24 Beaches Near Manila That You Can Visit This Summer

Armada Resort in Magalawa Island photo via FB
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LIST: 24 Beaches near Manila (And How to Get There)

We all deserve a break from time to time. All the stress we get at work or at school can tire us out. Sometimes all we need is just some sunlight on our skin and some sand in between our toes. Given our busy schedules, we want to make the most out of the time we have with the break that we have. Luckily, there are a lot of easily accessible beaches near Manila that are only a few hours away. No need to book a flight, all can be traveled to by car or by a short boat ride. Learn more about the beaches you can go to on your next break.

BEACHES IN QUEZON

Cagbalete Island, Quezon

Cagbalete Island photo by Pansacola Beach Resort FB
Cagbalete Island photo by Pansacola Beach Resort FB

With its fine white-colored sand, turquoise water and a view of a blue horizon, the privately owned island of Cagbalete is considered as one of the treasures of Quezon province. This unspoiled strip of sand is a great place to go to when all you need is some peace and quiet. It can be your white beach trip near Manila!

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How to get there:

  • Ride a bus to Lucena Grand Terminal, then ride a van or bus headed to Mauban port.
  • Go to the municipal tourism office to pay for the environmental fee. From there, you can hire boats to take you to the island. Travel time will be 3-4 hours long.

Borawan, Padre Burgos

Beach in Borawan Island by @borawanislands IG
Beach in Borawan Island by @borawanislands IG

Ever wonder if there is a beach here in the country that has emerald-like colored water? Well, Borawan island is the beach in Quezon where green is the primary color you will see. The beach has soft white sand that is a good contrast to the emerald waters of the sea and the abundant pine-like trees on land.

How to get there:

  • Take a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal. From here, ride a bus to Unisan.
  • Alight at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos, then take a trike to Aplaya—this is where you can rent a boat to the island. The travel time can last from 3-4 hours.

Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao

Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao Quezon photo via Pagbilao Tourism FB Page
Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao Quezon photo via Pagbilao Tourism FB

By the name of the beach itself, you can expect that this is a white beach near Manila that you can go to. The beach looks stunning in person, but even more so in person. It has a serene vibe to it that feels like you’re far from the city but in fact, you’re actually just taking a beach trip NEAR Manila.

How to get there:

  • Take a bus ride going to Lucena Grand Terminal, then a jeepney ride to the town of Pagbilao.
  • Followed by another Jeepney to Brgy Isla Polo. From the Jeepney terminal, take a tricycle to the jump-off point where you can rent a boat to Puting Buhangin.

Dampalitan Beach, Padre Burgos

Dampalitan Island by Kitakits via Flickr CC
Dampalitan Island by Kitakits via Flickr CC

If you’re considering going on an overnight stay in a beach in Quezon, the best place to stay in is at Dampalitan Beach because this beach has a large off-white strip of sand that can be very convenient for backpackers who wish to do beach camping. A lot of travelers who visited Dampalitan shared that one of the best things to do on this beach is stargazing and chasing the sunrise.

How to get there:

Getting here is exactly the same as Borawan Island, but of course, when it comes to renting a boat, you tell them you are headed to Dampalitan Beach.

Alibijaban Island, San Andres

Alibijaban Island
Alibijaban Island

The cerulean water and prosperous mangroves are the two main reasons why people love going here. Many people can’t really explain what makes it so different, but most do say that maybe because its the certain uniqueness and charm of mangroves near the water that look so different from the usual pine-like trees you’d see in the other beaches.

How to get there: 

To get here, ride a bus to Lucena Grand Terminal, followed by a bus to San Andres. Get a trike to take you to San Andres Port, where you may rent a boat to the island. The travel time will take 6-7 hours.

Kwebang Lampas, Pagbilao

Kwebang Lampas photo by Doris Amandy via FB
Kwebang Lampas photo by Doris Amandy via FB

By its name, you can already probably guess that you will be seeing a cave here. This beach trip near Manila is highly recommended if you want to see a cave and a beach. But you have to be early, the cave can only be accessed during low tide which is at 7 AM to 10 AM. The clear waters and white sand is one you should appreciate here too.

How to get there:

You first take a bus to Calauag Quezon, get off at Isla Polo Crossing. From there, there are trikes that you can hire to bring you to the jump-off area to the beach. Expect to get there within 3-4 hours time.

Also See: Best Beaches in Quezon Province

BEACHES IN BATANGAS

Burot Beach, Calatagan

Burot Beach photo by Kitakits via Flickr CC
Burot Beach photo by Kitakits via Flickr CC

Burot beach is one of those beaches in Batangas that has a lot of great beach resort near Manila. The sand may not be the white sand people would usually want, but the cream color it does have give it its own character. The beach is usually shallow so it is great for those who just want to waddle around and do sunbathing.

How to get there:

Luckily, it is easy to get here. Ride a bus headed to Calatagan. From the town proper, you can easily find trikes to bring you to Burot Beach. It is around 3-4 hours of travel.

Masasa Beach, Tingloy

Masasa Beach photo by Masasa Beach FB Page
Masasa Beach photo by Masasa Beach FB Page

Another beach on our list that may not have that bright white sand we look for, but it does have that vibrant wave barrels we want for exciting activities. The turquoise water here looks so clear that it glistens as the sunlight hits it. Expect that despite a lot of people going here, you can still have your privacy.

How to get there:

  • Ride a bus going to Batangas Grand Terminal. After, you take a jeep headed to Talaga Port located in Mabini. Ride the public boat to Masasa Beach.

Also see: Masasa Beach Travel Guide

Anilao Beach, Mabini

Anilao Beach Club
Anilao Beach Club

Many describe this as one of the best paradise White beach near Manila you can take. There are sharp cliffs around the area which give it quite a picturesque view and an astounding scene when the sun sets. There are also interesting rock formations in some parts of the beach.

How to get there:

You can go here by riding a bus to Batangas Grand Terminal. Then, a jeep to Anilao Port. Lastly, hire a trike to take you the resort you booked. The total travel time would be around 2-3 hours long.

Also see: The Ultimate List of the Best Beach and Dive Resorts in Anilao, Batangas

Isla Verde

Isla Verde Batangas photo by Eymi Therese via FB
Isla Verde Batangas photo by Eymi Therese via FB

If you have always been interested in seeing how beautiful the life under the sea can be, then Isla Verde is the beach near Metro Manila you need to go to. Why? Because the island is actually considered as the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity in the World.” Yes, you read that right– in the WORLD. The things you will see above the sea and below it will amaze you.

How to get there:

To get here, you must ride a bus to Batangas Grand Terminal. Then take a trike to Tabangao Aplaya. Boats can be rented here to take you to the island. It will most probably take you around 1.5-2.5 hours to get here.

Laiya Beach, San Juan

Tree House at Laiya Coco Grove Resort
Tree House at Laiya Coco Grove Resort

The beach that has one of the best beach resort near Manila that you can go to; Laiya Beach is known to be a developed area with great accommodation for guests who travel to Batangas. The beach is well maintained and kept, so despite having a lot of establishments put up here, the beach remains to be tranquil.

How to get there:

Get a bus bound for San Juan in either EDSA, Cubao or Alabang. Then, take a jeep to Laiya and just go down at the resort you have chosen. 2-3 hours is the travel time.

Also see: Beach Resorts in Laiya San Juan, Batangas

Sepoc Island, Tingloy

Eagle Point Resort – Sepoc Beach
Eagle Point Resort – Sepoc Beach

The beach that has soft and creamy sand that looks to be mostly composed of small broken corals that have scattered throughout the beach through time. Sepoc beach has a lot of trees on it so, you can easily find some shade if you feel like you just want to take a break after enjoying some time on the teal-colored waters.

How to get there:

You get here by taking a bus to Batangas Grand Terminal. Then, take a jeep to Anilao; this is where you can find trikes to bring you to Eagle Point Resort. The service van of the resort will bring you to the resort where the beach is. Expect the trip to be around 3-4 hours.

Malabrigo Beach, Lobo

Punta Malabrigo Beach Resort
Punta Malabrigo Beach Resort

A beach doesn’t have to have pure white sand for it to be pretty; sometimes a beautiful beach can be a stoned one. Malabrigo beach is covered with a lot of varying size of smooth pebbles. This is what makes it very unique from the other beaches on this list. A lot of great photos can be taken here. The contrast of the deep blue water of the sea is good beside the gray-colored stones.

How to get there:

Getting here, you must ride a bus bound for Batangas City then alight at Diversion. You then take a jeep to SM Batangas. There you will find jeeps going to Lobo. Lastly, hire a trike to take you to Malabrigo. It will take you about 2-3 hours to get here.

BEACHES IN ZAMBALES

Nagsasa Cove

Nagsasa Beach (photo by JP via Flickr)
Nagsasa Beach (photo by JP via Flickr)

A great beach trip near Metro Manila is going to the paradise of Nagsasa Cove. This is a popular destination because more than just going swimming and sunbathing, you can also explore the mountainous places here. The area is so traveler-friendly because locals are very helpful in accommodating and assisting you.

How to get there:

To go here, you ride a bus going to Iba, Zambales. Go down at the San Antonio Municipal Hall. Near the municipal hall,  there are trikes that will take you to Pundaquit. From there, boats to Nagsasa can be rent. The whole ride can be 4-5 hours long.

Also see: When the summit and the sea kissed – Mt. Bira-bira and Nagsasa Cove

Magalawa Island

Armada Resort in Magalawa Island photo via FB
Armada Resort in Magalawa Island photo via FB

A sight of an unspoiled beach is very satisfying, and this is exactly what you will get in Magalawa Island. The soft creamy sand of the island and the trees on it definitely gives off that cool island vibe to it. There are tents and cottages that can be rented here, so it is developed enough to welcome guests. The water looks more like the color of the sky.

How to get there:

You get here by, riding a bus to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Get off at Radio Veritas Road. Find a trike and tell the drive which resort you’ll be staying in. Each resort has its own port to bring you to the island. 4.5-5.5 hours long is the average travel time.

Liw-Liwa Beach, San Felipe

Surfing in Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales photo by hectorhannibal via Flickr
Surfing in Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales photo by hectorhannibal via Flickr

A shoreline that seems to go on and on with no end; Liw-Liwa Beach may have ash gray colored sand but its peacefulness and privacy does give a magical and mystical feel to it. It seems like a place where mermaids would stop by at times. The agoho trees here give such a scenic view of the sunrise and sunset. If beach resorts near Manila is what you’re interested in, you can find some here.

How to get there:

Abound a bus headed to Sta. Cruz, Zambales, alight at San Felipe Town Proper. You can find trikes that can take you to your chosen resort. The trip will be around 5-6 hours.

Crystal Beach, San Narciso

Crystal Beach Resort
Crystal Beach Resort

Crystal beach has fine sand, the kind of sand that’s nice to just take a stroll. The sea is part of the West Philippine Sea, so as you stay here, it’ll feel like you’re seeing something endless. Beach resorts here as well are one of the best in Zambales. All with varying prices, depending on your budget.

How to get there:

You can go here by riding an Iba, Zambales bound bus. Then, go down at San Sebastian Church, this is where you can take a trike that will take you to your chosen resort. You can get there within 3.5-4.5 hours.

Silanguin Cove, San Antonio

Silanguin Cove photo by El Paradise
Silanguin Cove photo by El Paradise

What the cove lacks is the beauty of the sand it has, it makes up for the sensational backdrop it has. From afar, you can already see the reddish-colored hills that serves as the backdrop of a beach that has aqua-colored waters. This is a beach that has been kept untouched, so modern accommodation and amenities can’t be expected, but at least you get the isolation and stillness.

How to get there:

To get here, you must travel by riding an Iba, Zambales bound bus. Then, alight at San Antonio Market. You get hire trikes to take you to Pundaquit. There will be boats at Pundaquit that can take you to the cove.  Within 3.5-4.5 hours, you’ll arrive here.

Also see: Best Beaches in Zambales Province

BEACHES IN PANGASINAN

Hundred Island, Alaminos

Travel Guide Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan
Travel Guide Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan

If a beach trip near Manila is what you are looking for, you should never ever miss out on going to the famous Hundred Island in Pangasinan. There are a lot of activities that can be done here aside from just beach bumming; you can go island hopping, swimming, snorkeling and also picnicking. You will never be bored when you go here. Make sure to take tons of photos.

How to get there:

Travel by bus to Alaminos City. Followed by, riding a trike to Lucap Wharf. There are boats there that can be rented to help you go on that island adventure. It is around 4-5 hours from Manila.

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Tambobong Beach, Dasol

Tambobong Beach by Pantalan Beach Resort FB
Tambobong Beach by Pantalan Beach Resort FB

The Boracay of the North; that is what Tambobong Beach is usually referred to. Do you know why? Because if a white beach near Manila is what you want, then you don’t need to look any further. The turquoise water is one of a kind. It is one of the clearest ones you will ever see.

How to get there:

You can get here by riding a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Buses pass by at Alaminos so just go down at Dasol. The whole travel time will take 5-6 hours.

Also see: 15 Best Beaches in Pangasinan

BEACHES IN BATAAN

Laki Beach, Mariveles

Laki Beach in Bataan photo by Marah Losabio via FB
Laki Beach in Bataan photo by Marah Losabio via FB

Do you want to see a beach that has pure and raw beauty? Then Laki Beach in Bataan should be your next trip. The white sand here is so pure that it looks like it shimmers. The water is so clear that it looks almost transparent. It is obvious that this beach is kept to keep it untouched.

How to get there:

Abound a bus going to Mariveles (this is where you also alight). Take a trike to Brgy. Balon, but tell the driver you’d go down at Porto to rent a boat going to Laki. The trip is around 4-5 hours long.

Morong Beach

Beach in Morong, Bataan
Beach in Morong, Bataan

This is a fun destination to go to if you plan to travel with your whole family. Because aside from the stunning beach, there are other natural and historical wonders you can visit. The beach is nothing short of remarkable.

How to get there:

Ride a bus going to Balanga, Bataan. Then, you can find buses headed to Morong Public Market. Get down there and ride a trike to your chosen resort. Estimated time is 4-5 hours.

Also see: Best Beach Resorts in Bataan Province

OTHER BEACHES NEAR MANILA

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Long Beach in Puerto Galera
Long Beach in Puerto Galera

Frequent travelers of any nationality has heard, one way or another, of the famous and stunning Puerto Galera. This is because of the uniqueness to it. There are mountains that add depth to it, seas that have colors, waves, and life that is so different from most, and also locals that welcome you with openness. From all the beaches mentioned here, this is the only one with bright seafoam green-colored waters.

How to get there:

Getting here, you must board a bus headed to Batangas Pier. From there, you can directly rent a boat that will take you to Puerto Galera.

Dinadiawan Beach, Aurora

Dinadiawan Beach by Weekend Sidetrip
Dinadiawan Beach by Weekend Sidetrip

This is another beach on our list where we can just enjoy the view, as we get our feet soaked on the water and swim in its aqua waters. Most areas of the beach have not much on them except some trees and a long strip of sand, but that is what makes it laid-back and calm. Couples, groups of friends, or families that want some alone time would love it here. You can have the beach all to yourself.

How to get there:

The easiest way to get here is by riding a bus going to Baler. Then from here, you must ride another bus headed to Casiguran. Go down at Diadiawan beach. Estimated time to get here is around 6-7 hours long.

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