Where to go beach bumming this summer

Posted at 04/19/14 8:44 AM

If you’re tired of the usual summer hotspots, there are many more beaches in the Philippines worth exploring. Some of them are still unspoiled by commercial development and less crowded. They boast of long coastlines, gentle waves, clear waters and some even have pink sand beaches perfect for a relaxing summer.

1. Pangasinan's 'Mini Boracay'

In the town of Dasol in Pangasinan, tourists flock to see the gentle waves kiss the white sand along Osmeña beach. Just a five-hour trip from Metro Manila, beach lovers will surely enjoy the "mini Boracay" experience that also includes beautiful rock formations along the beach.

2. Beach bumming at Laiya

San Juan, Batangas is proud of its 32-kilometer coastline boasting of clear waters and fine, white sand. Just three hours from Manila, Laiya Beach is a good spot for sunbathing, snorkeling and bonfires.

3. Puerto Princesa's Isla Puting Buhangin

Enjoy peace and quiet in a hidden paradise in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for free. Isla Puting Buhangin, an island of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters will surely take your stress away. Just a reminder, because the island has yet to be touched by commercial development, don't forget to bring your own food.

4. Northern Samar's pink beach

Tired of white sand beaches? Here’s something new: Sila Island in San Vicente Northern Samar boasts of pink sand beaches. It got is hue because of corals. Spared by super typhoon Yolanda, the pink beaches of Northern Samar also hosts activities such as diving, snorkeling and island hopping.

5. Compostela Valley escapade

Known for its gold mines, Compostela Valley also boasts of white sand beaches and man-made wonders. There are various resorts in the province that offer affordable rates for both daytime and overnight visits.

(Compiled by Dayanara Cudal)