A long work week could be toxic. Staying in the office, dealing with all the peskiness and difficult customers is really stressful. The only way to vent out the work frustrations is going out for a quick weekend getaway. Take advantage of the long weekends and flight promos and make sure that you plan your travels ahead and notify your bosses as early as possible.
Below is the list of the 15 places to visit in the Philippines. These are my suggestions as to where you could spend those long weekends. The list does not rank the Philippines’ best, but I am pretty sure that some of the destinations listed here are included in the list of the country’s premier getaways. Yes – I am a big fan of the beach, hence most of the places I have here are waterfronts.
The northernmost province seems not ordinary. With terrains different from the rest of the country, Batanes offers exquisite landscapes and sceneries at par to that of the west. The erratic weather conditions around these islands and the expensive transport services made this wonder an elusive destination. But whatever the cost may be, I’m sure, it is a travel well-paid off.
2. Sagada, Mountain Province
Tourists come to Sagada to see or experience the cave connection (spelunking 2 or more caves), Bomod-ok falls, Kiltepan view point, Echo Valley, Panag-apoy, and the ethnic dance at Lake Danum. But if you want to spend a more intimate tour, you can visit a local farm, learn the history and traditions from the elders, and taste the native dishes and delicacies.
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Sagada’s weather is utterly favorable with a temperature that dips down to 12°C, making it a popular summer destination.
3. El Nido, Palawan
I can’t say much. All I know is that, this is a pretty awesome place, an island hopping haven, and a snorkeling and diving paradise. Hope all is well when I visit El Nido this February.
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4. Coron, Palawan
Coron is a must-visit place in the Philippines. It offers beautiful lakes and lagoons, stunning beachfront, and mega diverse underwater paradise. You must include Bulog, Banana, and Malcapuya islands on your visit.
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What will awe you is a remarkable stretch of fine, white sand beach. The Mahabang Buhangin Beach is a long coastline in the central-west of Tinaga Island, Calaguas Group of Islands in Vinsons, Camarines Norte. It faces the northwest, so you can have a glimpse of the beautiful sunset.
Activities like camping, snorkeling, and beach sports are some of the awesome things to anticipate.
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