Summer means outings and trips to the beach. Searching for “best beaches near Manila” in Google would lead you to the Malabrigo beach in Batangas. I know I have been reposting my old article about the disappointing Batangas beaches where we went to during the past couple of years. But thanks to Google, we were able to find a really good beach this year.
Going to Malabrigo in Lobo, Batangas had been easy thanks to Google Maps which gave us the driving directions needed to get there. But boy, Malabrigo beach was faaar! It took us more than 5 hours to get there. We had to brave public markets, rough roads, and zigzagging roads around a couple of mountains just to reach our destination.
But all that was worth it because the Malabrigo beach is really one of the best beaches near Manila. The water was so clear that you could see several schools of fish just a meter from the shore! It was a pebble beach though but I didn’t mind. I’ve never been too keen on having sand on my legs, clothes and private parts anyway. So, I really like pebble beaches. Anyway, the shore was also clean and there was hardly any trash to be found. I guess it’s also because there weren’t too much people either so it was still possible to find some peace and relaxation.
We stayed at one of the cottages of Villa Marquez (previously known as “Villa Mar”) for our day trip. The cottage was big and there were four public shower/toilet stalls available for us to use. There were rooms available for overnight stays. The resort also has a floating cottage located a few meters from the shore.
After swimming and cooling off at the beach, we visited the Malabrigo lighthouse and had a bit of a photo op.
Then, it was back to reality and we headed back to Manila, suntanned and tired from the day’s adventures but happy to have discovered a place that adds up to the reason why it’s more fun in the Philippines.