Relics of Sulu´s violent past are evident throughout Jolo. At the entrance of the town are four gates used as watchtowers during Spanish times. Building that were gutted by fire or riddled with bullets during the 1970´s still stand. Other places to see Jolo are the Sulu Ethnological Museum at Notre Dame College. The Provincial Capitol has Moor-inspired architecture, the Masjid Jami.
Sulu consists of over 400 scattered and almost isolated islands, stretching from the tip of Zamboanga southwestward towards Borneo. It forms one of the three connections of the Philippines with Sabah. Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan is planning to convert some of these islands into world-class resorts because of their pristine and white sand beaches to help promote tourism.