The Philippines is known for its beaches. Even the locals can’t get enough of the country’s beautiful shores and clear waters, finding every possible excuse to head off to the beach. Whether you are one of the urban dwellers in the metro or a tourist having your first port in Manila, the following beach destinations will make for great options. You would not have to spend a fortune to get there, and would not have to splurge to enjoy the destination itself.
1.) Laiya Beach in San Juan, Batangas
A seaside community located near Manila. Laiya Beach has been a favorite beach destination for city dwellers. This easy-to-reach tropical paradise boasts a long stretch of cream-colored sand beach, clear blue waters, and various fun activities people can engage in.
With the wide array of resorts available in the area, finding an accommodation and food will be easy. Set aside a budget of Php460 for your transportation, and feel free to choose the resort that will best fit your budget once you’re there. Getting there will entail bus and jeepney or tricycle rides.
2.) Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas
You will love the semi-fine, cream-colored sands on the secluded Burot Beach. Located in Calatagan, Batangas, the beach boasts beautiful rock formations, calm waters, and lush greeneries. If raw and ragged charm is your cup of tea, this destination is for you.
Located near Manila, this beach has already become a favorite among weekend warriors. A weekend getaway to this pristine beach will only set you back by Php790. This will already include your round-trip fare for buses and tricycles and entrance fee. Just make sure you bring a tent for your overnight accommodations, and some food to eat!
3.) Dampalitan and Borawan Beaches in Padre Burgos, Quezon
The shoreline and rock formations at Borawan Beach are a spectacular sight. It may not have Boracay’s white sand beach, but it has the same huge rock boulders set against a beautiful backdrop of high limestone walls Palawan is known for. Dampalitan Beach is as stunning as Borawan, with its long stretch of unspoiled shoreline.
You will find basic amenities on the beaches, including nipa hut cottages and shower rooms with fresh water. You can reach the beach for less than Php250, and you only have to pay Php300 per person for the boat rental plus Php50 for the entrance fee.
4.) Kwebang Lampas in Pagbilao, Quezon
You’d be delighted to know that you can find a white sand beach that is not too far from the metro. Located in Quezon Province, Kwebang Lampas is a shimmering splendor with its glittery white sand, towering coconut trees, and beach cottages.
You will also find a cave you can dip into as the water comes cascading in. You can travel to this paradise and back for only Php820. This budget will include your bus and tricycle fares, plus the entrance fee to the beach. Only a five-hour drive from the metro, this idyllic beach is a must-experience.
5.) Verde Island, Batangas
Dubbed the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity in the World”, Isla Verde is located between the islands of Mindoro and Luzon. Verde Island is known for its clear waters and underwater wonders, and has grown popular among local and foreign travelers. You only need to prepare over Php900 for your transportation, food, and other expenses. You may bring a tent so you would not have to spend on accommodations.
6.) Liw-Liwa Beach in San Felipe, Zambales
Interestingly, Liw-Liwa did not exist until the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The debris from the eruption unintentionally created the village. The main attraction of this beach is its waves, which has turned it into a popular surfing destination. You will love the long stretch of gray sand set against the picturesque backdrop of the Zambales mountain range.
This is a true haven for surfers, especially as it is located near Manila. Surfing enthusiasts can quickly drop by for the weekend, or even just for a day. The place is great for beach bumming too! A budget of a little over Php700 would already cover your transportation back and forth. This will include bus and tricycle rides.
7.) Anilao Beach in Mabini, Batangas
If you love diving, Anilao is the beach destination for you. The place makes up for the lack of white sandy beaches with its awesome underwater ecosystem, and has become a popular diving destination. Anilao boasts stunning sceneries and fun activities, including diving, beach bumming, picnicking, snorkeling, and island hopping. A budget of Php980 will let you enjoy a quick weekend getaway at the Anilao Beach. This will already include your transportation, food, and other beach expenses.
8.) Cagbalete Island, Quezon
Cagbalete Island is one of the most popular beaches in Quezon. An idyllic beach destination, it boasts white sandy beaches, clear waters, splendid natural sights, and stunning sunrise and sunset views. The island has gone through extensive development, and now has several resorts at the beachfront for travelers and tourists. If you would like to go easy on your budget, you can bring your own tent so you won’t have to spend on accommodations. Be prepared to bring Php940 for your expenses on the island. This will already include your transportation costs, food, and other expenses.
9.) Boracay de Cavite in Ternate, Cavite
Officially named Katungkulan Beach Resort, Boracay de Cavite is a small sandy cove located in Calumpang Ternate, Cavite. The beach boasts light gray sand that is so fine and soft you’ll love the feel of it on your feet. You will love the towering stone wall on one side of the cove, which is perfect for your Instagram moments! You can also enjoy views of the Mariveles mountain range and Corregidor Island from the cove. You only need Php776 to enjoy the island. This will include your transportation costs and entrance fee.
10.) White Beach in Boracay
With its long stretches of white beach, turquoise waters, unforgettable sunset views, and countless water activities, Boracay has become a world-renowned destination. This sought-after beach destination could easily have you thinking of high-end restaurants and swanky beachfront bars, which could be way beyond your budget.
This does not have to be the case though, as the popular White Beach has a wide array of offerings ranging from the first-rate to the more low-key options. You could easily find restaurants and bars that are just right for your budget. You can enjoy a good meal for less than Php60 at eateries like Shanghai Eatery, Jaspers Tapsilog and Resto, and Kolai Mangyan Fudhaus.
You can even have a night party for less, with the Boracay Happy Hour making everything cheaper in many bars. Keep an eye out for the next airline promo, and plan your travels during the off-peak season. You can even take a RoRo ferry ride from Batangas to Caticlan. A budget of Php1,000 will be enough to take you to the paradise island. It will already include the bus ride from Cubao to Batangas, and your meal while traveling on the ferry. Now you can tick Boracay off your list of travel destinations.
Go ahead and indulge the beach lover in you. With budget issues out of the way, anything is possible!