Crystal Beach, Zambales
Summer is here! Are you ready with your beach body? Well, not for a skinny guy like me. One of the most exciting things to do in summer is definitely going to a beach. Why not? Dipping your body in the water is the best feeling in a hot summer day! Aside from the fact that we love going to the beach, we also just want to unwind and relax. Well, my everyday life is actually stressful. And everyday, my feet are itching to go out and be anywhere away from work. Oh well, enough of my rants. Let’s go ahead and jump into summer escapade at Crystal Beach, Zambales.
Crystal Beach, Zambales
Crystal Beach is the most popular beach in San Narciso, Zambales. Well, I guess it is true once you get there. In fact, aside from being a large resort, they offer a wide variety of activities that fit every type of tourists and visitors ranging from relaxation, solo, adventurous, team building, surfing, and much more! Do you want to experience beach camping? Go ahead and avail of camping package. Do you just want to relax and enjoy the scenic view? Go ahead, no one will stop you. Even if you are just there for a day tour or overnight stay, you will definitely enjoy what Crystal Beach has to offer.
How To Go To Crystal Beach
We went there via commute. It’s not that hard because it’s only a 4-hour bus ride. Go to Victory Liner bus terminal in Cubao. Then fall in line to the ticket booth to pay for the bus fare. That’s it. Ride and wait for it to depart. Arriving at San Narciso, Zambales, just on the other side of the lane is a tricycle terminal. Take a ride from there going to Crystal Beach Resort. In just 5 minutes, you are there already!
Php 310 – 1 way bus fare from Cubao terminal to San Narciso, Zambales.
Php 15 – 1 way tricycle fare from San Narciso drop off point to Crystal Beach Resort.
What To Avail
Actually, we wanted to experience camping. I’ve been intrigued for a long time about how it feels to sleep and live in a tent even for a short while. So, we availed the tent rental package for an overnight stay which costs Php 750. At first, I though it was expensive. Next thing I know, it already includes the entrance fee and a Php 250 consumable for food & drinks. It was really awesome because their menu has huge servings. So, it is all worth it. But, if you want to know more about the other packages, I have included here the best ones I saw as of April 2017.
We were glad that the staff are very welcoming. They assisted us with bright smiles and very nicely. Also, we were lucky that we visited on a weekday. So, there are less people, you can enjoy and relax while the beach is not populated.
Of course, as a responsible person, you should keep the place clean. Throw away your stuff in the right place. While this is a friendly reminder, you should be responsible enough to help keep the environment clean to preserve its beauty for the next generation. 🙂
A Tunnel To Paradise
So, the real thing comes in when you enter the bamboo tunnel and what you’ll see in front of you is a great horizon. Crystal Beach does not boast off white sands. But the sand is really fine that it feels like you are walking in a very soft earth. It feels nice to my feet, I am not worried about getting cuts.
Indeed, it really is a paradise for us. It was already afternoon that time and we didn’t go deep yet into the water because we were still enjoying all the stuff we see around the vicinity. We plan to enjoy the beach the next days. So, that time, we just waited for the sunset and enjoy taking some photos.
During the night, people go to the beach front for a live band performance and a movie night after. The projector and other stuff were prepared for the viewers to enjoy the night. There’s also a bonfire if you want to toast some marshmallows or just want to heat up during the cold night.
We took our dinner at their restaurant where we used the stub that is worth Php 250 consumable to purchase the meals. I was impressed by the serving because the single orders are mostly good for 2 persons. We didn’t shell out additional bucks for the expenses because everything was covered by the stub. Awesome! Now, the bad thing is, I was not able to take photos because it was very dark and we only have candle lights to light up our table. But overall, the taste was good.
The Next Day
Oh, the next day is what I am looking forward to. Actually, it was hard for me to sleep with just a mat and one pillow. So, I guess it is not for me. I am not comfortable with my tent setup. How I wish I have a mattress and three pillows. That could have made my sleeping more pleasant. But, anyway, it’s time for the morning stuff!
It was my first time doing a camping and waking up in a beach and seeing it in front of you first thing in the morning is something new to me. I love it! As early as 7 am, we took a quick breakfast with hot dog sandwich and instant coffee. There are people already in the beach enjoying some morning splash. So, we went on and had a dip.
What I liked about this place is the clean wash room. Of course, boys and girls are separated. But, what amazes me most is the bidet. LOL! Yes, the toilet has bidet it’s really clean, you can let go all your body waste with comfort. The maintenance staff always cleans the area every after someone uses it. Kudos for keeping the area clean and comfortable to use.
Okay, I am not saying that this is the best beach in the world. But, honestly, I truly enjoyed the stay. Even if I didn’t like my tent experience, the overall experience is really great! If you do not want to do a camping, you can avail of the room packages. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and to you who are looking for a nice place to spend the summer vacation.