Summer is still around the corner–and you may still be planning your weekend trip with your barkada that’s over two years old. Kulayan niyo na, bes!
This long weekend is the perfect time to pull out your swimsuits from your cabinet and push-through with the #squadgoals your barkada’s been dreaming about. Check out these local beaches to hit this long weekend.
PS: No airfare needed, just go on a road trip. And experience the real fun and excitement of traveling.
White Beach Resort (Dingalan, Aurora)
When we talk about Aurora, the first word that pops into our mind is Baler. But it’s not just about Baler, they also have Dingalan which they also call, ‘Batanes of the East’.
Yes, you heard that right, you don’t have to fly just to see Batanes — Aurora has it. Pack and see the greeny mountains, waves crashing on the rocks and breathtaking view of the Pacific ocean.
How to get there: From Manila, ride a bus in Cubao (Five Star) bound for Cabanatuan City. Once you arrive, take a van going to Dingalan, Aurora, then ride a tricycle going to Feeder port. From the port, rent a boat going to White Beach, where the lighthouse and Viewpoint are located.
Layag-Layag Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)
Layag-Layag beach is located in Brgy. Papaya in Nasugbu, Batangas. It’s a new paradise found just a few hours away from Manila–perfect for beachgoers ready for adventure.
The beach has a short shoreline with creamy sand and crystal clear water, which may not be as fine as Boracay but is definitely beautiful. You can try their snorkeling, cliff-diving and of course, island hopping.
How to get there: Ride a DLTB Bus Co. bus bound to Nasugbu town proper, get a tricycle going to Brgy.Papaya. Hop on a boat to Layag-Layag beach. If you have a private vehicle, you can try a faster route via Ternate passing through the Kaybiang Tunnel going to Barangay Papaya.
Anawangin Cove (Iba, Zambales)
If you want a beach just a few hours away from Manila, Anawangin Cove should be on your list. It’s one of the most favorite islands of beachgoers and mountaineers and campers in years.
The best part, Anawangin is like Baguio and Boracay in one place–showing its agoho trees, creating an evergreen forest like Baguio’s pine trees and, of course, the fine sand.
How to get there: Ride a bus (Victory Liner) bound for Iba, Zambales. Get down at San Antonio’s municipal hall and take a tricycle going to Pundaquit. From there, rent a boat to Anawangin Cove.
Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte)
It is a picture perfect paradise with its long stretch of fine white sand, dotted with volcanic rocks on its both ends. Clearly, Calaguas Island is definitely a go-to place! You don’t need to fly to Boracay or Palawan to explore a world-class destination in the Philippines.
How to get there: Ride a bus (Superlines) bound for Daet and from there, take a bus going to Paracale town, and rent a boat going to Calaguas Island.
Real Surf PH (Real, Quezon)
Try out surfing without traveling that far from Manila, Real Surf PH got your back. It’s a budget-friendly trip yet it offers comfortable and artsy stay. Enjoy beachfront cabanas, tent areas and a movie night every Saturdays.
How to get there: Ride a bus (Raymond) from Legarda Manila bound for Infanta. Drop off at Real and take a tricycle going to Real Surf PH.
If these beaches do not call you out to pack your things this weekend, and we don’t know what would.