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Liw-Liwa Beach: a spontaneous weekend getaway near Manila

Looking for a last-minute weekend getaway near Manila had us stumbling into a hostel in Liw-liwa in the middle of the night. Our target for the weekend? Chill at San Felipe Zambales’s LiwLiwa Beach!

This beach has been popular in travel Facebook groups and has since attracted young adults eager for a city break and a beach weekend.

Liw-Liwa Beach

Although the hostel we booked was not on the beachfront, it only took us less than 5 minutes to get to the beach. After Mommy Phoebe’s Place, you will see a long hallway with newer hostels on each side and pine-like trees. Just go straight and soon enough you will see the shore with views of mountains on the far sides.

Liwliwa might not be a white sand beach unlike others in Zambales, but the ash-gray sand is still fine enough to be enjoyed.

It is the perfect beach to disconnect and relax because the mobile signal here is spotty at best.

When we got to the beach early morning, there were hardly any people on the beach. Perfect.

Just the sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the chirping of the birds accompanying us as we soaked the early morning rays beside the small hut.

I heard that this beach is also popular for surfing but the waves so far that morning were flat and calm. Come afternoon, the waves were a bit bigger but still not like those in Baler.

Walking along the shore we came upon a dog that walked with us until we saw the fishermen hauling their net with the day’s catch. I love how this beach is not like your ordinary commercialized beach.

Popular activities in Liwliwa Beach (Things to do)

  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Skimboarding
  • Beach volleyball
  • Frisbee
  • Stargazing
  • ATV ride

Where to eat in Liwliwa

How to Get to Liw-Liwa, San Felipe, Zambales

By bus:

Take a Victory bus to Iba, Zambales from Pasay, or Cubao bus terminals. Get off at San Felipe then take a tricycle to Liw-Liwa.

Alternative routes: Take a bus from Caloocan to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

Where to stay in Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.