Ride the Waves at Crystal Beach

Obligatory pre-surfing shot at Crystal Beach, Zambales.
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Ride the Waves at Crystal Beach

 

Crystal Beach is a popular beach resort and surf spot in Zambales, a province 256.2 kilometers away from Manila. The resort has volleyball, camping, glamping, and surfing facilities, among other amenities. For those considering visiting the place, here’s a sneak peak of what to expect:

 

Entrance fee

 

A couple of us did a day trip and the rest of us brought tents and camped overnight. We all just paid Php 265. each. That already allows you the use of their common facilities including the grill, the sitting areas, and the common bathrooms. The bathrooms are not bad at all, meaning to say they’re basic but not super rough (by which I mean they’re not like the ones at Burot).

 

Accommodations

 

The cheapest cottage is Php 2750. per night. It comes with 4 beds, a lighting fixture, an electric fan, and an outdoor dining area.

Their version of glam camping seems to be cool too. It’s three beds to a tent and Php 800. per bed. Each tent has toiletry supplies, an overhead lighting fixture (a wee bit fancier than the one at the cheapest cottage), an electric fan, and two lounge chairs just outside the tent.

 

 

A typical accommodation at Crystal Beach, Zambales.
A typical accommodation at Crystal Beach, Zambales.

 

 

This is Moses Hall. They let the campers camp here when it started raining.
This is Moses Hall. They let the campers camp here when it started raining.

 

 

Glamping at Crystal Beach, Zambales.
Glamping at Crystal Beach, Zambales.

 

 

Surfing

 

An hour-long lesson is Php 400.

* The surf spot for beginners is a good 20-minute walk away.

* I’ve surfed in both Liw-liwa and Baler. I find the surf instructors in Zambales to be more supportive and encouraging. Our surf instructors that afternoon were Coach Adonis and Mark.

* Freebie alert: They gave us Roxy discount vouchers after our lessons. Yay!

 

 

Surfing lesson. It was my third and Kit's first. That's Coach Adonis on the foreground.
Surfing lesson. It was my third and Kit’s first. That’s Coach Adonis on the foreground.

 

 

My best surfing shot. It was raining a bit hard and my phone got so wet it conked out a month later.
My best surfing shot. It was raining a bit hard and my phone got so wet it conked out a month later.

 

Food and drinks

 

There is a corkage fee for drinks bought outside.

There’s a grill available for those who choose to bring and/or cook their own food. For those without baon (packed lunches), no worries. They have a restaurant. Prices range from around Php 80. for the vegetable meals to around Php 140. for the set meals.

 

 

Remember Peter from my first surfing adventure in Liw-liwa? That's him grilling lumpia. :)
Remember Peter from my first surfing adventure in Liw-liwa? That’s him grilling lumpia. 🙂

 

 

My friends Carlo and Jeff took a cooking course weeks before our trip, so for that day’s lunch, they made us a Summer Salad. It’s a Sentro recipe. You bet it was yummy.
My friends Carlo and Jeff took a cooking course weeks before our trip, so for that day’s lunch, they made us a Summer Salad. It’s a Sentro recipe. You bet it was yummy.

 

Transportation

 

For those riding the bus, you can call Victory Liner Cubao to check the schedules of their daily trips to Zambales. If you’re travelling during the peak season, I suggest buying tickets in advance. Travel time is around 5 hours with two stopovers.

If you’re bringing a car, Biyaherong Barat says to drive along NLEX until you reach the Dao exit. From there, drive along SCTEX then take the exit at Subic. Upon exiting SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority), head north. San Narciso – where Crystal Beach is – is past the town of San Marcelino.

 

 

Dusk at Crystal Beach in Zambales.
Solitary.

 

Overall, I’d recommend Crystal Beach Resort as a fun, easily accessible, and budget-friendly weekend destination. Go if you don’t mind simple quarters. Go if your family’s into outdoorsy itineraries. Go if you want to experience surfing at Crystal Beach. Go during the off-season even if all you want to do is just chill and read a book. It’s that type of place too.

 

Where do you go for a bit of fun? Do share your favorite spots. See you in two weeks!

 

 

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