Sweet, sweet smiles! Those are what you are in for if you visit Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental. Located in Western Visayas region, Bacolod is dubbed as the City of Smiles and quite suitably because it also happens to be the Sugar Capital of the Philippines, being at the center of the nation’s sugar-producing district.

Bacolod is among the top travel destinations in the country, offering a laid-back feel with charming cultural and historical sights, plus equally scenic natural attractions nearby. The Bacolod Public Plaza and San Sebastian Cathedral are two must-see landmarks taking over the downtown area. Meanwhile, to enjoy a glimpse of the city’s storied past and Negrense heritage, check out Negros Museum that’s just nearby.

For a nature trip, you may go beyond Bacolod City and towards its equally beautiful neighbor towns like Murcia, where you can find the famed Mambukal Mountain Resort. Otherwise, impress yourself further by hopping on a boat and visiting Lakawon Island, Guimaras Island, or Iloilo for a different kind of experience.

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Bacolod including top things to do & the best Bacolod tourist spots.

To make your trip planning easy, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app. Seeing all your saved locations on the map will help you get started on planning your Bacolod itinerary and know the best areas to stay, near places you want to go.

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1. The Ruins

Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Save on Google Maps.

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Bacolod City & The Ruins Tour

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2. Manokan Country

Location: Father M. Ferrero St, Bacolod City. Near SM City Bacolod. Save on Google Maps.

3. Negros Occidental Capitol Park & Lagoon

Location: Lacson St., Bacolod City. Save on Google Maps.

4. San Sebastian Cathedral

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/moNc8CKJThG6csex6. Save on Google Maps.

5. Bacolod Public Plaza

Location: Araneta Avenue, Bacolod City. Save on Google Maps.

Location: Araneta Ave, Bacolod. Save on Google Maps.

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7. Silay Heritage Sites

Location: Silay City Proper, Metro Bacolod. Save on Google Maps.

8. Lakawon Island

Location: Cadiz, Northern Negros Occidental province. Save on Google Maps.

9. Mambukal Mountain Resort

Location: Murcia, Negros Occidental province. Save on Google Maps.

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Mambukal Mountain Resort Day Tour

10. Campuestohan Highlands Resort

Location: Sitio Campuestohan, Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental province. Save on Google Maps.

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Campuestohan Highland Resort Experience

11. Ilaya Highland Resort

Location: Brgy Patag, Silay City, Negros Occidental. Save on Google Maps.

12. Don Salvador Benedicto

Location: Negros Occidental province. Save on Google Maps.

13. Sipalay

Location: Southern Negros Occidental province. Save on Google Maps.

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14. Church of the Angry Christ

Location: St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church, Victorias City. Save on Google Maps.

15. Mag-aso Falls & Kabankalan City

Location: Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental province. Save on Google Maps.

Beyond Bacolod

Iloilo

Location: Western Visayas region. Save on Google Maps.

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Guimaras Island

Location: Western Visayas region. Save on Google Maps.

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Dumaguete & Negros Oriental

Location: Central Visayas region. Save on Google Maps.

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Cebu

Location: Central Visayas region. Save on Google Maps.

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What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Bacolod that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Places to visit in Bacolod

Bacolod tourist spots, things to do in Bacolod, where to go in Bacolod & more.

Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.

Where to Stay in Bacolod

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Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.

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