Top 19 Beaches Near Metro Manila and How to Get There [Updated]

Escaping from the busy urban life like that of Manila is actually achievable even if you just have the holiday season or the weekend to make the most of. With several fine-looking tropical beaches to pick from that is accessible either by land transport or boat transport, you don’t have to spend huge bucks of money just to fulfill your dream beach destination in Luzon. To give you a summary guide of the beach spots which you might want to explore, here is the list of top beaches to visit just near in Manila.

San Antonio, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove

Photo by Brian Flores

Photo by Brian Flores

Nagsasa Cove in Zambales has been recently recognized as a tourist destination especially for those who are adventure enthusiasts. Nagsasa Cove is renowned for its sands enveloped in ashes, teeming Agoho Trees which look similar to pine trees and a laid-back cool setting which is believed to be a fusion of the Baguio and Boracay atmosphere and stunning beach. Nagsasa Cove is regarded as an ideal spot for those who are in for a revitalizing plunge.

How to get there:

To head to Nagsasa Cove, you must first get to San Antonio by riding a Victory Liner bus from Pasay or Caloocan that is bound for Sta. Cruz or Iba, Zambales. Just inform the driver to drop you at San Antonio. Travel time via bus is around 3-4 hours. From San Antonio, you can ride a tricycle to take you to Barangay San Miguel or Pundaquit. From San Miguel or Pundaquit, Nagsasa Cove is approximately an hour and a half boat ride. Boats to Nagsasa are usually priced at 2000 pesos roundtrip for 4 persons.

Anawangin Cove

Photo by Allan Ascaño

Photo by Allan Ascaño

Another considered gem in Zambales is Anawangin Cove. Anawangin is a crescent-contoured cove with an extensive, unspoilt white beach that is famous for its tall, packed pine trees. Also, Anawangin used to be very rocky on the way to the top but everything changed after the huge Mt. Pinatubo explosion covered the vast area with volcanic ashes thus also added up to the lush vegetation in the region. Even so, remarkable overlooking views of the mountain scopes put in more magic to the natural beauty that Anawangin Cove can truly boast of.

Capones Island

Photo by Chris Domingo

In the southern tip of San Antonio, Zambales you’ll find Capones Island which is one of the considered island paradise in Luzon. The island is specifically situated in Brgy. Pundaquit and is well-known for its lighthouse which was hand-made by Filipinos way back in the Spanish regime. Capones Island is adored for its white sand beach and clear turquoise waters, offering a one-of-its-kind experience to its tourists. Bear in mind that there are no well-to-do accommodation amenities in Capones, thus you must bring your own camping equipment and personal necessities.

Borawan Beach in  Padre Burgos, Quezon

Photo by Chris Domingo

For beach enthusiasts, Borawan Island in Quezon is incontestably one of the top beaches to visit that is just near Manila. Borawan Island may be quite small compared to other islands in Luzon but it showcases an eye-catching vacation spot where you can really have a good time with your loved ones. Moreover, for those who are adventure and camping aficionados, Borawan Beach is great for camping, social drinking or to just simply take pleasure in nature’s magnificent creation. Plus you need not to worry about your accommodation since Borawan provides complete facilities from fresh new huts to comfort rooms, kitchen, tents for rent and even a store where you can purchase food and your other personal necessities.

How to get there:

Ride a bus that is heading to Lucena, Quezon. Travel time is around 3-4 hours. From the Lucena Grand Terminal take the bus that is passing by Padre Burgos. Then inform the driver or bus attendant to drop you at Basiao intersection. From there you can take the tricycle or just walk to the beach where boatmen are waiting to take you to Borawan Island.

Potipot Island in Candelaria, Zambales

Photo by Milko Chua

Photo by Milko Chua

Potipot Island is an isolated island which doesn’t have hotel-like room accommodations to boast about or even convenience stores which sell personal necessities so if you plan to visit this tranquil sanctuary, then, you have to bring your own tent and ample food which will suffice you for your whole length of stay along with your other personal needs. So if you are in search for a place to escape which offers captivating views of green tries, white sands and serene, clear waters, then Potipot Island should be your perfect choice.

How to get there:

Potipot Island is more or less around 240 kilometres away from Manila and can be accessed thru riding a bus from Cubao to Iba, Zambales for around 4 hours. From the heart of Iba there are buses bound for Sta. Cruz which pass by Uangco which is the main entry point to Potipot. From there you can take the tricycle which headst to the local boat docks that can give you a ride tto Potipot Island. Boat rides more often than not take around 10-15 minutes only.

 Magalawa Island in Palauig, Zambales


Photo by Gino Mempin

Mangalawa Island is an island baranggay which covers 56 hectares of land area, positioned around 6 kms northwest of the town of Palauig, Zambales and is just close to the China Sea. Further the north you can find the San Salvador Island of Masinloc while lying on the east is Sitio Luan, Lipay. Undeniably, Magalawa offers a worthwhile getaway from the fast paced setting of the city life with its very laid-back setting. Magalawa Island has no electricity nor first-class hotel-like accommodations and restaurants so be sure to manage your expectations and bring extra batteries for your gadgets since the island only utilizes the use of a generator in the evening. Nevertheless, if you are longing for a serene island with unrivalled beauty that is favourable for soul-searching and exciting adventure then, without a doubt, Magalawa is just perfect for you.

How to get there:

From Cubao/Caloocan Bus Terminal in Manila, take the Victory Liner bus that is heading to Iba, Zambales. From Iba, transfer to another bus which heads to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Then tell the driver to drop you off at Baranggay Pangolinan of Palauig (Cor Radio Veritas Road). From Brgy Pangolingan of Palauig ride a tricycle which is bound for Luan Port. The whole 20 minutes tricycle ride to Luan Port is quite bumpy so be sure to prepare yourself for it. From Luan Port, take the small boat which heads to Magalawa Island. Travel time is around 10-15 minutes.

About the Author

By admin / Administrator, bbp_keymaster

on Oct 04, 2016

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Comments (43)





  • Nardo

    Lido beach in Cavite City the best. Only an hour drive from coastal road. McDo is very near. Tayo na!

  • Nardo

    Lido Beach in Cavite City the best. Only 1 hour from coatal road. 5 mins lang yun McDo from the beach.

    • Melchris

      how to get there from sm moa

  • Janet

    Been to Borawan and Dampalitan. for me, over-rated lang ang Borawan. Mas okay ang Dampalitan. Pero kung gusto mo ng mas malapit sa Manila pwede ka magtry sa Burot beach sa Batangas. Pumunta kami ng friends ko dun at ang 1k each namin saktong sakto lang nakapag rent pa kami ng tent at boat para sa island hopping. Super linis ng tubig, not crowded at 2-3 hrs na byahe lang.

    • Celine

      How to get there???

    • Joy bondad

      Jow to get there

    • Wenci

      Agree! Been there with my family yesterday, mejo mahirap lang daan. hirap dala namen sasakyan, pero carry naman. 🙂

      • Bel

        Hi Wenci,
        Ano car dala nyo? Kaya ba ng vios ang daan in case?

    • Bel

      Hi Janet.
      About Burot beach, walang aircon accomodation, right? Tenting lang?
      Thank you.

    • Nhie

      maganda ba sa burot?? hindi ba masyading crowded

      • Anne

        crowded of course, peak season. Pag june july aug – ayan wala tao

  • Mijean T. omnes

    Hi, we have a company outing on may 2. But our budget is 13,000 to 15,000/30pax for cottage accommodation and allow to bring food inside of resort. Any suggestions of resort near at metro manila. Travel time is 3-4hrs

    • Rannel

      Hundred islands is the best

    • Nikki Villamarin

      Hi ms. Tess.. Do you have own vehicle po? Your budget is good for nagsasa in zambales.. I have contacts po.. Camping set up po.. If your interested im willing to help just pm me.. 09165068875.. thanks

    • Aya marivelle

      Canyon cove po msy mga apartments napara sa 30 persons check Facebook page mabuhay Philippines

  • Tess


    We will be having a company outing this coming April 9-10,2016. Any nice beaches but less affordable in zambalez that you can suggest?

    • Tess

      Any beaches near manila and budget-friendly. Please.. ty!

    • Nikki Villamarin

      Nagsasa will be great.. Package na po transpo, tent, utensils.. Camping po yung pinaka set up.. If your interested po pwede po natin i budget base on your budget.. Please contact me 09165068875

  • Ellie Samson

    hi guys need boat rent and assistant? BORAWAN , DAMPALITAN and PUTING BUHANGIN ISLAND ? just call/text this no. 09476142289, 09956153995 and look for ate noime …:)
    09085317597 marvin , 09473413419 marlyn .e






  • Jon

    any further holiday tips



  • Celie fesalbon

    Is there a package in borawan? Can you send me details?

    • Gina

      Yup, we found a package through metrodeal!

    • Nikki Villamarin

      Sobrang liit lang po ng borawan.. But in quezon po kasi your allow to have island hopping unlimited.. Pero meron pong entrance kada baba mo sa island.. I suggest not to get any metrodeak package kasi po sobrang mahal compare po kung magpapa budget mo kayo or magpapa set up po. Or mag organize mo.. If interested mo kayo you can contact me 09165068875.. Wala po akong any tour agency but i do organize base on your budget.. Thanks

      • Cristina

        hello po.. meron po ba kayong personal no..? pwede po ba makuha.. ask lang po ako regardinh beaches sa quezon.. tnx

  • Max

    @cam: i recommend burot beach over matabungkay.

    • Jen

      Is there any cheap hotels near Burot beach? and is it safe there? Planning to do a solo travel 🙁

      • Marie

        You can camp in burot beach. It’s safe.

      • Irish

        Been there in Burot twice. Super safe there’s roving guard. We normally leave our things in the tent sobrang unattended and the people there kept it so safe. Look for Zach our friendly teenager bantay

        • Rosita dela cruz

          How much po nagastos per person sa burot?

  • Ayesha alva

    would like to know if there is packages for borawan island. thanks!

  • Cam

    i’ve also been to dampalitan, kwebang lampas and borawan beach in quezon. you can go beach hopping in Quezon when you rent a boat either from padre burgos or pagbilao. also been to the beautiful islands of alaminos, pangasinan. and we’re planning to go to matabungkay beach this weekends for a quick getaway. i would love to share my experience through doing a blog but somehow, i cant find time to make it happen. 🙁

    • Kviab

      How much po ang nagastos nyo per transfer sa ibang island?

  • Cam

    i’ve been to magalawa island and cagbalete island. true piece of paradise on earth! travel time’s all worth it. laiya, batangas is a real quick break from all stress in the metro. but i must say i really loved the beach in Patar. it’s not white sand but golden!! and it’s sooo soft! you definitely wont mind the leaving your flipflops behind. seagrass or no seagrass, i loved its moderately playful waves and clear blue waters. i plan to go to all of these beaches. budget-friendly and of course, they’re close to manila.

    • Eunice

      I agree, i prefer patar beach than any beach in batangas. There’s everything you need: clean toilet, accomodations, food, electricity etc. The beach/shore is clean plus its “swimable”. I remembered swimming in the beach 10am-4pm the only break that i had was to eat lunch. ? and i really dont mind the sunburn. Hahahhaha

      • Zahzah

        Where in patar po kyo nagrent or nagbooked ng hotel or cottages..planning for family outing po wd kids. Mahal kc pag hotel.may nabasa aq mga blogs my mga cottage and nipa hut houses na pede daw irent po overnyt.thanks and god bless po

        • Zafaye

          At kua benjie’s kubo… it is very affordable and it is located in front beach.. we went there june 2014? 2K only for 9 pax overnight only…

        • Nhie

          my nakuha kmi dati 800 lng yung kubo.. malaki na sya my higaan siguro kasya mga 5 person dun..

  • Ken

    Where and how much is your hotel accomodation per night or weeks etc we will loved to go back in philippines with my wife for relaxation vacation weve been on puerto galera before but were looking forward to go on batanggas for what we seen on photos it is beautiful,will you post too about accomodations thank you=)

  • Dayanara uy

    I would like to ask how much would you offer to us, good for 8 people maybe 2 nights + the activities? On april 18

    Thank you.

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