Zambales: The Best Place to Surf, Swim, & Eat!

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What makes Zambales a go-to place when you are physically, mentally, emotionally tired and just need a break from life? It has diverse flora and fauna, spectacular islands, surf spots, coves, and succulent food. Just an hour away from Metro Manila, you can have a fantastic getaway!

Where to go?

Anawangin Cove

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Just half an hour’s boat ride away, Anawangin Cove is the most famous stop.

Location: Near Barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio

Facebook page: facebook.com/anawangincove

Potipot Island

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A stunning island where you can swim all day for just PHP100 (daytrip) and PHP200 (overnight camping).

Location: Sinabacan, Candelaria

Magalawa Island

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Explore the island’s seven kilometer stretch of white sand. There are available cottages or tents you can rent. You can walk on the beach, swim, or snorkel.

Location: Magalawa Island Armada Resort, Palauig, Zambales

Website: www.armadaresort.com

Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House

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This two-storey house is where President Ramon Magsaysay grew up. You’ll see here photographs, medals, furniture, and various barong Tagalog.

Location: National Highway, Castillejos

Hours: 8:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00pm – 4:00pmm (Tuesday – Sunday)

Ina Poon Bato

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Locals believed that the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary called Ina Poon Bato (Mother of the Lord Rock) is miraculous. Local Aetas found a carved wooden statue on a large rock in the 17th Century and called her Apo Apang. The image survived even after the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991.

Location: Barangay Loob Bunga, Botolan

Where to eat?

Playa Papagayo Beach Inn & Restaurant

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A good place for family or groups. Pamper your taste buds with scrumptious dishes while filling your eyes with the stunning view of the beach.

Location: National Highway, Olongapo City

Hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm Mon – Fri / 7:00am – 11:00pm Sat – Sun

Website: playapapagayo.net

Contact No.: (04) 224-1002, 0929-661-4891, 0943-921-8383

Wimpy’s

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A fast food restaurant with interiors will remind you of ’50s diners. They serve affordable rice meals that will make you come back for more.

Location: 34 Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo City

Contact No.: (047) 222-3213

Where to stay?

Zambawood

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Get close to nature with this comfy home surrounded by pine trees and organic farm. There’s a swimming pool, comfortable seats, sofas, and hammocks where you can relax and unwind.

Location: Fernandez Compound, Purok 1B, Barrio La Paz, San Narciso

Contact No.: 0915-991-4715 / 0919-923-0988

Website: www.zambawood.com

The Circle Hostel Zambales

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If you’re looking for an affordable and eco-friendly hostel, The Circle Hostel Zambales is an ideal place for you.

Location: Liw-Liwa, San Felipe

Contact No.: 0917-505-4329

Website: www.zambales.thecirclehostel.com

Sambali Beach Farm

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Fill your eyes with refreshing view of this serene place that can accommodate up to 25 people. This eight-hectare property also offers an educational venue for organic farming.

Location: Danacbunga, Botolan

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