Moving to Metro Manila has been a challenge for the small-city girl like me. Everything is fast-paced with everyone busy with their lives and its hard to keep up when you’re stressed, and in a dire need of a break. Since relocating to Metro Manila, I have been itching every now and then to check out the travel and tourist destinations along with my husband during the weekends. It’s my little window of sanity away from work, and the stresses of Metro living. Here are some of the best weekend getaways near Metro Manila you would not want to miss!

Best Weekend Getaways Near Metro Manila

Antipolo | Art Appreciation at Pinto Art Museum

You need not go very far from Metro Manila to spend an afternoon immersed in art, and nature at the same time. Pinto Art Museum showcases the best Philippiine contemporary art just east of Metro Manila. It took us 40-50 mins to get to Pinto Art Museum, and we got to spend the whole afternoon whilst appreciating art, hanging out in the gardens, and  taking some time in deep conversation with good food at the cafe and restaurant.

Baguio City | Popular City of Pines

One the popular weekend destination near Metro Manila is Baguio City. When it gets too hot in the Metro, city dwellers flock the City of Pines for a cool weekend getaway. Not only will you find great accommodations for your family to leisure it, you will also find activities for everyone. The parks and open spaces, good food, and art places with great views are the top reason why people are heading to Baguio City.

    Bataan | Travel In Time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

    If you want to step back in time and experience the old Manila, visiting Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan is the ultimate weekend getaway. I have always wanted to visit Lasa Casas Filipinas de Acuzar see the collection of old Filipino houses. It was a good timing to have scored a good travel deal at Deal Grocer for our Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar accommodation that came with free breakfast and heritage tour!

    Tagaytay | Scenic Taal Volcano

    Tagaytay is one of the top weekend getaways near Metro Manila. Its relaxing and scenic view of the Taal Volcano is good way to chill the weekend away. There are a lot of great restaurants, scenic spots to chill at, and if you’re into adventure, you might give hiking at Taal Volcano a try.

    Baler | Braving The Waves To Surf

    If you’re a child of the sea and prefers the beach, Baler would be the best spot for you. Five hours outside Metro Manila, Baler is known as the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines, you can hit the waves and learn how to surf for the weekend. You can also go on a historical walking tour, climb up the Ermita Hill or trek to see Ditumabo Mother Falls in between your surfing lessons, and chilling at the beach.

      Rizal | Sustainable Conservation at Masungi Georeserve 

      With a strong commitment to environment protection Masungi Georeserve impacts its surrounding communities through sustainable conservation development and geotourism. It is through these conservation efforts the area that once was overridden by large-scale illegal loggers is now recovering. Not only will you learn about conservation, this experience physically challenge you as you scale the karst terrain through the Masungi Georeserve discovery trail.

        Whatever your type of travel is, be it chilling by the beach, hiking in the mountains, traveling with the family or being adventurous with your friends – there are weekend getaways near Metro Manila to get you out of the busy Metro life! If you’re looking forward for a weekend getaway, or planning to have a hotel staycation in Metro Manila – you might like to check out Deal Grocer like how we managed to score a good deal on our Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar trip via Deal Grocer!