If you are looking for a place to beat the summer heat, this country will never run out of spots for you. However, places like Baguio, Baler, and Quezon could be tough choices especially when you're planning to use your everyday car. Although going to these towns with a subcompact car is possible, such places are easier to reach with an SUV due to their winding roads, steep inclines, and unexpected uneven paths.
Just past Alabang, there is a place where hot springs and private resorts are a thing. You may have heard of Laguna when your friends asked you to come check out Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa. But there is more to this province than an amusement park, you just have to pass a couple more toll gates to get to these relaxing hot spring resorts.
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Not a fan of swimming pools? Maybe you’re now thinking about “Baguio.” But do you know that there's a place similar to its climate that’s just south of Manila? Tagaytay, which is known to be the 2nd summer capital of the Philippines for many. It offers countless of places to eat and stay – with a bonus of exemplary sceneries.
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Now, if tanned skin is your thing, the beach is the perfect place for you. You can either go north or south, depending on the distance of travel you prefer. One of the closest to Manila would be Nasugbu in Batangas, where the sea is calm and the food are nice. Yes, aside from Batangas' Lomi, all other delicacies like their version of Pares are a must try.
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This must be one of the most favorite places of surfers and beach-goers, especially the town of San Juan. It’s a 5 to 6-hour drive from Manila, where most roads you'll traverse are flat. It's guaranteed that your car will be able to handle this. The beaches here, especially at Urbiz Tondo, produces up of 1 ft to 5 ft waves depending on the season. So if you ever plan on visiting there, consider trying out surfing. It's worth it.
At the bottom part of Zambales lies Subic, a land composed of a number of great beaches and a blast of scenic places. Just 3 hours away from Manila, the town's exit toll can be easily reached along Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
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