The Philippines is a country that has a rich cultural past and is loaded with natural resources. One of the things that the Philippines is most popular for, are its amazing beaches. You would never guess, by looking at the modernized metropolises of Metro Manila, that a quick trip to the coast can bring you to a lush tropical paradise. It is a complete disconnect from the rushed and busy lifestyle in the cities, and a trip to the beach is a perfect getaway where you can have fun, relax and just enjoy playing under the warm sun and swimming in the clear, cool water.
However, although there are countless amazing beaches scattered all over the Philippines, the average traveler probably won’t be able to visit each of them. If you can’t make it to every provincial hotspot, don’t worry! You can have an amazing time, and get a great glimpse of what the Philippines has to offer, by visiting one of these popular beaches.
No “Beaches of the Philippines” list could possibly be complete without mentioning Boracay. This is possibly the most beautiful beach in the Philippines, with over 4 kilometers of pristine white-sand beach that visitors can relax and play on. There are numerous activities that vacationers can enjoy while visiting Boracay, including scuba diving, wind surfing, and other water sports, as well as mountain treks further inland. At night time, the town comes alive and there are various venues for drinking, dancing and eating. This beach is undoubtedly the most popular beach in the Philippines, both for local “tourists” and those visiting from outside the country.
El Nido, located in Palawan, is a completely different experience from Boracay. Here, things are less developed, and while Boracay is quite full of people during peak season (which is great for folks who love to socialize and meet new people), El Nido is much quieter, which makes it feel like a private beach, all to yourself. El Nido has many great beaches, as well as variety of wildlife and some of the most unique tropical birds you will ever see in the wild. This place is great for those who need a quiet reprieve from their busy lives, and a place where they can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
If you are a diving enthusiast, Panglao, in Bohol, is the place to be. Bohol Island is renowned for its amazing dive spots and world class tourist resorts. The variety of sea life you can encounter when diving at these locations will blow your mind and the only part you’ll find unpleasant about diving here is having to stop and go up when your tanks get low!
The strong winds and surf conditions, make Pagudpud, in Ilocos Norte, the perfect place for surfers. The conditions are often compared to those in Hawaii, which makes Pagudpud the surfing capital of the Philippines. However, despite it being an activity hotspot, it isn’t as crowded as some of the other beaches, which makes it a great place to relax and enjoy the crystal clear water.
The Pearl Farm
The Pearl Farm Beach, amazingly, was once an actual pearl farm. White, pink and gold colored pearls where once cultivated in this tropical paradise. Nowadays, the beach offers a tennis court, water activities, and world class spa that visitors can enjoy when visiting the “Farm”.