6 Stunning Destinations Close to the Philippine Capital


Summer season is already here, but a lot of Filipinos still can’t decide where to spend their vacation together with their loved ones.

The idea of spending one’s vacation in a foreign country sounds appealing, it’s also costly. So if you want to get best-value experience without necessarily going away from Manila, then exploring its surrounding area will help you find the best spot.

If you do a quick search online, you’ll see the vast array of choices available for interested travelers. Ask your family members for suggestions and see where they want to go.

For the undecided, below are few of our top suggestions.

Mt. Pinatubo


This picturesque location is the pride of Tarlac and is a favorite spot for both local and foreign adventurers. Transport is not a big issue since you can just access it by riding a jeepney and trekking towards the crater of Mt. Pinatubo!

Anyone who wishes to save strength and still enjoy the breathtaking view can rent a boat to venture across the crater lake.

After enjoying the visual treat, you can drop by Angeles City for a delectable food trip in Pampanga!

Taal Volcano


This place is another haven for anyone who loves trekking while at the same time savoring the wonderful treat of nature! You can start the adventure from Talisay, Batangas where you can then decide to walk or use a horse to move around the Taal volcano.

The weather is usually hot so you’ll need to power up and bring water or granola bars to keep your energy level high. Horseback is an option to anyone who wishes to do away with the steep walking and just enjoy the serene, refreshing surroundings around Taal lake.

Anilao, Batangas


Do you fancy diving and exploring the beauty of aquatic animals? If so, then this place is a must-visit! It’s just three hours away from the main city and is home to exquisite locations where you could enjoy diving.

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert of if it’s your first time. The diving hotspots offer beginners’ courses to help you get the ropes of diving.

Pagsanjan Falls


If you’re a fan of waterfalls, then the Pagsanjan falls in Laguna is a good place to satiate your nature cravings.  At first glance, it would seem to be just any other waterfalls around town, but the adventure itself that you experience while riding a small boat to reach the falls is worth it!

This place is a perfect getaway for anyone who wishes to stay away from the heat in the central city and would like to experience nature at its most pristine form. Bring your friends and family for a more exciting trip or spend some long moments with yourself for meditation or relaxation!

Tagaytay City


What if you don’t want to go physically? If you’re looking for a place that allows you to enjoy a nice view of the city without having to exert so much effort in trekking and all, Tagaytay City has you covered.

It’s a favorite go-to location for tourists who want to take a breather away from the heat of the city and just want to enjoy the cool, relaxing ambiance of the location.  If admiring the view of Taal volcano’s crater seemed like the best way to rest, then this place is a real haven.

The city is also packed with parks and gardens that you may want to visit to be one with nature and just enjoy the fresh scent of plants and flowers like Nuvali .

Puerto Galera


If you’re  a sucker for beaches and vast marine life, then Puerto Galera is a must-visit destination. It features a picturesque beach and a beautiful setting for divers. With the huge number fishes and aquatic animals on the location, diving enthusiasts will have a great time exploring the underwater beauty and appreciating the natural gift of nature!

Spending time away from the hustle and bustle of the city is sometimes important to bring back your lost energy and have some quality time to think.

With the high demand at your workplace and the pressure of personal responsibilities, it’s easy to get burned out. Visiting scenic places close to nature is an effective means to lower down the build up of stress and ensure that your mood stays good.

Bottom line

Choosing a mode of recreation doesn’t have to be expensive. More importantly, you don’t have to go far and spend your precious hours for transportation. More often than not, the place we need is just within our vicinity. All you need to do is to look carefully.

Make a list of potential places of interest and create a detailed budget plan for the activities you want to partake. By knowing the budget, you’ll also have an easier means of making expense adjustments to cater more important activities.

Make the best out of your break and visit some of the stunning views we’ve presented above!

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AnikaHeussaff
Anika is a traveler, blogger, and a digital marketing enthusiast. She's currently working at Optimind Technology Solutions, a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that provide different kinds of services such as SEO, web design, mobile app development and much more.

AnikaHeussaff

Anika is a traveler, blogger, and a digital marketing enthusiast. She's currently working at Optimind Technology Solutions, a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that provide different kinds of services such as SEO, web design, mobile app development and much more.

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