Luzon: Where to go for a drive

Luzon is the biggest island in the northern most part of the Philippines, and home to its capital, Metro Manila. Populous and beautiful, you will surely have plenty of places to visit here, and if you are looking to appreciate the beauty of Luzon firsthand, what better way than to take a drive. Here are some of the places in Luzon where you can take a quick drive for a day trip or a long drive for the weekend.


Batangas is one of the favorite places to go to during the weekends because it is not only easily accessible, it is also uniquely beautiful. The waves are calm, and the shores are long, this is perfect for families and groups who would like to enjoy the sunset or sunrise at the beach.

There are also plenty of dive shops in Batangas, and you could even take a daytrip if you would like the comfort of your own home at the end of the day. 

Distance from Manila: 107 km. 

Travel time via bus: 3 hours


Just like Batangas, Zambales is also a very popular weekend destination for families and friends, only about 2 hours away from Manila, you can take the car really early in the morning and drive back home just after sunset. Diving, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, and a lot more activities are waiting in the beaches of Zambales. If you would like to stay there, there are plenty of rental houses, or hotels that can accommodate you and your family. 

Distance from Manila: 255 km. 

Travel time via bus: 5 hours


Surf’s up! , if you want to hear roaring ocean waves, and watching people surf the currents, then this is the place for you to visit. The sands are fine, the waves crashing, and the people chill. They can even teach you how to surf here, because yep this is the surfing capital of the Philippines, they even hold some events here and if you’re lucky you might catch that wave.

Distance from Manila: 275 km. 

Travel time via bus: 9 hours


Not much knows of the beauty of Quezon and its beaches, but this place is surely a hidden gem. You will know what I’m talking about when you finally visit any of the beaches here in Quezon Province. There are many for you to choose from and all are beautiful. White sand, calm waves, perfect for your quick getaway. 

Distance from Manila: 152 km. 

Travel time via bus: 4 hours


High up north and quite farther than most in the list, it might be a stretch if you will try to get away to Ilocos for the weekend. But if you would like to finally take that road trip with your family or friends, then this is a wonderful place to go to. Not only are the beaches beautiful, but the history as well. There are plenty of well-preserved buildings and roads, and if you are into that sort of thing, this can become a field trip too! 

Distance from Manila: 482 km.

Travel time via bus: 13 hours