You want to really kick stress out? Try Zambales. Aside from its big mangoes, Zambales is known for its beaches. When you’re less busy make sure to visit Zambales, particularly San Antonio. It’s the place to be if you want excellent beaches that have mystery behind them. Well, the mystery is that the beaches here were supposedly the result of a recent natural cataclysmic event. Image above is found in Anawangin Cove (image from San Antonio, Zambalez Wiki).
How the Beaches were Born
The beautiful beaches in Bagsasa and Anawangin in particular, were “birthed” after Mt. Pinatubo sent tons of volcanic ash to the area where before there were only unsightly rocks that had made the place uninviting. But the volcanic ash later proved fertilized and agoho trees, probably “planted” there through bird poo and other acts of nature, started to appear and create an evergreen forest. At a glance, they look like pine trees along the beach, as if Baguio City suddenly appeared in Boracay or vice versa.
Thus, a miracle was born.
Nature sights like above makes you want to be less busy all day. The place is Pundaquit, San Antonio in Zambales, where you find Anawangin, Bagsasa and Silanguin, just to name a few scenic spots. Pundaquit cradles an old Spanish lighthouse on the hilltop of Islas de Punta Capones where you take an uphill stairs to reach it and see the breath-taking seafronts and beachfronts. The lighthouse was built in the 1800s and probably hides a lot of secrets and mysteries. The image above is that of romantic Capones Island (image from San Antonio, Zambales Wiki).
You may also visit Redondo Peninsula, a mountain range separating Subic Bay from the West Philippine Sea. Anawangin Cove with its white sand beach should not be missed, and Crystal Beach in San Narciso which is a surfer’s haven. Seeing them will surely kick stress out from you.
What To Do Here?
What to do in this paradise? Well, it’s pretty obvious. Do the 3 S—swim, snorkel, and surf. Or, do beach hopping. Trek and explore the beaches. Or drop by the San Antonio public market and sample the delightful Zambales kakanin (rice cake delights). Or spend an overnight camping at Anawangin where you pitch tent amid an abundance of tall trees and creeks and then watch the stars at night. Or bathe at Nagsasa Falls and soak in the cold, refreshing water all day.
Or climb up the Capones lighthouse, as aforesaid, and then selfie all you can. Or simply meditate the abundance of Mother nature before you.
And since the place is abundant with beaches and sea water, try fishing (obvious ba?) and grill your catch on an open fire. Then ponder on the sunset later as you enjoy your grilled catch with a dip of local native spiced up vinegar.
It pays to be less busy with “things to do” to have more time for “things to enjoy”!