It’s already summer here in the Philippines and I don’t know where else where is summer but people are starting to look for their getaway this season.
I have something here to show you that if you live here in the Philippines and you have a tight budget and it’s just 5 hours away from the city I have a place for you.
Now I call it my haven because this is my “go to” place whenever I’m stressed or I want to unwind or I just want to be far from the city. I have a specific place to talk about but I would like to introduce to you “Zambales”.
Before I thought this place was so far but then when we went there for the first time I thought that “hey I can drive back here again”. We all know that the Philippines is wealthy when it comes to summer destinations like beaches etc. but there are times to go to a beautiful and calm places you need to take a plane or maybe a boat or a long bus/car drive but my favorite place is not that far from Metro Manila.
In Zambales, Philippines there are so many beach resorts to choose from but I found a place a little bit far from the common resorts that people know about. All I wanted was a quiet place to relax, listen to the beach waves and drink if I’m in the mood and I found this place perfect for me. Some people find it low class but that is not really my point why I like it there. What I love about this place is that the beach area is so wide and it’s clean not like the other beach parts in Zambales. The surrounding was peaceful and you can really relax and reflect about life whenever I’m there.
The name of this resort is “RAMA International Beach Resort” the price range for their accommodation is really reasonable and affordable but if you’re looking for a 5-star or a Class A resort maybe this is not for you. I usually go here is low season because f you visit this place in peak season you will be with Class C families and you will see unexpected things (it’s hard to explain). So whenever I visit this resort it feels like I own the the place because I can also see myself the staff and the beautiful beach.
The staff there are friendly and they accommodate you immediately. when it comes to food they have good food my favorites are sinigang na pork, porkchop. They have a wide variety of food to choose from. drinks non-alcoholic and alcoholic are very affordable as well.
For accommodations you can rent a room or you can just rent a tent and sleep outside the beach area. they have standard rooms, deluxe rooms and dorm type of rooms price range for rooms 1000-8000 it depends on how many are you and what season are you visiting. you can also rent kayak there.
They have a little bonfire every night and a fire dance. I’m not sure if they do that every night but yeah. But this place make me relax that is why I super love this place.
In Zambales you can also do other things like hiking and also island hoping!. I’m not sure the name of the hiking trail because I don’t do hiking but I do want to try it soon but for the island hopping you will go to Capones Island and Anawangin Island. Usually Island hopping will take you a day or maybe whole day it depends on what you want but that is also a good place to chill and drink. you can’t stay in Capones island for a long time because there are many tourist and the island is not that big to accommodate many people. But in Anawangin you can stay as long as you like you can even stay there for overnight you can rent a tent.
Island hopping price range is 500-4000 pesos depends on the boat and how many are you but you can join other small groups for a cheaper price.
if you leave here in the Philippines from Metro Manila it will take you 5 hours – 6 hours going there (if there is no traffic ) but if you’re just visiting here in the Philippines with no car you can the bus or you can rent a van or a car.
I will always recommend Zambales for a quick summer getaway. I’m not pushing you to like my have but you can also your own favorite spot. you can look through booking.com or agoda.com. This were I found mine.
and if you’re visiting the philippines for vacation, business or work please do fine time to visit zambales.