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