Outdoor adventures have taken into various shapes and forms for thrill-seeking travelers. You can try biking along scenic routes, go hiking in beginner-friendly terrains, or pitch a tent in places where you can wake up to a sea of clouds. If car camping is more up your alley, there are a number of sites near Metro Manila where you can bring your 4x4 and spend the night in the great outdoors.
LOOK: 10 car camping sites near Metro Manila:
1. Kalmado Campsite
Zambal Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Whether you're pitching a tent or hanging a hammock, there's plenty of space for you at Kalmado Campsite. You can cook your own meals or order from their silog menu with prices ranging from P70 to P85. They offer drinks, too, including your favorite local beers for some nightcap. Kalmado is a pet-friendly camping site, so you don't have to worry about leaving your furry friends at home.
2. Domelis Camping Site
Taloangan East, Cavinti, Laguna
Wake up to a serene view of Caliraya Lake when you go car camping at Domelis. You can also go kayaking or hop on a raft for a laid-back afternoon. Domelis Camping Site discourages walk-ins on the weekends, so it's best to drop them a message online.
3. Edna's Beach and Campsite
Barangay Sta Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Another pet-friendly campsite, Edna's Beach lets you enjoy some of the best sunsets by the beach that Batangas is known for. You can even hop on a boat to Little Boracay of Calatagan, which features a long stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling.
3. Camp Boa
Sta. Ines Road, Tanay, Rizal
Camp BOA serves as a base camp and jump-off point for travelers who wish to explore the famous Kaliwa Watershed Reserve in Tanay, Rizal. You can pitch your own tent (P500 for a day trip or P800 for overnight) and enjoy the area's flora and fauna, the clean river where you can take a dip, and bonfire pit for S'mores night.
4. Mountain View Farm
Dangwan, Bamban, Tarlac
If you're looking for an exclusive campsite, Mountain View Farm allows private camping and picnic within their property. They encourage advanced booking since the reservation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Aside from the great landscape that you can wake up to, the campsite also has a bonfire pit and a fun swing set.
5. Camp Spotted Wood
Villa Escudero, Tiaong, Quezon
Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort is one of those destinations near Metro Manila that's considered a classic destination. The plantation was founded in the 1880s, then turned in 1981 into a public spot that's known for its outdoor restaurant amid manmade waterfalls. And tucked somewhere in its expansive grounds is Camp Spotted-Wood, an off-the-beaten campsite along the Bulaking river where you can park your 4x4 and pitch a tent for the night.
6. Viewscape Nature's Park
Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
Being far enough from bright city lights, Viewscape Nature's Park has some of the best views of the night sky. You can choose to rough it in a tent, hammock, or your van's space for a mattress; or book one of their glamping tents or A-style cabins. They also got an adventure trail for those who want to make the most out of a camping weekend.
7. The Silent Sanctuary Reserve Campground
The Silent Sanctuary Reserve's grounds are spacious enough to provide exclusive spots per car camping group. Their Mountain View Campsite, for example, has a vehicle capacity of three to five cars; Lakeview Site has a two-vehicle capacity; The Island can accommodate up to four vehicles; and The Grasslands has enough space for 10 car campers. Advanced booking is required, especially since their weekends are often fully packed.
8. Batis ng Kalikasan
Barangay Calangay Kalye Putol, Santa Maria, Laguna
If you wish to go car camping along a cold stream, Batis ng Kalikasan has overnight rates whether you need camping gear or have your own. Their all-in package, which includes one camping tent for five people, a mattress, table and chairs, rechargeable fan, camping stove, and gas butane, ranges from P2,300 to P3,200 for overnight stays. If you just need space for car camping, you can just pay P500. They have ATV rides, horseback riding, and fishing as extra camping activities.
9. Driftwoods Action Park
Barangay Mahabang Kahoy, Indang, Cavite
Established in 2014, Driftwoods Action Park started out as a recreational facility then later evolved into a full-service camping site for adventure-seeking travelers. They have grasslands for car campers, more-than-enough trees where you can hang your hammocks, and plenty of shaded space where you can just pitch your tent. Mountain bikes and ATVs are also available for rent if you want to explore the whole park.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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