If you’re always chasing the sun, sand, and water, there’s no such thing as the perfect season for you to go on a beach trip because it’s always summer somewhere, right? But now that (the real) summer is just around the corner, it’s time to start planning out your beach getaways. But with so many beautiful summer destinations in the Philippines to choose from, where do you even start?
Whether you’re into relaxing in a comfortable paradise, or more into off-the-beaten-path discoveries, there’s a perfect place that fit your liking.
Here are the top 10 summer destinations in Philippines that every traveler must visit!
There’s no better way to start the list of top summer destinations 2020 Philippines than with the world’s best island—Boracay! Because when we talk about Philippine beaches, Boracay comes first to mind. It is home to the beach that has the whitest and finest sand in the country. And now that it has gone under a 6-month rehabilitation, the island has become cleaner and more beautiful. It is also not as crowded as before.
The island is perfect for every kind of getaway as it offers travelers a great sea and land adventures— from helmet diving, parasailing, paddle boarding, watching the sunset in Boracay beach, ATV driving and so much more!
Palawan is a postcard and screensaver brought to life, with oh-so-dazzling white sand, clear blue-green waters of lagoons and colorful reefs. Because of these, it has already become a regular on the list of the world’s best islands of international travel magazines. Of course, this doesn’t come as a surprise so Palawan deserves the glory and all the compliments it got from those who have set foot on it.
The three most famous islands in Palawan are Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido. Each has its unique attraction that tourists come for. Coron has great diving spots and lagoons while El Nido has stunning beaches perfect for those in search of relaxation. You shouldn’t also miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site and New 7 Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, Puerto Princesa City. You’ll definitely have a great summer vacation in Philippines if you visit Palawan.
If you’re to ask which place in the Philippines is most breathtaking, we’d confidently say Batanes! For most Filipinos, Batanes is a dream destination. Its vast greenery, rolling hills, and clean environment catch everyone’s hearts. That’s why it’s called “Breathtaking Batanes”. And the Ivatans—Batanes’ locals— are, without a doubt, the kindest people you’ll ever meet!
Pangasinan is one of the most favorite summer destinations Philippines, especially for those who only have a limited time to travel. With only more than three hours to spend on the road, you can already reach the province. And when you do, you won’t be disappointed with its gorgeous, unspoiled white beaches. It also brims with other delights that will make your summer vacation more memorable, including enchanting caves, fresh seafood and historic sites.
5. La Union
Because of its proximity to Metro Manila, La Union is also a favorite summer getaway near Manila for those who only have a few days to spare outside the Metro.
With countless activities to enjoy, travelers and solo backpackers are flocking to the province. Every La Union beach is best for relaxing with a drink at the beach or just lazing around. There are also spots where you can have great nightlife experiences. And aside from these, La Union is popular as a surfing hub that’s why it’s the best summer destination in Philippines.
Another destination most frequented by travelers, especially solo backpackers, is Zambales. With its proximity to the metro, Zambales is a perfect summer getaway near Manila. Although the province is just a three to four hours road trip from the metro, it still gives you the feeling that you fell off the grid for the weekend. The best activities to do in Zambales are partying, camping at the beach, and island hopping.
You can enjoy the scenic views of Anawangin Cove or have the beach all to yourself at the uncrowded Capones Island. And don’t worry about the budget because Zambales is one of the most affordable getaways near Manila.
If you want to have the best summer vacation in Philippines, visit Siargao! It is considered as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. But it’s not all about surfing. The island offers tons of activities from kite surfing and paddleboarding to sailing and island hopping. The best beaches you’ll find in Siargao are the Daku, Guyam, and Naked Islands.
What’s best about Siargao is that it has remained unspoiled, remote, and still relatively under the radar, despite the influx of new infrastructures in recent years.
Known as the Philippines’ summer capital, Baguio remains as the best summer destination in Philippines. It’s breezy, cold, has a magical misty feel, and easy to explore that’s why it is a perfect place for a summer vacation. Head to the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad Benguet to pick your own strawberries! The strawberries will be the freshest you’ve ever tried, and your fellow wanderers will keep you refreshed.
Alternatively, stick to the city sights and go museum-hopping. Go up to the Tam Awan Village, a museum of antiques literally located in the mountains or discover contemporary art in the ever famous BenCab Museum.
If you want to experience cool weather, you don’t need to brave the 6-hour bus ride to Baguio because Tagaytay will already give you that. It will only take 1 to 2 hours from Manila to go there. It’s basically among the coldest places in the Philippines that give its visitors fresh clean air and a pleasant atmosphere that’s why it’s one of the best summer destinations Philippines.
Some of the most famous activities in Tagaytay are trekking to Taal Volcano’s crater, dine at a restaurant with a breathtaking view of Taal Volcano, and search for the best bulalo in town. The list of top summer destinations 2020 Philippines wouldn’t be complete without Tagaytay.
With countless Cebu beaches to snorkel or dive to, the province has got you covered in all your sea adventure cravings.
A good summer destination in Cebu is Bantayan Island. There’s something on that island that will make you feel like it’s your own little world, your own little space. You will find yourself in a tropical utopia. As you get off the boat, you will be welcomed by fresh air, stunning sandbars, and cerulean blue waters. The islands’ loud crashing waves are like music to the ears. But just a warning, when the time comes that you’d have to leave, it’ll be too hard to say goodbye to those islands as it will already hold a special place in your heart.
Another beautiful summer destination in Cebu is the Kawasan Falls where thrill adventure begins! It’s popular because of the canyoneering on site.
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