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7 Destinations Near Manila for your Next Long Holiday
(Jovy Avisado-Estepa/ Mar 20, 2018)
You only get to travel several times a year and you want to splurge on your next trip. But with the price surge on airfare on holidays, it seems that you have no other choice but to stay at home. Don’t give up yet on that most coveted vacation! Here are top seven go-to places where you can enjoy the most of your holiday near the Metro:
1. Antipolo
This not-so-far getaway is getting more attention from travelers due to its resort and restaurant attractions. You can unwind and enjoy a relaxing massage at Luljetta’s Hanging Garden, appreciate art at Pinto Art Museum, visit several churches in the area and relish on the breathtaking overlooking areas while enjoying your dinner.

Points of interest: Hinulugang Taktak, Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine, Mount Purro Nature and Reserve, Mystical Cave, Camp Tipolo Adventureland
2. Batangas
Home of numerous beaches and activities to enjoy that are perfect for summer, Batangas is a great road trip destination near Manila. Aside from basking on the sand, you can do mountain climbing, go on a heritage and pilgrimage tour and relax at one of the famous hotel resorts.

Other points of interest: Laiya and Anilao beaches, Mt. Maculot, Mt. Batulao, Sepoc and Sombrero Islands, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Lipa, Padre Pio Shrine in Tanauan
3. Baler
Flourished as one of the top surfing spots in the Philippines, Baler is a famous destination all year round for budget and leisure tourists. Baler is a great alternative if you can’t afford the airfare going to Siargao, Aside from learning how to surf, discover its unspoiled nature and waterfalls, historical landmarks and of course, go on a food trip!

Points of interest: Sabang Beach, Dicasalarin Cove, Diguisit Rock Formation, Ditumabo Falls
4. Zambales
As second largest province in Luzon filled with diverse flora and fauna, coves and islands, Zambales is ideal if you want to reconnect with nature. There are also several museums you may visit and you may enjoy the festivities during Mango Festival (celebrated in April) in Iba, Zambales.

Points of interest: Capones Island Lighthouse, Mount Tapulao, Anawangin Cove, Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House, Mount Pinatubo

Photo Credits: Esquire Philippines
5. Ilocos
If you want to travel around a province to go see various attractions, you must start your ride to Ilocos. The surrounding cities at the north have their own striking charm. Go on a thrilling 4x4 adventure at La Paz Sand Dunes, travel back in time in Vigan, and admire geologic formations at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.

Points of Interest: Bangui Windmills, Saud Beach, Sinking Bell Tower, Patapat Viaduct, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Blue Lagoon
6. Tagaytay
Don’t want to bask in the sun? Escape the summer heat in Tagaytay! Sitting on a ridge above Taal Volcano, Tagaytay is a well-known destination for its mild climate. Have a relaxed family get-together or an exciting zip-line ride at the Picnic Grove or visit the not-so-ordinary Museo Orlina.

Points of Interest: People’s Park in the Sky, Paradizoo, Skyranch, Our Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria, The Pink Sisters Chapel
If everyone is leaving the city, it’s quite exciting to stay behind! With a lesser crowd and traffic, it’s your chance to roam around and appreciate some attractions that you’ve never visited before. After visiting various churches, take your time to stroll along Intramuros or go on a food trip at Bonifacio Global City. End your day relaxing at a hotel or get that most-needed massage.

Points of Interest: Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, Paco Park
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