Perfect Summer Getaways: Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines

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Sunbathing more fun in the PH: Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines

Philippines is blessed with breathtaking coast lines. With it’s 7000 islands, it’s no secret that there’s a perfect summer getaway for everyone. There are plenty of beaches in each of the three major island of the archipelago.

Beach in El Nido by Orly Arcelao via Flickr
Beach in El Nido by Orly Arcelao via Flickr

Whether you’re crazy for white sand like in Boracay or Calaguas, pink sand like in Subic Beach or santa Cruz Beach or golden sand of Jomalig or San Pedro Beach, well there’s a summer paradise for everyone. If you will read further in to the list, you would soon observe that the beaches listed below are all white beaches. Tourists both foreign and local are more into the fine powdery white sand thus the beaches below are all of white sand.

1. Boracay

Boracay Island in Malay Aklan
Boracay Island in Malay Aklan

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Automatically, when you would talk about Philippine Beaches, Boracay would be the most mainstream. Its also regarded as the most beautiful beach here in the country. Most tourists regard it as the epitome of beaches here in the Philippiens. Whenever you would go looking for another beach destination, you would definitely find people comparing them to this ever famous beach. Boracay is so famous that it draws more than one million tourists all year round. It has been ranked among world renowned beaches like Maldives, Seychelles and Kondoi Coral Beach.

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2. Coron, Palawan

View from Kayangan View Point
View from Kayangan View Point in Coron Palawan

Palawan boasts of a lot of jaw dropping sceneries and it does live up to its label as the Philippines Last Ecological Frontier. There are quite a number of places you can visit here, among them is Coron, a must see places for all ye beach lusting souls out there. Coron would leave your heart fluttering as you see the paradise like beaches here. Pristine waters, astonishing islands, breathtaking marine life and a marvelous experience of a lifetime awaits you there. Enjoy peace and serenity as you become one with nature.

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3. Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Island
Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Island by Oliver Bautista

Calaguas is now one of the top destinations in the country. Calaguas is a group of island bordered by several beaches, of which Mahabang Buhangin is the most famous one. Mahabang Buhangin is quite famous for its powder fine white sand and its cool waters combined with the extraordinary vibe of the beach. It sits on the throne of the country’s most astounding beaches like Boracay and Palawan. Seclusion and sheer beauty at its very best in Camarines Norte of the Bicolandia.

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4. El Nido, Palawan

Helicopter Island in El Nido
Helicopter Island in El Nido

Ever heard of a Twin Beach? Well, if you want to feast your eyes on a strip of sand between two bodies of the sea then pack your bags with your best swimming gears and bless the Twin Beach of El Nido, Palwan. These two beaches are named as Nacpan and Calitang. It is said that once these were unveiled beauty of Palawan, but now it is a crowd favorite among the visiting tourists. Its long stretch of white sand, coupled with picturesque hills will truly captivate any beach lover.

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5. Alona Beach, Panglao Island Bohol

Alona Beach in Panglao Island Bohol
Alona Beach Area in Panglao Island Bohol

It is located within the Panglao Islands of Bohol which makes it quite near Bohol’s most famous Chocolate Hills. Alona Beach, like the rest of the beaches here boasts its own stretch of white sand. There are quite a number of hotels and restaurants for accommodation that would help you fully enjoy your stay in this side of town. If you want a total peaceful night away from the night life of big famous beaches like Boracay, then head to this beach. It’s night activities are limited until 11 pm so if you’re in for a quiet stroll around the beach then this would be the perfect place for you.

6. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Pagudpud Beach by John Ryan Cordova
Saud Beach Resort and Hotel by John Ryan Cordova

While the Visayan Islands are filled with ever famous coast lines, Northern Luzon also has a gem of its own. Pagudpud also has fine white sands and cool, turquoise waters. Its view is also comparable to the breathtaking views in Calaguas and Boracay. There are also a lot of activities you can do here in case you get bored from swimming your heart out. A handful of resorts that would cater to any budget would be readily available. Or if you don’t plan to stay all night then you may opt to rent Nipa Huts as gaze and you enjoy the beautiful beach front of Northern Luzon.

7. Camiguin Island

White Island in Camiguin photo by Stephen Currington
White Island in Camiguin photo by Stephen Currington

Dubbed as the Island Born of Fire, Camiguin is quite famous for its seven volcanoes and hotsprings. But did you that this Island has more to offer like a lush vegetation and post card worthy beach front? Yes indeed, like the other famous beaches in this list, the beach here in Camiguin have fine white sand and is dotted by trees and various plants. Among the most famous spots to see here are the White Island and the Mantigue Island.

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8. Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan Island photo by Ace Reston
Bantayan Island photo by Ace Reston

Palawan isn’t the only island in the Philippines surrounded with alluring beaches, for one there is the Visayan Island Cebu which is also quite the beach gem itself. Located just in the northern tip of Cebu, you would find Bantayan Island which also takes pride in its wonderful stretch of white sand. It is a cover picture-worthy beach. It is home to a handful of beach resorts that would let you gain access and accommodation to the beach area.

9. Puerto Galera

Long Beach in Puerto Galera
Long Beach in Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World, and is the only bay in the Philippines to be listed there. Among the famous beaches in Puerto Galera are Sabang Beach and White Beach, which have an active nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants. Both beaches also have an array of first-class and economy-class accommodations. This coastal town is well known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and Scuba diving spots.

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10. Dahican Beach

Dahican Beach photo by Mati.gov.ph
Dahican Beach photo by Mati.gov.ph

Dahican Beach is quite a sight. Its located in Davao Oriental, and is considered as the top destination in this area. The 7 kilometer beach offers a lot of activities for both young and old. Surfing an Skimboarding are among the hippest things you can do here, but the old school swimming would never be ruled out. Similarly to Boracay, this beach attracts tourist all over the world, all year round.

Whether you choose Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao, there’s a fitting beach for your weary, beach loving people out there. Just remember to keep these beaches clean, and help them to be post card worthy by being responsible tourist. Bring home memories of sun-tanned skin and a bunch of pictures you’d get to keep and show to everybody.

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