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If you are a foreign traveler going to the Philippines for a vacation, you are highly likely to enter the country through its metropolitan city. Home to one of the country’s busiest international airports, Metro Manila is a hub for people wanting to explore what the islands have to offer. Some just pass by and move on to their next domestic flight – I say why not stay a day or two and explore the destinations near the city proper?

From weekender beaches and historic destinations, a lot of easily-accessible cities and provinces from Metro Manila boast with a variety of things to offer for the time-constrained traveler.

Places to Visit and Things to Do Near Metro Manila

Metro Manila is the seat of the Philippine government. It is a collective term for 16 cities in the country’s National Capital Region namely the Caloocan, Las Pinas, the City of Manila, Quezon City, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela. It also includes the municipality of Pateros. When you are coming from any these cities, you will find how relatively easy it is to find a go-to relaxation spot especially for those wanting pure relaxation, short time travel and simple living.

You will never have a problem on where to go from Metro Manila. Every nearby province has its unique touristic point subtly aiming to entice the curious trotter in you. Zambales, for example, is known for its surfing spots and mountain ranges while Pangasinan is famous for island hopping. Both are a bus away from the city!

When is the best time to explore Metro Manila’s nearby areas? In case you didn’t know yet, the Philippines only has two seasons all year long: hot and hotter! Kidding aside… There is not much to look out for as it is a tropical country except for these rains and typhoons that are notorious in keeping both locals and tourists indoors. If the weather permits (which it almost always does,) hit the streets and try our food, immerse in our lifestyle and learn about our vast history. See for yourself why our waters are highly-acclaimed worldwide. In one day trip, you’ll definitely have a sense of appreciation for the beauty that is the Philippines. (Pro tip: don’t let the traffic from Manila hinder you!)

Here is our list of places to visit and things to do near Metro Manila. Happy dreaming!

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