Philippines

For many, the Philippines has built much of its tourist identity on its world-class beaches. No wonder — we have the fifth longest coastline in the world!

Of course, there’s the top-notch white sands of Boracay and the secret enclaves of El Nido to top the list. But beaches can be found almost anywhere in the country, and you don’t have to travel to remote regions just to have your fill of sun and sand. Pagudpud and Bolinao headline the beaches of the north, with notable mentions from many other provinces such as Zambales and Batangas. All the way to the south, Samal and Dakak lead the run along with other amazing sites in Surigao, Davao, and Zamboanga.

Aside from offering a fine view of the sunset while sipping your favorite beverage, several beaches also offer world-class activities such as diving and surfing. The Tubbataha Reef in Palawan is globally recognized for its bountiful marine life, and Surigao’s Siargao Island is a surfer’s dream with its inimitable “Cloud 9” waves!