Camarines Norte is nestled between two regions - Tagalog and Bicol. It has a distinction for being the crossroads of these two cultures. Camarines derives its name from Spanish word Camarin, meaninr rice granary or warehouse. It was divided into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur in 1829. The two were united as Ambos Camarines in 1854 but separated again in 1857 then were again united in 1893. Eventually, on March 10,1917, the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 2711, authorizing the governor general to divide the province into Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.
The most popular beach resort in the province is in Barangay Bagasbas, Daet. The beach has a long wide expanse of fine gray sand. (image from skyscrapercity)
Mercedes Group of Islands
The islands can be reached in an bout 30 to 45 minute motorboat ride from Mercedes town proper.
Located in San Vicente, roughly 18 kilometers west of the capital. To reach it, one has to hike uphill for two kilometers.
Calaguas Group of Islands
The Calaguas Group of Islands off the Pacific coast of Camarines Norte boasts of powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters comparable to the best beaches in the world. Unexplored and unspoiled, the islands are inhabited by very hospitable and kind fisher folks. There are no commercial accommodations, no running water and no toilets in the islands. Visitors usually arrive in groups thru an organized tour and they set up tents on the beach.
The Colasi in Brgy. Coolasi is an aesthetic 70 ft. falls in the midst of the forest which could be reached through hiking. It is about an hour drive by jeepney from Daet to Brgy. Colasi and 3 hour hike from Colasi to the falls.
First Rizal Monument
The first Philippine monument to the National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, can be found in Daet. It is a three-tiered stone Pylon with its square base supporting a triangle in two stages, the last one tapering off to a point.
Located within the Provincial Complex, the museum is a glimpse of the many facets of life and culture and the beauty of Camarines Norte.
St. Peter de Apostle Parish
Touted to be the oldest church in Bicolandia, it bears the antiquity of the Baroque architecture as shown by its majestic facade made up of coral stones that testify to the high level of artisanship of the people of Camarines Norte
Our Lady of Candelaria Church
This is remarkably stoned church with legends and folklores associated with our Lady of Candles. The church remains intact and still manifests the cavernous atmosphere typical of old churches with thick walls made of huge adobe blocks and strong shafts made of hardwood cut. (image source)