Feeling like you and your family have been spending less time with each other? Why don't you sit them down and invite them to go on a family vacation! Sure, it might take some planning but just think of the memories you’ll create as a family and the de-stressing all of you badly needs. It's a foolproof idea to plan a fun getaway with your loved ones! You may think that in order for you and your family to have a blast, you need to fly out of the country. Well that isn't always the case! With 7,107 islands, the Philippines makes a great travel destination to discover and explore not only for foreigners but also for the locals. Let's not be a tourist in our own country, Candy Girls! From historical sites to clear blue waters, the Philippines can give you a vacation like no other. Here is a quick guide to places in the Philippines you should visit with your family:
- Siargao, Surigao del Norte
If your family's the type to enjoy water activities and has this strong love for the beach, then Siargao is the best bet for you. Located in Surigao del Norte, this hidden gem is a paradise for people who craves for a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. It is widely known as the Surfing Spot of the Philippines, but fret not because there are plenty more activities for the non-surfer. You can go island hopping (check out Naked Island!), visit caves and lagoons, rent a bike, relax on the beach, and of course take surfing lessons! You'll never run out of things to do and there's definitely something for each family member right here in this island!
Completely underrated but deserves all the attention. Batanes, an island that sits at the northernmost part of the Philippines endowed with lush green landscapes, white-sand beaches, unique cobblestone houses and breathtaking views to die for. Being in Batanes will almost feel like a fantasy because this island is simply unreal. Bataneswill also give you a serene and peaceful vacation, perfect for families who want to embark on a remote island experience.
- Panglao, Bohol
Explore a new side of Bohol and visit one of the most beautiful sandbars in the Philippines with your family! Just a few minutes shy from Panglao Island, Virgin Island is Bohol’s very own hidden oasis with its powdery white sands and crystal clear waters. Stroll along this long stretch of white sand with your family while admiring the beauty of nature and the marine life surrounding you.
- Bolinao, Pangasinan
When we think of Pangasinan, we automatically think of Hundred Islands. But really, there's so much more to visit in Pangasinan! Case in point: the picturesque town of Bolinao. The travel time to get here is a bit long (it’s approximately a 6-7-hour drive) but everything will be worth it once you arrive. Aside from its beaches, Bolinao is also famous for its falls (Bolinao Falls) and caves (See: Enchanted Cave)! You can also visit one of the tallest lighthouse in the country at Bolinao which is the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. It’s the perfect place to catch the sunset and maybe snap a few #ootds in between!
If you haven't been to Cebu, then you're missing out on a great chunk of beauty of the Philippines. There are so many places to go and things to do in Cebu but this well-known province is more than just its already-famous tourist spots. Recently, travelers have been raving about its secluded islands with white sand beaches with and clear blue waters. Who knew Cebu hid such beauty? But the secret’s out, so I suggest you and your family fly to Central Visayas and witness the hype.
Experience the wild side when you and your family visit Davao. It is known to be one of the safest cities in the Philippines but beyond that, the city will give you’re a wildlife and cultural experience. This city’s blessed with vast farmlands and iconic tourist spots such as Mt. Apo, the largest mountain in the country. You can also spot the nearly extinct Philippine Eagle when you visit the Philippine Eagle Nurture Center. If the family’s up to see more wild creatures, you can visit Davao Crocodile Park and witness how they preserved local endangered species. Definitely an educational trip for everyone!
- El Nido, Palawan
Of course this list would not be complete without the beauty that is Palawan! A favorite of most travelers because of its pristine beaches and waters, you'll most definitely enjoy your time here! You can go snorkeling with your family and get up close and personal with different marine creatures or you can just sit back, relax, and take it all in.
- Ilocos Norte
Head up north with your family and immerse yourselves in Philippine culture and visit our very own heritage sites. In case you didn't know, Ilocos Norte is home to one of UNESCO's World Heritage Site: Paoay Church. This church’s façade and architecture will definitely transport you back to the old times and will leave you marveling in its beauty. After getting your dose of culture, you can head on over to La Paz, Ilocos Norte to satisfy your adrenaline craving and try sandboarding and riding a 4x4! Other places you can visit in Ilocos Norte are the Bangui Windmills, Patapat Viaduct and Kapupurawan rock formation.
Which one are you most excited to visit? Sound off on the comments below!