Perhaps we can all agree on this: the Philippines is home to some of the best vacation spots in the world, such as the idyllic islands of Palawan, Boracay, and Siargao. But as beautiful as these must-visit beaches are, taking a trip to these destinations requires a relatively long period of planning (as well as plenty of leaves to consume) especially when you live in Metro Manila. Plus, these days, with all the extra travel requirements, they've become way out of reach.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of beautiful beach resorts near Manila, especially with a weekend trip in mind. Aside from the country’s highly popular tourist spots, there are plenty of beaches close by that deserve to be on your travel list. Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a special someone, these places have much to offer weekend travelers – while being a few hours away. Check out these resorts, and enjoy the sun and the sea to your heart’s content.
San Narciso, Zambales
Perfect for: Surfing
Aside from La Union and Baler, the town of San Narciso in Zambales is a surf spot worth checking out for the weekend. San Narciso’s Crystal Beach is considered one of the closest beaches to Manila and remains a favorite among surf fans. Aside from surfing, the town’s beaches make great venues for skimboarding, too.
How to get there: Drive or take a bus from Cubao or Pasay going to San Narciso. Get off at San Sebastian Church and take a tricycle to the beach.
Approximate travel time: three and a half hours