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Roxas Boulevard

Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Luzon 1000, Philippines
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Ranked #47 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: Roxas Boulevard is a popular waterfront promenade in Manila in the...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: Roxas Boulevard is a popular waterfront promenade in Manila in the Philippines. The boulevard, which runs along the shores of Manila Bay, is well-known for its sunsets and stretch of coconut trees. The divided roadway has become a trademark of Philippine tourism, famed for its yacht club, hotels, restaurants, commercial buildings and parks. Originally called Cavite Boulevard, it was renamed Dewey Boulevard in honor of the American Admiral George Dewey, who under his command defeated the Spanish navy in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. The boulevard was again renamed to Heiwa Boulevard in late 1941 during Japanese Home Rule and Roxas Boulevard in the 1960s to honor President Manuel Roxas, the fifth president of the Republic of Philippines. The arcing road runs in a north-south direction from Rizal Park in Manila and ends in Parañaque at the intersection of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Road. However, the most popular points along the Boulevard can be found along a 3-kilometer stretch, whose endpoints are bounded by Rizal Park and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In between those two points can be found the Manila Yacht Club, Manila Ocean Park and the US Embassy.
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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Origianlly planned as "Cavite Boulevard" by Daniel Burnham (of fame in creating Baguio's splendid parks and city design), the boulevard running the length of Manila Bay has never quite lived up to Burnham's expectations of a beautiful tree-lined causeway stretching from the northern part of Manila some 20 kilometers south. Initially, plotted in the early part of the 20th century,... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

They will make you delete any picture you take near un or us embassy's and look for id and then may arrest you Avoid the horse and trap guys as many are scammers who will quickly claim fifty is fifteen hundred Just walk away Heavy traffic here as all Manila Nice sea though Hotel Manila good for lunch

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Tortona, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Pleasant walk along Roxas Boulevard, from the American Embassy down the promenade, a walk of about 40 minutes, recommended to do it in the late afternoon because of the heat is exhausting. There are many people who flock to this road along the bay. You will almost certainly be approached by traders who will invite you for a ride with... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Roxas Boulevard was once the most beautiful street in Manila, in not all of the Philippines. In the 1950's and 60's it was a gorgeous place to walk along and could have easily rivaled Kalakaua Street along Waikiki in Hawaii. Now though, decades of corruption, poor infrastructure, and overpopulation have turned it into a foul-smelling, dingy place that I would... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I hadn't walked on Roxas Boulevard in years and took my young daughter there to see Manila Bay. Just north of the Marina was disgusting - dirt and litter everywhere, squatters camped out under the trees, a sewage stink coming from the sea and traffic fumes from the other direction. You have to take your life in your hands trying... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A road which was design to capture the Manila bay sunset but is already filled with stores and crowded with so many people but it can still show you the sunset that it is famous for.

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Florida, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The street could be really nice. Unfortunately it is dirty, has a really strong sewer odor and is really popular with the homeless. I walked down the street and the smell was so bad it gave me a headache. There are lots of homeless that swim in the ocean and sit by the sidewalk. You will be asked for money... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We wanted to walk along the walkway by the bay from the US Embassy. It looks very pleasant. Unfortunately the stink from the water and surrounds was horrendous. We only walked 50 metres and then had to move away. People were in the water but i suppose they are used to it. The areas under the trees was so dirty... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

could walk along the ocean, with nice sunset, but didn't feel completely safe, because a lot of men stared at us (two girls alone) abbiamo camminato lungo l'oceano, con un bel tramonto, ma non ci siamo sentite particolarmente al sicuro, perchü molti uomini ci fissavano, due ragaze da sole

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

One great thing about Manila is Roxas Blvd. Where you see Manila Bay and enjoy the sunset. I wanted to spend more time looking around but i'm not so sure for security if with family. Perhaps an area designated for known food stalls just for snacks will help. I tend to avoid street food while travelling. The Famous Sunset really... More 

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