Introduction

This corner of Luzon still very much retains a chilled-out backpacker vibe with its wave-lapped beaches on the hot, dry coastline bordering San Antonio, San Narciso and San Felipe. La Paz is the most built-up area and gets lots of big groups staying at its resorts. Liw-liwa is known for its mellow, sandy-bottom surf break (although it can get big) and hosts a groovy, beach-bum scene. Pundaquit, with its fishing-boat-strewn beach, feels more untouched, although it has a few quiet, midrange places to stay; it's also the jumping-off point to get to the remote yet often busy camping spots on hourglass-shaped Capones Island and the stunning white-ash-sand Anawangin Cove. As the area is only a five-hour bus ride from Manila, it's gaining popularity with Filipino tourists, especially university students.