One of the most romantic place I visited was Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte, aside from its historical significance. That is where our National Hero, Jose Rizal was exiled before he was killed in Bagumbayan by the Spanish army.
It is a simple, provincial place but the place has a lot of character in it. I was able to visit it as part of my work. It would take you about two and a half hours if you rode the Fast Cat but if you rode the other RORO vessel, it would take you about four hours at the minimum.
I rode the Fast Cat ferry from Dumaguete to Dapitan port, I stayed in Dipolog City in one of the hotels there.
Talisay, Dapitan is the actual place where Rizal bought a property while in exile. Inside that property is the original house, clinic, school and other structures preserved by the National Historical Commission. Also, the Museo ni Rizal is situated in this property. You will learn the many hats played by the National Hero while in Dapitan. Practicing as an ophthalmologist, he met her de facto wife Josephine Bracken, an Irish woman.
The property of Rizal is at the beach front of Dapitan Bay. It is described by Rizal as where the mountain meets the sky. No wonder that Rizal fell in love with the place and wrote many poems and other writings in this part of the South.
At the Dapitan plaza, one can see the map designed by Rizal. Also in front of it is the Church of Dapitan wherein Rizal would usually attend mass.
We also visited the Embarcadero or the Landing Site, the area where Rizal landed upon his exile in Dapitan. Such a romantic location and picturesque is an understatement.
I love Dapitan!