5 of The Best Beaches Near Manila To Visit

Spending the day at the beach is always a good idea. There’s just something really special about beaches that make people feel more calm, at peace, and one with nature. As beach aficionados would know, no two beaches are alike. Every beach is unique and holds specific memories to most people.

A country in Southeast Asia is known as one of the most beautiful places to visit for a beach fix. The Philippines, a tropical country that lies just within the equator, has 7,641 majestic islands with a wide variety of beaches to seek, visit, and fall in love with.

Looking for your next beach destination? Why not book your next flight to the Philippines? Explore the beauty of this country as you find out more about its terrific beaches.

Here’s a list of the best beaches near Manila, for when you want quick weekend getaways near the city.

Batangas Beaches

Masasa Beach
Masasa Beach

Batangas, a province south of Manila, has amazing white sand beaches. It’s the closest to Manila with only about 90 minutes of travel time if you’re coming from the city. Many families and friend groups, whether locals or foreigners, love going to Batangas to enjoy a relaxing weekend of swimming at the beach, engaging in water sports, and other activities.

Some of the best and cleanest beaches in Luzon are found in Batangas. Topping the list are the towns of Nasugbu with Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro Cove, Isla Verde, Calatagan with The Stilts, and Manuel Uy, Tingloy island with Masasa, and so much more. The clear blue waters will definitely make you want to keep coming back.

Related: 40+ Batangas Beach Resorts For A Relaxing Vacation

Zambales Beaches

magalawa island
Magalawa Island

North of Manila, Zambales is a quaint province that offers a number of stunning beaches. In fact, it’s every tourist and beach lovers’ favorites. Most Zambales beaches are meant for those who are up for some good thrill and adventure.

This is mainly because beaches in the region, specifically in San Antonio, are located in remote places with no signal at all. To top off the experience, tourists are also expected to cook their own food through grillers and charcoal, with little to no electricity, and tents as accommodation.

Related: 21 Zambales Beach Resorts for a Perfect Beach Getaway

Unlike other beaches, though, most beaches in Zambales have grayish sand. Nonetheless, beaches have pretty clear blue waters. Some of the most famous beaches include Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, and Talisayin Cove.

Before you reach these coves, you have to board a boat and sail across the waters for a couple of minutes to an hour. Picturesque views of mountains and waterfalls await you as you reach your cove destination. Before heading home, you can even make a side trip to Capones Island, which has much whiter sand as compared to the rest of the coves.

Travel Tip: For white sandy beaches, we’d recommend visiting Potipot island and Magalawa island (with its sandbar!).

Related: Magalawa Island: Travel Guide (Everything You Need To Know)

Pangasinan Beaches

Bolinao Beach
Bolinao Beach

Situated just along the shorelines of Luzon is the province of Pangasinan, a region famous for its root crops, rice, and fish. However, aside from agriculture and fishing, Pangasinan also has its fair share of beautiful beaches and islands considering.

Related: 16 Things To Do in Bolinao That You Shouldn’t Miss

Beaches in the province of Pangasinan attract a lot of tourists – both locals and foreigners alike. This is primarily because most of the beaches here are accessible and open to the public, meaning it has cheap entrance fees! For the most part, some beaches don’t even have an entrance fees or environmental costs, which is perfect if you’re trying to stick within budget!

One of the most famous tourist destinations here in Pangasinan includes Hundred Islands, where tourists can go on an island hopping tour for one full day, explore the beauty of each island and engage in water activities such as snorkeling.

Related: Birdland Beach Club: A Bolinao Eco Resort (Travel Guide)

Bataan Beaches

playa la caleta
Playa La Caleta

For only about three to four hours of travel, you’ll be transported to a place in the Philippines that perfectly blends nature and history at the same time. In an instant, you get to go back in time, specifically during the Spanish colonization period.

Travel Tip: Ride the 1Bataan Ferry for a one hour travel time from Manila to Bataan. 😉 This article provides you with everything you need to know about this ferry.

Bataan has one of the best beach resorts and destinations to visit if you want to take a quick break from the stressful city life. The region is home to some of the country’s most preserved ancestral houses and heritage sites. Not only that, but you also get to educate yourself more on the history of the country during the World War.

Bataan beaches are mostly composed of beautiful white sand and turquoise waters. A lot of Bataan’s beach resorts in the area also have swimming pools, which guests can enjoy for when they want to take a break off of the sandy shore. If you want a peaceful and relaxing vacation in Bataan, Playa La Caleta should be on your list!

Quezon Beaches


Looking for some peace and serenity? You should definitely try visiting Quezon province as its beaches will give you an ultimate break from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Located in remote areas of the province, Quezon beaches are filled with nothing but stunning nature views at every turn that will make you want to stay a little much longer than you’re supposed to stay. Beaches in this region are known to be different as compared to the rest because you really get to be one with nature; hear the birds chirping, the whistling wind, the trees swaying, and the relaxing sound of the waves crashing onto the shore.

A perfect example includes Jomalig Island, the farthest island in the municipality of Quezon province and the most popular because it remains undisturbed, withstanding the test of time.

Wrapping Up

No one can ever say no to the beach especially the best beaches near Manila listed above. Make your next beach trip unforgettable and worthwhile by doing yourself a favor and booking that next flight to the Philippines. Explore more of the country’s stunning beaches from then on!

Travel tip: Check schedules and availability of buses, ferries, taxis or flights for booking online with 12Go Asia.

Love the beach? We also recommends visiting the following destinations in the Philippines!

SIQUIJOR: 10 Unforgettable Things To Do In Siquijor

BORACAY: A First-Timer’s Guide to Boracay Philippines

CEBU: 30 Crazy Fun Things To Do In Cebu, Philippines

ILOILO: Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo: Your Complete Travel Guide

LA UNION: 32 La Union Tourist Spots: What To Do In La Union

LEYTE: Kalanggaman Island: Budget Travel Guide and Travel Tips

APO ISLAND: Apo Island Travel Guide: Snorkeling in Turtle Paradise

PALAUI: Palaui Island Budget Travel Guide (Sta Ana, Cagayan)

DAVAO: 10 Epic Things To Do In Davao That You Shouldn’t Miss

About the author

Angelo Castelda is a known feature writer and contributor for a news magazine in Asia. One of his most featured articles talks about the beauty of the Philippines. On his free days, he loves to travel around the country and wishes to explore all 7,641 islands in all 81 provinces.

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