Here it is just a month into Fall and already we’re experiencing unseasonable cold weather. Yesterday, the low was 38 and it will be about the same this morning. In Manila, I doubt I experienced anything below about 65.
So when it gets cold and I start thinking about warm weather, I think about the beaches of the Philippines. Since I left in 1970, there has been a big development of beach resorts and so I’ve not been to many beaches which are major tourist spots now.
The beach area I typically visited when I lived there was near a city called Nasugbu, about 60 miles south of Manila. In Nasugbu, we’d rent a motorized canoe called a bankga to take us to one of the many beaches on nearby coves. At the time, there was no road access to these beaches. We might spend a day or sometimes spend the night. There were no facilities, so we’d have to bring tents and food. Now, however, there are resorts.
This is Canyon Cove, where rooms with a King bed are $125.
This is Kawayan (Tagalog word for “bamboo”) Cove…
My mother was born and raised in Dagupan, in Pangasinan province in northern Luzon, the main island. The province borders Lingayen Gulf, where the Japanese invasion forces landed and where the Americans landed a few years later when liberating Luzon. One of the tourist destinations in this province is Hundred Islands, which I never visited.
Also in Pangasinan, near Hundred Islands, is Patar Beach.
One of the top beaches in the Philippines is Borocay island, about 200 miles south of Manila near the island of Panay. In 2012, the upscale Travel and Leisure magazine (originally owned by American Express) named it “best island in the world.”
Another island that’s become a popular destination in the Philippines is Palawan.
For more photos of Philippine beaches, check out this CNN article.