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!

1. Boracay

tourists relaxing on the fine white sand beach of boracay

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! 

2. Palawan

tourists kayaking in a lagoon in palawan

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.

3. Batanes

tayid lighthouse in batanes

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!

4. Pangasinan

aerial view of hundred islands in pangasinan

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

surfers braving the waves of 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.

6. Zambales

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.

7. Siargao 

the girl is standup paddling in siargao

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.

8. Baguio

swan lake ride in burnham park

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.

9. Tagaytay

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.

10. Cebu

girl swimming with the whale shark

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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While seat sales are everywhere tempting us to hop on a plane, not all people have the luxury of having a limitless number of vacation leaves because most often than not, all that’s left on our calendar are a couple of long weekends to get out of town. Hence, we end up searching for a weekend getaway near Manila.

You don’t actually need to book a plane ticket to satisfy your wanderlust. In fact, you don’t even need to drive too far from the city at all! We know how important a quick recharge is, so we listed all the good places you can escape to if ever you need a quick weekend getaway.

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10 Best Weekend Getaways near Manila

Here are the most relaxing and fun weekend getaways near Manila:

  1. Batangas
  2. Tagaytay
  3. Laguna
  4. Rizal
  5. Zambales
  6. Pangasinan
  7. Quezon
  8. La Union
  9. Bataan
  10. Pampanga

What’s inside this blog?

Itching for a quick getaway near Manila? Let’s explore each of the fun weekend destinations near Manila that are perfect for your much-needed break.

1. Batangas

When looking for a weekend getaway near Manila, Batangas comes first to mind. From beaches and hiking to food trips, Batangas has everything that other destinations have, too. You can already enjoy white sand beaches without traveling by plane!

Travel time from Manila: 2 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Fortune Island
  • Masasa Beach
  • Malabrigo Beach
  • Matabungkay Beach
  • Taal Heritage Town

More Batangas tourist spots for a quick escape: 12 Pristine Beaches in Batangas Every Traveler Shouldn’t Miss for a Fun Getaway

Budget Accommodations in Batangas

  1. ZEN Rooms Yellowbell Batangas
    Price range: P2,500 – P7,600 per night
  2. ZEN Rooms Park B&B Batangas
    Price range: P2,000 – P2,500 per night
  3. ZEN Rooms Hacienda Darasa
    Price range: P2,500 – P9,700 per night
  4. ZEN Rooms Rosario Resort Batangas
    Price range: P3,200 – P8,700

2. Tagaytay

One of the most famous destinations for overnight getaways near Manila, whether it’s summer or not, is Tagaytay. It’s basically among the coldest places in the Philippines that give its visitors fresh clean air and a pleasant atmosphere.

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. So if you want your getaway to be fun and not too far from the metro, Tagaytay is the place to be.

Travel time from Manila: 2 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Sky Ranch Tagaytay
  • Balay Dako
  • Sonya’s Garden
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Picnic Grove

More Tagaytay tourist spots for your much-deserved getaway: 12 Tagaytay Tourist Spots Perfect for Refreshing Staycation

Budget Accommodations in Tagaytay

  1. ZEN Rooms Cool Breeze Tagaytay
    Price range: P2,500 – P4,000 per night
  2. ZEN Premium Junction Tagaytay
    Price range: P2,700 per night
  3. Casamara Garden Tagaytay
    Price range: P1,200 – P6,900 per night
  4. ZEN Rooms Titus Poison Garden
    Price range: P1,600 – P2,000 per night

3. Laguna

Not all paradise is made of pristine white beaches. Sometimes, it’s dressed as forests, hot springs, and falls. And Laguna is the obvious proof of that. Despite getting partly overlooked because it isn’t the typical summer destination, much of Laguna’s beauty is about the province’s unspoiled rainforests and waterfalls. 

Other than these, its towns radiate its glorious past as it retains its historic facade including that of Rizal Shrine, which is a replica of the original two-story house where Jose Rizal was born. 

Many people, especially those living in the neighboring provinces, often visit Laguna as it is one of the best cheap getaways near Manila. Laguna is also usually listed as a popular “staycation near me” destination if you’re from Manila.

Travel time from Manila: 2 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Majayjay Falls and Cold Springs
  • Pandin Lake
  • Hulugan Falls
  • Nuvali
  • Rizal Shrine

More awesome destinations for a quick getaway near Manila: Top 17 Laguna Tourist Spots to Visit if You Want An Ultimate Relaxation

4. Rizal

For quick weekend out-of-town trips, destinations like Tagaytay or Batangas usually come to mind. Rizal, while also close to Manila, is often overlooked. But this underrated travel destination has gems worth exploring that might even surprise you.

Rizal is rich in natural wonders such as mountains, stunning waterfalls and rivers, and art museums. And the good thing here is, Rizal is easily accessible by public transportation from Manila. There are many buses and vans that go in and out of the province

Travel time from Manila: 1-2 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Daranak Falls
  • Tinipak River
  • Pililla Windmills
  • Masungi Georeserve
  • Pinto Art Museum

More awesome destinations for a fun weekend getaway: 10 Incredible Tanay Rizal Tourist Spots Worth Putting on Your Bucket List

5. Zambales

Another destination most frequented by travelers, especially solo backpackers, is Zambales. With its proximity to Manila, Zambales is one of the perfect destinations for overnight getaways near Manila. 

Although the province is just 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.

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours away

Recommended spots:

  • Anawangin Cove
  • Capones Island
  • Liwliwa Beach
  • Nagsasa Cove
  • Potipot Island

More Zambales tourist spots for your quick escape: 10 Best Beaches in Zambales Perfect for a Quick Beach Fix

6. Pangasinan

Pangasinan is mostly known for bangus (milkfish) and the Hundred Islands. However, there’s much more to see in this coastal province. 

If you’re hesitant to travel all the way to the North because of budget restrictions, don’t worry because, in Pangasinan, it’s possible to have a weekend getaway near Manila with the whole family without breaking the bank.

The province is blessed with hundred islands, beautiful beaches, and nature spots. It’s home to several spots that are perfect for recreational activities—from swimming and trekking to sightseeing.

Travel time from Manila: Around 5-6 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Hundred Islands National Park
  • Abagatanen and Pabrika Beach
  • Enchanted Cave
  • Panacalan Island
  • Patar Beach

For more tourist spots near me in Pangasinan for your quick getaway, read this: 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Pangasinan Fit for a Beach-Lover’s Taste

7. Quezon

Whether you’re looking for a fun or tranquil vacation near Manila, you won’t miss out when you travel to Quezon province as it has everything you’re looking for—from stunning white beaches and delectable cuisine to lively and colorful festival. And don’t miss their delicious Pancit Habhab!

Travel time from Manila: 4 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Borawan Beach
  • Hagdan-Hagdan Falls
  • Villa Escudero
  • Jomalig Island
  • Kamay ni Hesus

8. La Union

The main reason for any tourist visiting La Union is to surf. If you’re new to this and want to learn how to surf, the beachfront is lined with surfing schools and instructors that will help you. 

But La Union is more than just a surf town. It offers a wide variety of food places, activities, and scenic spots. When in La Union, you’ll definitely experience its vibrant colors, youthful energy, and laid-back vibe to the fullest.

Travel time from Manila: 4 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Tangadan Falls
  • Luna Beach
  • Baluarte Watchtower
  • Kamay na Bato Art Gallery
  • Grape Farm

Can’t find a relaxing place in Metro Manila? Check this out instead: 12 Must-Visit Beaches in La Union for a Fun Weekend Escape

Budget Accommodations in La Union

  1. ZEN Rooms G Hotel La Union
    Price range: P1,000 – P1,700 per night
  2. Monaliza Surf Resort
    Price range: P1,600 – P6,000 per night
  3. ZEN Rooms Basic North Coast Resort
    Price range: P2,600 – P7,500 per night
  4. ZEN Rooms Le Marc Beach Resort La Union
    Price range: P3,500 – P10,600 per night

9. Bataan

When someone says Bataan, the first thing that will come to mind is how it has played a big role during World War II because of the Bataan Death March and The Battle of Bataan.

While the province is rich in history, it’s also the perfect destination for anyone who wants to escape the chaos of Manila. If you feel like traveling back in time and see what Old Manila looks like, you can visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar; or if you just want to have a chill vacation, go on an island-hopping or beach trip at Five Fingers Cove.

Bataan is surely a great weekend getaway destination.

Travel time from Manila: 

  • 1 hour by ferry
  • Less than 3 hours by land

Recommended spots:

  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
  • Five Fingers Coves
  • Pawikan Conservation Center
  • Mount Samat National Shrine
  • Sisiman Bay and Lighthouse

Done with your vacations in Manila? Extend your getaway in Bataan: 16 Best Bataan Tourist Spots Every Traveler Will Love

Budget Accommodation in Bataan

Eva’s Paradise Beach Resort
Price range: P2,500 – P7,000 per night

10. Pampanga

While Pampanga boasts its cuisines and delicacies that have become national sensations, making them the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, it has much more to offer other than food. 

Pampanga caters to every kind of traveler—from the adventurous to laid-back tourists. When in Pampanga, you can go to Sandbox in Alviera to fix your adventure cravings with its fun rides and activities. You can also go on a laid-back trip by visiting Puning Hot Springs.

Travel time from Manila: 2 hours

Recommended spots:

  • Mt. Pinatubo crater
  • Sandbox
  • Zoocobia Fun Zoo
  • Puning Hot Springs
  • Aqua Planet

For more tourist spots in Pampanga, read this: 10 Best Pampanga Tourist Spots Not to Miss for a Fun-Filled Trip

If you’re planning to have a weekend getaway near Manila, book your budget hotels at ZEN Rooms to enjoy great rooms at an affordable price!

Frequently Asked Questions about weekend getaways near Manila

Q: Where can I go near Manila this weekend?
A: Here are the best places to go near Manila for a weekend getaway

  1. Batangas: 2 hours away
  2. Tagaytay: 2 hours
  3. Laguna: 2 hours
  4. Rizal: 1-2 hours
  5. Zambales: 3-4 hours
  6. Pangasinan: 5-6 hours
  7. Quezon: 4 hours
  8. La Union: 4 hours
  9. Bataan: 1 hour by ferry. Under 3 hours by land. 
  10. 10. Pampanga: 2 hours

Q: Where can I unwind near Manila?
A: These are the best places to unwind near Manila:

  1. Batangas: Fortune Island, Masasa Beach, Malabrigo Beach
  2. Tagaytay: Sky Ranch Tagaytay, Sonya’s Garden, People’s Park in the Sky
  3. Laguna: Majayjay Falls and Cold Springs, Pandin Lake, Hulugan Falls
  4. Rizal: Masungi Georeserve, Tinipak River, Pililla Windmills
  5. Zambales: Capones Island, Anawangin Cove
  6. Pangasinan: Hundred Islands National Park, Abagatanen and Pabrika Beach, Enchanted Cave
  7. Quezon: Hagdan-Hagdan Falls, Villa Escudero, Borawan Beach
  8. La Union: Luna Beach, Baluarte Watchtower, Tangadan Falls
  9. Bataan: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Sisiman Bay and Lighthouse, Five Fingers Coves
  10. Pampanga: Mt. Pinatubo crater, Puning Hot Springs, Aqua Planet, Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Q: Where should I go for a 2 day trip near Manila?
A: Here are 5 best options for a 2-day trip or a weekend getaway include:

  1. Pampanga
  2. Bataan
  3. Zambales
  4. Pangasinan
  5. La Union

Q: What are the best beaches near Manila?
A: The best beaches near Manila for a weekend getaway are:

  1. Masasa Beach
  2. Liwliwa Beach
  3. Abagatanen and Pabrika Beach
  4. Pundaquit Beach
  5. Burot Beach
  6. Halfmoon Beach
  7. Masasa Beach
  8. Burot Beach
  9. Nagsasa Cove
  10. Talisayin Cove Beach

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Please Note: Some destinations might be closed or there might be travel restrictions placed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep the government mandate in mind.