Sunday, April 21, 2013

What's the Best Place This Summer? [Philippines]


What’s the best place to enjoy and have fun this summer?

There are so many places to be in awe and enjoy this hot season. Place for kids and adults to  have fun and share bonding moments. Beaches and lakes and pools, oh my! All the water and the warmth and the suntan lotion, towels, wet hair and the sand. This summer you'll surely have salt water hair or  the chlorine hair or the nasty-lake hair. Get some sun kissed skin, wear bikini, and the volleyball games. Few things to do this marvelous summer. All we need is that perfect summer get away!!! 

For Filipinos you've probably been to these places I’m going to recommend.  If you haven’t yet, you can always plan a trip. After all it’s summer and it’s synonymous with vacation.

For the newly arrived expat and tourist, explore the Philippines and see the beauty it has to offer. There are so many things to discover here aside beautiful Filipino people.

Anyway,  what I’m mostly going to recommend are these famous places . Beat the heat, swim,  do fun stuff.  You can also  be in awe and wonder and wander and breathe in the beauty of Pearl of the Orient has to offer. 



Tagaytay
 image by callezaragosa.com

Like what it website's slogan: Tagaytay is probably the most pleasant city in Asia!
With its cool climate and clean air, Tagaytay City is the perfect place for leisure activities like picnics, horseback riding, camping and sightseeing. For our foreign friends, it offers a relaxing and safe haven where you can unwind and lay back after your long haul flight. Tagaytay is just a hop, skip and a jump from Manila's NAIA International Airport - about 90 minutes away.


Pagsanjan, Laguna.
image by www.traveltothephilippines.info

The ruggedly beautiful 91-meter Pagsanjan Falls is one of Laguna’s most popular tourist attractions. Try shooting the rapids,a raft ride through the cascading waters of the Pagsanjan Falls is an exhilarating experience.There so many things to try on this place like fishing, shopping embroidered fabric, discover traditional arts and crafts and eat exotic food. Trivia: Pagsanjan Falls was the location for the last scene of the Hollywood film Apocalypse Now.

Baguio 
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Well what is summer without visiting the Summer Capital of the Philippines? Baguio is also known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, City of Pines, City of Mines, City of Flowers, Garden City of the Philippines, and Ukay-Ukay Capital of the Philippines!!! Yeah, I also added that ukay-ukay thing. Ha-ha!

So what's good things to do on this wonderful city of pines? I found the list of best things to do click Relax in Baguio. Baguio is gifted with a variety of cultural, historical and scenic attractions that make it an important and interesting destination. Favorited by local and foreign tourists, whole families on vacation, honeymoon couples and large convention groups. Boasting great natural beauty, chilly weather, a tourist-friendly people and extraordinary vistas, the City of Pines is the culmination of your search for the idyllic escape from the tropical heat of the Philippine lowlands.



Anawagin cove, Zambales.


The Anawangin Cove is by far the most popular destination for campers and beach goers alike. Just the mention of the name Zambales will ring a bell for those who have gone to the cove that a trip to Pundaquit is never complete without feeling Anawangin’s mixture of volcanic ash and white sand beneath your feet. Anawangin is the nearest cove from the town proper of Pundaquit. It also is currently the most visited and developed amongst its neighboring coves. Owned by a local family who also lives in Pundaquit, they make sure that the place is well maintained  and the shores are regularly cleaned by it’s caretakers.


Camsur, Caramoan Island
image by http://caramoanislands.com

Very few Filipino known about Caramoan. This is one of the place that I love to visit one day. Isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur, it is no surprise why Philippine's Secret Paradise remains unexploited from commercial tourism. Caramoan gives 'island hopping' a new meaning. Enjoy its beauty in many ways. Great ocean adventures for kayakers, snorkle and scuba dive to experience the diverse marine life, trek and search for the enigmatic lagoon, rock climb the limestone cliffs, explore the caves or just star gaze at night.


Bellaroca Resort, Marinduque.
image by www.bellaroccaresorts.com
Discerning travellers in search of their next unexplored destination need to look no further than the Philippine Islands. With its white Santorini-inspired architecture on rolling terrain contrasted with the azure blue of the sky above and the clear water below, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa offers a fantastic experience unlike any other place in the Philippines and across South-East Asia.

Coron

Coron Island Palawan is a wedge-shaped limestone island, with few of its coastal areas being covered by mangrove forests. It has seven lakes, famous of which is the nationally-acclaimed cleanest lake in the Philippines, the Kayangan Lake. It also has a number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deepsea fishing and shipwreck diving.

Boracay


Boracay, as the best beach for year 2012, has more than ten distinctive beaches nestled in the coves surrounding the infamous island. All of them feature the same powdery white sand that has undoubtedly made the island prominent around the world. By far, the most popular beach is a seven-kilometer stretch, officially called White Beach.


Amanpulo


Named after the Sanskrit word for peace, aman, and the Tagalog word for island, Amanpulo is a serene retreat offering the pure white sands, turquoise seas and endless blue skies for which the Philippine archipelago is famed. The entire island of Pamalican is dedicated to Amanpulo, fringed by seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef and lapped by the tranquil Sulu Sea.

Puerto Princesa
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Aptly nicknamed “the city in a forest,” Puerto Princesa city’s attractions have much to do with its natural wonders and commitment to the environment. In fact, it’s been named the Philippines’ cleanest and greenest city, and has been internationally recognized for environmental excellence.Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. For the brave, exotic food choices await. The ever popular Kinabuchs Grill and Bar serves tamilok (shipworm) and crocodile meat. The less adventurous can head for Ka Lui for their creative seafood dishes.




Guimaras, Iloilo 
image by touristsparadise
Guimaras Island is a favored destination by both foreign and domestic tourists because of its picturesque beaches, waterfalls, springs, off shore islets, and its famous mangoes, which is considered one of the sweetest in the world. 

Cebu

The best and one of the favorite travel destinations for tourist around the world, Cebu offers a relaxing and serene environment with its pristine white beaches, fine white sands and crystalline waters. If you think you haven’t been to paradise then definitely you haven’t been to Cebu. The tropical paradise with a touch of elegance and serenity.

Carbin Reef (Sagay, Negros Occidental)





The white sand beach and pristine waters of Carbin Reef is also ideal for swimming. However, Carbin Reef is best experienced when snorkeling or diving. Even in shallow water, there are corals and coral fishes to see. Make sure you bring your own gears since there are no available rentals at the site. For those who are not into snorkeling, there’s also a glass bottom boat rented out for P30 per person. Carbin Reef is for the adventurous nature lover. A wealth of natural beauty lies beneath its surface. See it so you can also appreciate and understand why it should be protected so that the next generation can enjoy its bounty.

Momo Beach (Panglao, Bohol)

Momo Beach is located at Brgy. Tangnan. Like the other beaches of Panglao Island, it is likewise blessed with white sand and crystal blue waters. A wonderful wall and slope diving site can be found near the beach with a depth of 40m where nudibranches, leaf fishes, red-eyed goby, harlequin file fish, pajama cardinal fish and many kinds of juvenile wrasse are sighted.

Siargao

Siargao Island is onthe eastern side of the province of Surigao del Norte. Siargao Island and the surrounding islands are some of the most beautiful and untouched gems in the Pacific. Boat to Sohoton caves, learn how to surf, lay on the beach, or just read in a hammock. The main attraction, of course, is the stunning surf of Cloud 9, locating steps away right in front of our Siargao Island resort.


Agutayan Island at Jasaan Mindanao
image by by Snowdon Photography 
Beautiful Island, far away from the big busy city, just for yourself, unspoiled, beautiful tourist spots some are among the best in the world and guess what ? There are almost no tourist because people prefer to go to Boracay rather than Mindanao big mistake. Even Filipinos don´t know what a great treasure the Island of Mindanao is.Why not cross mark that famous beach you want to try and visit Agutayan Island instead?

So there! Here are some places you can relax, and spend time with family. Feel free to add if I missed your best summer get away (and I'm sure I did.) Enjoy! 

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  1. Jade Graham said... 9/12/2016 7:51 AM

    i still remember those days during our Religion class where we were obligingly join the mass, Philippines Insider Travel Guide

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