The summer heat that seems to be intensifying each day is unbearable in the city. But pair those sunbeams with barreling waves, a salty breeze, and fine sand, and the hot weather isn’t gruelling at all, right?
You don’t have to fly south of the country for a sea escape—all it takes is a bus ride from Manila to reach a surfer’s paradise. Baler in Aurora is a great destination for adrenaline junkies who wish to be one with the waves, and on its popular Sabang beach you get a view of the Sierra Madre mountain range on the horizon while you feast your eyes on the gorgeous ocean.
A quick getaway to Baler is easy on the pocket, too, especially when you travel on a weekday. Plan those sunny trips ahead and stay in these hip and budget-friendly Baler rooms for a getaway that's more than worth your while:
Buton St, Baler, Aurora
If you want your stay at the beach to be a colorful one, then the Circle Hostel will suit your taste. Its concrete walls are painted with vibrant murals and street-like graffiti. There’s also no dull moment off the beach, as this hostel is known to host friendly travelers that you can meet at their common spaces and dormitories. Also, The Circle Hostel allows you to cook your own meals—so go ahead and bring your favorite de lata!
Budget: Starts at P500 per day, per person (Hammock Room, with free breakfast)
Poblacion, Baler, Aurora
Traveling with a huge group? Book your stay at the Go Surfari House. They have rooms that can accommodate as much as 10 people. Its shared spaces have a comfy and homey vibe marrying wood and marble. If you’re also the type who can’t be disconnected from social media, you’ll appreciate this hostel’s 24/7 free Wi-Fi.
Budget: Starts at P500 per day, per person (Dormitory Room, with free breakfast)
If you don’t mind spending more, experience glamping at Baler’s Easy Adventure. Inside its wide pitched tents are twin beds that are relaxing AF. It also has its own lounging area where you can waste the days away. You also don’t have to worry about breakfast and basic toiletries here. The best part? You can bring your pets with you!
Budget: Starts at P1,500 per day, per person (Standard Tent, with free breakfast)
4) Côte Resort
Dipaculao, Aurora (right beside Baler)
It’s time to shut off the world and enjoy the paradise of Côte Resort. There are only six cabins made out of container vans, and the place is completely surrounded by palm trees. The resort's rates may seem a little too expensive for backpackers, but all meals during your stay are covered and you get free surfing lessons and rentals. They also have nightly campfires for you to enjoy.
Budget: Starts at P5,000 per day, per person (36 sqm.Container Van Stay, with free breakfast, lunch, and dinner)