10 Gorgeous Must-Visit Beaches Near Manila

A.k.a. Beaches you can drive to from Manila, in five hours or less!

10 Gorgeous Must-Visit Beaches Near Manila

 

(SPOT.ph) When the temperature rises, the most illogical thing to do is to spend hours lazing under the blazing hot sun. But that’s precisely what most of us would choose to do—put on our sunglasses and swimsuits, slather on sunscreen, and hit the beach! Who cares if we suffer from prickly sunburn or strange insect bites for days? We’re all for getting the chance to escape the city and make new memories.

 

Take your pick from these idyllic spots that are only a few hours away from the Metro, so you’ll know where to go when the next bout of wanderlust strikes you!

 

 

San Juan, La Union

Travel time from Manila: Five hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Vigan or Laoag then get off at Urbiztondo

Where to stay: Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel, Awesome Hotel

 

Known as the surfing capital of the north, this laid-back municipality boasts of producing consistent waves that are ideal for novice to experienced surfers (especially from July to October and November to March). Sign up for an hour-long introductory surfing lesson then ride the waves in San Juan’s clear blue waters. You can also take the lazy route and kick back with a cold drink as you watch surfers catching epic waves.    

 

10 Gorgeous Must-Visit Beaches Near Manila

 

Anawangin Cove, Zambales

Travel time from Manila: Three and a half hours

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How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Iba, Zambales and a tricycle to Pundaquit. Rent a boat to the cove or hike over Mt. Pundaquit for four to five hours to reach the cove by foot.

Where to stay: Unless you’re willing to camp outdoors overnight, you can stay at resorts in Pundaquit, San Antonio such as Ohayo San Beach Resort and Canoe Beach Resort.

 

Blame the beauty of Anawangin Cove on Mt. Pinatubo. Thanks to the volcano’s unexpected eruption in 1991, the coastline is covered by white volcanic ash and sheltered by pine trees. Beach goers and mountain trekkers alike love this unique bay which is also close to Nagsasa Cove, Talisayin Cove, and Silanguin Cove—all worth visiting!

 

 

Liwliwa, Zambales  

Travel time from Manila: Three hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Iba, Zambales then get off at San Felipe and take a tricycle to Liwliwa

Where to stay: Board Culture Liw-Liwa Surf Camp, The Circle Hostel

 

An Ilocano word that roughly translates to “pinaglilibangan” or “for recreation,” Liwliwa is a beach haven for adventurers on a shoestring budget as well as surfing enthusiasts. The town isn’t as popular as San Juan, La Union yet, so you can enjoy taking photos of the gorgeous shoreline without people obstructing the view. At night, you can point out constellations as you relax in front of a bonfire.

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Hermana Mayor and Hermana Menor Islands, Zambales

Travel time from Manila: Three and a half hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Get off at Candelaria, and rent a boat through your hotel. (You can also go directly to the islands by plane!)

Where to stay: Book a room in town such as SunBloom Resort, Puerto Del Mar Beach Resort, and Seasun Beach Resort and Hotel.

 

Aside from Potipot Island, there are two lesser-known islands off the coast of Sta. Cruz called Hermana Mayor (older sister) and Hermana Menor (younger sister). Spend the day island-hopping, lazing on the fine sand, snorkeling with fish, and eating inside picnic huts while soaking in the spectacular view.

 

 

Puting Buhangin Beach, Quezon

Travel time from Manila: Four and a half hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Lucena City, Quezon then ride a jeepney to Pagbilao and Brgy. Isla Polo (two transfers). Take a tricycle that will bring you to the Kwebang Lampas jump-off point and walk or ride a boat to the beach.

Where to stay: Rent a cottage or pitch a tent for an overnight stay at the beach or book a room in the nearby towns (try The Tamarind Tree Resort or Villa Anita Butterfly Garden and Resort).

 

It’s not every day you get to see a power plant situated next to a beach—this is exactly the view that will greet you as you approach the hidden paradise! Swim to the small cave by the end of the beach called Kwebang Lampas to discover the reason behind its name.

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Laiya, Batangas

Travel time from Manila: Three hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for San Juan, Batangas then ride a jeepney or tricycle to Laiya

Where to stay: Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel, Palm Beach Resort, Virgin Beach Resort

 

A popular beach destination for families and companies, Laiya has a long coastline that’s perfect for outdoor activities both in and out of the water! The stretch of cream-colored sand makes it conducive to long romantic walks and energetic volleyball games, while the calm waters make it a safe swimming and snorkeling spot.

 

 

Fortune Island, Batangas

Travel time from Manila: Three hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Calatagan, Batangas then get dropped off at the town of Nasugbu. Take a tricycle to the coast and ride a boat to the island.

Where to stay: Set up camp on the island (don’t forget to bring your own tent) or just take a day tour.

 

Fortune Island is a place for adventurous souls who aren’t afraid of roughing it. From the unpredictable boat ride (it can get choppy depending on the weather!) to the bare camp site, people flock to this abandoned island because of its Grecian-inspired pillars and statues, powered sand, and cerulean waters.

 

 

Sombrero Island, Batangas

Travel time from Manila: Three and a half hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for Batangas City, ride a jeepney to Anilao Port, and take a boat directly to the island

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Where to stay: You can’t stay overnight on the island, but you can camp in nearby Masasa Beach.

 

This hat-shaped island is the perfect place to stop over if you want to take a break from diving Anilao’s wrecks or climbing Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Many people visit Tingloy’s Sombrero Island to take pictures of its rocky appearance from a distance, and then go snorkeling once they reach the untouched island.

 

 

Aninuan Beach, Oriental Mindoro

Travel time from Manila: Four and a half hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for the Batangas Pier. Take a ferry to Talipanan or Muelle Pier in Puerto Galera. Ride a tricycle to Aninuan.

Where to stay: Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort, Tamaraw Beach Resort

 

If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Galera, go for the unspoiled Aninuan Beach over the overcrowded White Beach or Sabang Beach. From the long stretch of clean white sand to its flourishing underwater house reef to the nearby Aninuan Falls, there are many reasons to love this secluded spot.

 

 

Talipanan Beach, Oriental Mindoro

Travel time from Manila: Four and a half hours

How to get there: Via car or take a bus bound for the Batangas Pier, then take a ferry to Talipanan

Where to stay: Bamboo House Beach Lodge & Restaurant, Luca’s Cucina Italiana and Lodge, Puerto Galera Beach Club

 

With a vibe that’s totally chill, Talipanan is another laid-back location in Puerto Galera. Though the shoreline is strewn with pebbles (coarser compared to White Beach’s fine sand) and enclosed within rocky boulders on both ends, the tranquility of the area makes up for it. It’s ideal for solitary walks and thoughtful musings.  

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