The Philippines is difficult to top when it comes to stunning beaches. Tourists and locals alike never run out of reasons to explore what our country has to offer, and National Geographic seems to be on the same boat. In fact, in the magazine's recently published 21 Best Beaches in the World list, Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga made the cut.
Dubbed aptly as the Pink Beach, Santa Cruz Island is covered in beautiful pink sand that results from all the crushed red organ pipe coral that washes ashore.
Because of its vast potential as a tourist spot, the local government of Zamboanga regulates its visitors. You need to coordinate with their tourist office to visit, and staying overnight is not allowed.
What a great spot for a weekend getaway!