4 Unspoiled Beaches Near Manila For A Good Amount of Comfort and Adventure
How many times do you get to spend a long vacation away from work in a year? Not many, that’s for sure. You have, however, two days every week to unwind and catch up with yourself. Too short? Maybe not.
Here, we list some unspoiled, less crowded beaches that you can quickly escape to over the weekend. These beaches let you have a good amount of comfort and adventure, giving you options to either pitch a tent on the sand or spend the night in a nearby local resort.
Talisayin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales
Travel time: 5 to 6 hours
Where to rest: A beach hut or a tent
A picturesque view of Talisayin Cove. /IMAGE The Poor Traveler
Talisayin Cove got blessed with the same volcanic ash that rained on the coves of Anawangin and Nagsasa from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The difference is the unparalleled solitude that it blesses you with once you set foot on its pristine sand. If you ever feel anxious about camping at an unspoiled beach like Talisayin, just look at the seemingly endless rows of pine trees and mountains as if saying, “we got you covered”—literally.
Tambobong Beach in Dasol, Pangasinan
Travel time: 6 hours
Where to rest: A nearby resort/cottage or a tent
Laid-back Tambobong beach. /IMAGE Lonely Travelogue
Beyond the hundred islands that Pangasinan is most known for is one beach called Tambobong that offers a more laid-back getaway experience. It has distinctively clear and calm water, and cream-painted sand. The sunrise view from Tambobong beach is one experience that you should not miss.
Verde Island in Batangas
Travel time: 3 to 4 hours
Where to rest: A nipa hut, a stone house or a tent
Verde Island, rich in marine biodiversity. IMAGE Damn Good Travels
Batangas is a province near Manila that is known for its countless options for a nearby beach getaway. If you want to veer away from the crowd, this little island gem will shelter you from the hustle and bustle of the city. With its pristine waters and high concentration of marine life, Verde Island is not called the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity for nothing.
Masasa Beach in Tingloy Island, Batangas
Travel time: 3 to 4 hours
Where to rest: Local homestay
A very accessible paradise. /IMAGE The Poor Traveler
Another hidden gem in Batangas, Masasa Beach is a very accessible paradise from Manila where you can set up camp and roast marshmallows peacefully over a bonfire. Camping is only allowed until 7 p.m., but beyond that, you can still enjoy a nice walk by the beach under the stars (if weather permits).