Best Day Trips from Manila: Pico de Loro Beach

By: Philippa

Manila weekend escapes with kids: Pico de Loro
Pico de Loro

A Day Trip to Pico de Loro Beach

Manila Day Trips - Pico de Loro Beach
Escape the city and head to the beach

Pico de Loro is one of the closest beaches to Manila and is a great option for families. We have visited as a day trip (it’s a three-hour drive from Manila) and we have stayed overnight. The Pico de Loro Beach Resort is listed as members only but you can easily book a room through AirBnB as many of the rooms are privately owned and rented out by the owners. There are easy hikes for kids, a brown but clean sandy beach (with toilets and showers), a fabulous kids pool and a great indoor kids play area.

Day Trips from Manila - Pico de Loro Beach
Sunset at Pico de Loro

When we visited, our kids played on the beach for hours, splashed in the waves, swam in the sea and pool and when it got too hot they retreated to the indoor play area. The hotel itself is not the most aesthetically pleasing due to its huge imposing condos. However, this is offset by the stunning walkways around the lake just in front of the hotel complex where the kids can see giant water lilies and feed the ducks.

The kids pools here are a real find. It was ideal for our youngest as there were really shallow pools joined together, little fountains and walkways. I could watch Maya, my eldest, who can just swim on her own while holding Gillan in the baby friendly shallower areas.

Manila weekend escapes with kids: Pico de Loro
Sand and greenery within easy distance of the capital – all you need for a great family day out!

Visitor Information

We have stayed at the Pico Sands Hotel, which we really enjoyed. Other nearby hotels that come recommended are Canyon Cove Beach Club, Jo and Johnny’s Beach and Dive Inn and Forest Cove Beach House.

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Manila Day trips - Pico de Loro Beach
The Pico Sands Hotel

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