San Jose is a town in the province of Mindoro Occidental located in the southwest portion of Mindoro Island. It is about 195 kilometers from the city of Manila and could be reached via airplane or bus. There are no passenger ferries that to its port in Barangay Caminawit.
|Government port of San Jose.|
Like the many towns that are far away from the large urban centers, the main economic activities in San Jose are fishing and farming. Salt is one of the main products of this town and is transported to various provinces of Visayas.
How to Reach San Jose, Mindoro Occidental
San Jose has an airport which is just a tricycle ride away from the town center. McGuire Airfield, as the airport was called, has one landing strip and one terminal building. PAL Express and Cebu Pacific Airlines have daily flights between Manila and San Jose, Mindoro Occidental.
|Inside McGuire Airfield terminal.|
Another option is to travel by sea and then by land across Mindoro. Ferries going to Mindoro are available in Batangas Port. You had to take a ferry going to the Abra de Ilog then ride a bus going to San Jose, Mindoro Occidental. This is the cheapest way of going to San Jose but entails a travel time of at least eight hours. So if you are in for a tiresome voyage and rickety road trip, then this is your best option.
Riding the RoRo buses is another option. There are daily trips to San Jose, Mindoro Occidental coming from Cubao, Quezon City. The price, about 900 pesos plus, is just level with the ticket price of PAL Express.
Sights to See in San Jose, Mindoro Occidental
I didn't see any beach resorts and tourist spots during my stay in San Jose. I saw some foreigners which made me think that I am actually missing something in this town. A commenter said that there is a beach on Ambulong Island, which is just a boat ride away from San Jose, Mindoro Occidental.
The town does have beach resorts but their beaches are not well developed yet. The town is blessed with wonderful mountains that could be a promising area for people who are fond of mountaineering and trekking.
Development is centered in the town center but there are no malls and tall buildings. The whole town is consisted mostly of farms.The centerpiece of this town is the well-maintained park in front of the municipal hall. People flock here every afternoon to stroll and relax. This park is what I like the most in their town. It offered a relaxing space and a good respite from the hustle and bustle of Manila and far away from the imposing buildings and tiresome malls that keep on hypnotizing the people to buy buy buy!
|Rizal Park of San Jose.|
My few days visit in San Jose, Mindoro Occidental is not enough to describe the wholeness of the town. Who knows what things are to be discovered in this part of Mindoro? My only regret is I failed to visit any church in this town and add them to the list of churches that I already visited.
Follow me in Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.