Laiya, Batangas is easily known to have some of the nearest beaches to Metro Manila. So if you’re looking for a quick escape to the beach, this spot might be perfect for you.
Laiya’s beaches are not really at par with the more famous ones like Boracay’s or El Nido’s. Its sands from the shore aren’t even as fine as the the ones mentioned but what some of its areas can offer is convenience and tranquility. Considering its proximity to the Metro, it’s just easy to get-in and get-out of there which is perfect for those who couldn’t afford a whole week of vacation but are happy enough to have their weekends utilized at the beach before grinding back to work on Monday.
The shoreline of Laiya faces southeast, so you really wont get much sunset scenes. But you’ll get a decent view of a majestic sunrise instead while you have your coffee and watch fishermen start their day.
The wide beach fronts is good for morning jogs. Although some locals park their boats by the beach too.
When the sun is finally up, that’s when the colors of nature starts popping. Beautiful blue waters, white-ish pale sand, and green gardens here and there.
The waves here aren’t huge, so surfing wouldn’t be popular here. As a matter of fact, one thing I noticed was that the water was peaceful with its movement. Which is great because the water can be quite deep. Just about 30 feet away from the sand, the water would already be about 5 feet deep. So not having those waves pulling you into the sea is actually a plus. Also that gives ways for other water activities such as jet skiing and banana boat riding.
The water is clean and pristine but for some reason I couldn’t remember seeing fishes.
At night, there’s not much people loitering around so you can really enjoy the serenity of the night breeze and the seemingly louder rush of water.
If you’re planning an overnight stay at Laiya, then renting a room at a beach side resort is a no-brainer. Laiya has plenty of private resorts and prices would vary from quality and peak seasons.
One place I’d recommend is Acuaverde Beach Resort.
It can be a bit pricey for the average person but it’s definitely worth. They’ve got hotel-like bedrooms and friendly staffs.
The resort is also pet friendly so you can definitely bring your pets here and you can be assured that they’ll be pampered as well. They even have a meal menu for pets.
How to go there on commute
From Cubao, Quezon city: There are plenty of bus lines that offer rides to Lipa or San Juan. Best to take the San Juan route, it’s much convenient. The price of a bus ticket going there costs around ₱200.