It’s almost the long weekend! Have you planned your getaway yet? If your answer is no, there’s no better time to start but now. Fortunately for you, the Philippines is full of hidden gems where you can de-stress and forget about the struggles of adult life for a bit. The even better news is, there are places can visit without draining your bank account. PawnHero lists some of the top places to visit this long weekend if you are a bakasyonista on a budget.
Cagbalete Island boasts of creamy white sand and clear waters. It’s easy to assume that Cagbalete is just like any other beach, but what sets it apart is the raw, picturesque surroundings. Unlike other commercialized beaches, the island’s ecosystem remains diverse and its marine life, rich. Be mesmerized by the beautiful corals and schools of fish that abound its waters. Visit the island when it’s low tide, and prepare for your breath to be taken away by the majestic shoreline, as the sun’s rays hit the sand. Exciting activities you can do in this secluded paradise include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, as well as trekking.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
This place is a dream come true for people who work tirelessly for days on end. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is a new Destination Spa in Antipolo that allows its guests to enjoy a relaxing dip and to try different spa pools and water massage features. The place features a beautiful facility brimming with tasteful oriental displays and thriving flora and fauna. Luljetta’s is located in Antipolo City inside the Loreland Farm Resort. It is about an hour’s drive from Quezon City by car, but we suggest that you visit in the morning or early afternoon, to avoid traffic. Luljetta’s offers everything you could want and need to rejuvenate your tired senses. You can also get your fill without leaving the comfort of the spa, Verde, the restaurant at the resort, can send your food over at Luljetta’s when you make an order.
Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center is a gem situated in Tanay, 39 km from Manila and 33 km from Makati. The entrance costs only 300 pesos and comes with the free use of infinity pool and a tour around the resort. There are also options available to those who wish to spend the night at the resort. Bakasyunan is the ideal vacation spot for the entire family. They have plenty of cottages available for rent, as well as several pools, and a myriad of things to do. The resort is surrounded by nature, allowing you to enjoy a serene view, even at night. If you’re up for some action, you can do zipline, horse back riding, carabao riding, wall climbing, zorb, ATV, billiards, and even karaoke. These amenities make Bakasyunan an ideal venue for team buildings, as well.
Aquaria Beach Resort
If you are undecided whether you should go to the pool or the beach, Aquaria Beach Resort located within the Playa Calatagan Residences at Calatagan, Batangas could be the place for you. Aquaria Beach Resort is an almost three-hour drive from Metro Manila. The pool side area features posh cottages, an elegant garden, and gorgeous landscaping. They have a giant slide for those who are looking to inject more fun into their swimming. If you love frolicking along coastlines while feeling the the soothing afternoon breeze on your face, you will love the spacious area in the beach side. You would want to bring first aid, though, in case you step on a sea urchin.
Kwebang Lampas (Puting Buhangin)
Kwebang Lampas is another hidden paradise in the province of Quezon. The sight of its turquoise water crashing against the white sand is so soothing to watch, it is just the perfect spot for some soul searching. It’s easy to unload by sitting under the shade of one of the coconut trees, appreciating nature. You can even buy beer from the sari sari store, for the ultimate chill experience. Nipa cottages and tents are available for rent and if you intend to stay overnight, make sure to bring your own food, water, and lamp. The sari-sari store sells soft drinks, junk food, and noodles, but at higher prices, of course. Also, don’t forget to slather on mosquito repellent and sunscree or sunblock and be extra careful of jellyfish.
Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan
When you visit Patar Beach on a clear day, you are set for a majestic view. Its fine golden sand, and the vibrant sea plus a fiery sunset on the background make a breathtaking sight. Near Patar Beach stands the Cape Bolinao lighthouse. The 50-meter tall, solar-powered lighthouse serves as a guide for seafarers during the night. It tells them that just passed the tip of the Pangasinan peninsula and that it’s time to re-orient their bearing. Climbing up the lighthouse allows you to see the stretch of Cape Bolinao and of Patar. The Bolinao Rocks, a natural structure that separates Patar from the northern beach shores of Bolinao is also a beautiful sight to behold.
You work 9 hours a day, five days a week (or maybe even more), reward yourself some and go on a tipid trip. Add a few pesos to your travel budget by pawning some of your old items! Download the app on Google Play and receive a valuation for your item with just a few clicks. You can also visit www.pawnhero.ph discover how you can make some quick cash from your old stuff.
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