Tricycles (a kind of 3-wheeled taxi) and public utility jeepneys (a kind of 10-seater bus) provide public transportation within Olongapo. Jeepeneys are colour-coded, based on the routes they ply. There are three that are useful: blue, yellow and red. When you want to get off the jeep, say “para” or knock on the roof.

casa-barretto-25.jpg The blue jeepney (Subic to Olongapo City) goes to and from Olongapo City to Barretto. Some blue jeepneys go as far as Castillejos, another village after Subic. The terminal of the blue jeepney that takes you to Barretto is conveniently located on a side street (behind ChowKing), next to the Victory Liner bus station.

casa-barretto-26.jpg The yellow jeepney (Sta Rita to Main Gate of SBMA) can take you to two of the gates of the Subic Freeport Naval Base from Olongapo City. (By the way, you cannot enter the Base in slippers or very casual attire).

casa-barretto-27.jpg The red jeepney (Gordon Heights to Main Gate of SBMA) goes to another public market called Pag-Asa from Olongapo City.

casa-barretto-28.jpg The Victory Liner air-conditioned bus travels to and from Manila and Olongapo City. It makes a stop at a rest area called “Double Happiness” and another very short stop before the highway (to log-in at the dispatcher’s office).

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Karl Dubost of W3C went to Casa Barretto last March and wrote an interesting account of his stay on his website. He took fantastic pictures of the Barretto scene: the market, the people, and the public beaches at Baloy and Driftwood. Here you will have some idea of Barretto, the village.

His entries on Barretto are in French. Karl Dubost at Barretto:

The Trip from Manila to Barretto
Baloy Beach

The Market at Olongapo
On the Streets of Olongapo City

Cost of Living
Poetic Justice

Picturing the Imaginary
Spontaneity and Photography

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These are the main streets in Barrio Barretto. The main avenue which leads to and from Olongapo City and on to northern Zambales is called the National Highway. This avenue is where the restaurants, small hotels and businesses are mainly located. Casa Barretto is a one minute walk from the National Highway.

The map is from the fantastic book Subic Bay: Travel and Diving Guide by Charles W Davis (Encyclea Publications, ©2007 by Asiatype Inc). For a copy of this book, email: contact@encyclea.com

Casa Barretto

Casa Barretto

Property Type: detached house
Floor Area: 300 m²
Accommodation Type: domestic service staff

Theme: luxury, family

Kitchen: 5 ring stove, freezer, fridge, grill, oven, microwave oven, bread toasters, laundry washing machine
Living Room: sofas, living area seating 8 people
Dining: indoor and outdoor dining facilities
Bathrooms: 3 showers, 1 bathtub, 4WC
Sleeping accommodation: sleeps a maximum of 8 people
Bedrooms: 4 bedrooms: 1 double room and 3 twin rooms (flexible arrangement); all rooms with private bathrooms
Outside: swimming pool, barbecue, garden, parking
Local Activities: beach sports, scuba diving, wreck diving, golf, theme parks, mountain trekking, casino, tennis, surfing, horseback-riding, parasailing, etc

Contact: casa.barretto@gmail.com

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Sunset at Capones islands (photo by KAS)

Sunset at Capones islands (photo by KAS)

President Magsaysay's house at Castillejos (photo by JB)

President Magsaysay's house at Castillejos (photo by JB)

Casa Barretto (photo by MH)

Casa Barretto (photo by MH)

Cheese, sausages, premium meats at Bretto's (photo by DH)

Cheese, sausages, premium meats at Bretto's (photo by DH)

Zambales mangos (photo by DH)

Zambales mangos (photo by DH)

Drying palay rice on the roads of Zambales (photo by DH)

Drying palay rice on the roads of Zambales (photo by DH)

Beach at Sto Niño (photo by DH)

Beach at Sto Niño (photo by DH)

Driftwood beach, Barretto (photo by KD)

Driftwood beach, Barretto (photo by KD)