7 Best Beaches in Zambales

The coastline of Zambales is famous for the sandy beaches and crystal-clear blue, deep waters with the most amazing coral reefs. Situated along the western part of the Philippines, it is home to the best beaches in the archipelago. [Check out our list of top tourist spots in Zambales]

Best Beaches in Zambales

If you are now in the quest to find the perfect escape for summertime, check out the best beaches in Zambales, all waiting to provide ultimate swimming experience as well as snorkeling, engaging in extreme water sports, and photo ops. [Commuting? See the bus schedule from Manila to Zambales]

Without further ado, let’s go find them!

Best Beaches in Zambales

Anawangin Cove

After the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption, this rocky coast was transformed into a tourist-friendly beach destination. The cove has calm water, pristine sand, as well as forest and a lake behind it. There is no electricity or phone signal in the area, so be ready to disconnect from the virtual world when you arrive. You can camp in a tent or choose to rent a cottage.

Anawangin Cove
Anawangin Cove | Photo by Oliver Mercader under creative commons

Pundaquit Beach

This beach serves as the jump-off point to other beaches, it has unique features that attract tourists. One of them is the volcanic ashes on the beach while its water is perfect for surfers who want moderate to rough waves. Entrance fee is free.

View Of Pundaquit Beach From Camara Island | Photo by Andrew Martin under creative commons

Camara Island

It is a small, beautiful beach with clear water, rocky hills, and big rock formations along the beachfront. One distinct indicator that you arrive at this destination is when you see the striped green water kissing the stretch of fine white-cream sand. It is listed as one of the best beaches in Zambales.

Crystal Beach Resort

Its pine-tree lined shore features unique black sand that enhances the natural beauty of the resort. The sea is characterized by its huge, rolling waves that adventurous surfers love to ride. No wonder, this beach resort is flocked year-round by pros and those who want to learn surfing skills. You can have lessons for Php400 per hour from the Quicksilver Surf School.

Subic Beach

Its nearness to Manila is one reason why Subic Bay is a favorite destination in Zambales. It boasts of four main beaches that include the Camayan Beach, which is a perfect snorkeling spot, and the Grande Island which is accessible via ferry boat. There are also many private beach resorts- from budget-friendly to the most high-end.

Magalawa Island

It is another surfing destination with a number of secluded coves. The very pristine and fine sand of this place is comparable to Boracay. This 56-hectare island is renowned for starfish, hence the name Island of Stars. It has very clear water that lets you see them even from the shore.

Potipot Island

This island is the secret paradise that is located in Candelaria, Zambales. It gives you the most stunning sunset view that will literally take your breath away. This small isle is privately-owned, but an overnight stay is permitted. The cost is Php500.00 During the day, you can go snorkeling or play beach volleyball and of course, swimming as long as you want.

Potipot Island | Photo by mage somido under creative commons

Are you all set to discover or rediscover these best beaches in Zambales? Then, start planning for your quick escape and make the most of it!


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