Beaches have drawn travelers for as long as there were travelers. The ocean waves, the many activities, and serene feelings of watching the sun dip into the water is a unique experience that many will travel to the furthest flung regions of the world to visit.
The Phillippines is an archipelago of over 7000 islands that offer visitors an unlimited number of beaches to choose from. There are infinite reasons to make the Phillippines your next beach destination, but here are just a few of the top reasons.
Filipinos are world known for their hospitality, friendliness and culture. They are extremely helpful in getting you wherever you’re trying to go and you are always met wtih happiness and smile wherever you wind up in the Phillippines. Unlike many of the other countries of Southeast Asia, wandering around the Phillippines won’t feel like you’re a walking wallet. Filipinos aren’t likely to harass you to buy their goods or tip them for travel tips; they are genuinely friendly.
There’s a beach for everyone.
Where you’re looking for a luxurious resort or more rustic outdoor adventure, the Phillippines has a beach community for you. Boracay offers serene, crystal clear blue waters with barely a ripple at any time and pristinely white beaches. Adorning the beach you can find elaborate resorts and Western creature comforts like McDonald’s. El Nido on Palawan island offers a bit more rustic experience allowing visitors to sip beers with their feet in the ocean at a tiny bar or to go on hikes into the jungles.
The diving here is out of this world.
If you’re looking for a vacation with opportunities to dive, look past typical spots in Thailand or Australia and head to the Phillippines. Some the world’s best dive spots are located off the coasts of Coron island and it is home to the infamous Thresher Shark dive where you can swim with actual sharks!
A South American feel in Southeast Asia.
The Phillippines has had many conquerors over the years. In Manila, the capital, you can visit Intramuros, one of the most iconic examples of the Spanish occupation of the island nation. Throughout the entire country, however, you can feel that Spanish/South American vibe. Adobo is a popular dish and has many of the same flavors that are found in Argentinean meat shops. The architecture and colors also hint towards a South American landscape. It’s incredibly unique and paired with the beautiful beaches, makes for an unforgettable vacation.