5 Out of Manila Road Trip Destinations

Houses in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet were turned into a colorful mural. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism - CAR
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5 Out of Manila Road Trip Destinations

There are a lot to be explored within the Philippines 7641 islands alone. However, due to our hectic lifestyle in the city, we end up missing out on experiencing the beauty of places outside of our beloved concrete jungle.

Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan - Out of Manila Road Trip Destinations
Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan – Out of Manila Road Trip Destinations

But if you can set your sights out for a good weekend out of town, then there are a handful of awesome destinations nearby where you can take your loved ones out for an adventure in just a couple of hours drive away.

To give you an idea, here are 5 out of Manila Road Trip destinations.

Pangasinan

Whether you aim to visit the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos for spelunking, swimming or camping, or to the Enchanted Cave in Bolinao, Pangasinan’s diverse sceneries will definitely overflow your senses.

Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan by Joseph Dayo via Flickr
Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan by Joseph Dayo via Flickr
Lighthouse in Bolinao
Lighthouse in Bolinao

This average of three hour drive destination is enriched with a vast preserved marina such as the Fourteen Mile Reef and the Devil’s Island that are quite appealing for divers, the Nalsoc Cave for a rocky exploration, beaches like the Bonuan Blue Beach, the Cape Bolinao Beach and the multiple beaches in the Hundred Islands, old churches, and more. For a memorable place to stay, check out Birdland Beach House in Bolinao.

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Baguio City

This favorite out of Manila drive destination of all time promises a myriad of memories for the cold-weather craving travelers. In Camp John Hay alone, you can do a lot of fun activities, such as horseback riding along the rugged Pine-tree trail, indulge in hot cocoa and local delicacies at Choco-Late de Batirol, play mini golf with your family, have a picnic, visit the witty Pet Cemetery, and immerse in the country’s grandest Christmas village.

Igorot Cultural Performers at Tamawan Village
Igorot Cultural Performers at Tamawan Village
Baguio City Bell Church
Baguio City Bell Church
Horseback Riding in Camp John Hay, Baguio
Horseback Riding in Camp John Hay, Baguio
Strawberry-picking at La Trinidad
Strawberry-picking at La Trinidad

You could also go to La Trinidad to pick strawberries at this height of its harvest season, then stop by at Tam-Awan Village to learn about the Cordilleran culture and have your portrait sketched by the village artists.

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Zambales

As a relatively young beach tourist destination, Zambales captures easy-going beachcombers with its secluded coves, sparkling gray and white sandy coasts, and lively sea.

Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove
Kiddie fun at Crystal Beach Resort. Photo by Corinne Dinglasan
Kiddie fun at Crystal Beach Resort. Photo by Corinne Dinglasan

You could bring your tent and camp out at Anawangin Cove, or rent a tent and learn to surf at Crystal Beach Resort in Narciso, or get comfy at Subic Bay, or dive in its marine protected area.

Tagaytay

For a destination that is usually explored for a day or two, Tagaytay City is actually a place worth venturing for at least four days. If you want to explore the Taal Volcano crater, you have to allot at least a day for it in order to also absorb its precious surrounding; to really enjoy food-tripping in its appetizing environment, you have to dedicate at least 6 meals for Taal Vista’s the Veranda buffet and for its Mediterranean style Taza Fresh Table, Sonya’s Secret Garden’s lunch buffet, Mountain Brew’s scenic local cuisine, have a morning feast at Breakfast at Antonio’s and splurge at Balay Dako; to visit unique sights like Ilog Maria Bee Farm, the Puzzle Mansion Our Lady of Manaog at Tierra de Maria and at Museo Orlina, treat yourself for a spa retreat at Nurture Wellness Village or the Bathhouse at Qi Wellness Living, and simply delight in the its cool and distinctive environment.

View of the Taal Lake and Volcano from Tagaytay
View of the Taal Lake and Volcano from Tagaytay
Sky Ranch Tagaytay
Sky Ranch Tagaytay

So if you’re going to bring your dog, you may consider Eco Hotel, if you’re going to bring your family, then Taal Vista Hotel, and if you’re going for a romantic escapade, then Sonya’s Secret Garden will be perfect.

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Batangas

Do you want to get into a crash diving course in an impressionable reef, go island hopping and swim by coral sandy beaches all in just a couple of days? Then drive to Batangas City.

In front of Pico de Loro Beach Club
In front of Pico de Loro Beach Club
Refreshing scenery at Lilom Resort, Anilao
Refreshing scenery at Lilom Resort, Anilao
Santelmo Beach at Hamilo, Pico de Loro
Santelmo Beach at Hamilo, Pico de Loro

There is the Hamilo Coast in Pico de Loro, Nasugbu for a luxurious adventure, Laiya Beach for a comfy tropical vibe, and more to explore as you go along. In the meantime, you could also connect with the locals to guide you to coffee and cocoa farms, bee farms and more nature trips.

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Surely, there are more out of Manila Road Trip destinations, but in these five destinations, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time away from your comfort zones.

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