The Philippines doesn’t run out of places, experiences and adventure to offer the tourists. From pristine beaches, abundant wildlife, old world cities and other beautiful sceneries to mega-cities showcasing the country’s rapid growth and development. Not to mention the most common experience among the visitors—the warm welcome of the Filipino people makes the country one of the most visited countries in Asia.

Expats Guide: Top Living Locations in the Philippines
But the Philippines is not just a tourist location. The country is becoming more popular as an option for expats looking for a place to live in. The BPO industry contributed to the growth of the real estate industry, leading expats to establish firms, offices and residential property in the country. Expats living here often choose to buy a condo since they are not allowed to own a land property in the Philippines but they can own a condominium unit.  A lot of expats guide in searching for the best condo in the Philippines will surely help you and lessen the burden, but make sure to look at these places and ensure you’ve made the right choice.

With the cost of accommodation, condo security and world-class amenities, it’s becoming a more plausible option to choose condominiums compared to freestanding houses. A report from ABS-CBN states that the projected condominium units amount to 149,000 for the year 2013 to 2018 in metro manila alone forcing vacancy rates to go higher, thus making your search for the best choice easier. Here are some of the top living locations in the Philippines.

Metro Manila
Expats Guide: Top Living Locations in the Philippines
Despite the congestion, pollution and traffic, Metro Manila is still one of the best places to look at when doing your house hunting in the Philippines. The economy expanded by 7.2% in FY 2013, the highest GDP growth in the last 2 years. This resulted to the boom of real estate in the Philippines. Metro Manila is home to major condominium and other real estate developers in the country, focusing on projects at Makati CBD, Ortigas, Fort Bonifacio, Eastwood and Alabang.

Most expats living in the city are BPO Executives, Investors, and other business owners. Though the premium properties costs between 150,000 to 250,000 per square meters, it still holds a competitive rate considering price range from other countries and its world class amenities. Living in the Metro gives you a stunning view of the Manila skyline and lets you own your place on skyscrapers.

Dumaguete was selected by Forbes as one of the 7 best places to retire around the world. This is because of the beautiful beachfront while living on a budget. Dumaguete is among the cheapest places in the world to live in according to the Retire Overseas Index. The province, despite being near the coast, is usually being spared from the typhoons making it a safe choice.

Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu is a perfect blend of urban attractions and provincial living. The Metro Cebu boasts top schools, hospitals, entertainment options and international airports. The province is one of the country’s business hubs and in the past few years, many real estate developers have unveiled their own projects in the location.

Expats Guide: Top Living Locations in the Philippines
Bacolod is a cosmopolitan city and a melting pot of cultures. The charming and sweet smiles of the locals will put you at ease. The city is the Economic Hub of Western Visayas, and is home to top corporations providing endless opportunities. As a result, real estate industry also contributes the city’s economic growth. An investment in the city would no doubt be a viable option.

Davao is ranked 4th of the safest places in the world with a crime index of 13.27. The strict law implementation gives the locals and tourists the peace of mind. You can walk alone and at night without worrying about your safety. This is a great place for expats looking for a safe living spot in the Philippines. Davao showcases world-class social services, and modern cosmopolitan living. The City is rich in culture, pristine white sand beaches, and extravagant festivities. Davao is a fast-growing city and has a lot of potential of becoming an economic hub in Mindanao.

Baguio City
Baguio City is the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It is one of the first choices for expats wanting to live or rent a condo outside Metro Manila because of its cool—or cold for some—temperature as it is situated at 1800 meters at the base of the Cordillera Mountains. The once small town is now a major city and the economic and educational hub in Northern Luzon. A lot of expats choose to live in Baguio because of its magnificent view and temperature that feels a bit more like home.

Tagaytay City
Tagaytay city is one of the most balanced places to live in the Philippines. The city is at close proximity to beaches giving you the tropical feel, while the place itself is on a higher elevation making the weather pleasant year-round. It has all the amenities you need, but is a lot less congested compared to other major cities considering its proximity making foreigners want to acquire a large property. Tagaytay also boasts a stunning view of the Taal Volcano and the Taal Lake. Fogs, which are very common, wouldn’t hinder you from gazing your eyes over the wonderful scenery.

Aklan is, where Boracay is situated, known for its world class powdery white sand beach is definitely one of the best places to live in outside Manila. While only 7km tall and 500m wide at its bikini line, Boracay rapidly became the country’s top tourist attraction fueled by explosive growth and hype. In 2013, it was voted by the readers of Travel & Leisure as the second best island destination in the world next to Palawan. This tourist attraction makes a good place for living the tropical lifestyle while still enjoying the benefits of being in a city.

Expats Guide: Top Living Locations in the Philippines
Palawan, dubbed as the Philippines’ last frontier is a largely unexplored and unexploited province of marvelous scenery and heavenly tropical beauty. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The tourist location is undoubtedly a great place to stay if you are looking for your dream paradise. The culinary experience that you would get is also superb and will make you want to stay there forever.

Choosing the best place to live in a country that’s rich in culture, tourist attraction, and is rapidly growing in terms of economy is not an easy decision to make. Especially if you are considering to manage your investments and other businesses that requires proximity to business districts while dreaming of the paradise you have been longing for.

Blog Post Author: Jona Jone of BreezyHub submitted via JOIN US. Connect with her @JonaJone1 and circle her on Google+

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