The Best Local Beach Getaways to Enjoy Before the Year Ends

Take advantage of these less crowded destinations while costs for travel are cheap.

With travel restrictions easing in more parts of the country, Filipinos are looking forward to catching waves and enjoying some time around nature, according to the recent Consumer Travel Sentiment Survey conducted by digital travel platform Agoda. 

According to the survey, half of Filipinos are keen to visit a beach location or spend time in the great outdoors close to nature. People are also looking for less crowded destinations, and beaches are on top of their preferences. 

The following are just some of the top recommendations on Agoda for some of the most breathtaking yet least crowded beaches in the Philippines in 2021.  

Crimson Resort and Spa, Cebu


Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan is a quiet escape for city dwellers. As you land on the beach, you’ll notice gentle waves licking the shore and migratory birds flying overhead. 

Just a 20-minute drive from the Cebu International Airport, the multi-awarded resort boasts 40 expansive villas and 250 guest rooms, all adorned with neo-Asian decor and native accents. It also offers multiple water activities for solo and group travelers. 


A fitness center, game room, and a spa are also available for those who prefer to just enjoy the hotel’s amenities. 

Agoda provides multiple discount offerings on Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan by as much as 30 percent. 

Discovery Shores Boracay

Highly rated by Agoda guests, Discovery Shores has been a long-time favorite of travelers who seek to experience Boracay.

The resort is strategically positioned in Station 1 where the finest and whitest sands get collected on the beach.

Filipinos can easily experience this tropical treat and its multiple offerings and amenities that cater to every type of traveler as restrictions allow. 

Discovery Shores also has an Agoda HygienePlus label, which provides the safety and hygiene measures taken by the hotel.

Camayan Beach Resort Hotel, Subic Bay


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For travelers looking for a road trip-friendly vacation, Camayan Beach Resort in Subic is one of the best road trip choices in Luzon. Nestled on the quiet outer bay of Subic, the resort is designed for nature lovers who want to escape the busy city life while still enjoying adrenaline-filled activities.

Awarded as a top choice of Agoda travelers in 2020, Camayan lies about two hours away from Manila and offers various nature and beach activities such as scuba diving and hiking.

It also has a HygienePlus label so travelers can fully enjoy their vacation without worrying about their safety. 

Canyon Cove, Batangas

Canyon Cove Batangas is a 4-star rated resort on the Agoda platform. Roughly a three-hour drive from Manila, it showcases the right blend of a rejuvenating retreat at an affordable price–perfect for a quick weekend destination.

Apart from the lush scenery and relaxed beachfront overlooking Nasugbu Bay, Canyon Cove also houses various amenities from private cabanas and villas to exciting watersports, including an inflatable water park right at the heart of the ocean.


El Nido Resorts - Pangulasian Island, Palawan


Also a HygienePlus-certified property, El Nido Resorts is a 42-villa vacation spot is an eco-luxury island resort nestled in Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan. Featuring a 750-meter stretch of white sand beach, it cradles a rich marine sanctuary and is nestled in a backdrop of million-year-old lime cliffs. Pangulasian Island also promises luxury amenities and personalized service to complete your ultimate getaway.

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