The northern part of the Philippines, which is accessible by land from Manila via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), is a thriving spot for tourists who prefer long, scenic road trips than air or sea travel.
From Balintawak, it only takes approximately one hour of continuous travel via NLEX to reach the SCTEX entry point which is split into two main expressways – one leading to Subic and the other to Tarlac.
Continuing further past the Tarlac exit of SCTEX is the Tarlac Pangasinan Expressway (TPLEX) entry for Pangasinan-bound travelers and those going to the northern parts of Luzon.
With all these recent infrastructure developments, this region of the country has conveniently become more and more accessible to families and friends in search of the perfect summer getaways.
Here are just some of the noteworthy tourist destinations accessible via NLEX SCTEX and TPLEX:
SCTEX Subic Exit:
-Nagsasa Cove in Zambales
This cove boasts of more quiet shores compared to Anawangin. Head over to any of the resorts here, stay in a tent and prepare to spend the night under the stars.
For the thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts, this is definitely the place to enjoy parasailing, jet skiing, fly boarding, and hoverboarding.
-Zambales Beach Resorts
Ride the waves of Zambales and treat yourself to a beautiful sunset afterwards.
Go on a 4×4 ride and then trek to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo where the sight is nothing but breathtaking.
|Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
-Lingayen Beach, Pangasinan
Fly a giant kite along the shores of Lingayen after indulging in a relaxing afternoon swim.
-Tangadan Falls, La Union
Be one with nature: Dive from a cliff and find yourself in clear waters that soothe the body and mind.
-Sagada, Mountain Province
This is the ultimate experience for those who need to be away from everything. Cool weather, picturesque views, simply stunning!
-Palaui Island, Cagayan
A boat away from Sta. Ana in Cagayan, this island is home to beautiful coves, falls, and white sand beaches.
-Anguib Beach, Cagayan
If it’s pristine waters and white sand you want, get it here from Anguib Beach. It’s located in Palaui Island.
The list is endless. It’s definitely more fun up north!
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