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Camarines Norte Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

From 1573 until 1829, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur were merged into 1 province called Ambos Camarines (“ambos” is a Spanish word for “both”). In 1919, by virtue of Act 2809, Ambos Camarines was separated into 2 provinces -- Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur. Camarines Norte is found in Bicol Region, one of the 6 provinces that make up Region V. It has 12 municipalities, with Daet as its capital. It borders the provinces of Quezon and Camarines Sur and the Philippine Sea. The province mostly depends on agriculture. CamNorte, as what the province is also called, speaks Coastal Bikol and tagalog.

Where to go in Camarines Norte

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Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas Road Daet (capital), Camarines Norte, Bicol Region, 4600, Philippines

Bulalacao Beach

Luklukan, Camarines Norte, Bicol Region, 4424, Philippines

Connect City Church Philippines

Joselito St. (Dulo) Purok 3 Barangay 2 Daet (capital), Camarines Norte, Bicol Region, 4600, Philippines

Freedom Park

Maharlika Hwy Daet (capital), Camarines Norte, Bicol Region, 4600, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting There
By air: Camarines Norte is accessible by air through Naga Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur. It is a 45-minute plane ride from Manila. From the airport, take a jeepney going to Naga City center where buses and vans to Daet are available. It will take 2 hours to reach the capital of Camarines Norte.

By land: It will be a 6-8 hours travel time to reach the province of CamNorte. There are buses bound for Daet with terminals at Pasay and Cubao, Quezon City. One way fare is around Php 700.00.
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JB Bicol Express Line

Popular Food

Because of the abundance of santol (cotton fruit) in the province, the locals made a dish out of it and called it sinantol or ginataang santol. It is made from shredded santol, coconut milk, and with either fish or pork and of course, the Bicolanos’ favourite ingredient, sili.

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A popular dish in the province, tinumok is a dish made of shrimp and chopped coconut meat, wrapped in taro leaves and then stewed in coconut milk. Best paired with hot cup of rice, tinumok is a must-try delicacy when in Bicolandia.

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A popular cuisine in Bicol Region is the savory kinunot. It is cooked with either flaked fish (kinunot na isda), stingray (kinunot na pagi) or shark (kinunot na pating), with moringa leaves, chili peppers and coconut milk. It is usually sold in restaurants and eateries near the fishing ports.

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The whole Bicolandia is synonymous with pili tree that bears pili nuts, a kind of nut with rich, buttery taste. Pili nuts were made into assorted dishes and desserts in the province; one of the most liked pili desserts is the pili roll from CamNorte. It is a soft, rolled cake with filling of milk and chopped pili nuts.

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What to Do

See the very 1st Rizal monument
The provincial capital,Daet, is where one can find the Philippines’ and the world’s first Rizal monument. Located at the corner of Magallanes and Justo Lukban Streets, the historic landmark is made of corals taken from the old Spanish prison after the tragic finale of Daet revolt. It is a 3-tiered stone pylon standing 20-feet high.
Beach bumming
CamNorte boasts of gorgeous, unspoiled beaches for all the aquaphile out there. Each with its own charm and beauty that will make this underrated province your new go-to beach destination.
See the grandeur of the province’s old churches
The province is home to 3 magnificent old churches built by the Franciscan friars during the colonization period; all are reminders of the glorious and colorful past of the province that is known as the gateway to Bicolandia.
Be a Foodie
Bicolandia cuisine is considered as one of the best in the country because of the peculiar flavours of its dishes. The perfect union of sili and gata – spiciness and creaminess – is a delight to one’s tongue.