7 Instagram-worthy destinations near Manila for your next family getaway

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Just because summer is over it doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Check out these picturesque vacation spots just a few hours away from Manila that are perfect for your next family weekend getaway

Time spent with your family away from the city is always a great experience. But these days, if a place is super photogenic, it adds more to its allure because a lot of people prefer vacationing at Instagram-worthy destinations so they can share their amazing experiences with their friends.

Check out these Instagram-worthy destinations tucked away a few hours from the Metro, perfect for your next weekend escape!

The most Instagram-worthy destinations for your next family getaway!

1. Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, Bataan

Nestled three hours away from Manila, this unique heritage resort is fast becoming one of the most popular sights in Bataan. The open air museum and heritage park complex boasts of reimagined ancestral houses, brought together and reconstructed from all over the Philippines.

Currently, there are 27 heritage houses surrounded by cobblestone streets and landscaped gardens, making this a photographer's (and selfie enthusiasts) dream come true. It's an ideal destination for families planning day trip visits, overnight stays, and special events.


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Take a leisurely kalesa ride down the park's cobblestone streets and take in the authentic reconstructed colonial village. It's like traveling back in time!


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2. Cintai Corito's Garden, Batangas

Dreaming of Bali but your budget just won't allow it yet? Then, this Batangas resort may be just the destination for you. Located in Balate, Batangas, this family-friendly sanctuary is just a few hours drive from Metro Manila.


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Relax and recharge on the sprawling property which houses 18 uniquely designed villas with hand-carved walls, stone walkways, and ornate Javanese-carved doors.


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It also boasts of a mini-sanctuary for unique wildlife such as peacocks, alpacas, spotted deer, mini horses, and a whole lot more.


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3. Puerto del Sol, Bolinao

One of the most underrated destinations is Bolinao, Pangasinan. This relaxing family-friendly resort is located in the heart of the province, just a short tricycle ride from Bolinao's historical churches, lighthouse, caves, and waterfalls. There's no shortage of fun family activities in store once you decide to explore this hidden gem of a province.


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Puerto del Sol definitely ranks as one of the most instagram-worthy destinations in the country!


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4. Fortune Island, Batangas

Thanks to its Greek-inspired structures and ruins, this former private island has been launched into social media popularity. More than its European feel, Fortune island has a picturesque beach that's perfect for seaside selfies as well as sunset family portraits.


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You can opt to visit the island on a day trip or spend the night by pitching tents and doze off under the stars. If you're not the camping type, however, there are a lot of resorts in nearby Nasugbu from where the island is easily accessible by boat.

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5. Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, La Union

Located just four to five hours outside of Manila, La Union, Pangasinan welcomes amateur and professional surfers alike. Though there are a lot of resorts peppering the beach, Kahuna Beach resort is one of the most Instagram-worthy destinations family vacation spots.


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The resort's cozy villas promise a relaxing escape for the entire family and of course, one of the most Instagram-worthy destinations that you can visit with your family!


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6. Costa Pacifica, Baler

At the heart of Aurora province, five hours from Manila, is Baler. More popularly known as a surfer's paradise, Baler also promises stunning sights such as the Mother Falls, just a tricycle ride and a short hike from the beach front.

Costa Pacifica is a beachfront resort from where kids and amateur surfers are welcome to experience the waves. Friendly and capable instructors await you at the resort. If you're looking for a more relaxing time, you can simply lounge by the pool and enjoy the resort's sumptuous food and refreshing drinks. It's one of the instagram-worthy destinations that you really must visit!


Beautiful Monday morning colors at Costa Pacifica Baler.

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7. Lighthouse Marina and Zoobic Safari, Subic

Considered by many as one of the most luxurious hotels in Subic, the Lighthouse Marina also offers fun for the entire family. Just a short ride from the resort are Ocean Adventure and Zoobic Safari---attractions that will surely be a hit for parents and kids alike!

Zoobic safari is just a stone's throw away from the resort. Hop aboard their Philippine jeepney reimagined as an African-inspired tram and get ready for a unique wildlife safari experience.


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Bianchi Mendoza