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Where to stay in Cebu City

VacationRenter offers 829 rental properties all over Cebu City, and we’re confident that you’ll find a property that fits your needs and your budget for your next island adventure. If you’re in search of an affordable vacation rental in Cebu City, you’ll be pleased to find that 20% of properties cost less than $20 a night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a spacious home near Budlaan Falls, a private apartment close to Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden, or a place that also gives you close access to Cebu City — our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website lists a wide selection of vacation homes from leading travel sites like Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. Need your vacation home to have air conditioning, a private pool, or seeking specific amenities? Simply filter your search results with the click of a button! Finding your dream home in Cebu City for your Philippine vacation has never been this easy.

Where Is Cebu in the Philippines?

Located in the middle of the eastern side of Cebu Island in the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines, Cebu City is the center of Metro Cebu — and the second largest metropolitan area in the Philippines by population, economy, and land area.

What Is Cebu City Known For?

The oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu City has plenty of time to catch up with the rest of the world. An immensely popular tourist destination, Cebu City is all big city glamour and paradisal white sand beaches. With elegantly sophisticated culinary and nightlife scenes set within a lush natural environment, Cebu City is also a bustling metropolis that buzzes with a curious Spanish-influenced flavor.

Popular Attractions in Cebu City

  • Basílica del Santo Niño: The oldest Catholic church in the Philippines, Basilica del Santo Niño was founded by the Augustinian friars in 1565. Since then, the Catholic church has been the host of regular masses where families come to pay respects to their faith. As soon as you step foot into the basilica, one is immediately overwhelmed by the atmospheric archways, stained glass windows and ancient paintings.
  • Magellan’s Cross: One of the most important historical markers in Cebu City, Magellan’s Cross is a Christian Cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Portuguese colonizer, Ferdinand Magellan. Despite his widely believed villainous history, Magellan’s Cross also serves as a reminder of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines. With 92% of Philippine’s population practicing the religion, it is difficult to dispute the religious, cultural, and social influence that Magellan has had in Cebu City.
  • Fuerte de San Pedro: As one of the oldest triangular bastion forts in the country, the Fuerte de San Pedro was once the epicenter of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. This 17th military defense structure is impeccably preserved and visitors will discover a wealth of history of Cebu, legacies of the Spanish government, and well-preserved Spanish artifacts.

Popular Destinations Near Cebu City

  • Mactan Island: One of the most popular tourist islands of Cebu, Mactan is connected to Cebu City by two bridges, yet is a world away. Whether you choose to dive off the craggy cliffs on the southeast coast, go island-hopping or spend a week or two within their all-inclusive resorts, Mactan Island offers all that and more.

Best Neighborhoods in Cebu City

  • Colon: The downtown area and historic heart of the city, Colon is home to the oldest and shortest street in the country, as well as some of the most important historic gems in the city, from Fort San Pedro to Magellan’s Cross.
  • Fuente Osmena: One phrase to describe Fuente Osmena is “nucleus of activity.” The emerald-green park that marks the center of the neighborhood is a centuries-old meeting place for locals, and a commercial mecca lies nearby in the Mango Square Mall, where both locals and tourists arrive to shop ‘til they drop and chow down on delicacies.

Home-types in Cebu City

Cebu City has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Cebu City:

Points of interests in Cebu City

Cebu City has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Cebu City:
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