Ultimate Guide for Budget Traveler and Adventure Seeker

Looking for a beach near Metro Manila ? There are lots of beautiful beaches that you could visit this summer vacation. They are just 2-4 h...

Best beaches near Metro Manila

Looking for a beach near Metro Manila? There are lots of beautiful beaches that you could visit this summer vacation. They are just 2-4 hours away from Metro Manila and accessible by land transportation. Some of these beach destinations have affordable rooms with quality amenities and facilities.  

Here are the must visit beach destinations near Metro Manila

Manuel Uy Beach

Manuel Beach is a secluded beach in the province of Batangas. It features a long-mile stretched white fine sand, blue clear waters and dotted with small trees. Camping is the best thing to do in Manuel Uy. There are no beach resorts nor hotels in Manuel Uy.  The nearest resort here is Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort, known as The Maldives of Batangas.

How to get to Manuel Uy : From Pasay Rotonda (terminal is on the side of Kabayan Hotel and Mrt Taft), ride a van bound for Calatagan (P180). From Calatagan, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off in Manuel Uy beach (P200/4 pax).

Isla Verde

Isla Verde

Described as center of center of the world's marine biodiversity, Isla Verde features crystal blue waters and powdery white sand dotted with some coconut trees. There’s something for everyone, be it diving, swimming, trekking, or camping. This secluded beach will surely bring you a good dose of vitamin sea.

How to Get to Isla Verde : From Cubao, take a bus bound for Batangas Grand Terminal. Travel time is 2-3 hours. Fare is P160-P180. Bus companies (Jam transit, BLTB, Ceres) serving this route have daily trips that leave hourly. 

Cagbalete Island

Cagabalete Island

The unspoiled natural resources and pristine clear water are some of the reasons why travelers are coming back to the beautiful island of Cagbalete. It's one of the jewels of  Quezon province, which located in the Lamon Bay fronting the Pacific Ocean.

How to Get to Cagbalete : Take a bus in Cubao and Pasay bound for  Lucena Grand Central Terminal or SM Lucena City. From  there, take a jeeney or van bound to Mauban. From Mauban market, take a walk to Pantalan port. Then, take a passenger boat going to Cagbalete.

Crystal Beach Resort 

Crystal Beach Resort 

Crystal Beach Resort is one of the top-choice surf resorts in the Philippines. The place is perfect for camping, surf lessons and team-building activities. We arrived in the resort before lunch. We we're welcomed with some accommodation which made up of natural materials.. The camping site is near the shoreline where colorful tents are being pitched. The camping area is also surrounded by pine trees.

How to Get to Crystal Beach Resort. Take a Victory Liner bus in Cubao for Iba or Sta Cruz Zambales. Tell the driver to drop you off in Narciso. Then, take a tricycle going to the beach. 

Anawangin Island

Anawangin Cove

Anawangin is surrounded by mountains of rocks that to be formed by ages of volcanic activities. The Cove is also to be said the landscape formed after the eruption of Mt. Pintubo in 1991. That’s the reason why the long shoreline of the cove is consisted of volcanic ash and sand mixture. Other beach destinations near the Anawangin Cove is Nagsasa Cove, Capones Camara Island, Liwliwa Beach, and Potipot Beach

How to Get to Anawangin: Take a Victory Liner bus in Cubao for Iba or Sta Cruz Zambales. Tell the driver to drop you off in Pundaquit. Then, take a tricycle going to Pundaquit beach. Finally, take a boat going to Anawangin. 

Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera

For those people who want to escape the busy life in the Metro, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is the place to be. It has white sand beaches with cheap rooms. Aside from swimming,  snorkeling and diving are best things to do in Puerto Galera. The white beach is alive at night with several restaurants offering entertainment and different kinds of alcoholic beverages.

How to Get to Puerto Galera: Take a Jam bus in Cubao or Buendia bound for Batangas Pier. From there, take a bout going to Puerto Galera White beach.


Matabungkay Beach 

Matabungkay Beach is one of the first beach resort in the town of Lian, just about 2 hours far from Manila. It's famous for several floating cottages around the bay. It has fine white sands, crystal clear waters and affordable accommodation.

How to Get to Matabungkay Beach: Take a Jam bus in Buendia or Cubao bound for Batangas Grand Terminal. Then, take a jeepney bound for Lian. 

Hundred Islands

Hundred Islands

Hundred Islands is first national park and a protected area in the province of Pangasinan. It features over 100 hundred islands and islets scattered in Lingayen Gulf. This tourist spot is one of the best destinations to visit this summer, perfect for family outing, team building and barkada getaway. It features white sand beaches, caves, limestone rocks and cliffs, snorkeling spots and a lot more.

How to Get to Hundred Islands: Take a Victory Liner in Cubao bound for Alaminos City. From there, take a tricycle travelling to Lucap Wharf- the jump-off point to Hundred Islands National Park.

Camayan Beach Resort


Subic is a free port zone that was built during the years the Americans colonized the country, just 2 hours drive from Manila. It's nearest beach getaway from Metro Manila that offers plenty of activities and attractions for tourists — parks, white beaches, diving spots and shopping outlets.

How to Get to Subic : Take a Victory Liner in Cubao going to Olangapo or Zambales. From there, take a jeepney going to Subic.