Family-friendly Summer Getaway Destinations

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Entrepremom Minnie Jumaquio is on a mission this summer. She says, “My vision is to wean my daughter from the usual mall activities we frequent during the weekends. I want to ‘deurbanize’ my little girl and go to a beach before summer ends or before school starts.” If you want to whisk your family away from the concrete jungle of the city, here are a few destinations that you may want to check out:

90 MINUTES AWAY: Tagaytay City, Cavite hotel-kimberly Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay. Photo from Hotel Kimberly.

If you’re the type who loves the chilly mountain air, you don’t have to go all the way to Baguio with the family for lush greenery and nippy bed weather. Even on sunny days, the 90-minute drive to Tagaytay will give you a cool breeze blowing in from scenic Taal Lake. There isn’t a shortage of interesting spots to see or things to do either!

Nowadays, a lot of cozy bed and breakfast type inns, high-end hotels, and even private properties only open to booked guests are available to fit your family’s needs. While establishments along the winding road facing the lake showcase an excellent view of Taal, places on the other side of the ridge feature their own attractions. Liv Reyes, mom to Andrea, loves the refreshing ambience of Hotel Kimberly with a large playground, mini farm with well-kept animals for feeding and riding, and pools with attentive lifeguards. There’s even a bonfire with marshmallow toasting and movie nights with free popcorn.

3 HOURS AWAY: Laiya, Batangas room-annexloft-1 La Luz in Batangas. Photo from La Luz.

Laiya is another family-friendly beach getaway. Less than three hours away from Manila, the trip isn’t too long or rough for families with young kids. Quite a popular getaway, the area hosts resorts that cater to everyone from the solo backpacker to corporate teambuilding groups. It would be a good idea to book reservations in advance especially during the summer peak months.

Minnie loves La Luz Beach Resort as they have cabanas along the beachfront (for massages!) and day tours.

“Book yourselves for the buffet for all meals for less hassle!”

During the day, you can also enjoy kayaking or a good game of beach volleyball. At night, a bonfire makes relaxing by the shore a unique experience and you really can’t beat stargazing with the soothing sound of the waves.

SIX HOURS AWAY: Baler, Aurora DSC_9001 Costa Pacifica in Baler. Photo from Costa Pacifica.

A surfer’s haven, Baler is also home to family-friendly beach houses and resorts. Minnie recommends Costa Pacifica on Sabang Beach.

“It’s a very nice place and the additional fee for the buffet is worth your money! They have a wide selection of breakfast stuff. They also have a pool and a DJ that plays good music,” she says.

There are other cozy accommodations along the area, ranging from the pocket-friendly to the posh and grand. Wherever you decide to stay, the view of the Pacific Ocean is bound to be awesome and you can either laze on the beach, watching the surfers ride the waves or you can join the surfing classes offered by surfing schools like the one at Aliya Surf Camp. Located six hours away from Manila, you can enjoy a road trip via car or take Genesis Bus Transport, the only bus line with a direct route to Baler.

405173_483667128328874_306397329_n Aliya Surf Camp in Baler. Photo from Aliya Surf Camp.

Main photo by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater