Perfect Long Weekend Destinations Near Metro Manila

Do you guys want to go on a vacation even for a short time? Do you want to get out of the stress, traffic, and pollution here in the Metro?


Worry no more, because you can have your mini vacation every long weekend to these vacation destinations near Metro Manila!


Angono Rizal


Travel Destinations in Angono Rizal


30kms from Manila ( 2 hours drive)


This province of Rizal called as the “Art Capital of the Philippines,” is a small town in the east of Manila. People who are into art usually travels to Rizal to visit the town’s art gallery and museums. Even at cafes and restaurants at Anggono Rizal, tourists will be greeted with the town’s artistic flair.


Recommended places:

  • Balaw-Balaw Folk Food & Folk Art Specialty Restaurant
  • Blanco family museum
  • Tiamson Art Gallery
  • The Second Gallery
  • Angono Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • Yab Design, Inc.



Travel destinations in Laguna


102km from Metro Manila (3 hours drive)


Laguna is notable as the birthplace of Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero. It is also famous for attractions like Pagsanjan Falls, the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus, and the hot spring resorts.


In Calamba, you’ll see the slopes of Mount Makiling, Pila historic town plaza, Taytay Falls in Majayjay, and wood carving shops.


Recommended places:

  • Rizal Shrine, Calamba
  • Seven Lakes, San Pablo City.
  • Nuvali, Sta. Rosa
  • Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.
  • Bunga Falls, Nagcarlan.
  • Majayjay Falls and Cold Springs.
  • Shooting the Rapids to Pagsanjan Falls (aka Cavinti Falls).
  • Cavinti Falls via Pueblo El Salvador Eco-Park.
  • Hulugan Falls.  
  • Paete Town. An artistic town most famous for its sculpting tradition

Tanay Rizal


Travel destinations in Tanay Rizal


60km from Manila (3 hours drive)


Tanay is a town east of Manila, in the Philippines. If you’re planning to go Tanay, you can visit the Parola, a lighthouse with sweeping views over Laguna de Bay Lake. 


While the Masungi Georeserve has limestone rock formations set amid rainforest. You can also go to Calinawan Cave, a multi-level cave system and  Daranak Falls that offers natural pools.


Recommended places:

  • Mt Daraitan
  • Daranak Falls
  • Batlag Falls
  • Parola Light House
  • Regina Rosarii Institute
  • San Ildefonso Church
  • Masungi Georeserve
  • Tanay Adventure Camp
  • Calinawan Cave



Travel destinations in Bataan


128km from Manila (4 hours drive)


The province of Bataan is best known for its historical and cultural attractions that will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time.


Shipwrecks and coral reefs dot the waters of Subic Bay. Farther south, you can visit marine turtles that are hatched at the Pawikan Conservation Center.


There is also a towering memorial cross and a shrine commemorating WWII’s Battle of Bataan crown Mount Samat in central Bataan. And on the east coast, birdlife thrives in the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park.


Recommended places:

  • World War II Museum
  • Mount Samat National Shrine
  • Pamulaklakin Forest
  • Bataan National Park
  • Balangan Nature and Wetland Park
  • Dunsulan Falls
  • St Joseph’s Cathedral

Nueva Ecija


Travel destinations in Nueva Ecija


129km from Manila (4 hours drive)


Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province in the Philippines located in Central Luzon. Its capital is the city of Palayan. Nueva Ecija borders, from the south clockwise, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Aurora.


It was only later in 1848 that Nueva Ecija was established as a separate province independent from Pampanga. This was accompanied by changes in its territorial composition over the next 10 years.


Recommended places:

  • Minalungao National Park
  • PMP Paradise Farm
  • NFA Museum
  • Philrice



Travel destinations in Batangas


107.3 km from Manila (3 hours drive)


Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. It is home to the well-known Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, and Taal Heritage town.


The province also has numerous beaches and diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan.


All of the marine waters of the province are part of the Verde Island Passage, the center of world’s marine biodiversity.


Recommended places:

  • Villa Jovita Resort
  • Villa Severiano Resort
  • One Laiya Beach Resort
  • Binukbok View Point Resort
  • No Limits KFB Farm Resort
  • Marian Orchard
  • La Virginia Resort
  • Mt. Maculot
  • Taal Heritage Town
  • Manuel Uy Beach Resort
  • Masasa Beach
  • Sawang Dive Camp
  • Valentino Resort and Spa
Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.


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