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Manila Baywalk, Manila Overview

Known to be a perfect leisure spot and a popular site to witness splendid sunsets, Baywalk is a beautiful seaside esplanade overlooking Manila Bay in the city of Manila, Philippines. Peppered with open air cafes and sprinkled with local buskers, the place remains thick with crowds till the wee hours of the morning. The pedestrian promenade runs for a good length of 2 km along Roxas Boulevard from the US Embassy located near Rizal Park up till the Cultural Center of the Philippines past the famous Manila Yacht Club.

The Baywalk is known for its iconic golden sunsets, calm bay waters, and lush greenery, all in the backdrop of towering skyscrapers. The promenade bustles with activity all day long which includes song and dance performances by local street artists, local food stalls and kiosks, eateries and food vans, meme artists, acrobats, and the like. Fringed by a line of palm trees and also colourful lamp posts, the promenade also has benches where people can relax and spend some quality time. You can also find kids bicycling and skating here on good days.

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Things to Do at Manila Baywalk

  1. Sunset: The first and foremost thing to do at the Manila Baywalk is to watch the beautiful sunset. This particular phenomenon is a wonderful visual delight and therefore attracts hundreds of locals and tourists to the promenade to witness the same.
  2. Street Performances: You can also be a part of or just simply watch any one or more of the several activities going on at the esplanade. There are buskers playing instruments, street artists dancing or singing, flash mobs, meme artists and stand up comedians etc. 
  3. Food: Enjoy the delicious food from the open air cafes or the kiosks available here. You can find a wide range of cuisine ranging from Thai to Chinese, Filipino, Korean,  and International Western etc. 
  4. Live Band Performance: If you are lucky, you might even find a live band performance here. Be sure not to miss it. 
  5. Night Cruise: You can also experience a night cruise in a yacht which is available from the southern end of the Baywalk. Once on a yacht, you can witness the beautiful night lights from the top deck.
  6. SM Mall of Asia: Besides, you can also explore and shop at the famous SM Mall of Asia which is at a short distance from here.

Night Cruise at Manila Baywalk

Night Cruise is a popular activity that is available at the southern end of the Baywalk. There are several private firms which organize a trip into the sea in a ferry. Depending on your budget, you can choose from the programmes they offer. Most of these are scheduled 90 minutes ride and depending on the amount of money you can shell out, you can opt for indoor or outdoor seating, lower or upper deck seating, and with or without dinner. You can also choose the time of the day- afternoon, evening or night. However, evening time is recommended as you can then see the iconic sunset from the sea itself. You can also opt for alcohol consumption en route if your budget allows. They offer entertainment in the form of live music and/ or band performances. Some tours also organize romantic seating where you can reserve an entire section for a romantic evening with your better half. The tours are usually priced at $36 and up.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Manila Baywalk is no doubt the evening i.e. during sunset. You can witness the most picturesque and beautiful sun setting from the golden horizon, from the promenade. Aside from the vibrant mix of colours in the sky, the calm of the ocean is surreal. And while you are at it, do not forget to taste some of the most delicious food offered by the surrounding stalls and open air cafes situated here.

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