Famous Beaches in the Philippines You Should Stop By This Summer
With more than 7000 islands within the Philippines’s territory, it’s no surprise that plenty of beautiful, world-class beaches are found in this archipelagic country—all comparable to the other known beach destinations in the world. We’re sure both local and foreign tourists who have been to the famous beaches in the Philippines will agree.
From the northernmost part to the southern tip, the country is blessed with gorgeous crystal-clear water and powdery white sands. It’s a difficult task, but you have to choose one or more from this list of famous beaches in the Philippines for your summer getaway as there are just too many.
As for our list, we are forced to narrow it down to ten, but we will definitely be back to feature the other summer paradises that deserve a space on this page. But for the meantime, here’s our top 10 pick of the most beautiful and most famous beaches in the Philippines.
10 Must-Visit Famous Beaches in the Philippines
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We can’t talk about the Philippine beaches without mentioning Boracay. Despite being too crowded and too commercialized these days, we can’t discount the fact that it’s still among the most beautiful beaches in the country. Its endless fine white sand and turquoise blue water that have attracted numerous tourists are just as inviting as ever. In fact, it’s listed on travel site TripAdvisor as among the best in the world, in the league with other world-famous beaches like Maldives, Grace Bay in the Caribbean, Baia do Sancho in Brazil, and Playa Paraiso Beach in Cuba.
2. Coron, Palawan
Palawan has about fifty white sand beaches around the province. But more than being among the famous beaches in the Philippines, the island has an astonishing scenery. Dubbed as the Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines, Palawan also has several lush forests that host many different bird species, and it’s home to a few major marine habitats rich in sea life like dolphins, fish species, corals, sea turtles, dugong, and more. And some of these tourist spots are found in Coron Island. It’s like a paradise in there!
3. Calaguas, Camarines Norte
If it’s white sand beach and clear water you’re looking for, then head to Calaguas, particularly to Mahabang Buhangin. Contrary to Boracay, Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte is almost secluded, and everything is affordable, from the trip to the accommodation. You’ll find the place peaceful and relaxing.
4. El Nido, Palawan
Half of the beautiful destinations in Palawan are found in El Nido. While Coron has a quiet and laid-back atmosphere, El Nido is more lively being near the main island. You’ll have more places to explore and activities to enjoy. Remember the movie Bourne Legacy? The scene that featured a breathtaking view of the sea in the later part of the movie was actually shot in El Nido, Palawan. Tourist-favorite Twin Beach can also be found here, which is composed of two beautiful bodies of water called Nacpan and Calitang, separated by a long stretch of bone-white sand.
5. Alona Beach, Panglao Island Bohol
Not too long ago, when someone asks what’s in Bohol, the automatic answer is Chocolate Hills, everyone’s top favorite Bohol tourist destiantion. But nowadays, we’re not so sure anymore as many tourists visit Bohol not for the hills but for its marvelous beaches particularly the Alona Beach in Panglao. Food and accommodation are not a problem as there are several hotels and restaurants in the area. At night time, you’ll find the Panglao beach peaceful with parties limited only until 11:00 p.m., a total opposite of Boracay.
6. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
It’s not just the Visayas Island that’s endowed with gorgeous coastline, Northern Luzon too has its own paradise. Pagudpud’s best beach also has fine white sands and clear waters. Unlike other famous beaches in the Philippines, Pagudpud is not expensive to visit. In addition, you’ll never get bored with so many activities you can do. You’ll surely enjoy your vacation in Pagudpud.
7. Camiguin Island
Camiguin is another island in the Philippines famous for its white sand beaches and hot springs, but the place is also known to have seven volcanoes, which is why it’s called Island Born of Fire. But there’s more to Camiguin than its volcanoes and beaches. It’s home to other must-visit tourist spots like the White Island, Giant Clam Sanctuary, Sunken Cemetery, and Mantigue Island.
8. Bantayan Island, Cebu
Cebu is lucky to be surrounded by fantastic beaches from north to south of the island. One beautiful place to swim in the area is Bantayan Island. Its long stretch of white sand is just perfect for beach walking and frolicking. If you’re looking for that perfect summer picture background, it’s this place.
9. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Aside from being recognized as one of the famous beaches in the Philippines, Puerto Galera is also a member of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club—the only one in the country. Sabang Beach and White Beach are two of the most visited beaches in Puerto Galera. Both beach destinations are full of economy to first-class bars, restaurants, and other accommodations. Tourists flock to Puerto Galera for its numerous pocket beaches and ideal snorkeling and scuba diving spots.
10. Dahican Beach, Davao Oriental
Dahican Beach is known as the Skimboarding Capital of the Philippines. But it’s not the only activity you can enjoy in this place, you can also surf and, of course, swim. The waters of Mati is rich in marine life. If you go a little further out in the sea using a motorize boat, which is available for rent in the area, you will be able to see some dolphins, sea turtles, and other sea animals.
Wherever you go, Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao, you’ll never run out of beautiful beaches to go to. Just don’t forget to wear proper sun protection and take lots of pictures to remind you of the lovely places you’ve been to.
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