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5 Reasons Zambales' Beaches Are Perfect for Everyone


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Choose Philippines | Oct 09, 2015
5 Reasons Zambales' Beaches Are Perfect for Everyone

(Cover photo from Travel Insider Ryan Real)


Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. It is known not only for its mangoes but also for its long coastline on the western seaboard of the Philippine archipelago. It boasts of a 173-kilometer shoreline dotted with coral reefs, dive spots, surfing areas, coves, and inlets.

With such interesting features, it's not hard to fall in love with Zambales' gray sand and crashing waves. Here are five specific reasons to drive to Zambales right about now:


1) It was the location of a proposal that went viral via the Choose Philippines Page.

Our Travel Insider, Engr. Maverick Sidney de Mesa, showcased in the video a four-months-in-the-making proposal he pulled off on August 30, 2015, which was also their 10th year anniversary. 

(Photo screencapped from proposal video. Uploaded with permission from Sidney de Mesa. Edited by Onyl Arit & Charles Anvanwu, produced by Where To Go Next?)

The ingredients for this tear-inducing proposal were: an open space, a beach with a view, blessing from the parents, a set of friends who'll search far and wide for the perfect spot, and, of course, the love of your life.

WATCH: How to Get a Yes: A Tear-jerking Aerial Proposal at Nagsasa Cove


2) It has a secret spot for surfing.

Crystal Beach in San Narciso is perfect for beginning surfers. This also means that it is always crowded. A spot in Anawangin is now the refuge of locals and almost-locals to avoid party waves.

Our Travel Insider, Ryan Real, shared with us his amazing photos of this sanctuary.

(Photo by Ryan Real)
LOOK: Anawangin: A Secret Spot for Surfing


3) The beach seems to be luring you to come back again and again.

The serene place features mystical rows of pine trees, a lovely beach with gray sand, and a view of the grassy mountains on the background.


READ MORE: From the City to the Sea: How Crystal Beach Lures You Back


4) It is the home of a world-class surf instructor.

Proudly from San Narciso, Zambales, one of the Philippines' many surf spots, Coach Virgel Ramos uses the sport as a way to promote his hometown and showcase his fellow surfers' talents.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: World-Certified Filipino Surfer's Classroom is Entire Zambales' Coast


5) It hosts an annual beginner-friendly surfing competition.

First Ride 4 will be happening on October 17-18, 2015 at Crystal Beach in Brgy. La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales.

You don't need to be a pro who can ride barreling waves to join the event. The only qualifications are that you've been a student of Quiksilver Surf School Zambales and that you're 18 years old or above.

(Photo from Jean.)


Categories include: Beginners Wahine (with surf instructor’s assistance), Beginners Men's (with surf instructor’s assistance), Longboard Wahine, and  Longboard Men's.

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Young or old, surfer or not, beach-lover or not—you will always have a place in Zambales! Don't forget the mangoes!


How to Get There:

From Manila, take an Iba/Sta. Cruz-bound bus. Ask to be dropped off in San Narciso, Zambales (landmark: San Sebastian Catholic Church). Take a tricycle going to Crystal Beach.

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