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Apr 26 2013

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Squares Cafe and Apartments, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Squares Cafe and Apartments, Puerto Galera

Small Tabinay
Puerto Galera
Oriental Mindoro
Philippines.

Contact

Tel:
Mob: 0915 807 0628
Email: Squares Apartments
Web: www.squaresapartments.com
Booking and Reviews: www.hotelscombined.com

Details:

Squares ApartmentsSquares Cafe and Apartments is a very nice beach front accommodation on Little Tabinay beach (Small Tabinay Beach).

Each room has a kitchen.

Squares Cafe and Apartments is a very well run block of beach front rooms and apartments, from a single bedroom with living room/kitchen and bathroom, up to the 3 bedroom two storey apartment. The cafe was not in operation when I arrived, but it is planned again for the future. Most guests here seem to be regular visitors, which indicates its popularity.

Prices for western style accommodation started at 2,000 pesos per night in 2013. This gives a 60sm apartment with living room/kitchenette, and a separate air conditioned bedroom and a bathroom with hot shower.  Long term renters can get discounts down to under 700 pesos per night, (20,000 pesos per month) but with electricity charged separately. There are more than 10 of this size apartment.

The larger 3 bedroom apartment, is more often rented monthly for about 35,000 pesos per month excluding electricity.

The location is not much more than 1km south of Puerto Galera town center, and the transport cost is normally 20 or 30 pesos each way for two people in a tricycle.
It is next door to the Badladz Beach Resort, (with its restaurant open to non guests) and a short distance past the Puerto Nirvana Beach Resort, coming from the Port at Puerto Galera.
Actually the Puerto Nirvana is about half way between the Muelle Port and the Squares Apartments.

Most locals, especially tricycle drivers, know the Squares Apartments as “The White House”, but than can be confusing as there is another accommodation actually called the White House, also very close, but not actually on the Beach.

A safe way to ask for it is to say: “The White House next to Badladz, Tabinay”, which is what I said yesterday to a tricycle driver who didn’t know what I meant when I asked for the Squares Apartments.  Instant recognition though when I mentioned Badladz.  BUT..  do not just ask for Badladz, as there are two in Puerto Galera, and the other one is actually at the Muelle Port, and is called Badladz Adventure Resort.

When compared to the Sabang area of Puerto Galera, I can say is that it is nice, peaceful and quiet in Tabinay. A nice place to live, excellent for families.

Squares Cafe and Apartments

A selection of photos:

Sunrise from the Apartment Door
6 Apartments shown in this photo, no 10 is middle bottom.
View from the door of apartment number 10
View from the door of apartment number 10

Location

S = Squares Apartments
A = Badladz Adventure Resort
V = Villa de Pico Highland Beach Resort
M = Marco Vincent Dive Resort

Hotels/Resorts in the Muelle Port area and South

Squares Cafe and Apartments, Small Tabinay Beach, Puerto Galera
Email: rose.warren@gmail.com  Telephone: +63 915 807 0628
Free Wifi, absolute beachfront location, nice sized rooms (from 60sm), low rates for quality comfort.
email Squares Apartments

Badladz Beach Resort, Small Tabinay Beach, Puerto Galera
This beachfront property provides simple accommodation with en suite bathroom, next to Squares Apartments. Free WiFi in some areas.
www.booking.com

Badladz Adventure Resort, Muelle Port, Puerto Galera
Situated on the edge of Puerto Galera harbour, Badladz Adventure Resort provides simple accommodation just a 5-minute tricycle ride from Sandbar and Hondura beaches.
www.booking.com

Puerto Nirvana Beach Resort, Puerto Galera
Puerto Nirvana Beach Resort is located in Puerto Galera, near the town centre. It offers an outdoor infinity pool and a restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
www.booking.com

Marco Vincent Dive Resort, Puerto Galera
Marco Vincent Dive Resort features Mediterranean-style rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. It has a dive centre and outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi.
www.booking.com


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Getting to Squares Apartments:

From Manila to Batangas.

Coaches run from Manila to Batangas port on a regular basis, with the trip normally taking about one and a half to two hours, although traffic can be responsible for delays, especially at peak times. Go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila:

  • Buendia Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City – nearest to the Main Airports.
  • Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
  • Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.
  • Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

 

From Batangas to Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental.

You need to get a ferry from Terminal 3 at the Batangas pier, to to Muelle Port in Puerto Galera.
Most of these ferries are large wooden outriggers or Bankas, and run frequent daytime services.
Passenger Ferries run from Batangas to Muelle Port, Sabang and White Beach, but it is the ones to Muelle Port that you need to catch.
The first MSL ferry trip to Puerto Galera is 7:30 am during the normal season and then every hour thereafter one or 2 ferries depart until 5:00 pm which is usually the last trip to Puerto Galera.
The May 2013 timetable is: 6:30 AM, 7:15 AM, 7:45 AM, 9:15 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:05 PM, 12:30 PM, 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM

The regular fare is 230php + terminal fee (30php) and environmental fee (50php). Total 310php.
But only 230php + terminal fee (10php) Total 260php for the return trip.

Please check current schedules and prices at: MSL to Muelle Port as this information is subject to changes, and is a guide only.

Puerto Galera Ferry

From Muelle Port, Puerto Galera to Squares Apartments, Tabinay.

A tricycle can bring you the short 5 minute trip to the Apartments, and one can be arranged to collect you if you arrange with us in advance.
If you do choose to get your own tricycle, you may find that some drivers will take advantage of new tourists with charges up to 300 pesos, for a trip that should cost under 100 pesos even allowing for tips for carrying your luggage.

The White House, Tabinay, Puerto Galera

Most locals, especially tricycle drivers, know the Squares Apartments as “The White House”, but that can be confusing as there is another accommodation actually called the White House, also very close, but not as near to the Beach.
A safe way to ask for it is to say: “The White House next to Badladz, Tabinay”, which is what I said yesterday to a tricycle driver who didn’t know what I meant when I asked for the Squares Apartments. Instant recognition though when I mentioned Badladz. BUT.. make sure you specify Tabinay (Tabin i), do not just ask for Badladz, as there are two in Puerto Galera.

A Nice Place to Live

This part of Puerto Galera is a nice, peaceful and quiet area. A nice place to live, excellent for families.

Squares Cafe and Apartments

Squares Cafe and Apartments is a very well run block of beach front rooms and apartments, from a single bedroom with living room/kitchen and bathroom, up to the 3 bedroom two storey apartment. The cafe was not in operation when I arrived, but it is planned again for the future. Most guests here seem to be regular visitors, which indicates its popularity.

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2 comments

  1. Timetraveler

    Nice article 🙂 I want to ask if there are any nearby restos? Coz we don’t want to cook :-/ If there’s any,how far are they?

    1. admin

      There is one restaurant next door, where we ate a few times. It is popular for the guests at Squares. We also often ate at Grillo Italiano Pizza and Grill, just a 5 minute tricycle ride down the road. (Travel cost: 20 peso each way for two people). They also deliver.

      Rusty Anchor Bar & Grill, Muelle Pier, Puerto Galera are a bit further, and 30 pesos each way, and are also very popular. maybe 8 minutes away by tricycle.

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