Dream Trip: Beach Getaway in the Philippines from the US on a budget!

You live in the United States and need to get away to the beach, but Hawaii has just become too expensive? Boracay has been on many “best beaches” lists and its soft white sand, clear water and fun nightlife have made it popular. And while luxury hotels no the island have become more expensive, you can still stay on the best part of the beach, Station 1, on a budget. And with flights to Manila, the capital of the Philippines have been incredibly cheap, you can spend a week on this beautiful beach for less than a week on Hawaii will cost you – only $1,500-$1,700 for flights and hotels for two!

Traveler: 2 adults
Starting from: San Francisco, Los Angeles
Experience: Beach Getaway, City Fun
Trip Duration: 1 week
Region: Asia
Comfort Level: Budget
Budget for Air fare and Hotels: $1,500-$1,700

After arriving in Manila, you connect straight to the little airport of Caticlan and will be picked up by your hotel for the trip by outrigger boat to the island. You’ll settle into the Strand Hotel or White House Beach Resort, just steps from the beach for a week in paradise.

You are on Station 1, the best beach on the island and can easily walk to many of the restaurants and bars on the island. You can go swimming all day, snorkeling on the beautiful reefs or try out kite surfing! If you just want to relax, you can have massages on right on the beach for less than $10/hour. At night, you can enjoy live music or watch exotic fire dancers in their adventurous shows!

After 5 nights on the beach, you return to Manila and check in for 2 nights at an inexpensive hotel like the Remington Hotel or at an airbnb to enjoy all this city has to offer: From the Spanish colonial sights in the historic old town Intramurors, to the fun malls, like Greenbelt or BGC HighStreet! With all your shopping done, you are ready to head back home.

Does this sounds like a trip you’d want to take? No problem – with my Travel Made Easy tips, you can do this Dream Itinerary as Do-it-yourself.
Check out my Mini-Guide Manila for tips where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to eat!

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