San Miguel Beach San Antonio Zambales - A Weekender's Fun

Beach Flags at San Miguel Beach
The San Miguel Beach

About three kilometers from the town of San Antonio Zambales is the sandy beach of San Miguel. It is a part of the long stretch of Zambales shoreline facing the South China Sea. Its waters are clean because of its perfect location away from industrial cities; a fishing village famous for its abundance squid catch. Pusit  Festival (Squid Festival) was celebrated here during the months of April as well as Layag Festival. 

Cabaruan Falls San Felipe Zambales

Zambales Waterfalls
The Grotto or Cabaruan Falls

Another waterfall in San Felipe Zambales - the Grotto or Cabaruan Falls, located in Barangay Feria. It is called Grotto because of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary facing the plunge pool. So true that San Felipe town is blessed with waterfalls like Anghalo, Sagpat, and Paite. Maybe there's more hidden somewhere in its mountains waiting to be discovered.

The Good

Amongst these waterfalls, Grotto is the most child-friendly. Why? Because of its shallow plunge pool or tub. It has two cascades, one is natural and the other - man-made. It has two tubs where you can submerge and swim but diving is definitely not advisable. Its first tub is around five feet at its deepest and the second is about 2 feet. Kids will love it!

Cascades of Cabaruan Falls
Nipa hut for rent

There are nipa huts for rent. You can also have a picnic on the riverbank under the tree shades. This will save you money from renting a hut. But if you are in a group, renting a hut will be cheaper for everyone will give their share.

You can cookout here as well.

The Bad

You cannot dive here because the plunge pool is not deep. No cliff diving or jumping. There is "no water during the dry season".

Nipa Hut Cabaruan Falls
Nipa hut in the middle of the river - for rent

How to Get Here

Since this waterfall is dry during summer, it is only recommended as a side trip when visiting the beaches of San Felipe like the famous Sitio Liwliwa and Crystal Beach.

Zambales Falls
Oh the Entrance Fee

From the town of San Felipe, get a trike to take you to the waterfall. Basically, drivers will charge two hundred pesos back and forth. Again, it will be cheap when in a group. Make sure the driver has a cellphone so you can send a text whenever you want to be fetched.

All Hands Beach Resort - Subic Bay

All Hands Beach
All Hands Beach

Living in Olongapo City, Zambales means you have many resorts to visit that are close at hand. Last week a friend suggested to go to All Hands Beach. I had never ever heard of this resort and was keen on going there since I like to explore new places to go. The first thing I noticed was that there was not really a parking lot. Cars are parked on the side of the road. 

List of Churches in Zambales for Visita Iglesia

Visita Iglesia or Seven Churches Visitation is an activity done during the Lenten season. It is a religious tradition by Catholics on the evening of Maundy Thursday but some do it on daytime. In each church visit, a devotee will pray before the Blessed Sacrament. I guess it is timely to share my Zambales Churches' visit prior to the Lenten season to help you decide what church to visit. Monthly I visit churches, as a vow, thanking our God Almighty for surpassing all the hardships in life.

Church Visitations
Visita Iglesia devotee

Rosa Farms - A Side Trip to Zambales

Rosa Farm San Marcelino Zambales
Rosa Farm's

Last Saturday my friends had planned a trip to Rosa Farms, about an hour driving from our place. The days before I hadn’t been too well and I was still recovering so I told them “For your own good, it’s better if I stay home”. I know I can get grumpy if I’m not feeling well and cannot have a rest when I feel like having one. “But Frans, really; it is a must!” On FB I visited the Rosa Farms’ page where I read good reviews and saw many pictures. We decided to go the next day.