Zambales is fast becoming the destination to be, with its numerous coves and wonderful white sand beaches. Approximately 4 hours from Manila, its three most popular coves are Anawangin, Capones, and Nagsasa, with Anawangin as the most popular one because of its relative nearness to the mainland.
Anawangin is crescent-shaped with white sand beaches and tall pine trees, and it is only 30 minutes from the village (barangay) of Pundaquit.
I went there with Couchsurfing friends in February, and we found the place quite perfect for our full moon party. There are no resorts, so we made use of tents which were rented to us for P300/night. I brought a hammock, and since there were a lot of pine trees in the area, I just strung it up and slept there. I almost regretted it though. It was so cold during the night! Thankfully, I had a malong which gave me a bit of warmth and a jacket as well.
There is a river at the back of the campsite; unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of water and the forests beyond were full of No Trespassing signs. There are also areas where you can cook your meals, as well as plenty of bathrooms and toilets. Overnighters have to pay P150 for its use, while daytrippers are charged P50 each.
I highly recommend Anawangin for those who are raring to enjoy a white sand beach this summer. There are many things you can do here, from swimming, hiking, partying, or just plain chilling. It is very popular though, so expect a lot of people especially on weekends.
How to go to Anawangin Cove: Take the bus from Victory Liner (either in Caloocan or Pasay City) to Iba or Sta. Cruz. Get off at San Antonio, Zambales (~P250). From there, get a tricycle to take you to Pundaquit (~P30). There are a lot of boats there which can take you to Anawangin (P800).