San Remigio was formerly known as "Kanghagas", a kind of tree that grew abundant in the place. When the Spanish conquistadores came, they identified a town site by clearing the Kanghagas trees through self-help labor. It was governed by a captain or gobernadorcillo.
Kanghagas was a barangay unit of Punta. Sometimes in the early 1800, Punta was renamed Punta Isabel, in honor of Queen Isabela II of Spain. This marked the beginning of its social and educational advancement because people from the scattered area learned to settle in a common place.
San Remigio has Cebu's longest shoreline. Resorts include Lingay Beach Resort, San Remigio Beach Club, Victoria Hard Rock Beach Resort and Fishing Village, Warren's Beach Resort, Verdimar Resort and the newly open Hagnaya Beach Resort. Additionally, public beaches still in a long stretch of white sand are also available for any locals and tourists.
Today, San Remigio has become a new diving destination. There are a few marine sanctuaries and new dive sites being discovered on a regular basis. A PADI dive shop in San Remigio Beach Club caters to beginner and experienced divers who want to enjoy San Remigio's marine life. In the water, you can see shark rays (guitarfish), white tip reef sharks, bamboo sharks, nurse sharks, schools of barracuda, whale sharks, turtles, manta rays and a lot more.