One of the more popular beaches in the municipality of Santa Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu is Sugar Beach because of its wide area of white-sand beach as well as its affordable room accommodations and services. They are the “go to” resort during the super peak season in the island of Bantayan – Holy Week. The island is allowed by the catholic church to eat pork meat during this season because according to history, it was during this time of the year where the fishermen of Bantayan could not find any fishes which makes them lose their main source of income as well as their main food.
Sugar Beach is located less than 10 minutes away from the sea port of Santa Fe which is the usual gateway of visitors coming from Hagnaya, Cebu. Because of the broad beach front encompassing the resort, most of the tourists prefer Sugar Beach as their place of stay and relaxation. Their rooms are not really the best quality and most of them are less maintained which makes it not very pleasing for those who are looking for decent rooms.
The beach is where some of the tourists pitch their tents in lieu of using the resort’s rooms. There is a minimal fee of P100-P150 which is still negotiable. The resort does not have its own restaurant but there are a few people who will visit you and ask if you want something to eat and they will cook for you. A small carenderia (eatery) owned by Aling Bising is found at the side of the resort, at P70 pesos you will already fill up your tummy. Bringing of grills is your own choice and you can cook near the coconut trees. There are a lot of open air cottages which makes it appealing for those who just simply want to relax, enjoy and chill in this resort.
Since there are a lot of coconut trees, both adults and kids should always be careful not to play near the trees. There might be ripe, rotten, or old coconuts that will fall off and hit your head or body. Unlike the beach in Boracay and Panglao Beach Resort where they remove all the coconuts even if it’s not ripe to avoid hitting someone’s head accidentally. The crews of the resort are not very pleasing as well. They are locals who are not well trained about guest relations and hospitality. They are there just to maintain the cleanliness of Sugar Beach as well as receive the money for accommodation. They can also help you with some of your queries but not to the extent that they know almost everything a new tourist is looking for. There are people in the resort that provides a “motorcycle for rent” at P50 per hour excluding the petrol.
The entrance fee at Sugar Beach Resort is only P30 per person. The rooms are as low as P500 per night. The bigger rooms which can accommodate up to 10 are at P1500-P2500. The air-conditioned rooms good for four are at P1000 and it has its own patio where most guests drink their beer and play cards. Most of the room needs more sanitation and the water for bathing tastes a bit like salt. The common comfort rooms are new and clean and there are several cubicles. If you are not very meticulous about sanitation and just wants to enjoy the beach with families and friends, Sugar Beach is perfect for you.