Camarines Norte is the first Bicol province to be reached, about 300 kilometers from Manila.
Camarines Norte is blessed with a dense rainforest, habitat of numberless variety of wildlife. It used to be the home of a big group of Agtas (Negritos), the country’s early aborigines.
The Spanish colonization of Luzon in 1571 drive this peace-loving little people to move to higher levels of the woodland. Drawn by the rumor of immense deposit of gold found in Camarines Norte at the towns of Mambulao and Paracale, the Spaniards mastered in exploring the gold mining potential. Today, is stayed as a signature industry of the province.
More magical in Camarines Norte is the large unshaken pineapple plantation. Capitalizing on this viable product, the people formed an enchanting yearly celebration called Pineapple Festival every May to express their gratitude to this God-given bounty, making a powerful show of unity towards the prosperous industry. Travelers can easily purchase these sweet pineapple on stalls brightly arrayed along the Pan-Philippine Highway before entering the capital town of Daet.
Natural Tourist Destination
Bagasbas Beach (Daet)
The most popular beach resort in the province is in Brgy Bagasbas. The beach has a long and wide expanse of fine gray sand. During clear but windy days, the big waves that roll in from the Pacific Ocean make it a paradise for surfing beginners and afficionados.
A clean gray beach facing San Miguel Bay with clear water suitable for swimming and outings. Its scenic and peaceful ambience provides excursionists and tourists a nice place for relaxation. Cottages, restrooms, roadside eateries and sheds are available to tourists at reasonable prices.
Pag-asa Beach (Jose Panganiban)
Just 3 kilometers away from the town proper, this beach became popular among enthusiastic swimmers, bathers and night promenaders
Lanot Soda Spring (Mercedes)
A fascinating creation of nature, a soda springs on the beach in Barangay Lanot.
Surrounded by fresh and lush foliage that makes it more romantic and inviting to tourists
An hour ride by bus northeast of Daet. Frequented by picnickers and swimmers. It has a clean sand and commands a panoramic view of the wide Pacific Ocean.
Roughly 18 kilometers west of Daet. One has to hike 3 kilometers to reach the scenic attraction. The deep cool water males it suitable for swimming
San Jose Beach (Talisay)
An extension of Bagasbas beach. Known for its fine gray sand. It faces the Pacific Ocean and features strong winds, making it ideal for wind surfing, snorkeling, swimming and jet skiing.
An exhilarating wonder for a handful brave adventurers,.
The most popular river resort in the province because of its crystal-clear water, long-span hanging bridge and with lush foliage inherent in the place. Best of all the place is well visited because of its proximity in the capital town of Daet.
Mercedes Group of Islands (Mercedes)
The islands can be reached in about 30 to 45 minute motorboat ride from Mercedes town proper. The major attractions in these islands are its clean white beaches, corrals, underwater sceneries, rock formations and fish sanctuary. Additional come-ons are scenic landscapes and seascapes, the attractive lighthouse in Canimog Island, unexplored Canton Cave, and the different types of seashells and tropical fishes that abound specially around the seven (7) hectares Malasugui Island. The place is good for island hopping, surfing, swimming, bird watching, boating, snorkeling, trekking, scuba diving, golf in Apuao Grande Resort, jet skiing, spear fishing, and other related activities
Pineapple Island Resort
Located in the sprawling 5-hectare eco-tourism lot, 3 kms. southwest of Dae. It has a water park, Y-shaped man-made lagoon, fantasy laden pool and breath taking waterslides with various levels for a distinct splash on a gentle pool.
The resort is located in a vast tract of land near a river and only ten minutes drive from the town proper of Labo. Lush greeneries, tall forest trees and pristine water of the rive cannot escape the meticulous eye of the visitors. The river was converted into pools to suit the swimmer age and need.
Bitukang Manok (man made)
The zig zag road along the National Highway. Its contour have similar characteristics with the road going to Baguio. It lies within the beautiful Bicol National Park
Tulay na Lupa Reservoir (Labo) (man made)
A recreational resort situated in the town of Labo.
Historical Tourist Destination
First Rizal Monument (Daet)
The town of Daet holds the distinction of being the first town to erect a monument in honor of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. This is the first monument to be built throughout the Philippines. The effort was initiated by Lt. Col. Antonio Saez of the Revolutionary Army. The unveiling was held on December 30, 1898. This historical landmark stands on the corner of Magallanes and J. Lucban Streets.
Lanton is the site of the first ever armed confrontation between Filipino guerilla units and the elements of Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines as recorded in the annals of the history. It was Wenceslao Q. Vinzons who led the Filipino guerilla resistance forces in that fateful encounter.Martyr’s Shrine
Unveiled in 1996 in honor of the Katiouneros and great sons of Camarines Norte who offered their lives for the country during the 1898 revoIt.
Rufino Pabico’s Ancestral House
Built in 1917 located along Vinzons Avenue, Daet. Intricate wood carvings were attached at the ceiling of the house. A combination of skills in painting, sculpture and architecture becomes more visible as one examines the interiors and the structure of the house.
Wenceslao Q. Vinzon’s Shrine
Wenceslao Q. Vinzons is the only Bicolano hero who rose to national prominence at a very young age and displayed an unparallel leadership and heroism. A former student of the University of the Philippines and a statesman par excellence, his shrine has a public library and a museum. It stores the memorablia of Vinzons.
Religious Site and Socio Economin Tourist Destination
Capalonga Shrine of the Black Nazarene
One of the famous tourist spots of the province where all roads it seems, lead to it every May 23, feast day od the Black Nazarene, as devotees and pilgrims of different nationalities flock to pay homage to the miraculous image of the Black Nazaren. The shrine is situated at the town proper of Capalonga, about three hours ride from Daet.
Formosa “Queen” Pineapple
The “queen” variety pineapple is highly adapted to the soil and climatic condition of Camarines Norte. It is grown largely as a coconut intercrop in the municipalities of Basud, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Vicente. The fruit has a sweet taste, crispy texture and aroma. It weighs from 0.45 to 1.3 kilograms, has a tapering shape, deep eyes, and rind with yellow to deep yellow fresh color when ripe.
Mercedes Fishing Village
It is widely known for the biggest catches during fishing seasons. Hundreds of fishing vessels of different tonnages, speed and capacity drop anchor in this community. At the height of the fishing season, this town offshore looks like a miniature Manila Bay when hundreds of glaring electric lights are in full blaze on the masts and decks of numerous fishing boats awaiting their big catch from the deep waters of the sea.
Gold Jewelry Making
Because of the abundance of gold in the province jewelry shops number to 88 and has a combined capitalization of approximately Php 37 million with an estimated workers of 169 people. The skill of goldsmith in creating gold jewelry has been raised to a fine art. Many jewelrers of Camarines Norte have kept the ancient craft making tradition a constant source of livelihood.
La Consolacion College of Daet(landmark)
La Consolacion College of Daet