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Top 15 Summer Destinations Near Metro Manila

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Summer Destinations Near Metro Manila

Want to get out of the city for some fantastic vacation time? Summers in Metro Manila can be excruciatingly hot. Why not venture out of the city and enjoy the beach a bit? Or up into the mountains for a bit of cooler air? Here are my top 15 recommendations for summer plans that won’t require a long trip from Manila.

Encenada Beach Resort in Puerto Galera
Encenada Beach Resort in Puerto Galera


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1. Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is perfect for a relaxed and fun time at the beach. In more or less 4 hours, you can reach this place by Bus to Batangas Port and then by boat to Puerto Galera. You can go camping or stay at a resort in White Beach and there’s always one more beach coves to visit if you find the first few too busy. Checkout this list of hotels in Puerto Galera.

Mount Pinatubo Crater
Mount Pinatubo Crater

2. Trek Mount Pinatubo

Under 90kms from Manila, this famous volcano is the perfect place for a dramatic, beautiful, and adventurous hike. Mount Pinatubo trek is being offered by various travel agents as a day tour package or you can opt to have a DIY trip with your friends if you want a more adventurous trip.

Anawangin Cove by Elallasola.com
Anawangin Cove by Elaljanelasola.com

3. Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove in Zambales

You don’t have to go too far to see these two perfect, pristine coves. Anawangin and Nagsasa beaches has a mixture of white sand and soft volcanic ash from the last Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Both places are surrounded by mountain rocks and if you really want a treat, grab a tour, a camping adventure, or even a resort stay nearby.

Sunrise in Taal Vista Hotel
Sunrise in Taal Vista Hotel

4. Enjoy the Cool Weather in Tagaytay City

They boast being one of the “most pleasant city in Asia” and it may be true. One of the coolest places to visit in the Philippines near Metro Manila, with fresh clean air, it can be the perfect break during a hot Manila summer.

Pahiyas Festival in Lucban Quezon
Pahiyas Festival in Lucban Quezon

5. Experience Pahiyas Festival in Lucban and other San Isidro Festivals in Quezon Province

A truly exciting and fun treat, the Pahiyas festival offers bright colors, true artistry, and a festive atmosphere. Celebrate with the residents of Lucban, who really go all out for the parade that showcases local produce and artistry. Tayabas Quezon has Mayohan sa Tayabas, almost a month long festival that showcases local talents, world class products and various cultural parades.

Pampanga's famous Sisig
Pampanga’s famous Sisig

6. Food Trip in Pampanga

Pampanga is one of the most fun places to enjoy the culinary specialities of the Philippines. Think you know about food? You’ll love the options, whether you want exotic, sweets and anything delicious, you will definitely find it in Pampanga.

San Pedro Alcantara Parish in Pakil Laguna
San Pedro Alcantara Parish in Pakil Laguna (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

7. Visita Iglesia in Laguna

The Baroque churches of Laguna are a unique opportunity in the Philippines. Well preserved and accessible, you can learn a bit about history while you escape the heat of summer in their cool halls. There are also travel agents who provides Visita Iglesia tour packages if you want to have a comfortable ride.

Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island (photo flickr.com/photos/yeowatzup)

8. Visit Corregidor Island

Easy to access as it’s near the Manila Bay, Corregidor Island has historical landmarks and exciting history to explore. Corregidor and the other fortified islands of Manila Bay fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Cavite, Cavite province. Corregidor, also known as “The Rock” for its rocky landscape and the heavy fortifications, along with Caballo Island, about 1.7 km (1.1 mi) south, divide the entrance of Manila Bay into the North and South Channel.

Cagbalete Island
Cagbalete Island (photo courtesy of Wikimapia)

9. Visit Cagbalete Island

Gorgeous white sand beaches and crystal green waters await the traveler who wants the resort experience, right in Manila’s backyard. Located in Mauban Quezon, this island is fast becoming a favorite destination for backpackers for its beautiful beach and well preserved flora and fauna.

Pagsanjan Falls
Pagsanjan Falls (photo by wikimedia)

10. Shooting the rapids in Pagsanjan Laguna

Book at tour to see the Pagsanjan falls by boat. You don’t have to go over the falls in the boat, don’t worry, but the rapids are exciting enough. The falls can also be reached from the top by a short hike from Cavinti Laguna. The boat ride has been an attraction since the Spanish Colonial Era with the oldest written account in 1894. The town of Pagsanjan lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac River and the Bumbungan River (also known as the Pagsanjan River).

Villa Escudero
Villa Escudero (photo by Wikipedia)

11. Villa Escudero Plantation

Right on the Maharlika Hwy, the Villa Escuerdo Plantation is an experience not to be missed. Friendly hospitality, gorgeously maintained buildings, and lots of fun activities are all there for you to enjoy.

Matabungkay Beach Resort
Matabungkay Beach Resort

12. Rediscover Matabungkay Beach

Maybe you’ve fought of Matabungkay Beach as a tourist destination, but it’s time to remember how much fun it is to be a tourist in a well-maintained, beautifully decorated, and made-to-be-fun resort on the beach. Matabungkay Beach is in located in Lian Batangas. It has a light gray sand beach reasonably accessible to Manila 120 kilometres (75 mi) that was originally ‘discovered’ to be a great weekend or daytrip destination in the early 1950s, allegedly by sun starved German residents of Manila. In fact the German Club had a cottage there then. It was soon a popular target for holiday-lovers and permanent cottages (even deluxe beach houses) were built along the beach line (and some into the beach) in the early 1960s by rich Manila folk.

88 Hotspring Resort and Spa
88 Hotspring Resort and Spa (photo via resort fb page)

13. Visit Cold Springs and Hot Springs in Laguna

Probably the most popular place near Manila with so many cold springs and hot springs available for tourists. Laguna offers natural features as well as built pools with hot and cold water. Resorts in Laguna Province is one of the nearest summer getaway in Manila that offers a great way to experience the summer.

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

14. Relax at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

Nothing compares to Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. This is worth a couple of days and is a perfect distance from Manila for a weekend getaway. Located in Antipolo City, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is a hidden paradise where anyone can easily visit and relax. From rooms to beautiful water spa’s, everything has been carefully designed to be as enjoyable as possible.

Baguio Cathedral Destinations Near Metro Manila
Baguio Cathedral – Destinations Near Metro Manila

15. Food Trip in Baguio City

I’m a foodie, so I think every trip can be a food trip if you’re adventurous enough. Baguio City, however, has some of my favorite food highlights all in one place. Try out the local Filipino cuisine, from fine dining to street food, as well as international and fusion foods that are delightful and carefully crafted. Definitely go to Ketchup and Volante for an outdoor meal. And the cinnamon twists at Dane’s Bakery are outrageously good.

You don’t have to really go that far to enjoy your summer vacation. Just visit any of the destinations listed above to have a memorable and enjoyable Summer Spree.

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