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5 Affordable local summer destinations

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Vacations don't always have to be expensive! Here are some amazing places in the country that you can visit without busting the bank!

1. General Nakar

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General Nakar in Quezon is one of the hidden gems that the province of Quezon has to offer. Named after a wartime hero, General Nakar has seen it's share of ups and downs, as it struggled with problems in illegal logging, communist occupation, as well as calamities due to it's location in the country's typhoon belt.

These days, General Nakar is slowly coming back, and boy does it seem like such an amazing place! The great thing about General Nakar is that it's located conveniently in Quezon, so traveling there is pretty straightforward. Additionally, the beaches and waterfalls in the area are basically untouched, due to most tourists neglecting the area.

So this summer, why not take the road less traveled, and try visiting General Nakar? We're sure that it'll be an amazing experience for you and your kids.

2. Quirino

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Quirino, located in the Cagayan Valley, and a former part of Nueva Vizcaya, is pretty similar to General Nakar in that it's not yet turned into a "tourist trap".

This means that the places that you'll visit will be more natural, and you'll really feel that you're in touch with nature. Quirino has a lot of great rivers and falls, and it's something different from the regular beach visit that families do during the summer.

3. Laguna

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While some people might scoff at Laguna, since it's one of the most common places to visit, that doesn't really mean that it's not a great place!

Aside from the usual hot springs and resorts, there are a lot of hiking and camping activities that you and your family can engage in. You can also visit a number of historic towns that preserved their appearance since the time of the Spaniards! You can even visit the waterfalls of Luisiana, Laguna for a unique take on the southern province.

4. Playa La Caleta

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Located in Morong, Bataan, Playa La Caleta is an amazing destination for families, thrill-seekers, couples, and anyone who wants to get back in touch with nature.

The 50-hectare resort has a wide selection of activities as well as landscapes that will cater to anyone looking to have a great time at the beach. The great thing about Playa La Caleta is that it's so close to Manila, so you won't have to travel far just to get to an amazing beach!

5. Laiya, Batangas

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Batangas really has some of the best beaches in the country, and it's pretty near Manila too! Laiya in San Juan, Batangas, has a lot of great beaches that cater to a wide variety of budgets, so you'll surely find a place that's perfect for your needs.

Boasting white sand just like Boracay, the beaches in Laiya are pretty amazing, though as it's a popular destination, it might feel a bit crowded. Regardless, we're sure that Laiya will be one of the best places that you'll be visiting this summer, and your kids will surely have an amazing time at the beach!

Sources: rappler.comdyanlang.comturistatrails.commoneymax.ph

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