The best beaches in the Philippines are many to mention!
You might say that I may be giving too much credit to my homeland, but what I say is true. Try being a country with more than 7,000 islands – naturally, you’ll have plenty of beachfronts in your area!
The Philippines is blessed with great biodiversity, islands and white beaches. Noted by various travel magazines as the home of the best beaches in the world.
I can’t help but agree! Ok, this may seem biased but you have to see it to believe the piece of Philippine paradise has to offer. With more than seven thousand islands to choose from I gather the best beaches in the Philippines that I can recommend for local and international travellers.
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- The Best Beaches in the Philippines to visit now:
- BEST BEACHES NEAR MANILA
- BEST BEACHES IN LUZON
- BEST BEACHES IN VISAYAS
- BEST BEACHES IN MINDANAO
The Best Beaches in the Philippines to visit now:
BEST BEACHES NEAR MANILA
Crystal Beach Zambales
A quick trip out of the busy city is good for the soul, they say, and we couldn’t agree more. People staying around the metropolis, when given the rare opportunity to take a break from their fast lives, often think of this one particular tourist destination that is within reach: Crystal Beach in Zambales.
Beginners and experienced surfers alike head to this piece of paradise located in the town of San Narciso. Crystal Beach is a beach near Manila and can be reached by driving for just four to five hours from the metropolis.
Once you reach Crystal Beach, all your tensions will definitely float away as you treat the whole beachfront as your playground and the whole town as your second home.
San Juan La Union Beach
The municipality of San Juan is the Philippines’ definition of “chill.” Its sand may not have the white color that Boracay and other famous destinations have, but its vibe is what sets San Juan apart. One trip to this tourist spot will definitely lead to another… and another one.
San Juan La Union Beach is a premier surfing spot in the country, with many international events including it as one of the legs in prestigious surfing competitions.
Surfing aside, you can go cliff diving and sunset watching in many spots near the town. Urbiztondo Beach is a popular spot for those who are in San Juan to relax and hang out.
BEST BEACHES IN LUZON
Pagudpud Beach Ilocos
Pagudpud Beach can be found in the northern part of Ilocos Region and is a popular choice for those looking for a great spot to add to their Luzon road trip. To tell you the truth, in order to experience the best that this beach has to offer, good planning must be involved.
Head straight to Hannah’s, a gem that’s known to many for showcasing the most breathtaking views of Pagudpud Beach. This seven-hectare property is dedicated not only to give you utmost pleasure but also to exercise tourism sustainability in the area.
Explore the beach in style: ride a twelve-kilometer zipline that runs across the waters, giving you a view of the mountainous surroundings that make Pagudpud Beach a true sight to behold.
Caramoan Beach Bicol
If you are an avid watcher of the series Survivor, you may have heard about this small island of Caramoan. Located within the area of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region, this beach is well-known for its pristine condition and total seclusion.
We won’t be in shock if, during your trip here, you really will feel like a true Survivor participant. Most of the time, you will be surrounded by nature and nothing else. While a few thousand people call Caramoan their home, you are less likely to find them within your camping grounds.
Port Barton, Palawan
If you have been in touch with avid Filipino travellers recently, they would hesitantly share to you about one of the Philippine beaches that are yet to be seen in every list of the best beaches in the Philippines.
Some were able to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Port Barton in Palawan before it hit the media, but there will come a time that its beauty will be common knowledge. It is going to be soon, and when that time comes, we will be here to celebrate.
We can’t blame others for sharing. Port Barton is Palawan at its best without the crowd that usually come with it. Diving sites are superb, the locals are hospitable and the views are breathtaking wherever you look.
Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan
Gone are the days when we call Nacpan Beach in El Nido as one of the underrated beaches in the Philippines. Truth be told: it does not have the white sand that most spots in the country proudly have. It too doesn’t have the prestigious and overwhelming accommodations that come with tourism development.
What does Nacpan Beach have, then? It has sand with colors so close to being golden orange. It has tasteful tents ideal for glamping. It has nearby nature spots such as its other half, the Calitang Beach, and the beautiful Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls.
Nacpan Beach is the solitary atmosphere you didn’t know you needed.
BEST BEACHES IN VISAYAS
It’s a good time to go to Boracay for the first time or after a long time of not being there. After a much-needed rehabilitation, Boracay is now the pristine beach that many people have envisioned it to be.
White Beach in Boracay is a definite visitor pleaser, with many tourists coming into the Philippines specifically for this beauty. Imagine lounging in soft white sand, the clear turquoise waters calling you for a swim.
If Boracay has helped set the Philippines’ reputation for having one of the best beaches in the world during its prime, how much more now that it is cleaner, safer and better in all aspects?
Panglao Beach, Bohol
Panglao in Bohol is a total family travel destination. It may be small in size but its reputation as an international beach spot is well-deserved.
Two of the best beaches in Panglao are Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach. Stay in one of the beachfront properties and enjoy a secluded paradise that is known to many but are only frequented by a few. Privacy and serenity are two of the best selling points of the beaches in Panglao, Bohol.
Accessing the island just got easier with the rise of Pangao International Airport.
Bounty Beach, Malapascua, Cebu
When you come to Bounty Beach in Malapascua, better bring with you an extra dose of courage and that “you only live once” mentality you are saving for big things. You don’t go to Bounty Beach just to swim – although you can and if you must, go ahead.
You come to Bounty Beach for the sharks: Hammerhead, Tiger, Thresher, Shale. By now, you know that its beauty goes far beyond what the eyes can see from the coastline. Dive with trusted tour operators and see a whole different world underwater.
Come night time, the beachfront transforms into an intimate late night destination. Enjoy fresh seafood and great drinks as you exchange stories of your unforgettable shark encounter.
Malapascua may be several rides away from the Mactan International Airport, but we highly suggest that you go.
BEST BEACHES IN MINDANAO
General Luna Beach, Siargao
Once regarded to have some of the most underrated beaches in the Philippines, Siargao is now a bustling tourism destination. Thanks to the rise of media influencers enticing tourists to a day of fun under the sun.
It’s impossible that you have not heard of the Philippine surfing capital that is Siargao. News and writeups that talk about it will never fail to mention General Luna Beach. Before you pack your swim gears and snorkeling masks, know that this area is not frequented for swimming.
Surfing is what brings you to General Luna Beach. There are waves all year round, making it a true surfer’s paradise. Don’t be fooled by its beauty, though, as some of its breaks can get tricky – and dangerous.
Dahican Beach Mati
Davao Oriental is home to one of the best beaches in the Philippines – Dahican Beach. Imagine a thick row of coconut trees giving you shade on a sunny day as you watch surfers and skimboarders enjoy the playful waves on the coast.
Aside from it being a popular spot for water sports, Dahican Beach is also a prime location for nesting sea turtles. That is why the local government is watchful over the use of their prized property.
It’s time to let loose when in Dahican Beach. Do away with fancy dining and frilly itineraries. Purchase some freshly caught seafood from the fishermen, have them cooked by friendly locals and share a sumptuous dinner by the beach.
Dakak Beach Dapitan
Dakak Beach might just be one of the well-known destinations not only to travellers of this generation but also to explorers in the past. Most Filipino elders know of Dakak, a prestigious beach located in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. It is because it is simply beautiful before as it is now, and Dakak has been a choice destination way before these lists of best beaches in the Philippines started coming in.
Dakak Beach is at the southernmost part of the country, and thanks to its prime location it enjoys an idyllic view of the vast ocean. It is a great place if you want a simple day at and near the beach – no-frills, no excess.
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