Where to stay in Bocas del Toro

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro, a fascinating Panamanian group of islands

Wonderful nature, fascinating coral reefs, and gorgeous beaches—Bocas del Toro has it all. This idyllic island has become Panama’s hotspot, and for a good reason. The area has plenty of entertainment and relaxation options to offer and it is still relatively affordable. With its interesting cuisine, secluded beaches, and friendly vibe, we’re sure Bocas del Toro will win your heart. 

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is a wonderful province and whichever area you choose, you won’t regret it. It all comes down to your own preferences and needs. Bocas del Toro has both urban, lively places and peaceful, noiseless areas. To help you pick the best destination, we have selected our favorite places:

  1. Bocas Town
  2. Isla Colon
  3. Isla Carenero
  4. Big Creek
  5. The western part of Bocas Town

Our picks were based on these criteria:

  1. Natural beauty and beaches
  2. Fun things to see and do
  3. Cost of staying
  4. Location
  5. Safety
Where to stay in Bocas del Toro
Best for nightlife Bocas Town The epicenter of bars, clubs, and restaurants on the islands
Best for your first visit Isla Colon The biggest island in the province with a wide range of accommodation and entertainment options
Best for bohemian souls Isla Carenero A peaceful surfers’ paradise with outstanding nature
Best on a budget Big Creek An affordable area close to the town
Best for a long-term stay The western part of Bocas Town A neighborhood in the town, less noisy than the eastern part

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Where to stay in Bocas del Toro for nightlife: Bocas Town

Bocas Town is the biggest town on Isla Colon and the major urban center of Bocas del Toro Province. Unlike other parts of the island, Bocas Town doesn’t have beautiful beaches and magnificent nature. Still, it is the most vibrant part of the island. This tiny town is where you will find most bars, pubs, and beach restaurants. Its nightlife is fantastic and you can attend parties that you’ll remember for years to come. 

Where to spend your evenings in Bocas Town

Bocas Town has a lot of nightlife options to offer so you will easily find places that suit your own needs. From live gigs and lively dancefloors to casual bars and pubs, whatever your inner party animal craves, the town will provide it for you. If you want to have a great time in Bocas Town, make sure to visit these places:

  • Bocas Bookstore Bar
  • Bocas Pub Cruise
  • Bom Bom Beach Bar
  • Summer Beach Club

Summer Beach Club

If you’re looking for a wild beach party with lots of people, delicious cocktails, and amazing DJs, Summer Beach Club is a place you shouldn’t miss. The atmosphere is incredible and the dancefloor is crowded at all times. The music is mostly what you can hear on current top charts but you may also discover some local hits. The club is open until 3 am so you don’t need to worry about the party ending early. 

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Where to stay in Bocas Town

Bocas Town has hundreds of hotels, hostels, and AirBnBs to offer. On average, one night will cost you around $60. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: this whole home in the center

Midrange option: a private room in this tropical B&B.

Luxurious option: this wonderful room in a cozy guesthouse

Browse for more options here

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro for the first time — Isla Colon

Isla Colon is the main island in the Bocas del Toro Province. It is home to many wonderful beaches, cute little neighborhoods, and fantastic scenery. The island has plenty of beach activities to offer and is one of the favorite surfers’ destinations. Since it is rather small, you can move around the island easily and see all the best places on your first visit. 

What to see and do on Isla Colon

Isla Colon is full of fantastic tourist destinations. On this amazing island, you can explore stunning beaches, enjoy its natural wonders, and experiment with the local cuisine. Whatever your heart desires, you will find it on Isla Colon. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas of what you could see and do:

  • Boca del Drago
  • Playa Bluff
  • Reserva natural
  • Istmito Beach
  • Bocas Town

Playa Bluff

Playa Bluff is a gorgeous, eight kilometers long beach that looks like a place you could see on a postcard. This beach paradise is known for its golden sand and coconut trees. The beach is not overcrowded and there are only a couple of bars and restaurants. If you want to try out your surfing skills or get away from the noisy tourist crowds, Playa Bluff may be an ideal place for you. 

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Where to stay on Isla Colon

Prices vary from village to village and you can choose between high-end and more affordable places. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this lovely house near Boca del Drago

Midrange option: this fantastic house near Bluff Beach

Luxurious option: this wonderful villa on Boca del Drago beach.

You don’t like these places? Check out other options here.  

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro for bohemian souls: Isla Carenero

Isla Carenero is a small island near Isla Colon with outstanding historical significance. It is where Christopher Colombus and his crew spent a couple of months during their 1502 trip to the New World. The island is gorgeous: nature is pristine, the beaches, picturesque, and waves ideal for both the beginner and expert surfers. As the island is a bit off the beaten path, you will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay. What makes things even better is that it won’t take you more than two minutes in the water taxi to get to Bocas Town. 

What to do on Isla Carenero

Although the island is known for its laid back lifestyle, there are plenty of interesting things to do. Its greatest strong points are surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking. There are also several amazing restaurants specializing in seafood. In case you’re wondering where to go first, check out these places and activities:

  • Bibi’s On the Beach
  • Leaf Eaters Cafe
  • Bocas Stand Up Paddle Club
  • Escuela del Mar Surf School

Bocas Stand Up Paddle Club

Bocas Stand Up Paddle Club is Isla Carenero’s main attraction and is absolutely amazing! During these water tours, you will get to explore hidden beaches, coral reefs, and all the beauty of the Panamanian Carribean. This adventure is both exciting and eco-friendly, so it’s something no nature lover should miss. 

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Where to stay on Isla Carenero

Isla Carenero is full of wonderful accommodation options and one night costs around $100 on average. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: a suite in this colorful hotel.

Midrange option: a comfy room in a beach house.  

Luxurious option: this amazing house on the beach

You can browse for more options here

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro on a budget: Big Creek

Big Creek is a southern area on Isla Colon, connected to Bocas Town by Istmito Beach. This area is perfect for staying as it is peaceful but close to the town. Big Creek has several large resorts but most of the accommodation options are affordable family-owned hostels and AirBnBs. 

What to do in Big Creek

Although Bocas Town is where you will find the most interesting activities, Big Creek has some interesting locations to offer. Check out our favorite spots:

  • Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Bocas del Toro Research Station
  • Istmito Beach

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

If you love animals or flowers, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden should be one of your first stops. The garden is home to adorable sloths and playful howler monkeys. You will also see wonderful flowers of all shapes and sizes. 

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Where to stay in Big Creek

In Big Creek, you will easily find accommodation that suits your needs and budget. Check out our favorite places: 

Budget option: this private room in a guesthouse.

Midrange option: this eco-friendly bungalow.

Luxurious option: this fantastic villa.

You can browse for more AirBnBs here

Where to stay in Coron

Where to stay in Coron Palawan, a slice of heaven in the Philippines

Do pristine beaches, abundant marine life, and breathtaking nature seem like a good idea to you? In that case, it’s time to pack your bags and head straight to Coron Palawan! This group of islands in the Philippines is an outstanding place to visit. The islands are peaceful and idyllic, and you won’t have to deal with the tourist crowds. If you want to unwind completely and forget all your worries, Coron may be the best destination for you.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Coron

Coron has only one real town: Coron Town. Still, there are plenty of small villages and neighborhoods around the islands that may be ideal for you. Since the islands are not large, you can easily visit other areas regardless of the village you decide to stay in. To help you out, we have selected our favorite places:

  1. Banuang Daan
  2. Salvacion
  3. Coron Town
  4. West coast of Busuanga
  5. Conception

Our choices were based on these factors:

  1. Beaches and natural beauty
  2. Interesting things to see and do
  3. How connected the area is to the town
  4. Overall vibe
  5. Safety

Where to stay in Coron

Best for the first visit Banuang Daan A stunning area on Coron Island with gorgeous beaches and plenty of activities
Best for budget travelers Salvacion A village on the west coast of Busuanga island with affordable accommodation
Best for nightlife Coron Town The only town on the islands and the liveliest place to visit
Best for bohemians  West coast of Busuanga An area known for its exceptional beauty and diving locations
Best for a long-term stay Concepcion A small village on the west coast ideal for expats and families

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Where to stay in Coron, Palawan on your first visit: Banuang Daan

Banuang Daan, an area that includes the northern part of Coron Island and the neighborhood east of the Coron Town, is a genuine beach paradise. It is known for its stunning natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the serenity this island is so beloved for, which is why we believe it’s the best place for first-timers. Banuang Daan is close to Coron Town and well-connected, so you can visit it whenever you wish for a more crowded and lively atmosphere. 

What to see and do in Banuang Daan

Although Banuang Daan doesn’t offer many tourist attractions, you’ll never get bored in this area. Besides hanging out on its picturesque beaches, you can explore its turquoise lagoons, gorgeous lakes, and try local snacks in various bars and restaurants. Banuang Dang offers breathtaking coral reefs and gardens, so it’s ideal for scuba divers. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:

  • The Malwawey Coral Garden
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Atwayan Beach
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Skeleton Reef

The Malwawey Coral Garden

This fascinating coral colony is a must-visit location for any Coron visitor. The water in this area is exceptionally clear so you can easily see all of its natural beauty. While swimming through this area surrounded by hundreds of types of fish, you will see coral groups in all shapes and colors you can imagine. You’ll feel like you’ve entered the Finding Nemo world!

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Where to stay in Banuang Daan 

Since Banuang Daan is all about nature and tranquility, there are fewer accommodation options in this area than in other parts of the island. The prices are affordable and one night will cost you around $30. Here are some ideas where you could stay:

Budget option: Dayon Hostel – definitely affordable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another affordable option: a room in this picturesque inn right between Banuang Down and Coron Town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for budget travelers: Salvacion

Salvacion is a village on the west coast of the Busuanga island. The accommodation is incredibly affordable in this area and it is close to all major western Busuanga spots. Coron Town is not too far away, so you can go on a day trip to experience a more crowded atmosphere. 

What to see and do in Salvacion

Although you won’t find any major tourist attractions in Salvacion, the village has a lot to offer. You can sunbathe on its gorgeous beaches, take evening walks around the port, or try Filipino food in its restaurants and markets. You could also rent a boat or go kayaking. Here are some ideas of places you could visit:

  • Busuanga Public Market
  • Sakura Restaurant and Bar
  • Salvacion Beach
  • Busuanga Port
  • Echague Restaurant and Bar

Busuanga Public Market

Although Busuanga Public Market is small, you will find everything you need. The stalls are full of exotic fruit, local spices, and fresh seafood. There are also affordable clothes stalls, as well as souvenir shops.

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Where to stay in Salvacion

Salvacion has many accommodation options, both affordable and more luxurious. On average, one night in costs around $30. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: a room in this guesthouse near the local church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another affordable option: a room in this cute lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range option: a room in this fantastic inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for nightlife: Coron Town

Coron Town is the main urban area on the islands that has a lot to offer. Although it doesn’t have the picturesque look of other areas in Coron, the town is a fantastic place to visit. It is also connected to all major places on the islands so you can always visit some more peaceful areas. Besides beautiful beaches, hot springs, and tourist attractions, it offers a fantastic selection of bars, pubs, and restaurants, which is why it’s our top pick for party animals. 

Where to go out in Coron Town

In terms of nightlife, Coron Town will provide you with countless options. You can sip cocktails in seaside lounges, experiment with Philippine dishes in various restaurants, or dance till you drop on one of its many dancefloors. Some places host local bands so fans of live music will have an opportunity to hear traditional gigs. Make sure to check out these places:

  • Sigbin Bar
  • Helldivers
  • Dali Dali
  • Hangover Bar
  • La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar.
  • No Name Bar

Hangover Bar

Hangover Bar is the best place in Coron for partying hard. The bar usually gets crowded after 10 pm and the dancefloor stays jam-packed until closing time. The DJs are fantastic, and you can hear an interesting mix of reggae, hip hop, Latin, dance, and pop music. The bar offers a good selection of cocktails and the prices are more than reasonable. The atmosphere is friendly, so you will have an opportunity to meet both locals and other foreigners. If dancing all evening makes you hungry, don’t worry. The bar has delicious nacho platters that go well with cocktails. 

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Where to stay in Coron Town

Coron Town has the most accommodation options on the whole island. You can easily find a great place to stay based on your budget and preferences. Here are some ideas:

Budget option: Argamosa Bayside Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range option: a room in this hotel in the town center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High-end option: this amazing hotel room. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for bohemians: West coast of Busuanga

The whole west coast of Busuanga is an ideal place for any bohemian soul out there. This area is known for its fascinating nature and relaxing atmosphere. In this part of the island, you will stay away from the town’s hustle and bustle and get the peace of mind you’ve never experienced before. Its idyllic beaches and scenery will take your breath away. This part of the island is well-connected to Coron Town, so you can visit the center of all action whenever you feel like it. 

What to see and do on the west coast of Busuanga

Since the coast is long and well-connected, there are many wonderful places worth visiting. You can go bar hopping, experiment with local snacks in beautiful restaurants, or go on a diving mission and visit scary shipwrecks hidden below the waves. From the west coast, you also visit Calanit Island and go on a safari tour. Here are our favorite places to visit:

  • Conception Falls
  • Kaniki island
  • Rio Playa Beach
  • River Crab House
  • Guchi Falls

Conception Falls

This hidden gem is many tourists’ favorite place on the island. The falls are not the biggest falls you’ll ever see but they’re still magnificent. There is also a beautiful swimming area below them where you can refresh yourself on a warm summer day. You’ll feel like you’re in a Hollywood movie scene! On your way back, you can stop by Conception town and grab a beer and some seafood which is truly outstanding. 

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Where to stay on the west coast of Busuanga

There are many villages along the coast but we suggest staying in Old Busuanga as it is close to all major places. One night in a room will cost you around $45 on average. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: a room in this incredibly affordable inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range option: a room in this wonderful riverside house

 

 

 

 

 

 

More expensive option: La Estancia Busuanga

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Koh Phi Phi

Where to stay in Koh Phi Phi, the island that has it all

An archipelago in the Krabi Province in Southern Thailand is known as Koh Phi Phi and can be easily called the paradise on Earth. Not only is this island mesmerizingly beautiful and filled with spectacular natural scenery, but it also offers plenty of other forms of fun such as gorgeous beaches and vibrant nightlife. Of course, adventurous souls can also explore the jungle and other mysteries of Koh Phi Phi off the beaten path. 

This island has something for everyone, which is precisely why it’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. We hope that our selection of the best neighborhoods will help you find the ideal place to stay in Koh Phi Phi.

Transportation in Koh Phi Phi

Once you settle on the Phi Phi island, you might be surprised to learn that there’s simply no form of public transport. Even cars and motorcycles are scarce. People mostly go around on foot, which is not that difficult to do. It’s also a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the island altogether. In case you have to travel a longer distance to reach another point of the island, you can use a longtail boat. Learn more about it here.

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Five (really four) best neighborhoods to stay in Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is a pretty large archipelago that consists of six smaller islands. This might make things a bit more challenging when you’re looking where to stay in Koh Phi Phi. To make everything less overwhelming for your travel prep, we have come up with five top areas in Ko Phi Phi that will allow you to have the best time without breaking the bank. These are the factors we considered for our picks:

  1. The vibe and atmosphere of the area
  2. Historical and cultural importance
  3. Fun things you can see and do
  4. Safety of the area
  5. Accommodation cost
  6. How well connected the zones are to one another
Best neighborhoods to stay in Koh Phi Phi
Ton Sai Village For a first-time visit
Loh Dalum Beach For a budget-friendly stay
Ton Sai Village For fun nightlife
Laem Thong For a cool and boho vibe
Long Beach For families/long-term stay

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Where to stay in Koh Phi Phi on a budget – TonSai Village

TonSai Village is a reasonably large area divided into four sub-neighborhoods that have something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. This is why it’s ideal for a first-time visit. You can relax at sandy beaches, party your night away, or explore the archipelago on foot or longtail boat. The Andaman Sea offers a fantastic cruise experience.

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Where to go in Ton Sai Village

  • Make the foodie in you happy by visiting many wonderful restaurants and eateries
  • Get on board with explorations and adventure that await in the archipelago

Best for foodies: Ton Sai Village restaurants

If you’re craving delicious sushi, P.P. Wang Ta Fu is the place for you. Don’t miss the chance to try out the delicious dishes in the Acqua Restaurant, either. In case you’re more interested in American and Italian specialties, head over to the Cosmic Restaurant. Unni’s Restaurant is also a great place with an amazing menu.

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Best for explorers and adventurers: Ao Tonsai Pier

At Ao Tonsai Pier, you’ll be able to hitch a ride in a longtail boat, which will allow you to explore every nook and cranny of the beautiful Koh Phi Phi archipelago. You can also get snorkeling gear and learn the mysteries of the island below its turquoise waters.

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Where to stay in Ton Sai Village

You can find accommodation in Ton Sai Village at various price points, with $60 per night. These are our top picks:

This fun seaside hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cozy mid-range bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lux hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Phi Phi on a budget – Loh Dalum Beach

Just north of the TonSai Village is the picturesque beauty of Loh Dalum Beach. This sandy paradise is fantastic for tropical fun and relaxation, with breathtaking scenery and a great party scene. It’s also an ideal neighborhood for travelers who are looking where to stay in Phi Phi on a budget.

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Where to go in Loh Dalum Beach

  • Marvel at the beautiful scenery of Loh Dalum Beach
  • Drink, eat, and party at some of the Loh Dalum Beach famous restaurants and bars

Best for outdoor lovers: Loh Da Lum Bay

If you’re up for some explorations and witnessing exceptional views, hop on the longtail boat at the Loh Da Lum Bay. Speaking of views, you don’t want to miss the chance to climb the Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint and marvel at the sight before you.

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Best for party-goers: Loh Dalum Beach bars and eateries

Slinky Beach Bar is the perfect hotspot for anyone who wishes to dance their night away. Garlic 1992 and the Phi Phi Bucket Shop are amazing places to get cocktails, snack, and enjoy yourself. If you’re looking for Mexican food and a great atmosphere, head to the Banana Bar. Grand PP Arcade and Only Noodles are also great places to keep your palate happy.

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Where to stay in Loh Dalum Beach

You’ll be able to find offers in this area from as low as $25, but the average price is around $45 per night. Check out our favorites:

This budget-friendly seaside option

 

 

 

 

 

This mid-range bamboo bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

This modern lux hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Where to go in Phi Phi Island for nightlife – TonSai Village

Ton Sai Village is a great area to stay in Koh Phi Phi when you’re visiting the island for the first time, but it’s also the hotspot for all the tourists looking for some crazy partying during their stay. This village is lined with bars and clubs to get you in the mood for partying and nightlife jam. Delicious restaurants, pool parties, and neverending fun make Ton Sai Village hard to miss.

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Where to go in Ton Sai Village

  • Explore the menus of hip restaurants
  • Get in the groove, dance, and drink at popular bars

Best for foodies: hip restaurants

We already mentioned some of the top-rated locations in Ton Sai Village for foodies, but if you’re looking for more options, definitely check out tasty Thai fare at Dow Restaurant. Efe Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant is the best choice for pizza, pasta, and salads.

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Best for party-goers: popular bars

Ton Sai Village has many great clubs and bars. Stockholm Syndrome is a popular place to play beer pong and drink to your heart’s content. Cocktails at the Banana Rooftop Bar will taste twice as good as you drink them under the starry sky. Full Moon Bar and Dojo Bar are also fun, and in Carlitos Beach Bar, you’ll get to see the amazing fire dancers.

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Where to stay in Koh Phi Phi for a bohemian vibe – Laem Thong

If you’re looking where to stay in Phi Phi island for some peace yet still want to experience the breathtaking scenery of this tropical paradise, the village of Laem Thong is the neighborhood for you. This is also known as the coolest area in Koh Phi Phi, especially for water sport enthusiasts.

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Where to go in Laem Thong

  • Relax at the beach, explore the area, or enjoy some water sports
  • Treat yourself with some amazing food in Laem Thong restaurants

Best for outdoor lovers and sporty tourists: Laem Tong Bay

If you want to relax at the beach, get some tan, and swim, Laem Tong Bay is the ideal spot in Laem Thong. Of course, the beach over at Loh Lana Bay is also fantastic, and you can also get a ride in a longtail boat here to do some exploring. Bamboo Island is close and worth visiting, not to mention that the opportunities to dive and snorkel are all around you.

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Best for foodies: Laem Thong restaurants

Sawasdee Restaurant is trendy in this neighborhood, but if you want to taste the most delicious seafood and Thai specialties, head to the Jasmine Restaurant, too. The Phi Phi Bakery is a fantastic place for everyone with a sweet tooth. To experience the unique happy hour, visit the Oasis Bar & Restaurant.

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Where to stay in Laem Tong Bay

Options close to the Laem Tong Bay usually go for about $70 on average per night. We like these two:

This spacious and cozy bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

This paradise hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Phi Phi long-term – Long Beach

Long Beach is the peaceful and relaxing area of Koh Phi Phi, with plenty of activities and beautiful sandy beaches. The area is just 5 minutes away from the center of all the action via longtail boat, which allows you to get away from all the hustle and bustle and get right back to it whenever you want. When you’re looking where to stay in Phi Phi while traveling with your family or planning to stay awhile, Long Beach is the ideal neighborhood for you.

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Where to go in Long Beach

  • Enjoy the beaches and nature
  • Visit popular restaurants for delicious food

Best for outdoor lovers and people looking to relax: Long Beach

Long Beach has gorgeous and calm turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The golden sands will invite you to lie down and get some tan after all the fun in the water. You might also want to go to Viking Beach, which offers plenty of fun activities, too. Don’t miss the chance to tour the Shark Point either.

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Best for foodies: Long Beach restaurants

Long Beach area has many popular eateries. Thai fare at Restaurant at Phi Phi Paradise Pearl Resort is one of the hotspots, but Phi Phi, The Beach Resort, also has some fantastic Thai specialties.

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Where to stay in Long Beach

Accommodation close to Long Beach is a bit costlier, with an average price per night at about $100. Check out our top picks:

This beautiful bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mid-range garden bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

This deluxe villa

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Hiroshima

Where to stay in Hiroshima, the city of international peace

Hiroshima is a major city on the island of Honshu, Japan. Home to the world-famous Mazda corporation, the city serves as a crucial industrial zone and major harbor for importing and exporting of goods. With a long and turbulent history, the city has been reborn multiple times and now holds the title of “international city of peace.”

This article will help you pick the right place where to stay in Hiroshima.

Best neighborhoods in Hiroshima, depending on your preference

For the best and most convenient stay, ideally, you will be as close to the center as possible.

Downtown Hiroshima is well connected and has plenty to offer on its own, especially things of historic and cultural value.

Best area for first-timers Otemachi
Best area for the nightlife Horikawacho
Best area on a budget Tokaichimachi

Transportation, getting around Hiroshima

The public transportation system in the city is very well developed, as is common throughout Japan. The difference that tourists notice about public transport in Hiroshima is, the fares are paid at your destination, not upfront. The ticket you get when you enter is put into fare boxes at the exit, and they tell you the price based on time and distance traveled.

Here an overview of the available options:

  1. Hiroden streetcar
  2. Taxi
  3. Bus
  4. Ferry

Hiroden streetcar

Hiroden is a popular name the Japanese use for their tram lines. There are a total of 8 tram lines connecting the entire city and often intersecting in the city center. This is a well-developed method used every day by the people of Hiroshima and it’s fairly cheap – around 200 Yen depending on the destination. Tickets for the tram can be bought from ticket dispensers, they can return change and there’s also a conductor who can help you out.

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Taxis

They can be found all throughout the city. There are designated taxi stops, but you can hail a cab on the street as well, just look at the taxi sign on top: if it’s flashing it means the cab is available, if it’s turned off it means it’s occupied. The price will depend on the taximeter, but you can typically expect somewhere from 400 to 700 Yen, depending on how far you’re traveling. Here are some recommended taxi companies:

  • Hiroshima Kintetsu Taxis: +082 253 2235
  • Hiroshima Taxis: +082 292 2121
  • Hiroshima Daiichi Kotsu: +082 278 5511
  • Tsubame Kotsu: +082 221 1955
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Buses

There are plenty of buses that operate for both inner city and outer city transport. The inner-city buses operate between the center of the city and the suburbs, often connecting major tourist landmarks. The most common buses are by Hiroden, typically green in color and Hiroshima buses, typically in red.

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Ferries

Although there are many routes and several large ports, you’ll only really use them if you want to visit nearby islands or as a tourist attraction. Tickets are bought at the counter near the entry point.

 

Note: There is also a thing called the “Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass”, which serves as a multi-purpose pass for different types of transportation, depending on which package you chose. These can save you money and are convenient, but the pricing can also be a tourist trap if you don’t find yourself traveling by public transport too much (or prefer a taxi).

Where to stay for first-timers in Hiroshima – Otemachi

Otemachi includes areas of Komachi and Kakomachi (peace park). The area is centrally located, while still being just outside the action, meaning it won’t be as busy or overcrowded. Most of the main entertainment districts are within a ten-minute walk, and the most important historical monuments are nearby.

Where to stay in Otemachi, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Japanese Home – very traditional looking apartment

Moderate price range: Royal River Suite – gorgeous modern apartment

Luxury price range: 3 Bedroom Peace Park Apartment – very spacious, lots of utilities and well furnished

Where to stay for the nightlife in Hiroshima – Horikawacho

Horikawacho and its surrounding areas are the most packed entertainment districts in Hiroshima.

The highest concentration of nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and similar are found here.

On top of that, it’s also centrally located and near many art galleries, as well the important memorials which are just across the bridge.

Where to stay in Horikawacho, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Apartment near Hondori Centre – well equipped in a premium location

Moderate price range: Hondori Centre Arcade – B – elegant and spacious

Luxury price range: Beautiful 6 people apartment – gorgeous, spacious, lots of modern utilities, premium location

More AirBnB’s at this location

Where to stay on a budget in Hiroshima – Tokaichimachi

When comparing the prices of accommodation, basic food, and entertainment, this district stands out because it’s very well located but more affordable than nearby areas.

You’ll be very close to the main parks, historic memorials, and landmarks, plus you’re connected to the rest of the city with three passing tram lines.

You can find a lot of traditional Japanese street food, like Ramen shops, a farmers market which is cheaper than supermarkets and offers fresh produce, dollar stores, and souvenir shops.

Where to stay in Tokaichimachi – our top Airbnb’s

Since we’re talking about an affordable stay, here are some great options under $50

1-bedroom apartment near Peace Park – premium location in the area

Apartment 3 mins from Dome – a nice apartment that offers 2 bikes as a means of transport

Huge apartment near Peace park – very spacious, lots of utilities and offers 4 free bikes to use as transport

More AirBnB’s in the area

Where to go and what to see in Hiroshima?

We chose to group the section of things to do in one because Hiroshima is a historic city first and foremost, so we believe that wherever you stay, some things must be visited.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima became the first city to suffer a nuclear attack. The park, with all it’s monuments, servers as a reminder of what happened. There are many notable things to see in and around the park as well.

Source: Instagram @michaelfreddyy

The Peace Flame

Lit up in 1964 and burning constantly since it’s said it will burn until the world is free of the nuclear threat.

Source: Instagram@Norahgalaxy

The Gates of Peace

Ten gates made to represent the symbolic nine circles of hell, with the final gate explained as “living hell caused in Hiroshima”. Each gate is nine meters (around 30 feet) high and 2.6 meters (around 8 feet) wide and they’re covered with the word “Peace” in 49 different languages.

Source: Instagram @Petruj87

Memorial Tower of Mobilized students

The tower is 12 meters (around 40 feet) tall, has five stories, with a depiction of the Goddess of Peace and eight doves placed around the tower. It serves a remembrance to nearly 10 000 students. About 8000 were mobilized during the war and around 7000 killed by the atomic bomb.

Source: Instagram @travelislifejj

Peace Park Museum

Located within the Peace memorial park, the museum holds exhibits mostly dedicated to the disaster after the bombing. The main exhibit permanently features real-life items left by the victims, before and after photos, and other items that tell the story of what happened. A section of the museum is dedicated to the dangers of nuclear weapons, with videos of real testimonies left by survivors. There’s also a section dedicated to the history of Hiroshima pre-bombing, as well as showcases of its rebirth.

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Atomic Bomb Dome

Opened in 1921 and originally known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, the building served for artistic and educational purposes. It’s located near the epicenter of the blast and is the only surviving building close to the explosion. Because of this, the government has made an effort to preserve it as a memento of the destruction that was caused. Known also as Genbaku Dome or A-Bomb Dome, in 1996, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Source: Instagram @diva.blah

Itsukushima Island

Popularly known as Miyajima, which means “Shrine Island” in Japanese, the island is known for its dense forests and ancient temples. It has been considered a holy place for the followers of Shinto since as early as the 12th-century a.d. As you approach the island, you’ll be greeted by the submerged Great Torii Gate. Depending on the sea level, it will either be surrounded by water or approachable on foot. Some notable things to visit on the land are the Daisho-in Buddhist temple, Mount Misen Observatory, Miyajima History, and Folk Museum, among others.

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Where to stay in Split

Where to stay in Split, Croatia the Roman capital of the Balkans

Split is a beautiful Mediterranean city with a long and rich history. It’s famous for its early Roman settlements, which is reflected in the architecture. The city offers a little bit of everything, from traditional to modern attractions, making it a top destination worth visiting.

This article will help you choose where to stay in Split.

Split is a relatively small city, meaning most of the action and attractions will be centrally located and within walkable distance.

Here are some areas to consider:

Best area for first-timers Split Old Town
Best area for nightlife Bacvice
Best bohemian/alternative are Varoš

Transportation, getting around Split

Split is a small city and the main locations are all concentrated in the center, making it extremely easy to explore on foot.

In fact, many of the central areas (especially around Diocletian’s Palace) are pedestrian-only.

  1. Bus – the main form of public transportation in the city. The main bus lines are 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 17 and 21 and all of them pass through the city center. Here’s a basic map to help you visualize it. A typical central city bus ticket costs around 11 Kuna’s (around $1.65)
  2. Taxis – there are plenty of them in Split and can be found at taxi stations through tourist hotspots as well as called. The standard inner-city tariff is 10 Kuna’s (around $1.5) starting fee and 7 Kuna’s (around $1) per kilometer.
  3. Uber – Uber does exist in Split in the form of the standard UberX service. Those who enjoy the convenience and security provided by this world-renowned app rest easy.
Source: Find Croatia

Find out more about Split public transportation here.

Where to stay for first-timers in Split – Split Old Town

The area known as Old Town is the cities neighborhood of origin.

Although modern city history is associated with the construction of Diocletian’s Palace in 305 a.d., there are records dating back to around 3rd-century b.c. suggesting it was a Greek colony.

Nevertheless, the area is recognizable by its traditional Roman architecture, which has been preserved over the centuries.

What to see and do in Old Town Split?

Diocletian’s Palace

Already mentioned in the introduction, the palace was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian.

Although the word palace may associate with a luxurious private estate, it more resembled a fortress, as only part of it was for Diocletian’s personal use and the rest a military compound.

While you’re there, make sure to come by the temple dedicated to the Goddess Jupiter in the central area of the palace.

Today, the historical architecture of the palace and areas around it are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Source: Wikipedia

Riva Harbor

Riva Harbor is a gorgeous pedestrian zone with lines of palm trees spreading from one end to the other.

From it, you can gaze upon the gorgeous Mediterranean sea, worth coming to for both sunsets and sunrises.

The street is also full of cafes and restaurants, as well as souvenir shops, among others.

Split Ethnographic Museum

What better way to explore a cities culture and folklore, than visiting the ethnographic museum.

Here you’ll have the opportunity to learn about and see elements of Croatia’s tradition, such as clothing, tools and accommodation, particularly those of the Dalmatian coast.

Sometimes, the museum will host a live event of traditional folklore singing and dancing from the area.

Source: Facebook @Etnografski Muzej Split

Where to stay in Old Town Split, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Historic Home Split – gorgeous stone apartment with modern furnishing (rated AirBnB Plus)

Moderate price range: Studio in Diocletian Palace – modern studio in a premium historical location (rated Airbnb Plus)

Luxury price range: Luxury Palace #1 – modern apartment, lots of utilities, premium location, pool, hot tub, etc. (rated Airbnb Plus)

Where to stay for the nightlife in Split – Bačvice

Just south of Old Town is the area known as Bačvice. It’s known for its popular beaches, lots of snack and drink bars and clubs. Very popular tourist area, especially among younger crowds.

What to see and do in Bačvice?

Plaža Bačvice (Bacvice Beach)

This popular place to swim during the day quickly becomes a place to hang out at night as daily restaurants and cafes become nightclubs and bars as the sun goes down.

Although it’s known for being overcrowded, it’s an ideal place for people looking to hang out and meet new people, both local and otherwise.

Great for sunbathing or taking a swim, and plenty of beach beds to rent.

Source: Instagram @Dorjan_

Enjoy an evening out

We recommend this area for the nightlife because it’s youthful and full of people in the evening.

If you’re looking for a party, there’s plenty of clubs nearby.

If you want to grab a drink and enjoy some acoustic music in the evening, there’s plenty of that down at the beaches.

Plenty of restaurants with open spaces become dance floors in the evening and you can hear all sorts of music, from global hits to club bangers and of course local favorites.

Here are just some of the many recommended places:

  • Cocktail Bar Mystic
  • Restaurant (Konoba) Matoni
  • inBOX open-air club
Source: Facebook @Caffe Bar inBOX

Open-Air Cinema (Ljetno Kino Bačvice)

As the name suggests, this is an open-air cinema with one big screen, with the view of the sea behind it.

It has projections every day during the summer, and showcases everything from trending cinema to movie classics, and is home to the Mediterranean Film Festival every June.

The usual entry fee is 30 Kuna’s (around $4) and it has a typical cinema snack menu as well.

For those who don’t mind sitting on the floor, they can experience the cinema for free by picking a spot on the side hills.

Source: Instagram @Mediterranean Film Festival

Where to stay in Bačvice, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Apartment with Seaview – nice apartment in a residential area with a view of the sea from its terrace

Moderate price range: Apartment Park – very modern, fully furnished apartment with lots of utilities, in a nice residential area

Luxury price range: Monvi Luxury Suite – super modern flat in a premium central location, private parking and lots of utilities and walking distance from everything (rated Airbnb Plus)

Where to stay, bohemian/alternative edition – Varoš

Translated meaning “Small Town”, this area really does feel like its own place, even though it’s connected to the city.

This is a hillside, mostly residential area with plenty of green scenery, parks, viewpoints, churches and more.

Where to go and what to see in Varoš?

Museum of Croatian  Archeological Monuments (MHAS)

“Muzej Hrvatskih Arheoloskih Spomenika” as it is called in the native tongue, is a museum dedicated to periods from around the 7th to 15th centuries.

It houses plenty of artifacts from the time, things like jewelry, weapons, armor, clothing, tools, as well as a large number of stone monuments that were parts of early Croatian churches.

The museum is praised for having its exhibitions that curate a story and let the observer imagine themselves what it was like to live in the time period.

Entry is free, while curated visits are available on workdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost 250

Kuna’s (around $40).

Source: Facebook @Muzej Hrvatskih Arheoloških Spomenika

Marjan Forest Park and Hill

Varoš is completely surrounded by its back by the forest named Marjan.

The forest has been made into a national park and walking zone, making it easy to cover from all sides on foot.

In the park, you’ll find plenty of churches and similar monuments and many viewpoints looking both in the city and the sea.

Telegrin hill is the highest peak and provides a 360-degree view of the area with plenty of benches and walls to sit on.

The park is also a great place to go biking.

Source: Wikipedia

Bene Beach

The beach is located on the north-west side of the Marjan forest.

You can reach it on foot after hiking through the forest, or grab the bus number 12 until the last stop.

It’s a small and secluded beach, meaning there are fewer tourists and noise and the water is cleaner.

Once you get off the main road, don’t be afraid to explore the area for even more exclusive beach parcels.

It’s also a highly recommended spot for catching the sunrise or sunset.

Source: Instagram @Vragolanka

Where to stay in Varoš, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Seagulls Nest – fancy apartment with lots of natural sunlight and great views

Moderate price range: Ornate Flat – fully furnished, great location, great sea view from patio (rated Airbnb Plus)

Luxury price range: High-End Azimut Apartment – the location, utilities, furnishing, lighting, everything about this apartment is premium (rated Airbnb Plus)

Where to stay in Guadalajara

Where to stay in Guadalajara, the land of tequila and mariachi

With origins as far back as 1531, the second-largest city of Mexico is a standing example of central-American tradition meeting modern metropolis expectations, creating a melting pot of culture and technology. The city of Guadalajara is also part of IEEE’s “Smart Cities”, a program dedicated to uniting major cities into research and development of smart technological solutions in fields such as energy, communication, health, etc.

This article will help you choose where to stay in Guadalajara.


The Guadalajara metropolitan area comprises of the city center and seven other municipalities:

  1. Zapopan
  2. Tlaquepaque
  3. Tonalá
  4. Tlajomulco de Zuñiga
  5. El Salto
  6. Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos
  7. Juanacatlán

With this in mind, here are our recommended areas to stay in Guadalajara:

Center Guadalajara (Centro) Best for first-timers
Zapopan Best for modern nightlife visits
Tlaquepaque Best for artistic/bohemian crowd

Public transportation, getting around Guadalajara

If you chose any of the locations we’ve listed, the most important things should be within walking distance from you. Alternatively, here are four ways you can get around Guadalajara:

  1. Bus
  2. Taxi
  3. Uber
  4. Subway

Bus

Guadalajara has a total of 178 bus lines and the majority passes through the city center. Luckily, the Moovit app can help you understand their routes easily. A standard bus ticket will cost between 6 and 10 Pesos ($0.45-0.80)

Taxi

Although taxies in Guadalajara are safe for tourists to use, they can be pretty inconvenient. The prices vary heavily depending on where you’re being picked up, where you’re going and the time of year. The average starting fee is around 30 Pesos ($1.6) and the price of one kilometer is usually around 10 Pesos ($0.55), although some taxies will try to bargain with tourists to get a better price. A half-an-hour ride within city areas should not cost you more than 150 Pesos ($8). The price is increased by up to 40% for outer city areas and 15% for the night tariff.

Uber

UberX is available and safe to use. Travelers that enjoy the comfort and convenience of using Uber can rest assured, it provides the same types of advantages compared to taxis, as you’d expect from the service.

Subway

There are two main subway lines operating in Guadalajara. A regular ticket should cost around 7 pesos ($ 0.40). Here’s a map of the stations, green representing one train line and blue the other.

Source: Wikipedia

Where to stay for first-timers – Centro (Guadalajara city Center)

The city center is a good location to set up base, with lots of things to see and do in the area, and with easy access to the rest of Guadalajara.

Pros

Cons

  • Plenty of things to see and do
  • Central location (obviously)
  • Entertainment at all price ranges
  • Some key activities in Guadalajara are away from the center

What to see and do in Centro Guadalajara?

Cathedral de Guadalajara

The first official city cathedral was a small church built all the way back in 1541. However, in May of 1574, the building caught fire and was severely damaged.
During this time, King Felipe II already commissioned Spanish architect Martin Casillas to build a new cathedral.
It was finally completed in February 1618 and looked mostly the same as it does today.
In 1849, an earthquake shook the region and damaged the cathedral, its towers beyond repair. Reconstruction started shortly after, and the new structures were completed in 1854, after which Pope Pius XII elevated Catedral de Guadalajara to the rank of Minor Basilica.

San Juan de Dios Market

This is the largest indoor marketplace in Latin America, covering a total of 40 000 square meters. The market has 3 levels, all of which have different purposes.

  • The first floor has typical marketplace goods such as fresh groceries, sweets, drinks, as well as crafted goods and souvenirs
  • The second floor if full of food stalls and restaurants, where both locals and tourists alike come to enjoy cheap, authentic Mexican dishes.
  • The third floor is, dedicated to imported goods and modern technology

Many of the vendors are willing to bargain for their price, so don’t be afraid to look around for better prices on the same or similar items.

Source: Instagram @haoshan.j

Where to stay in Central Guadalajara

Affordable price range: One Guadalajara Centro Historico – a colorful, furnished apartment in the center area.

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Victoria Apartment Zona Centro – outstanding for the price and amenities it provides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Mariott – lux hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay for the nightlife experience – Avenida Chapultepec

People looking for the full-on Mexican nightlife experience, while still being in the heart of the city, should look at areas surrounding Avenida Chapultepec (Obrera/Americana). Located just south-west of the Centro area, this modern neighborhood has plenty of places to go and spend your hard-earned cash, especially at night.

Pros Cons
  • An infinite number of activities, both in the area and nearby
  • Youthful, upbeat area
  • Central location
  • Can get overcrowded, especially on the weekends

What to see and do at Avenida Chapultepec

Chapultepec Salsero

This is a live dance event where people come on Chapultepec Avenue, between Lerdo de Tejada and La Paz. The event takes place every Monday from 6:30 pm. For the first hour, people get to learn Salsa and Bachata, then from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the street dance event takes place. Everyone can participate and it’s completely free, it’s all about coming together to enjoy the evening.

Source: Facebook @Chapultepec Salsero

Walk down the Avenue

The avenue is the heart of this area, with plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs, and street food to choose from. Walking down the avenue and absorbing the culture can be an attraction in itself, but wait until you see it lit-up at night.

Source: Instagram @biancah.photo

Jose Cuervo Express

All aboard the Tequila train. Hop on the Jose Cuervo to learn about the origins and production of the world-famous drink. The train leaves from Guadalajara for the town of Tequila, after which the drink was named. Depending on the type of pass you buy, on the train, you’ll be offered different drinks and snacks to enjoy while you travel. At the destination, visitors will be offered a tour of the La Rojeña distillery, which started producing Tequila over 250 years ago. The landscape and the industrial facilities of Tequila are Unesco World Heritage sites.

Source: Facebook @Jose Cuervo Express

Where to stay in Avenida Chapultepec, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Cool & Comfy Hostel – modern, colorful loft in a great location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Art-Filled Loft – vintage-looking living interior mixed with a modern kitchen and bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range:  Suites Parioli – gorgeous hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay, artistic/bohemian edition – Centro Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque is an area famous for its art, particularly its colorful pottery. The Centro and surrounding areas of San Francisco and De Santiago are great neighborhoods for your base location in Tlaquepaque. Just don’t get it confused with central Guadalajara, this is a separate municipality.

Pros Cons
  • Vibrant and colorful area
  • Plenty of activities and things to see
  • The architecture reminds of past times
  • A bit secluded, but not too far

What to see and do in Tlaquepaque?

Calle Independencia

Historically blocks of homes for the wealthy colonials, the houses, and area around them have been transformed into one of the favorite districts both for locals and tourists. The area is full of shops, cafes, art exhibits, it’s very colorful and full of greenery, making it a great escape from modern metropolis life. Make sure to buy some art as a souvenir and support local artistry.

Museo Regional de la Cerámica (National Ceramics Museum)

Opened in 1954 and serves as one of the two museums dedicated to preserving ceramics and similar crafted art from the area, but winder Mexico as well. The second museum was named after Pantaleon Panduro. Born on July 26th, 1847 in Tlaquepaque, he was a self-taught clay sculptor famous for his lifelike human figurines. The museum houses winning pieces of Mexicos’ annual nation-wide ceramics competition from the past three decades. Once you’re done with the National Ceramics Museum, head on over to the Pantaleon Panduro exhibit.

Source: Facebook @Francisco Gutierrez Llamas

El Jardín Hidalgo

Named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who was a Roman-catholic priest and leader of the Mexican war of Independence. In the middle of the square, there is a giant statue of Miguel. Along with his statue, notably, there are two churches nearby:

  • El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Solitude)
  • Parroquia de San Pedro (Parish of Saint Peter)
Source: Instagram @pmcandrew4

Where to stay in Centro Tlaquepaque

Affordable price range: Hostel Hospedarte Centro – like the name says, charming apartment and good location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Casa Carmen Tlaquepaque Centro – nicely furnished, great location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel

Where to stay in El Nido

Where to stay in El Nido, Philippines – the land of crystal water

El Nido is a municipality of on the north of the Palawan island, Philippines. It is home to some of the most beautiful, well-preserved white-sand beaches and crystal clear water in the world. It houses a 90 000 hectares large Managed Resource Protected Area of dense jungles, coral reefs, limestone islands, and other natural occurrences. It’s a unique travel destination, in that it allows people to inhabit the area, as long as they promise to do that with maximum sustainability in mind, making this area a nature-lovers paradise.

This article will help you find the ideal area where to stay in El Nido.

Best area for first-timers Caalan Beach
Best area to stay on a budget El Nido Town
Best alternative/bohemian area Sibaltan

But wait, where is the nightlife?

Although whichever place you pick will have things like beach bars, restaurants and then some additional activities, El Nido is not the vacation place for major nightlife events. The entire motto of this area is peace and sustainability.

Transportation, getting around El Nido

Transportation is not highly developed in El Nido. Most tourist resorts are small, beachside areas that are easily covered on foot. In case you need/want to go elsewhere from your resort, there are some buses and private transportation (vans) that make tours around the area. If you need to get somewhere, locals may offer to take you for a fee.

Renting a vehicle: There are options to rent different types of vehicles in El Nido, here’s a quick list of options:

  • Scooters – renting one will cost around 700 Pesos (around $15) per day. This is a good option if you plan to visit a few areas outside your resort.
  • Mountain Bikes – renting one cost the same as a scooter. Lovers of the outdoors can rent a mountain bike and enjoy tracking through the natural landscape of El Nido.
  • Cars – renting one will cost you around 2500 Pesos (around $50) per day. You can choose to drive it yourself or hire a driver for around 1000 Pesos per day (around $20). Most services offer a discount if you rent for a longer period (8 days or more).

Where to stay for first-timers – Caalan Beach

Caalan Beach is the place where first-timers will find everything that’s worth experiencing El Nido, without going overboard on any one thing. Pick this area to be close to some of the best beaches the island has to offer. It’s a known tourist area and it won’t blow your budget.

Pros Cons
  • Popular, but not overcrowded
  • Close to El Nido Town
  • Amazingly clean and clear water
  • Not much to see and do around the area other than the beach

What to see and do in Caalan Beach?

Snorkeling

What better way to make use of the crystal-clear water than gazing at its rich underwater scenery. You can buy regular snorkeling equipment on the many stores along the way to the beach. Those who like to dive without gear will love this area as well. However, for diving lessons and actual diving tips you’ll have to stop by El Nido Town.

Go on island-hopping tours

Island-hopping tours offer unique ways to explore the scenery of Caalan. The tours are government-standardized, so wherever you book your tour you’re going to get the same experience. Caalan Beach Resort’s Island-Hopping Tours offer four, full-package (tour, info, food, snorkeling gear) options and proudly claim that those who go on one, pick at least one more:

  1. Lagoons and Beaches
  2. Caves & Coves
  3. Hidden Beaches & Shrines
  4. Island Beaches

Visit El Nido Town

While in Caalan beach, you’re within walking distance of the main town. Hop over for a taste of El Nidos moderate nightlife, swim and sunbathe at El Nido beach, explore the streets and try some local street food. There’s also a decent amount of other activities in the town.

Source: Flickr Julia Sumangil

Where to stay in Caalan Beach? Our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Aircon Sun Walley small guesthouses, part of a larger complex

Moderate price range: Guesthouse for 2 + Scooter – modest guesthouse with scooter included

Luxury price range: Sampaguita Villa – modern meets sustainable in this gorgeous, nature-inspired guesthouse

Where to stay on a budget – El Nido Town

El Nido Town is a nice beachside town with a decent amount of activities and has the best connection to other parts of the island. It’s the most developed and safest area in the municipality.

Pros Cons
  • Populated, but not overcrowded
  • Lots of beachside activities to choose from
  • Good access to other areas
  • Modest at best nightlife

What to see and do in El Nido Town?

Go Scuba Diving

One of the reasons you go to El Nido is the gorgeous underwater landscape. El Nido has multiple diving schools where you can join in on group diving tours or go individually with a guide. Once you finish one tour, chances are high you’ll want to do it again. Luckily, the tours aren’t just local, and you can join in on diving expeditions to other parts of El Nido as well.

Join Island-hopping tours

Like we already mentioned, El Nido has a couple of government-standardized Island tours. These will include but are not limited to, venturing to surrounding islands, exploring the caves and popular snorkeling areas.

Visit the surrounding beaches

El Nido Town is a good base to start exploring other nearby beaches. Some of the highly recommended ones are Caalan, Marimegmeg, Las Cabanas and more. You can also hop on boat trips to nearby recommended islands and explore their beaches as well.

Where to stay in El Nido Town? Our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Jungle View Room – lovely room with a view of the jungle

Moderate price range: Comfy Room El Nido – centrally located, provides breakfast and discounts at a local cafe

Luxury price range: Big House El Nido Town – huge, sustainable house in a great location

Where to stay, bohemian/alternative edition – Sibaltan

Located on the north-east side of El Nido, the area of Sibaltan is perfect for nature enthusiasts who want to get away from it all. Everything around the tropical village area looks and feels different, and is far from a busy, modern lifestyle. You could even say it looks like it froze in time.

Pros Cons
  • Surrounded by nature
  • Traditional experience
  • Easy-going, disconnected
  • Completely remote from other areas

What to see and do in Sibaltan?

Visit Balay Cuyonon Museum

The museum area is actually a land parcel with a house that’s meant to replicate the kind of simple village life that was lived there in the (not so distant) past. The traditional wooden house is full of everyday items like gardening tools, grooming tools, hunting tools, etc.

Source: Facebook @Sibaltan Heritage

Go Scuba Diving

The beautiful coral reef full of rich marine life is the go-to activity when in Sibaltan. You will encounter and be able to interact with countless species of fish. The experience is worth giving a few goes since there are many places to explore and things to see, as the tour guides will carefully instruct you.

Explore Linapacan

Linapacan is a municipality made out of 52 islands, less popular and crowded since one of the only (good) access points is from Sibaltan. Lucky for you, if you’re staying in Sibaltan, there are many island-hopping tours that will take you around. There are plenty of beaches, caves and diving areas to explore between the islands.

Source: Google Earth

Where to stay in Sibaltan? Out top AirBnBs

Note that Sibaltan (and El Nido in general) is not a place to look for luxury. This area is known for being relaxing and completely disconnected, here are our favorite accommodations, all within an affordable to moderate price range.

Affordable price range: Overlooking Cottages – compact wooden cottages close to the beach

Moderate price range: Dakila Cabins – beach house with ocean view

Affordable price range: Tapik Beach Cottage  – private wooden cottage (verified by Airbnb)

Final thoughts and tips before your trip to El Nido

El Nido is the place to visit if you want a vacation that will completely disconnect you from the modern world and let you relax. It’s also a sanctuary for anyone looking to experience (or live) an environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle. Souvenirs are hand-crafted, energy is preserved wherever possible, rainwater is recycled, etc. Make sure to bring cash because ATMs are scarce and will run out of money in peak season, while virtually no place accepts cards. The Internet is not available everywhere, so make sure to note that.

Where to Stay in Guatemala

Where to Stay in Guatemala – the “place of many trees”

Map The most populated country in Central America, Guatemala has an unfavorable location. Surrounded by countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, and near the Caribbeans and the Pacific Ocean, this stunning destination remains under the radar. However, Guatemala is a culturally and historically rich country. 

Its territory once belonged to Mayan Civilization which can be seen from the Mayan ruins in Tikal National Park. As a testament to Guatemala’s cultural diversity, there are 21 different dialects solely spoken in this state. 

Aside from its culture and history, Guatemala is world-famous for coffee—its main exporting product; blue denim—absolute leaders in the textile production; volcanoes—contains more than 30; and chocolate—as the mass producer of chocolate products. 

Based on everything said, deciding where to stay in Guatemala can be difficult but with this personalized guide to the ‘’place of many trees’’ finding the ideal accommodation is a piece of cake. 

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Five best cities to stay in Guatemala

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The largest city in Guatemala is Guatemala City. Apart from the capital, Guatemala has many other less populated cities scattered around the country. They are different in nature and there are places for everyone’s liking. 

Although these cities differ, they are united in preserving the spirit of the Mayans alive. Some of them achieve this through the authentic atmosphere, while others are trying to conserve the tradition while trying to keep up with the contemporary lifestyle. 

Either way, choosing where to stay in Guatemala largely depends on your preferences and your travel budget. We recommend the following cities: 

  1. Guatemala City
  2. Antigua Guatemala
  3. Ciudad Vieja
  4. Quetzaltenango (Xela)
  5. Villa Nueva 

Not every city from this list is suitable for the same interests. But, whatever your interests may be, you don’t have to worry, as you will be able to pursue them in a Guatemalan city. 

City

Ideal for: 

Why? 

Antigua Guatemala

First visit 

Great cultural and historical values and landmarks

Guatemala City

Nightlife As the capital of Guatemala, it has all you could possibly need for a great night

Ciudad Vieja

On a budget

Affordable accommodation with great sights

Villa Nueva

Bohemians and ex-pats

Uncongested and peaceful but with plenty of content

Quetzaltenango (Xela) Long-term stay

Unlike other cities, rather inexpensive costs of living

Where to stay in Guatemala for the first time – Antigua Guatemala

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Antigua Guatemala or simply Antigua is a smaller city in Guatemala. Still, it is an incredibly vivid town that managed to preserve architecture, mostly churches, in colonial and Spanish Baroque style. During the period of the Kingdom of Guatemala, Antigua served as its capital. In the 17th century, the majority of this town was destroyed by earthquakes but it managed to recuperate and some of the historical buildings were renovated. 

Although the city has a traditional feel, it successfully combines the traditional cultural aspects with the modern ones. As the perfect example is the existence of local festivity Semana Santa (Holy Week) and International Jazz Festival. With cobblestone paved streets, colorful colonial buildings, ruins, and surrounding volcanoes, this city is like a postcard. 

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Things to see and do in Antigua

As such a diverse city, there is plenty to see and do in Antigua. This city contains some of the iconic cultural and historical landmarks in Guatemala. Here is what we recommend: 

  • Santo Domingo Del Cerro
  • Cerro de La Cruz
  • El Arco de Santa Catalina
  • Nim Po’t
  • Plaza Mayor

Santo Domingo Del Cerro

Dedicated to the work of Efrain Recinos, Guatemalan Picasso, this park contains some of his most refined sculptures. His most famous sculpture, El Triunfo de la Guatemalita is the highlight of this park. 

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Cerro de La Cruz

Thanks to well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and colonial churches, Antigua was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. To admire the most splendid view of the city, take a walk to Cerro De La Cruz, Antigua’s park. 

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El Arco de Santa Catalina

One of the best examples of colonial architecture in Antigua is Santa Catalina Arch. This mustard-yellow building is located near the Iglesia de La Merced. 

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Nim Po’t

This is the ideal place for familiarizing with the unique textile product of Guatemala. Also, you can buy authentic souvenirs, masks, sculptures, and other trinkets to remind you of Antigua. 

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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Central Park is the central place of Antigua. Like the town square, it is a popular gathering spot for both locals and tourists. 

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Where to stay in Antigua

Antigua offers diverse accommodation options for every budget. From the more traditionally designed Airbnbs to more modern to suit everyone’s taste. The average nightly price in Airbnbs is $66. Our top picks are: 

Affordable option – This private room in a villa with breakfast and yoga 

Moderate option – This luxury studio with Netflix 

Luxury option – This entire luxurious villa 

Find more Airbnbs in Antigua here

Where to stay in Guatemala for nightlife – Guatemala City 

Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala. Located in the south-central part of Guatemala, and well-nested in Valle de la Ermita, this global city is where most activities take place. 

For the longest time, Guatemala City has been connected with violence and gangs, but it seems that the city has got this under control. Still, there are some parts of the city that are better to avoid, while others are urban and contain everything you may need during your visit to Guatemala. 

This metropolis has an energetic atmosphere and numerous restaurants, shops, bars, markets are at your disposal. From tasting local dishes to learning to dance the samba, everyone can find something to do here!

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Things to see and do in Guatemala City

Guatemala City has plenty to offer to its tourists. From historical buildings, cultural hotspots, to markets and restaurants. Check out our favorite spots: 

  • Rincon Del Steak
  • Mercado Central 
  • Oakland Mall 
  • Paseo Cayala
  • Picasso Stone Flame Oven

Rincon Del Steak

If you are a meat lover, then you absolutely must visit this restaurant. ‘’The corner of steak’’ serves all kinds of steaks in different sauces and dishes based on meat and the atmosphere of the restaurant is pleasant. 

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Mercado Central

One of the largest markets in Guatemala City, Mercado Central offers authentic Guatemalan produce such as different kinds of textiles, handicrafts, woolen blankets as well as fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.

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Oakland Mall

Oakland Mall is the largest shopping facility spreading on 4 floors of retail and outlet store of some of the world-famous brands. Apart from boutiques, there are also restaurants, cafes, bars, and fast food joints. 

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Paseo Cayala

Another multipurpose complex is Paseo Cayala which has an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment options for everyone’s liking. It has a modern feel and includes many international fashion brands.

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Picasso Stone Flame Oven

Located inside Hotel Intercontinental, this restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious specialties of international cuisine. Along with the great service and live music, Picasso Stone Flame Oven is an ideal place for lunch or dinner. 

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Where to stay in Guatemala City

As the capital and central tourist destination, Guatemala City offers the most varied accommodation options for every budget. The average nightly price in Airbnbs is $48.

We recommend the following ones: 

Affordable option – This cozy private apartment 

Moderate option – This fully equipped apartment with rooftop 

Luxury option – This luxurious suite 

Find more Airbnbs in Guatemala City here

Where to Stay in Goa

Where to Stay in Goa, India – the land of sun, sea, and sand

The former dominion of the Portuguese Empire, Goa, a state located in the southwest of India, is an attractive travel destination famous for its many pristine tropical beaches spreading along 105 km long coastline. India’s smallest state has been quite popular among soldiers and backpackers ever since colonial times when bars, booze, and brothels were the major hotspots.

Today, it a rapidly developing holiday destination attracting more than two million travelers from all over the world as well as the domestic ones just during the winter. Aside from the white beaches and the Arabian Sea, Goa has plenty to offer to its visitors such as energetic nightlife, beautiful nature, places of worship as well as majestic architecture listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Safety alert!

Goa is known as a huge drug scene for years now and drug-related crimes are not uncommon. When in a night club or a bar, take care of your drink, especially if you are a woman since there have been reported cases of rape and even murder of young women in Goa before. Also, tourists are mostly victims of petty thefts, so pay special attention to your valuables and don’t leave them in your room, and scams, especially when it comes to transportation such as taxis. During the night, because of the drugs, taxi drivers can be high or drunk, since alcohol consumption is somewhat part of the culture, so do avoid them at all times. 

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Goa

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Goa is divided into two main districts, North, and South. Each of these districts has numerous culturally and historically diverse cities, although they are a bit spread out so it might be difficult to explore Goa. North and South Goa are very different in nature so one should take into account their own interests when selecting the right area for their base. All exciting activities and nightlife are located in the North, while South Goa is peaceful and less crowded. We suggest staying in the following areas:

  1. Tiswadi District
  2. Bardez
  3. Salcete
  4. Pernem
  5. Canacona

Whether you are looking for a quiet and uncrowded beach to relax, or you want to visit the rich cultural and historical heritage of Goa, or you are simply searching for the memorable parties, you will pursue it here. Despite the growing popularity of this travel destination, the congested beaches, and the massive influx of travelers around holidays such as the New Year and Christmas,  you will always be able to find a place to stay so you can explore Goa on your own terms.

To facilitate the search for the perfect accommodation, we have made a list of the carefully selected areas where you can stay in Goa according to the most common interests. 

Area

Ideal for:

Why?

Tiswadi District – North Goa

First-timers

Cultural and historical values and other tourist sights

Bardez – North Goa

Nightlife

All bars, restaurants, nightclubs are located in this area

Salcete – South Goa

On a budget

Wide range of affordable accommodation options

Pernem – North Goa

Bohemians

The coolest place to stay in with amazing scenery and beaches

Canacona – South Goa

Long-term stay

Family-oriented, peaceful area

Where to stay in Goa for the first time – Tiswadi District (North Goa)

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Tiswadi District belongs to the North Goa. The majority of the cultural and historical landmarks as well as colonial architecture is located in this area. It is an island-ish territory including several smaller nearby islands and the capital of Goa, Panaji.

A World Heritage Site and former Portugal’s capital in India, Old Goa also belongs to this district. The remains of the prosperous historical past are scattered all around the area. That is why this district is an ideal base for those who are visiting Goa for the very first time and want to acquaint themselves with its culture and history. 

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Things to see and do in Tiswadi District

There is plenty of sights to visit and activities to do in this area. From the cultural and historical landmarks to places of worship and white sand beaches for everyone’s liking. Here are our top picks: 

  • Explore Old Goa and see it for yourself why it was once called ‘’Rome of the East’’
  • Wander around Fontainhas, Latin Quarter
  • Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Visit Sé Cathedral 
  • Visit Goa State Museum
  • Go for a ferry ride to Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Visit Gitanjali Gallery

Old Goa

Old Goa was the capital of Portuguese India and known as the ‘’Rome of the East’’ for its majestic architecture. Today, its remains are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Also, it is home to four major churches in the whole Goa such as the Se Cathedral, the Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of St. Caetano, and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

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Fontainhas

Fontainhas is a vivid Latin Quarter in Panjim, the capital of Goa. It contains unique and lively buildings, and colonial architecture reminding the locals and the tourists of the great influence the Portuguese had in Goa during colonialism. Each year, the people of this neighborhood turn their historic houses into art galleries displaying unique pieces of Goan art and heritage. 

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

This Roman Catholic cathedral is located in Old Goa and as such forms the part of the Churches and Convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept in this church. Bom Jesus is a Portuguese word meaning ”Holy or good Jesus”. 

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Sé Cathedral 

If you decide to visit this cathedral, you should dress appropriately since it a holy place in Old Goa. This cathedral is one of the largest churches in Asia being 76 m long and 55 m wide. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim Army in 1510. Today, this cathedral is also the seat of the Archbishop of Goa. 

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Goa State Museum 

If you are interested in the history of Goa, visit Goa State Museum or most commonly known as State Archeology Museum in Panaji, a very unusual place and find out all about its rich historical heritage. It is home to more than 8 000 artifacts on display such as archeological objects, sculptures, rare coins, etc. The museum won’t be found at this location much longer since the new museum building is in store. 

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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Take a short ferry boat ride to this natural oasis and bird sanctuary to see the common bird species. Apart from the birds, this sanctionary is well-known for the paved walk with different species of mangrove aligned on the sides.

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Gitanjali Gallery

Visit this gallery and acquaint yourself with the contemporary art scene of Goa spreading all around this interesting building. Also, this gallery possesses unique and large collection pieces of Scandinavian art from the 50s and 60s such as lithographs, serigraphs, linocuts, woodcuts, and etchings.

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Where to stay in Tiswadi District

Tiswadi District is very popular among tourists so the accommodation options are for everyone’s budget and preferences. Still, Airbnbs are the most popular accommodation option. The average nightly price in Airbnbs is $67.

We recommend the following Airbnbs:

Affordable optionThis princess guest suite with swimming pool

Moderate priceThis apartment with amazing sea view

Luxury optionThis super luxurious villa with pool and lawn 

Find more Airbnbs in Tiswadi District here.

Where to stay in Prague

Where to stay in Prague, the golden city of Europe

Prague is the gorgeous capital city of the Czech Republic. It has a long-lasting historical and cultural significance, as well as being a modern metropolis, making it a must-see destination and constantly topping the charts for the most visited city, especially in Europe.

This article will provide you with detailed information on where to stay in Prague, Czech Republic.

Our top 3 neighborhoods to stay in Prague

New Town (Nové Město) Best for first-timers in Prague
Old Town (Staré Město) Best nightlife in Prague
Lesser Town (Malá Strana) Best for bohemian/artistic souls

Transportation, getting around Prague

If you’re situated in one of our recommended neighborhoods, most of what you want to see will be within walking distance.

However, Prague has a well-developed public transportation system, with tickets being universally valid for the usage of trams, buses, and metro.

Ticket dispensers can be found all public stations and look like this:

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  • Metro – fast way to get from and to outer parts of the city
  • Tram – ideal for getting fast around shorter distances and in between neighborhoods.
  • Bus – mostly run around the city and from/to the airport, not as frequent as trams in inner-city
  • Taxi – available throughout the city, both on-call and catching on the street – be careful of tourist ripoff though, the standard starting fee in the city is 40 CZK (around $1.50) and each kilometer 24 CZK (around $0.90)
  • Uber – Those who enjoy the safety and reliability of pickup services can rest easy, as Uber has multiple options within Prague, such as UberX, UberSelect, and UberBlack. Fees will depend on the type of service selected

Here’s a basic map of the tram and metro lines:

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Where to stay for first-timers in Prague – New Town

The area of New Town (locally known as Nové Město) is one of the central neighborhoods of Prague.

Located on the eastern bank of the Vltava river, it completely surrounds Prague Old Town.

Although it got its name for being the youngest quarter build in the city, you might be surprised to hear the area was founded in 1348.

Even though it dates back to the 14th century, much of its landscape has changed throughout the years and, apart from the few historic buildings, it’s been completely rebuilt.

What to see and do in New Town, Prague

U Fleků Brewery

If you’re visiting Prague, you’re probably looking to spend some time at local breweries.

“U Fleků” is the oldest-standing brewery in Prague, having first opened its doors in 1499.

In 1762, it was bought by Jakub Flekovský, who gave it its current name (translated meaning “at the Fleks”). Along with its beer garden and 8 dining halls, it can house around 1200 people at a time. Customers are seated at typical long wooden tables and benches that are meant to be shared (non-exclusive seats or tables). It serves traditional Czech food and exclusively its own beer – which can’t be found anywhere else – known as The Flek Thirteen (Flekovská třináctka).

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Dancing House

No, you’re not looking at a photoshopped picture, this is exactly what it looks like.

The front of this iconic building consists of two towers leaning together, inspired by the legendary dance duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Although the majority of the building consists of office spaces, the 9th, and final floor houses a restaurant and bar named “Fred and Ginger”, with access to the rooftop from which you can see a panoramic view of the city.

National Museum (Národní Muzeum)

Although multiple buildings around the city fall under the banner of the National Museum, we’re talking about the Historic building and New National Museum, located across the street from each other in New Town. The museum was first established in 1818 and is said to contain around 14 million different pieces from culture, history, archeology, art, etc. – spanning from prehistoric times to recent history.

It underwent reconstruction and is gradually opening its exhibits since October 2019. Meanwhile, the most significant pieces were moved across the street to the “new” building, to remain available to the public.

Where to stay for the nightlife in Prague – Old Town

The epicenter of the city is home to many historic landmarks and locations, but also a booming nightlife and streets full of younger crowds.

Locally known as Staré Město, its streets are full of restaurants, bars, clubs, as well as galleries, shopping malls, and public squares.

What to see and do in Old Town, Prague

Go clubbing

We’re recommending this area for the nightlife for a reason.

There are plenty of nightclubs to choose from, with different price ranges, music choices and vibes/designs.

Here are just some of the notable ones:

  • DupleX rooftop venue – Combine a multi-cuisine restaurant with a large bar and dance floor and you get a place worth visiting more than once.
  • Karlovy Lazne – located in a historic 15th-century building and spreading over 5 floors and home to many music festivals throughout the year.
  • Ace Club – located inside the hotel Melantrich and relatively new, this club is quickly gaining the reputation of the best place in the area. Open every day of the week, the smaller venue makes it feel like a more exclusive place.
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Prague Astronomical Clock Tower

Prague Oloj, as it is locally known, is an astronomical clock tower dating all the way to 1410, making it the oldest still-operating astronomic clock.

It has three main components:

  1. The astronomical dial – representing the position of the Sun and Moon and various other astronomical details
  2. Animated figures – representing the 12 Apostles and housing a few more moving sculptures – most notably a skeleton made to represent death
  3. A calendar – the outer ring is a church calendar with marked holidays and the names of 365 saints, the inner circle represents the 12 months and the smaller circles underneath are zodiac signs

Beer Museum

The Czech Republic is home to some world-famous breweries, and Prague is often considered the “beer capital” of the world.

The Beer Museum was opened with a mission to bring the very best of beers around the country into one place for you to enjoy, currently housing 30 different tap beers.

The museum also houses a pub – you can visit during the day for a tour of the history and craftsmanship behind beer making, then come back in the evening when they host live music events.

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Where to stay for bohemian/artistic souls – Lesser Town

Surrounded by the forest on one side and the river on the other, the small area locally known as Malá Strana is known for its narrow streets, many parks, and churches.

It’s full of historic landmarks, museums, and art exhibits. On top of that, the neighborhood is within walking distance of the city center, just across the bridge.

What to see and do in Lesser Town, Prague

Museum of Music

In the museum, one can expect to not only see a large diversity of musical instruments, but also learn plenty about their history, usage and social influence.

The permanent display is separated into categories such as keyboard, string, wind, as well as electric, etc.

Among the many artistic and functional pieces, the museum prides itself on displaying the “Mozart Piano”.

Although it did not officially belong to him at the time, it was the piano Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played during his first visit to Prague, a city in which his work was already being celebrated.

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Charles Bridge

Karlův most, also known as the stone bridge or Prague bridge, is a pedestrian bridge connecting Mala Strana (Prague Castle) with Staré Město. It started construction in 1357 under king Charles IV and finished somewhere in the 15th century. For the longest time, it was the only means to cross the river Vltava, up until 1841.

The bridge is decorated by lines of 30 statues depicting various saints and patron-saints. It went under reconstruction from 1965 to 1978, which stopped vehicle traffic completely. It’s been a pedestrian bridge since. Nowadays, apart from the scenic view, the bridge is a famous meeting spot for street artists and performers.

John Lennon Wall

Originally just an ordinary wall in the streets of Prague.

John Lennon was the founder of the world-famous band The Beatles.

He was also known for his political activism, particularly his anti-war stances, often found in his lyrics.

In 1980, after his assassination, an unknown artist painted Lennon on the now-famous wall.

Since then, it’s become a symbol of freedom, particularly for the Cezck youth, who drew and wrote pro-peace and anti-regime pieces on the wall.