San Felipe and its revealing nature

A three-hour drive from Manila, we found our way to another worth-visiting beach in the Philippines, the shore and surfing waters of Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales.

It is our yearly post-Christmas getaway with the whole family. Suggestions from Laguna, Batangas, Cavite and Zambales resorts poured in days before the trip, but our van is coding on Wednesdays, so we decided to go up North.

We booked our stay in Kapitan Liwa. Upon entering the street to the accommodation, you will see a lot of hostels, side-by-side, most are still not so commercialized, some have nipa huts, some have camping sites, but there are a lot of houses-turned-hostels as well. The famous “Circle” hostel is just nearby.

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We rented a fan-room because that’s the only room which can accommodate all of us. Though it needs repair touches, it is nevertheless a quite accommodating place.

On the other hand, the environment is “instagrammable”, nature revealed itself beautifully with the soaring high pine trees. The houses are made of bamboos and woods, there are swings, camping areas and a lot of places to rest which made the hostel’s surroundings very laid back.

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The hostel is about two-minutes away from the beach. There are cottages near the shore that you can rent. The waves are incredibly big. No wonder it is one of the favorite spots of surfers. You can feel the cold wind as you approach the sea. The sand is not so white, it is grayish but fine.

There is a small body of water near the beach during low tide, which is a good spot for kids who can’t swim yet.

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It was a very nice family getaway. Since our family keeps on exploring beautiful yet value-for-money places in the country, San Felipe is definitely included on the top of our list. Coming back to this place is a very big possibility!

Anyway, I just want to greet you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 💕 May you all have a good bonding time with your family.

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