Affordable Summer Destinations Near Metro Manila For P1,000 Or Less

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Here are some of the affordable summer destinations near Metro Manila

There are quite a few summer destinations near Metro Manila that are affordable and the prices (accommodation, food, transportation) are just P1,000 or even lesser.

Check out this list of affordable summer destinations near Metro Manila.

Morong, Batangas

Photo source: morongstar.com

Travel: bus from Cubao or Monumento to Olongapo City and travel for around 4 hours; another bus or jeep to Morong which will take you another hour.

Highlights:
Pawikan Festival (every November but tourist can spot turtles in Morong, Bataan anytime of the year)

Beaches (known for affordability and accessibility)

Food (the market place offers a wide variety of food and you can cook it in your chosen resort to save)

Basic Expenses: Fare – PHP 600/head Accommodation – PHP 400/head Food – PHP 200/head

You may check out these resorts:

Morong Star Beach Resort
Bataan White Corals
Phi Phi Beach Resort

Calatagan

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Travel: Vans from EDSA-Taft going straight to Calatagan for a 3- to 4-hour ride.

Highlights:
Cape Santiago Lighthouse (built in 1890, oldest lighthouses in the Philippines, open for tours)

Beaches (white and rocky, resorts offer transient houses for big groups)

Food (variety of food that will suit your taste is available in the Calatagan Market)

Note: Calatagan waters is home of sea urchins and sea cucumbers so be sure to bring surf shoes if you plan on swimming or snorkeling.

Basic Expenses: Fare – PHP 400/head Accommodation – PHP 150/head Food – PHP 200/head

You may check out these resorts:

Manuel Uy Beach Resort
Stilts Calatagan
Ronco Resort

Nasugbu, Batangas

Photo source: Out of Town Blog

Travel: Bus from Manila City Hall or EDSA-Taft to Nasugbu that will take you around 4 hours

Highlights:
Beaches (accessible, surrounded by mountains that add beauty to the view)

Private Rest House in Tali Beach (good for family gatherings)

Affordable beach resorts (boat rides and shipwreck diving sites,
gorgeous cascades of white sand)

Food (classic Batangueño cuisine–lomi and tulingan are available in resorts, the market also offers a wide variety of food)

Basic Expenses: Fare –  PHP 400/head Accommodation – PHP 300/head Food – PHP 200/head

You may check out these resorts:

Berna Beach
Munting Buhangin Beach Camp

Laiya, Batangas

Photo source: The Poor Traveler

Travel: Bus to Lipa City from terminals at Cubao or Buendia, jeepney to San Juan
Alternate route – direct bus ride to San Juan from the Cubao terminal. When you reach the market, take another jeep to Laiya. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours.

Highlights:
Beaches (a long stretch of fine sand)

Beach resorts (affordable packages that include food, lodging, and tours)

Note: Corkage fees for food and drinks from outside

Basic expenses: Fare – PHP 350/head Food and accommodation – PHP 500/head

You may check out these resorts:

Laiya Coco Grove
Laiya Moonlight Resort
Sigayan Bay Beach Resort

Tagaytay

Travel: Bus from the MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal at Coastal Mall or in DLTB Bus Terminal along Taft Avenue. Travel time is around 1-2 hours.

Highlights:
Cool Breeze (relaxing)

Accessible for people living in Metro Manila

Taal Lake (breathtaking view)

Food (Bulalo or freshly-picked pineapples are popular)

Basic Expenses: Fare – PHP 88 bus fare/head Food – PHP 300/head

You may check out these places for dining:

Green Ats
Bag of Beans
Mahogany Market

Zambales

Travel: Bus from Cubao or Monumento to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales then get off at San Antonio Public Market. The trip will take 4 to 5 hours. Take a tricycle to Pundaquit and pay PHP 30. When you reach Pundaquit, there are boat rides to where you want to go: Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Anawangin Cove, or Talisayin Cove.

Highlights:
Coasts (formed from the ashes that Mount Pinatubo spewed when it erupted)

Beaches (beautiful view, affordable)

Trekking, Camping, Fishing

Basic Expenses: Fare – PHP 700/head Food and accommodation – FREE if you bring your own food and tent

You may check out these resorts:

Board Culture Liw-Liwa
Crystal Beach Resort
The Circle Hostel

What can you say about these affordable summer destinations?

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