Crystal Beach Resort, Zambales: A Surfing Destination Near Manila

    For those looking for a quick getaway near Manila and want to learn how to surf, this place is perfect for you! Just 4 -5 hours road trip and you’re already at Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales.

    Aside from being a perfect place for surfing lessons it is also a beautiful place for camping, team-build building activities or just relax while seating on the beach chair.

    Crystal Beach Resort offers several accommodations that you can choose from. But if you want to get the best for you or your travel buddies, I recommend you to book on their website as early as one month before your travel date. Why? In my experience, I called them several times a week before but nobody answered. Fortunately, two Glamping Tents was available on the day we arrived.

    Glamping Tent
    Rate: Php 2,400 for 3 pax
    Inclusion: complete set of mattress, fan, light and breakfast

    Departure: Friday 11:30pm
    Arrival: Saturday 4am
    Check-in: Saturday 2pm
    Check-out: Sunday 12pm

    DAY 1

    Basically we arrived 10 hours early before our check-in time but the good thing was the front-desk staff allowed us to enter the vicinity area. We stayed at beach hut early in the morning and wait until the sun comes out.

    We also started swimming then ate breakfast by 9 am. Then we went back again swimming and ate lunch by 12 pm. This was also the time I paid our reservation for the glamping tent.


    Surfing lesson with board rental – 400/hr
    Board rental – 200/hr

    30 minutes after lunch we started our surfing activity and ended after an hour and a half. Standing on the surf board while riding on the wave for the first time was totally awesome and unforgettable! I’m just a little bit sad cause I don’t have a picture when I did that. 🙁

    Anyways, that memory was saved in my heart and my mind. Cheers!

    After our tiring awesome surfing activity we took a bath and slept on our glamping tent until 6 pm.


    DAY 2

    At dahil last day na, aurahan time na! :*

    How to get there?
    Go to any VICTORY LINER stations near you: Cubao, Caloocan, Pasay, and Sampaloc. Fare is around Php 300.00.

    Take the IBA-bound bus and dropped off in San Narciso, Zambales (nearest landmark: San Sebastian Catholic Church).

    Once there, take a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort. Fare is Php 15.00 per person.

    (excluding food and other optional activities)
    Fare – Php 650 (2 way)
    Accommodation – P 2,400/3 pax = Php 800 each for Glamping Tent
    Total – Php 1,450 (pang matipid na tao at nagbaon ng pagkain)

    Food and Other Expenses
    Coffee – Php 35
    Dinner – Php 110
    Drinks – Php 75/bottle of light beverages x 2 = Php 150
    Surfing lesson with board rental – Php 400/hr
    Total – Php 695

    Overall Expenses – Php 2,145 – 2,500 (if di ka nagbaon at nagbayad ng kung ano-ano)


    1. Book as early as you can for your accommodation.
    2. Bring your own food to avoid overspending on food and drinks.
    3. I recommend kuya July as your surfing trainor, he’s the best!

    Hope this travel guide helps you. Don’t worry spending Php 400 on surfing if you haven’t tried it yet. I promised you, you won’t regret it! 🙂