Budget Destinations for Summer 2018 | MoneyMax.ph

Feeling the summer sun yet? How’s the planning going on your summer getaway? You’re probably worried about your budget. Luckily, the Philippines is rich in beautiful destinations that you can visit for less than a thousand bucks Filipinos can rejoice in the summer time without overspending and without cutting down on the fun. You don’t have to go for the most luxurious getaway; it’s all a matter of planning, proper budgeting, and preparing before your sweet escape from the metro.

If you’ve maxed out your credit card or do not have much cash to spare, here are some of the coolest summer destinations you can choose from with instructions on how to get there, where to eat, where to stay, and an approximate budget that you need to prepare.


Because of the summer heat, people choose to go to Tagaytay. The breeze and tourist destinations are big factors of its tourism. Plus, it’s convenient and easy to get there given its proximity to Metro Manila as compared to other cool places like Baguio.

Through the years, Tagaytay City has reinvented itself to attract tourists. Taal Lake is best viewed while enjoying hot bulalo or eating freshly-picked pineapples. Bring the whole family to Tagaytay and have a great time in its cool climate and breathtaking views.

How to Get to Tagaytay:

Take a bus from the MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal at Coastal Mall or in DLTB Bus Terminal along Taft Avenue. Travel time is around 1-2 hours.

Where to Eat:

  • Green Ats
  • Bag of Beans
  • Mahogany Market[1]


Fare: PHP 88 bus fare/head
Food: PHP 300/head

Laiya Aplaya is a long stretch of fine sand beaches in San Juan, Batangas. There you can find some of the most affordable beach resort accommodations in Batangas, with packages that include food, lodging, and tours. Corkage fees apply should you want to bring in food and drinks from outside.

How to Get to Laiya:

Take a bus to Lipa City from terminals at Cubao or Buendia then ride a jeepney to San Juan. An alternate route you can take is a direct bus ride to San Juan from the Cubao terminal. When you reach the market, take another jeep to Laiya. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours.

Where to Stay:

  • Laiya Coco Grove
  • Laiya Moonlight Resort[2]
  • Sigayan Bay Beach Resort


Fare: PHP 350/head
Food and accommodation: PHP 500/head


Have you ever heard about Pundaquit’s Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Anawangin Cove, or Talisayin Cove? It is said that their coasts were formed from the ashes that Mount Pinatubo spewed when it erupted.

When in Zambales, enjoy the view, the beach, and if you’re the adventurous type, the trekking. Fishing is also a good idea as San Antonio’s waters are rich with delicious catches.

Bring a tent and pack food if you feel like roughing it out. If camping isn’t your thing, there are many cheap accommodations in Zambales, especially in the beaches of San Felipe and Liw-Liwa.

How to Get to Zambales:

Ride a bus from Cubao or Monumento to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales then get off at San Antonio Public Market. The trip will take 4 to 5 hours. Take a tricycle to Pundaquit and pay PHP 30. When you reach Pundaquit, there are boat rides to where you want to go: Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Anawangin Cove, or Talisayin Cove.

Where to Stay:

  • Board Culture Liw-Liwa
  • Crystal Beach Resort
  • The Circle Hostel[3]


Fare: PHP 700/head
Food and accommodation: FREE if you bring your own food and tent

Calatagan, Batangas

Calatagan’s icon is the Cape Santiago Lighthouse. Built in 1890, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines. You can get a tour before heading to the beaches to make the most out of your stay. Speaking of, the beaches in Calatagan are typically white and rocky. Sea urchins and sea cucumbers make a home in these waters, so be sure to bring surf shoes if you plan on swimming or snorkeling. The resorts of Calatagan offer transient houses where big groups can appreciate a home away from home. You can buy food in the Calatagan Market and cook at your chosen accommodation.

How to Get to Calatagan:

There are vans from EDSA-Taft going straight to Calatagan for a 3- to 4-hour ride.

Where to Stay in Calatagan:

  • Manuel Uy Beach Resort
  • Stilts Calatagan[4]
  • Ronco Resort

Pro tip: Don’t forget to eat Batangas Lomi!


Fare: PHP 400/head
Accommodation: PHP 150/head
Food: PHP 200/head

Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Nuvali is a fairly new spot in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Bring your kids for fish feeding, water biking, and food trips. You can also plan a day to the Nuvali Republic Wakepark, where you can go paddleboarding and wakeboarding.

How to Get to Nuvali, Sta. Rosa:

 Take a van from EDSA-Starmall or Alabang Town Center. There are also Tas Trans buses from Makati that go straight to Nuvali.

Where to Eat in Nuvali:

  • Silantro
  • Hot Star Chicken (in Vista Mall)[5]
  • Pack food and set up a picnic!


Fare: PHP 250 / head
Food: PHP 200/head


Have you heard about the Pawikan Festival? It happens every November. However, if you like turtles in general, you can see these tiny creatures in Morong, Bataan. Of course, there are also beautiful beaches to see and swim in there. Accommodation in Morong is easy to find, and not all that expensive. Buy food from the market and cook at your chosen resort to save money.

How to Get to Morong:

Take a bus from Cubao or Monumento to Olongapo City and travel for around 4 hours. Take another bus or jeep to Morong which will take you another hour.

Where to Stay in Morong:

  • Bataan White Corals[6]
  • Morong Star Beach Resort
  • Phi-Phi Beach Resort


Fare: PHP 600/head
Accommodation: PHP 400/head
Food: PHP 200/head

Nasugbu, Batangas

Nasugbu’s beaches are surrounded by mountains, and it makes the view amazing. Some of the country’s most famous resorts, like Pico De Loro and Punta Fuego are here. You can also gather as many friends and rent a private rest house in Tali Beach.

But if you’re on a budget, there are public beaches and affordable resorts. Fortune Island boat rides and shipwreck diving sites, plus the classic Batangueño cuisine–lomi and tulingan–are some of the highlights of the province, apart from the gorgeous cascades of white sand that make up the beach. Buy food from the market and cook at your chosen resort.

How to Get to Nasugbu:

Take a bus from Manila City Hall or EDSA-Taft to Nasugbu that will take you around 4 hours. All beaches are accessible when you take off the bus.

Where to Stay in Nasugbu:

  • Berna Beach[7]
  • Munting Buhangin Beach Camp


Fare: PHP 400/head
Accommodation: PHP 300/head
Food: PHP 200/head

Final Thoughts 

When going to any of these summer destinations, keep yourself and your loved ones safe by planning your trip ahead and by ensuring that your car is roadworthy. Check for BLOWBAGETS and review your car insurance policy to enjoy a safe and hassle-free summer vacation. And oh, don’t forget to take pics!