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:
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A friendly note: surfing can get physically strenuous. If you have a health concern (like heart ailments or knee issues), then it might be a good idea to get cleared by your doctor first. Better safe than sorry.
Where do you go for a bit of fun? Do share your favorite spots. See you in two weeks!
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Everything in this blog are my personal opinions. This is not a sponsored post and I am not affiliated with the said resort.
Directions from Biyaherong Barat.
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