My weekend at Manila: Things to Do Near Manila

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Are you planning for a weekend getaway in Manila and wondering which places to visit? No worries, there are plenty of amazing places you can tour when in Manila.

Whether it is an intimate kinda getaway with family or one of your weekend escapades with friends, perhaps you are a solo traveler and just want some time to cool off and have a good time, there is no way you can exhaust the list of wonderful things to do!

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That said, below are a few things to do in Manila.

Head to Batangas

My weekend at Manila: Things to Do Near Manila
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Batangas is a must-go location when visiting Manila. From pristine beaches to palatable food, and unique places with breathtaking views, you will have an itinerary full of fun stuff to do. There are some of the best beaches here like Matabungkay beach, masasa beach, burot beach, and malabrigo beach.

Also, don’t forget to head over to Fortune Island which is endowed with the beautiful Greacian pillars with seascape views. Snorkelling and scuba diving are the main water activities offered here, but you could also go to a nearby museum. 

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Make rounds in Rizal

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Rizal is not only a wonderful place to be, but it is also very close to Manila and easily accessible via public transportation. If you love art, there are art museums you can visit, and if you enjoy nature, then there are rivers, mountains, and waterfalls.

Most common spots include Pinto art museum, Pilila windmills, Daranak falls, Masungi Georeserve, and Tinipak River, so ensure to stop by some of them.

Enjoy beaches in Zambales

My weekend at Manila: Things to Do Near Manila

Zambales is popular with backpackers and just like Rizal, pretty close to Manila. You could choose activities like island hopping, partying, and beach camping.

You can visit the Anawangin or Nagsasa cove, Potipot or Capones island, and Liwliwa beach. Zambales is simply a perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Sightsee at Quezon

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The tranquility in Quezon is unparalleled. Whether you want to sightsee at the Jomalig island or go to the Hagdan-Hagdan falls, the list is long. Make friends in the stunning white beaches there and don’t forget to enjoy the deductible cuisine.

There is also a colorful festival you can attend, and while at it, don’t forget Villa Escudero, Borawan Beach, and Kamay ni Hesus.

Bataan

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Anyone who knows of Bataan associates it with The Battle of Bataan and Bataan Death March which both occurred during World War II. If you want to take in as many views as possible, you could Island hop or head to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and experience the Old Manila. You could also go for a beach trip at Five Fingers Cove, Bataan has some of the most amazing experiences for a weekend getaway.

Bottom line

Whether you want to splurge on your weekend getaway or you are working with a tight budget, there is always something fun for you to do in Manila. You can book bus tickets at BusTickets.ph and enjoy convenient, affordable, local transportation within the city. Also, a good plan and itinerary go a long way so ensure to have one!

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