All beach lovers are aware of the fact that there was a time when the famous phrase “ beach near Manila” was ubiquitously associated with Zambales. The preferred destination was Subic, which is a coastal municipality having all the amenities and facilities that a Manila urbanite could ask for. This area has a beautiful seaside highway, excellent resorts, and the privilege to shop in peace. TO top the list, it makes for a smooth driveway.
In contemporary time many virgin beaches and concealed coves have been explored which has somehow captured the limelight from Subic. However, Zambales has not lost its popularity and continued to charm visitors. This article jolts down ten beaches that in Zambales that are worth visiting.
This place has risen to fame from a mellow and quiet shipping village to a bustling tourist town. However, its miraculous transformation was triggered by the volcanic eruption in Mt Pinatubo in 1991. The tons of ash debris transformed the rocky shores of San Antonio into a supple and shinning retreat that seems to have made its way right from the beach lover’s fantasy. With the passage of time, sea pine trees began to engulf its ashy slopes dispensing a fabulous landscape.
This site is a gift of the volcanic ashes discharged by Mt Pinatubo in 1991. Since then this areas has been gradually covered by a forest of sea pine trees. In sharp resemblance to Anawangin, this area flaunts a subjective viewpoint on a hilltop and a delightful inlet. The place is more laidback and is not overcrowded although the number of tourists visiting this area is increasing each year.
Among all the ashes coves engulfing the coast of Zambales, Talisayen is the quietest of its kind. This place attracts a different set of travelers who are fond of making their trail. The most noteworthy feature about this place is the solitude in the offering. Even after all these years, Talisayen has been able to avoid the crowd.
This is one of the virgin beaches of San Antonio least crowded thanks to its remoteness where the sand exhibits a distinct light gray hue. However, it will be wrong to judge the beach by its color. Unlike other coves, the water here is less violent and shallow making it ideal for having a splash. Mountains made of red soil with bright greenery around makes for the best view in San Antonio. If you are fond of fishing and have some extra time in your kitty, then you can opt for fishing tours that are slowly gaining prominence.
This island features a short stretch of sand that is easy to access from the Pundaquit. It is closest to the mainland and visible from the village.
This island is covered with rocky stretch in one side and strewed with a beautiful sandy beach on the other side. One can quickly recognize this place by its sharp cliff overlooking a glittering beach that has been crowned by the historic Capones Lighthouse. Along with Camara Island, this place makes for popular side trip destination for island hopping. Visitors are given the privilege of entering the building and climbing to the top of the tower. This lighthouse guides vessels between Subic Bay and Corregidor.
Before the rediscovery of San Antonio beaches, only a few travelers were aware that there was a Potipot island in Candelaria. At present, this island is privately owned, and it is worth visiting for finding some peace of mind and be close to nature in solitude.
Crystal Beach Resort
Located in San Narciso, it offers surfing lessons with Quicksilver Surf School for P400 per hour. This includes instructor’s fees, rash guard, and surfboard. Well, this place has something to offer for the non-surfers too. It is one of those resorts where you be yourself on the clean beach with no one around to bother you. You can spend hours sitting under a thatched roof admiring the beauty of the place as the sounds of rattling rain on the roof will comfort your mind and soul.
This place is a fishing village in San Felipe, Zambales. The beautiful and consistent waves of this place make for an ideal destination for surfers and the aspiring ones. This place is not thronged by visitors frequently because finding it is quite tricky. The road leading to Liwa lies hidden from the main highway. Apart from surfing, there is plenty of natural beauty to keep you engaged.
Halfmoon Beach, Subic
This is a decent beach with grayish sand and gentle waves. After a long day of beach bumming, you can put on your bargain hunter hat and take pleasure in duty-free shopping. Apart from the beaches, you may prefer to take a look at the stores while paving your way back to the Manila Beach. Surely this makes for a great stress buster.
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