Filipinos can rejoice in the summer time without overspending, and without cutting down on the fun. You don’t have to go for the most luxurious, expensive getaway; it’s all a matter of planning, proper budgeting, and preparation before your sweet escape from the Metro. As your local travel guide in the Philippines, here are five top destinations in the Philippines you can visit that will cost you Php 2,500 only!
Known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. The waves in Baler during the “ber” months are just perfect and ideal for beginners to get a feel of real waves. For only PHP 500.00, you can already travel to Baler by bus. Tricycle rides are a bit expensive, so it’s highly recommended to take a jeep which is just PHP 8.00 for a 10-minute ride. At The Circle Hostel, the going rate to rent a hammock starts at PHP 450.00. Overall, you can stay for two days by spending just under PHP 2,000.00. Food in the area is very cheap; you can have a full meal at PHP 100.00.
2. La Union
Another surfing destination in the Philippines in La Union. The cheapest bus ride from Metro Manila is about PHP 400.00. You can stay at Flotsam & Jetsam that’ll will cost you PHP 700.00 a night on weekdays and PHP 800.00 on weekends. Two nights can already cost you up to PHP 2,200.00 which your trip back to the city, but don’t worry about food since the hostel provides free breakfast. Additionally, some of the food choices around the area are only PHP 50.00 to PHP 100.00.
For a tight budget weekend getaway at the beach, head over to Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso, Zambales. It only cost around PHP 300.00 to get from Cubao to San Narciso and another PHP 15.00 for a tricycle ride to the resort. Renting out a tent with a mat and pillow plus entrance fee is only around PHP 500.00. They have a number of facilities and things to do from playing sports to just simply chilling on the beach. You can make this a trip for two and still spend just close to PHP 2,500.00 only.
A trip to Pansol in Laguna is advisable for those who want a highly affordable romantic getaway. Traveling from Metro Manila to Pansol is only around PHP 100.00 by bus. When you get there, stay at Makiling Highlands Resort for less than PHP 1,000.00 if you book with TravelBook.ph. They have several pools and a selection of nice rooms to make your getaway more fun and enjoyable. That’s only a little over PHP 1,000.00 for the trip and room for two. With your remaining budget, you can throw in a romantic dinner and a gift for your loved one.
If you prefer a cool weather, Tagaytay is just two hours away from Metro Manila, or less depends on the traffic. You can stay at a nice budget accommodation like Famous Inn, which is just around over PHP 1,000.00 a night. For a real Tagaytay experience, you can have a hot bowl of bulalo for under PHP 200.00 and visit places for minimal fees like Nature Discovery Park, Picnic Grove, and People’s Park in the Sky.