The end of the summer season is near and most of us had our own getaways. While some people choose to spend their holiday at the beach, some still opt to relax or find vacation spots away from the concrete jungle we call city. However, busy schedules have hindered a lot of summer outings and summer fun.
Most trips are canceled because of the far-off and hard-to-reach locations. But don’t you worry, you won’t miss out on a little vitamin sea and sun-kissed skin as we list down 10 beaches near Manila that you should visit before summer ends.
Boracay De Cavite
If all your life, all you ever knew as the ‘Boracay’ is that small island located at the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region, then maybe it’s time to know about this place.
Welcome to Boracay de Cavite! This grayish beach is located inside Gregorio Lim Marine Base at Ternate, Cavite and is now called Katungkulan Beach Resort. One of the best features of this resort is the stone wall on the side of the cove that also doubles as the perfect IG-post backdrop. However, taking pictures is only allowed at the beach.
And if you love nature, you’ll surely enjoy sightseeing. Apparently, Corregidor Island and Mariveles mountain are visible to the beach which makes family picnics more exciting.
When we think of surfing, we probably instantly think La Union and Baler, which unfortunately is a lengthy trip from the Metro. But this beach can suffice your sun-kissed surfing craving without the long travel outside the metro.
The new discovery of surfing enthusiasts might be the solution as Liwliwa Beach is just located in San Felipe, Zambales, inside the sitio called Liwliwa. Just a few hours away from Manila, this is the perfect spot to disconnect from work and all social media interruptions as the signal in the place is quite weak.
Liwliwa beach will surely be enjoyed by surfers and travelers alike because of its amazing waves and uncrowded place. As mentioned by the people who visited the place, Liwliwa is a very “laid-back destination.”
Cagbalete Island is located in Quezon which is 3 hours away from Manila. It becomes the go-to place for backpackers because of its sandbar and fine white sand.
Different rock formations can be seen along the beach which attracts more tourists. Also, the island has various resorts that offer package meals so you don’t have to worry about food.
Take note, Cagbalete Island is already gaining attention and many people visit the place during peak season so it can be hard. Make sure to plan your reservations ahead of time to enjoy your vacation.
There’s no doubt that Zambales is one of the most blessed places in the Philippines as it scopes in different islands which attracts tourists worldwide and one of its most majestic island would be Nagsasa Cove — the island great for camping trips and soul-searching.
Decades before, Nagsasa cove was full of rocks but Mt. Pinatubo lashes out good amount of ashes that has given the place a more refined look throughout the years. Years after, agoho trees started to grow, many mistake it as pine trees.
Because of nature’s intervention, Nagsasa Cove became a scenery everyone didn’t expect. Your escapade is like going to Boracay and Baguio at the same time.
If you wish to witness both science and nature at its finest, then you should travel to Kwebang Lampas. Located at Pagbilao, Quezon, Kwebang Lampas is a part of array of beaches in Puting Buhangin.
As the name suggests, the cave makes every traveler witness the magic of science and nature combined. During high tide, the water goes inside until knee-deep while the perfect view of the sunset awaits when you watch from inside.
Also, its fine white sand gives a gentle touch to the feet and the clear water is the perfect scenery to wash away any stress. Definitely, this will lure you back to it.
Burot Beach is one Catalagan’s unspoiled and hidden beaches, one of the many coves that lace the western coast of Punta de Santiago. It is suggested that you bring your own tents as this place isn’t modernized. You’ll know that you’re near the place when the asphalt road turned into dirt.
Aside from camping, the best activity to do in this place is island hopping. It has an island with white sand, different star fishes and clear water as you go farther from the island.
Take a whiff of the untouched oasis before the whole metro crowd gets a taste of it. Always remember that the early bird gets to enjoy its beauty first.
If you’re tired of seeing white sand beaches and prefer something new, Malabrigo Beach at Lobo, Batangas is your best bet.
If the other beaches of Batangas is blessed with white and fine sand, Malabrigo probably became the basin of stones and pebbles. The beach is known for its medium-sized pebbles which doubles as an instant foot massage as you walk on it.
Side trips include the Submarine Garden where clear water and live corals are found. The Malabrigo Lighthouse is very accessible to the beach, bring a special someone along because the stunning view is worth sharing.
Another hidden beauty from Batangas, tourists are going crazy over Anilao Beach because it is fast-becoming as one of the best diving spots near Manila.
The beach possesses turquoise water that gives a calm atmosphere. Travelers will surely forget every bustle and hassle of the city life.
Moreover, every water sport will be enjoyed and will make their stay worthy and unforgettable. Different underwater species will welcome you as you venture deep into Anilao’s beach.
Verde Island, also called as Isla Verde, is located in Batangas. It is one of the “off-the-beaten destinations” in the said province. What makes it more interesting is that it is between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro which makes it the Center of Marine Biodiversity.
Famous for its pristine waters and underwater treasures, Verde Island attracts more local and foreign backpackers that want to have a relaxing vacation away from the crowd.
The province of Pangasinan attracts tourists because of its Hundred Islands. But aside from this, the city of Dasol in Pangasinan holds a secret nobody has yet to discover.
Known as Snake Island, Colibra Island is located at Dansol, Pangasinan. Technically, this place has no snakes, so there’s no need to panic.
Since the place is still undeveloped, bringing your own tent is advised because this place has no cottages. But if you’re looking for a serene beach away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Colibra Island has tranquility and serenity tucked into its shores.
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