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Top Summer Destinations Near Manila

Updated on May 24, 2014

Oh the joy of summer! Vacation here and there, the heat of the sun touching you, the scent of the sea while you are relaxing, but wait, you are in the Metro, how will you feel relax and where is the aroma of the beach?

Here's a list of summer destinations that are just hours away from Manila.

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Boracay de Cavite

As what most people would say.

But it is actually called Katungkulan Beach Resort located at Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Calumpang, Ternate, Cavite.

The beach has a white to grayish sand, that is so fine and soft to the feet. The water are clean but not blue like in Boracay. The scenery are so striking, and Corregidor is visible from the beach.

Cottages and rooms are available for a day visit or an overnight visit. Store where you can buy food, drinks, etc, is also available inside the resort. You can bring your own food and you can also cook inside the resort. You can also assemble your tents if you want to.

It is a bit overcrowded during summer, holy weeks, long weekends. Another drawback is that shower and toilets are not that maintained.

But overall, it's a good resort to visit during summer vacation.

 
Day Visit
Overnight
Entrance
100
200
Cottages
350
450
Rooms
-
700
Parking Fee
50
100

How to get there?

Via Private Car:

  1. take the Coastal Road - P24.00 toll fee
  2. then take Cavite Expressway (CavitEx) - P64.00 too fee
  3. drive all the way to the towns of Kawit, Rosario, Tanza, Naic, Maragondon, and lastly Ternate
  4. from there drive through Mt. Palay-Palay National Park
  5. the to Gregorio Lim Marine Base
  6. and to Caylabne Beach Resort
  7. drive 2-3 km from ther and you will reach Katungkulan Beach Resort


Via Public and Chartered Transportation:

  1. travel through Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal in Coastal Mall, Paranaque City
  2. take bus that is bound for Ternate - P85.00 approx travel time: 2 - 2.5 hours
  3. from Ternate, you will need to charter a jeepney because there are no transportation available bound to Katungkulan Beach Resort

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Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

The are no white sand here.

Bummer? If you are into white sands or some sort, maybe, but if you are cool with the smooth pebbles caressing your foot, so I don't get the reason why you wouldn't enjoy the beach here in Malabrigo.

I've never been to Malabrigo, but my friend who is from Lobo, Batangas said that there are to visit there than just going to the beach.

There is the so called Submarine Garden, where you can see the corals under the water because of the crytal clear sea water. There is also the Malabrigo Lighthouse that is one of the landmarks in Lobo, Batangas.


How to get there?

  • Just board the to Batangas City (Balagtas or Diversion) - P150 - 180 Approx Travel Time: 2-3 hours
  • At the Grand Terminal, ride a jeepney to SM Batangas
  • from there go to the Batangas-Lobo Terminal and board a jeepney - P53 Approx Travel Time: 1 hour
  • from Lobo, ride a tricycle to Malabrigo - P100 Approx Travel Time: 15 minutes

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Anilao Beach

There are numerous resorts here and just pick any based on your budget.

If you are a snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiast, this place is perfect for you. The underwater scenery is great. But do take note that you can enjoy this things if you have a bigger budget. So when you decided on going to Anilao, remember to bring enough money and surely you'll enjoy your stay here/

How to get there?

  • Just board the to Batangas City (Balagtas or Diversion) - P150 - 180 Approx Travel Time: 2-3 hours
  • At the Grand Terminal, ride a jeepney to Mabini (Anilao Port) - P50
  • from there ride a tricyle to the Anilao Beach Resort - P100

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Tanay, Rizal

A two-hour drive from manila, to witness a beautiful water cascade - Daranak Falls.

This wonderful destination are for day trippers and nature lover. There is the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges were the beautiful waterfalls are to be found.

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Daranak Falls 

Located at a government-owned property, the 14 meter high water cascading into a deep catch basin is the main attraction of Barangay Tandang Kutyo.

Another attraction at the same place is the other small waterfalls in the area. Some are used as a natural water massage, due to the pressure it does in the body.

There is also the thing called "Rock Balancing", where people balance rocks of different shapes and sizes and compete with others.

The disadvantage is that it tends to be over crowded during weekends and holidays, because of its popularity and ease of access.

The place is open from 8AM to 5PM.

 
Price
 
Entrance
20(Adults) / 15(Kids)
 
Picnic Shed
300
 
Picnic Table
150
 

How to get there?

  • From Star Mall EDSA cor Shaw Boulevard,take a jeepney or van to Tanay, Rizal
  • at Tanay Market in Barangay Sampaloc, ride a tricycle to take you in Daranak Falls

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Anawangin Cove

This one for those adventurous minds who wants to camp have a campfire and embrace the beauty of the nature. This ain't for the faint heart.

Anawangin Cove is located at Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. The place has a white sand beach, a scenic reiver and a wonderful mountain backdrop, and a canopy of Agoho Pine trees.

The area is about four hours away from manila. But the place is so beautiful and very budget friendly. There are no hotels, restaurants and even cottages around. Signals are also off in this area.

Here are some reminders for you when you decided to go to Anawangin:

  1. Don't be a loner! Bring your friends! You will never enjoy if you're alone.
  2. It's Camping Time! Bring a tent because there are no cottages or hotels in the area. Prepare for a camping activities with your friends! A bonfire maybe? :)
  3. Bring your own food. There are no restaurants and stores around the cove. You can cook there or you can bring cooked food. But i prefer cooking there, cause it's camping, duh!?
  4. Never forget to bring a camera! You need to take a selfie with the cove as your backdrop! You will surely look cool when you do that! (Nah it's lame! Haha!) Take a picture of the beautiful scenery , instead.
  5. Be careful! Be very careful!- In swimming and in trekking.
  6. Lastly, KEEP THE CLEAN COVE! :)

 
Price
 
Boatride/ Island Hopping
500
 
Overnight Fee
100
 
 
 
 

How to get there?

  • take a bus from Cubao or Monumento heading to Iba, Zambales - P250 Approx Travel Time: 3-4 hours
  • from San Antonio Market, ride a tricycle to Pundaquit - P25 Approc Travel TIme - 10-15 mins
  • from there, you will take a boat ride to the cove - P200 Approx Travel Time:30-35 minutes

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I've never been to all this places except for the so called Boracay de Cavite. Everything I wrote here are through the words of my friends and with a little help of the world wide web.

If you have something to say, suggest, reaction please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for reading this. Links for the other entries are below and feel free to read them too. :)

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      Kenelm 2 years ago

      That's a modk-brealer. Great thinking!

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