Top 5 Most Crowded Beaches in the Philippines

Crowded Puerto Galera by Jun Acculador via Flickr
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Most Crowded Beaches in the Philippines

Ever wondered why Philippines is one of the top destinations during summer? Well, aside from it being a tropical country which makes summer really fun and exciting, being an archipelago with 7,507 islands means that it has a lot to offer, when it comes to different sorts of beaches. People from all over the world fly just to experience summer here in the Philippines, making famous beaches crowded. This also pushes the beaches to become too commercialized. Most tourists prefer hassle-free vacations, so heaving beaches have no room in their list of preferred places to go to. Those busy stores and fully-booked hotels in famous beaches is a big no-no for plenty of travelers.

Crowded Boracay via Youtube
Crowded Boracay via Youtube

But even so, these famous beaches still get more and more visitors every single year. Ever wonder why? First off, when a beach is crowded, this means that there’s something worth experiencing in the area, aside from that, there are also more amenities in that area which makes every beach vacation more comfortable and preferable. So, instead of having second thoughts about visiting the best beaches in the Philippines, why not take the time to get to know them more? Here’s a short and useful list of the most crowded beaches in the Philippines and why people flock in each areas.

Party at Epic Boracay photo by Christian delos Santos
Party at Epic Boracay photo by Christian delos Santos

1. Boracay Island, Aklan

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Among the first place that any tourist would want to see in the country is the world famous Boracay Island. It is fairly predictable to have Boracay in on the top spot because of it being claimed as the best beach of all time, not only in the country, but in Asia according to recent surveys. Beautiful turquoise waters, fine, white sand, and the several energizing island activities will sure make your beach experience truly unforgettable. Not to mention the fact that you get to see the majestic Boracay sunset here.

Helicopter Island in El Nido Palawan
Helicopter Island in El Nido Palawan

2. El Nido, Palawan

Palawan is famous for its caves, lagoons and the world renowned Underground River, but we may be forgetting that it is an island province, bordered with the country’s most beautiful beaches. By beaches, I mean more than one. So if you want to see two beaches at once, you might want to pay a visit in the Nacpan Twin Beach in El Nido. Vacationers get to see two different beaches meeting each other. The separate stretches of white sand set apart these two lovely beaches seemingly want to meet each other halfway. In 2012, it is asserted as the Best Beach and Island Destination in the Philippines by CNN International, and it continues to attract more explorers and vacationers every year. Don’t get me wrong, El Nido is not as crowded as Boracay but during peak season, this is among the most visited places in Palawan especially by foreign tourists. Also Read: El Nido Travel Guide

Crowded Puerto Galera by Jun Acculador via Flickr
Crowded Puerto Galera by Jun Acculador via Flickr

3. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Puerto Galera is a municipality yet it has quickly developed over the past years. From being a rural area, it turned into a place of countless resorts, fine restaurants and home of adventure experiences. But, despite being commercialized, the beauty of its beaches is natural and hasn’t changed a lot over the years. Travelers can enjoy the picturesque White beach, hike at Mount Halcon, and experience scuba diving, snorkeling and other extreme adventures. People can’t get enough of the fun that they experience here so they keep on coming back over and over.

Pagudpud Beach during Summer photo by Ilocos Norte via Flickr
Pagudpud Beach during Summer photo by Ilocos Norte via Flickr

4. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Up in the north, you’d find a white sand beach haven. The jaw-dropping view of the crystal clear waters, and the generous number of coconuts dotting the beach is simply too hard to resist, which makes it one of the most sought after beaches in the country, most especially those who live up in the northern Luzon area. Tourists love coming here for the freshly caught fish and other sea bounties that they can buy from the local fishermen. Tourists would often cook these as their lunch or dinner by the beach. Also Read: Beach Resorts in Pagudpud

5. Laiya Beach, San Juan Batangas

Laiya is quite reputable for the dozens of beach resorts in the area. Most of these resorts offer classy accommodations and beautiful shorelines that are definitely a must see. There are plenty of resorts that offer fancy looking amenities that let you enjoy the beauty of Laiya, San Juan, along with their high-end services. Tourists from the metro and the nearby areas love driving to Batangas since it’s just a two to three hours drive.

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Crowded beaches may be so uninviting for most people, but taking into consideration the different perks of each of these popular beaches, people end up having fun and enjoying their beach vacation better. So just relax, enjoy, and go with the flow.

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