5 Reason why Zambales should be your next Travel Destination

Breathtaking view at Botolan tells us a history.
You've probably been to different provinces here in the Philippines. Ticking each and every travel goals off that Bucket List. But have you ever considered adding Zambales to your Bucket List? Well here are the reasons why you should put Zambales on your list. Or better yet make Zambales your next travel destination.

Dinamulag Festival in Zambales
5. Zambales is one of the 81 Provinces of the Philippines that will complete your Ultimate Travel Goal for Backpackers and will put you on the 81-list hall of famers. Zambales is located in Central Luzon and is just about 4 hours drive from Manila via SCTEX.

Casa San Miguel Foundation, Center for the Arts in San Antonio
4. Zambales has a rich history and has a diverse culture. The earliest inhabitants of what is now the province of Zambales were the Aetas of Mount Pinatubo. The Tagalogs, the Ilocanos, the Sambal, the Kapampangans, and the Pangasinans today constitute the five largest ethnic groups in Zambales. The presence of the Americans greatly influenced the culture and way of life in Zambales. No wonder, Zambales is also home to beautiful faces because of this mixed inhabitant province.

San Marcelino's booth at the Parayawan
3. Filipinos love "fiestas" and Zambales has numerous Festivals whole year round. The Dinamulag Festival "Zambales Mango Festival" and Paynauen Festival are the most famous ones.

Dinamulag Festival
Dinamulag Festival also known as the Zambales Mango Festival is an annual festival held in the province of Zambales in the Philippines to celebrate or encourage bountiful harvest of the province's mangoes.

Paynauen ‘Duyan’ Festival commemorates the provincial capital’s founding anniversary.  Its origin from a Zambal word which means rest or pahingahan – the ancient name of Iba before the Spanish conquistadores founded the village on the shore of the Bancal River in 1611.

Photo Credits to Turista Boy
2. The summit and crater lake of Mount Pinatubo lies within Botolan municipality in Zambales. Know and see the historic Mt. Pinatubo. Some of the locals say that the ashes of the volcanic eruption contributed to the sweetness of Zambales' mangoes. Visit Camp Kainomayan in Botolan and try out some great outdoor activities like rappelling, zipline, wall climbing, ATV, camping.

Botolan, Zambales

Wall climbing, rappelling and Zipline at Camp Kainomayan

Visit Camp Kainomayan in Botolan, Zambales. The Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Girl Scouts of the Philippines hold their Grand Jamboree here. 

Crystal Beach, Photo Credits to Out of Town Blog
1. Zambales is a mixture of sea, mountains and Mt. Pinatubo. So whether you're a beach person, or a mountain person, an adventurous or laid back person, Zambales has everything you need. 

Zambales is home to numerous well-known beaches like the Crystal Beach in San Narciso, Anawangin Cove and Nagsasa Cove in Pundaquit, Capones and Potipot Islands, Halfmoon Beach in Subic to name a few. 

If you love hiking there are also great trails you might want to hike like in Anawangin Cove: Zambales / 464m, Mt. Balingkilat: Zambales / 1100m, Mt. Cinco Picos: Zambales / 881m, Mt. Pinatubo: Tarlac + Zambales / 960m, Mt. Tapulao/Tarlac-Zambales Traverse / 2037m.

If you're still doubting why Zambales should be your next Travel destination, then you should go and see for yourself. I'm sure you won't regret it. 

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5 Reason why Zambales should be your next Travel Destination
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