manila (airport for example) can be a full-day trip anymore with excess traffic and trucker protests. regardless, Subic, with the new Harbor Point Mall and other improvements is a place that many can find the balance of city but with low cost living they might seek. Cheers and we will be back in Subic in April to celebrate with family and look at the progress on our Camaya Shores property. Cheers and salamat po.

vic31753
Jun 24, 2015 16:41

Hi Ms. Burlingame. Thank you so much for providing me with this information. My Filipina wife and I are considering a move to Tagaytay (we spent the month of May there in a town home) in March 2016. I know this is an unrelated question, but do have any personal experience with or would you know expats who have moved there and require prescription medications that are not available in the Philippines. I have been racking my brains trying to find an answer to this question and I even emailed Mercury Drugs' corporate headquarters, but I have never received a reply from them. Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreicated.

guest
Jul 29, 2015 16:41

The information about Leyte Island is dangerously outdated and misleading. in November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban, Ormoc City, and many other communities on Leyte Island. I don't think it's prudent to suggest that any island in the Philippines is sheltered from typhoons.

VIGEN
Oct 19, 2015 01:59

(1)-Dumaguete (2)-Olanguete

BertelBertelsen
Jan 13, 2016 08:44

Dear betsy, Really, you choose Leyte over Davao ? There is no place in a list like this for Davao? Did you know that there is a part from the philippines where all the fruit comes from, where there are no typhoons and where there is a City that is considered 4 most safest city in the world(by the United nations). A bit of a pity. would love to do a profile for you on mindanao.

bluegrassky
Oct 27, 2016 21:35

Not many would agree, but I still enjoy Ermita for nostalgic reasons (once the nightlife capital of the PI with over 200 bars and restaurants in the del Pilar/Mabini area.) but because everything worth doing is within walking distance. No traffic unless you want to leave it! Great fish watching in Ocean Park, historic bookstore on Padre Faura, still vibrant nightlife and great diversity music at LA Cafe. Calle 5 and GPoint,and karaoke at Max on Maria Orosa, A great buffet at Dads,, Nice historical tours of Intramuros, Paco Park and Corregidor. All very near to a wide variety of hotels both 5 Star and very reasonable Aussie run budget places, and a large number of medical facilities , two large malls and antique. Places to shop at again all within walking distance. Leave your car at home. A short cheap cab ride away are the CCP complex and Mall of Asia

asifkhan75035
Mar 11, 2018 23:00

Hello I am from Dallas, Texas, planning to move to Phillipines is cebu city place to move , I am single financially secure, Just want to rent with all amenties at a nice place any suggestions. I have read lot but never been to Phillipines

iamsamtwo
Jan 15, 2020 22:43

I think Negroes lsland is the best place to live. It is safe for the most part. It is somewhat tsunami proof because it will hit other islands and reduce the danger. Friendly people. Prices are a little cheaper than Cebu or Luzon Islands. Come and see.

robertangel
Feb 8, 2020 21:24

Davao City!

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