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Address: Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Luzon 1000, Philippines
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Description: Roxas Boulevard is a popular waterfront promenade in Manila in the...
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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Dirty and lots of hawkers

Roxas Boulevard is the main promenade alongside Manila Bay, which is very much an industrial port with a few fishing vessels and the collection point for manila evening cruises... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Walking along Roxas Boulevard was a mistake. It smelled. Traffic was horrendous. People were scary (a man grabbed my water bottle off me). Also, the kalesas (horse carriage) were so persistent on us getting on that they kept following us while we walked. The place is also very dirty.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The road itself is good for traveling by car, etc...at least from the airport to across the river. If you want to wander on down the road on foot, and you're not obviously asian....then expect to be badgered by every begger and hustler along your path.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Roxas Boulevard is so run down. There are homeless women and children sleeping on the ground, the whole walkway is just a mass of construction. The air smells terrible. It's such a shame as it has potential to be something great.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Roxas Boulevard is the main promenade alongside Manila Bay, which is very much an industrial port with a few fishing vessels and the collection point for manila evening cruises. There are numerous sellers alongside the waterfront selling various soft drinks and snacks. they are currently undergoing construction so it is a mixture of concrete paths and rubble so you need... More 

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Queozn City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The traffic congestion can be horrendous but the new concrete barriers look good, as long as they will be maintained. The similarly new City of Dreams Manila is just off Roxas Boulevard at the Heritage Hotel (airport) end so it is also adding to the sense of revitalisation. It needs to have the food stalls alonmg Manila Bay put back.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was easy to see that this potentially grand and glorious boulevard at the edge of Manila Bay had seen better days. There was a lot of garbage, unfinished construction, unkempt lawns and rundown war memorials. We hope the Philippine people will demand that this area be returned to its original state.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This area has been so poorly managed. The medians are being torn up while poverty stricken homeless men, women, and children make camp on the dirt ground. In the background are signs for luxury apartments and condominiums being built nearby. It is a shame to see the plastic tarps and umbrellas under which humanity is seeking shelter. It is a... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

RoxasBoulevard has so much potential and yet is wasted. I could easily see this strip becoming the number 1 attraction to visit in Manila if it was planned out and maintained well enough. The area is quite literally where the local homeless gather, and i'm not sggesting they shouldn't livehere, but the area is so run down it's hard to... More 

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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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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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