Now that most of us are stuck at home and all our supposed out-of-the-country summer vacations or road trip near Manila were cancelled due to the enhanced community quarantine brought by the pandemic crisis, we can’t help but daydream of what could have been the most summer vacay ever.
But don’t fret! As long as we cooperate and stay at our homes for now, the crisis will be over sooner than expected.
For now, we’ll give you a list of the best road trip destinations near Manila so you can already prepare yourselves once we’re allowed to go out again!
10. Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo, Rizal
The 21-meter waterfalls used to be a popular weekend destination. But because of poor waste management and lack of proper sewage, it was closed for rehabilitation in the early 2010s, and was reopened to the public in 2015.
Now, the renovated park features new sports facilities for the adventurous traveler who will enjoy the spider web platform, hanging bridges, and wall-climbing facility. While for those seeking a chill getaway, there are cottages which you can rent for P500 a day, and a swimming pool where you can take a dip for P50.
Address: Hinulugang Taktak is in Barangay Dela Paz, Antipolo City, Rizal
How to get there: From EDSA-Shaw Crossing in Mandaluyong, ride a jeep or van bound for Antipolo. Ask the driver to drop you off to the nearest landmark in Hinulugang Taktak then just ride a tricycle going to the park.
9. Caliraya Resort in Laguna
Photo credits to Caliraya Resort Club
Caliraya is a 7.6-hectare resort in Lumban, Laguna. Just 3 hours away from the metro, this is a perfect weekend road trip near Manila.
The resort promotes a choose-your-own-adventure style of fun—from ziplines, swimming pools, rappelling walls and more, everyone will surely have a great time! Caliraya is also a great venue to do team building.
Address: Caliraya Resort Club Inc., Brgy. Lewin, Lumban, Laguna
How to get there: From Manila, take a bus going to Sta.Cruz, Laguna and get off at the Pagsawitan, Pagsanjan terminal. Once in Pagsanjan take a jeepney or tricycle ride to the Sta. Cruz terminal. The jeepney will pass through Pagsanjan, turn left through Lumban, then up the mountain road to Caliraya.
8. Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal
If Batangas, Tagaytay, or Zambales is too far or too common for you, then consider visiting Pinto Art Museum. This museum is known for its several galleries all separated by doorways—hence the name. Just an hour away from the metro, Antipolo is a great destination for a weekend road trip near Manila.
The museum is also a romantic place where you can take your significant other! You can both lounge in its various gardens, dine at its cafe, and wait for the sunset to complete your romantic day. Plus, Antipolo makes a great night road trip near Manila because there are many places you can visit to see a panoramic view of the metro like the Cloud 9. Even just by passing through its roads, the view is already nice.
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St, Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal
How to get there: From EDSA-Shaw Crossing in Mandaluyong, ride a jeep or van bound for Antipolo or Tanay. Ask the driver to drop you off to the Ynares Center. Then, ride a tricycle going to Pinto Art Museum.
7. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan
Photo credits to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
If you’re looking for a different kind of road trip near Manila, go to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar where you can experience a unique heritage community that is brimming with history. You will see Old Manila’s glory from the collection of heritage houses that were transported and restored.
Packed with classic architecture, grandiose landscape, and spectacular waterworks, there is surely beauty anywhere you go. To tour the area, you can either hop on the Tramvia and traverse along cultural routes through cobblestone roads, go on a fluvial adventure by taking the balsa, and see the casas in a totally different angle, or go around the resort by taking the most common public transportation of the modern day Philippines. Whatever your choice is, it’s surely fun!
Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
How to get there: Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). From Manila, take the Genesis Bus to Balanga Bus Station. From the bus station, take the jeepney going to Bagac or Morong (Bagac-bound has a limited time while Morong-bound has a longer time). Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower and go to the tricycle station. Take tricycle going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Gate 5 entrance)
Budget Accommodation in Bataan
Price range: P2,500 – P7,000 per night
6. Mt. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal
With its proximity to Manila, Tanay has been a favorite go-to destination of those aiming for a quick getaway. Tanay boasts its many beautiful spots varying from nature to concrete. One of the most favorite road trip destinations near Manila is the Mt. Daraitan.
It’s among the most popular eco-tourism spots to date. Mt. Daraitan offers opportunities to go on an adventure in just a day through trails. The hike, where you can see the perfect sunrise views of limestone formations, commences at the Tinipak River, which is a must-visit, too! You can also consider this as a great night road trip near Manila because all the places you’ll pass through going back home are all beautiful and perfect for night landscapes.
Address: Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal
How to get there: You can drive from Manila via the Tanay-Infanta Road through the Tanay-Sampaloc Road or Marcos Highway or Marilaque Highway (two to three hours). You can also ride a jeep or van (one hour and 30 minutes) to Tanay, then take a jeep to Sampaloc (45 minutes), and a tricycle ride to Barangay Daraitan (30 minutes).
5. Aqua Planet in Pampanga
Located just two hours away from the metro, Aqua Planet is a great destination for a road trip near Manila. It holds 38 different slides that you and your friends can all take. From the small ones to gigantic slides, everyone will surely have fun and you’ll keep wanting for more best road trips near Manila.
Address: Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga
How to get there: From Cubao or Pasay terminal, ride a bus bound for Dagupan and get off at Dau-Mabalacat bus terminal in Pampanga. Walk towards MacArthur Highway and from there, you can take a jeep, hire a tricycle to SM Clark or straight to Bayanihan Terminal, or get a Grab to take you straight to Aqua Planet. From Bayanihan Terminal, take the jeep to Aqua Planet.
Alternatively, you can take the P2P bus in Trinoma bound for SM Clark. Alight at SM Clark and take a walk to Bayanihan Terminal. Ride a jeep or book a Grab to Aqua Planet.
4. Sepoc Beach in Anilao, Batangas
Itching to go on a beach trip but don’t have a lot of time to spare? Go to Anilao, Batangas instead of flying to Boracay or Palawan. Batangas never miss the list of the best road trip places near Manila because it’s just two hours away!
In Sepoc Beach, you can enjoy its deep blue waters through banana boat rides or scuba diving. Anilao is one of the best diving spots in the country, mind you.
Address: Eagle Point Beach Resort, Brgy, Mabini, Batangas
How to get there: From Cubao, ride a bus that is bound for Batangas City Terminal. Then ride a jeep going to Mabini and ask the driver to drop you off at Anilao Port. From the port, rent a tricycle going to Eagle Point Beach Resort where you need to pay a day trip fee because they handle Sepoc Island. Then ride a boat going to Sepoc.
Budget Accommodations in Batangas
Price range: P2,500 – P7,600 per night
Price range: P2,000 – P2,500 per night
Price range: P2,500 – P9,700 per night
Price range: P3,200 – P8,700
3. Inflatable Island in Subic
Want to experience an extreme and out-of-this-world road trip near Manila? Then check out Inflatable Island in Subic! With over 4,000 sqm. of inflatable playground, the biggest in Asia, you will definitely enjoy it as you bring out the inner child in you. There are different kinds of inflatable slides, towers, bridges, swings, giant animals and human launchers that you and your barkada will surely enjoy. But if you’re all for a chill vibe, there are colorful and in-character daybeds to lounge at that doubles as the perfect backdrop for everyone’s Instagram feed.
Address: Samba Bluewater Resort, Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales
How to get there: From Cubao/Pasay/Caloocan, take a bus bound for Olongapo City. alight at the Victory Liner Terminal of Olongapo, look for the Blue Jeep Terminal located near Chowking Restaurant, around the Ulo ng Apo. Ride the jeep and tell the driver to drop you off in Halfmoon Beach and you’ll be able to see signs for Inflatable Island PH.
2. Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal
If Masungi Georeserve’s famous sapot (spider web) still hasn’t made its way to your IG feed, you surely haven’t been staying on top of the current trendy spots. Popular for its sharp, limestone rock formations, Masungi Georeserve is a must-visit. A guide leads you in, around and through the cliffs to get to jaw-dropping, tree-filled views that’ll have you forget that you’re just a few hours away from all the hustle and bustle on the city. That’s why this is the best destination to go on a road trip near Manila.
Address: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal
How to get there: You can drive from Manila via the Marikina-Infanta Highway or Marilaque Highway. If you’re commuting, you can ride a jeep or van going to Tanay, then take a jeep to Sampaloc and ask the driver to drop you off at Kilometer 47 Masungi entrance.
1. Cagbalete Island in Quezon Province
Cagbalete Island is famous for its powdery white one-mile sandbar that appears during low tide, often before noon. This is one of the best road trips near Manila because the beach is so beautiful. Cagbalete Island is perfect for those looking for a tranquil vacay. While you’re there with your barkada, you can also play a game or two of beach volleyball and Frisbee, or practice your skim boarding technique.
Address: Mauban, Quezon
How to get there: From Manila, ride a bus bound for Lucena, Quezon then ride a van going to Mauban. Upon arriving, the port is just walking distance. Then ride the boat going to Cagbalete Island.
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