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10 Chill and Instagrammable Places to Stay in Zambales

For when you want to get away from the city.
10 Chill and Instagrammable Places to Stay in Zambales
IMAGE AirBNB/Serenity, Facebook/The Nest by the Sea
For when you want to get away from the city.
Zambales, a province north of Metro Manila, is home to one of the Philippines' most beautiful and longest coastlines. The towns of Liwliwa and San Felipe are known for overhead waves where surfers can practice their tricks, while Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves are popular for their lagoons where pine trees grow in sand. Not far, you have the backdrop of the Zambales Mountains, which stretches from Pangasinan to Bataan.

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This reef-to-ridge environment makes Zambales a favorite weekend destination, especially with its proximity to the Metro. You can hit the road before the break of dawn and make it to the beach just in time for a whole weekend of sun, sand, and surf.

If you’re looking to just chill out and enjoy a beach vacation, here are 10 laid-back places to stay in Zambales:

Kwentong Dagat

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Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
www.kwentongdagat.com
Rates start at P2,500

Kwentong Dagat is a vegan-friendly resort in a small fishing village in San Felipe. It makes the most of its natural surroundings by doing away with cemented buildings and similar infrastructure. Instead, they have air-conditioned nipa cottages that can fit up to six people. Kwentong Dagat also partnered with Baybayin Hub to provide long-term stay deals to digital nomads who want to work from the beach.

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Sandy Toes Beach Camp

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Purok 3, Barangay Beneg, Botolan, Zambales
www.facebook.com/sandytoesbeachcamp
Rates start at P1,500

Sandy Toes Beach Camp is a beachfront property in Barangay Beneg, Botolan. It has two accommodation options: the air-conditioned Cozy Kubo for (P2,500 to P3,000) with a queen-sized bed and patio with two camp chairs, and the Camping Kubo (P1,500) with a double-sized bed and camp table. Both can accommodate two people. Guests have access to the shaded areas with hammocks by the beach, shared restrooms, outdoor showers, and outdoor kitchen.

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Homebase Hostel

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Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
www.facebook.com/homebasesurfcamp
Rates start at P150 per person

Surf towns are known for hostels, where beach-lovers crash for a place to sleep and spend the rest of the day ripping the waves or lounging around the shores. Homebase Surf Camp offers such an accommodation, with options ranging from a hammock (P250/person) to a dorm-style bunk bed (P350/person). You can even pitch your own tent for P150.

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The Nest by the Sea’s Mango Nest Hut

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Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, Zambales
www.airbnb.com/rooms/44038616
Rates start at P1,750

The Nest By the Sea transforms old spaces into vacation homes in Subic Bay. They currently have 11 listings, from a loft-style studio to a boho-inspired unit—all located in an old three-storey apartment complex within Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Their most interesting accommodation is their Mango Nest, a 12-square meter teepee-shaped rental in the middle of a garden. It can accommodate up to two people, but there's no stopping you from renting it all to yourself for a peaceful, television-free weekend.

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Beach Haven Campsite Liwliwa

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Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
www.facebook.com/havencampsiteliwliwa
Rates start at P1,400

Beach Haven Campsite Liwliwa features cool teepee huts tucked behind rows of pine trees growing on sand, a known sight in the province. You can choose to stay at the Tee Pee Hut Village, where huts for two are all glammed up with fairy lights and colorful dreamweavers as decorations. They also have the Tee Pee Villa, an air-conditioned option which can occupy up to five people. The common area, which has hammocks, mats, and pillows, is perfect for hanging out.

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Pointbreak Liwa

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Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
www.facebook.com/PointBreakLiwa
Rates start at P550 per person

Just two minutes away from the beach, Point Break Liwa is the perfect home away from home during surf season. It has a total of 32 beds divided into four co-ed dorm-style rooms, common showers, and surfboard rentals.

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The Nest by the Sea's Agta Nest

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Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, Zambales
www.airbnb.com/rooms/32881366
Rates start at P2,750

Another rental by The Nest by the Sea that's worth checking out is their Agta Nest. It’s a loft-style apartment on the third floor of an old building that is good for two people. The unit has its own kitchen (that's stocked with tea, bread, butter, eggs, and other essentials), a bathroom with a tub, and living area. There's also a corner with a hammock for when you just want to sleep all day. Plus, bookworms would be happy to know that The Nest by the Sea has a common library where you can borrow books. They also have a swimming pool, which is great for when you want to take a dip.

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Zambali Beach Resort

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Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
www.facebook.com/ZamBaliVillasBeachResort
Rates start at P4,000

With its villa-style accommodations and warm lights at night, Zambali Beach Resort is especially picture-worthy after dark. Rattan hammocks are spread out in the courtyard, where you can also enjoy meals with your friends. Rates range from P4,000 for a fan room for four to P4,500 for an air-conditioned cabin. You can also book the tree house for P4,000. ATVs are available for rent at P800 per hour.

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Serenity Seascape Village

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Cabangan, Zambales
www.airbnb.com/rooms/33376054
Rates start at P7,000 (14 pax)

Serenity Seascape Village has four nipa huts that can each accommodate up to 14 guests. It features bunk beds and a veranda that looks out into the sea. You can find it in a secluded location in Cabangan, which means you can bask in the peace and quiet—which is exactly what a no-frills beach trip should be like.

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The Fishers Hut

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Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
www.airbnb.com/rooms/33618182
Rates start at P1,900

Like most laid-back resorts in Liwliwa, The Fishers Hut features huts made from nipa and/or bamboo. They have two A-frame private rooms and more than enough space for campers who want to pitch a tent. Only 20 people at a time are allowed within the property.

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Note: On December 11, 2020, Zambales was given the green light to reopen their beaches with assistance from the Department of Tourism. But as of writing, only residents are allowed to check in. Please check protocols with your resort of choice if you’re booking a stay.

*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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