From a quiet province named after the largest lake in the country, Laguna has risen to popularity as the go-to place for quick getaways from Metro Manila. Its breathtaking nature spaces, adventure spots, and historical landmarks draw thousands of weekend travelers taking a break from the stresses of big city life. This summer, you might just want to include Laguna in your vacation bucket list. Regardless of what you’re looking for in travel, this province, for sure, has it for you.
Here are the must-visit Laguna hotspots for every kind of traveler:
For the Nature Lovers
Everyone knows that this province is dotted with awe-inspiring natural wonders. The most popular ones are Laguna de Bay, Pagsanjan Falls, and of course, Mount Makiling. But on top of these, there are plenty more destinations that bring out the excitement among nature lovers. Here are some of them:
- Taytay Falls. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in Laguna. Located in Majayjay, Taytay Falls boasts of the clearest, cleanest waters. The atmosphere in this natural wonder is refreshing, perfect for cooling down in the summer heat. Take your family and friends here and experience an idyllic picnic by the falls.
- Seven Lakes. The city of San Pablo boasts of Lakes Sampaloc, Yambo, Pandin, Bunot, Kalibato, Muhicap, and Palapakin. Jumping from one lake to another would already fill up your day itinerary, with plenty of social distancing to spare. Aside from swimming and lounging on a raft, you can also bike around the lakes and go on a food trip, trying the small diners in the area.
- The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena. Aside from hosting the most beautiful weddings, the Sta. Elena Golf Club in Cabuyao features a farm that allows children to experience rural activities, including catching fish, riding horses, and riding a cart pulled by a carabao. If you plan to go here, take note that you have to make a reservation prior to your visit.
As you plan your nature-filled itinerary for your Laguna vacation, you might also want to consider getting a summer house in this provincial hotspot. Imagine how convenient it will be to have your own place here. There’s no need to book a hotel room on days you want to stay a little longer. Plus, you have the entire place all to yourself and your loved ones. Stay as long as you want, bring as many people as you prefer, and enjoy the home away from home to the fullest. On days you’re not on vacation mode, you can rent it out to tourists and earn passive income.
One residential community you should check out is Acasa at Southern Plains developed by VCDC (Victor Consunji Development Corp). This modern village, which broke ground last year in Calamba, would feature nature-inspired spaces, including swimming pools, verdant gardens, and clubhouses.
The tropical houses in this community show off modern tropical architecture and promote villa-style living. Staying here, you’ll feel like you’re in the relaxing company of nature through and through.
For the Thrill Seekers
Summer is also the perfect time to go to adventure spots and try some daredevil activities. While most of us would readily think of the Space Shuttle and Anchors Away of Enchanted Kingdom, you probably would enjoy your vacation more if you pay these places a visit:
- Republ1c Wakepark. Want to try wakeboarding with friends and family? This is the place to be. You’ll learn directly from experts about the right techniques. By the time your adventure day ends, you would have learned how to do a spin mid-air.
- Camp N Nuvali. This campsite is filled with all kinds of outdoor adventure amenities, from zip lines to climbing walls to aerial walk facilities. It’s a great place for bonding with friends and family while testing your endurance.
These two adventure spots are located in Nuvali, a short drive away from Acasa at Southern Plains. With your summer home in this community, you won’t have to worry about long travels just to get your adrenaline fix. But aside from recreational sites, the residential community is close to essential establishments, such as hospitals, malls, and even schools.
Moreover, it’s a three-minute drive from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) via Silangan Exit. From Makati and Taguig, it’s only a 40 to 50-minute drive. You can literally go on a quick getaway after work when your summer home is in Acasa at Southern Plains.
For History Buffs
Perhaps this summer, you want to brush up on your history knowledge. Well, aside from nature spaces, Laguna is a go-to place for heritage sites. It’s not a secret that this is the birthplace of our national hero. With Rizal Shrine in your itinerary, add these places to learn a few more history lessons in your summer getaway:
- Pila Historic Town Center. The town center of Pila, Laguna was hailed as a National Historical Landmark in 2000. It’s home to 35 heritage structures, houses that were built in the time of Spanish and American rule. The church in it, the Church of San Antonio de Padua, was completed in 1849 with Baroque architecture. If your historical interest includes vintage houses, you cannot miss this historic town.
- Paete Town. This is the Carving Capital of the Philippines. In this town, you’ll see a glimpse of the locale’s art heritage. You’ll be able to meet the very artists, too. Visit the showrooms of wood-carved pieces. Better yet, buy some to decorate your vacation home. The wood-carved art will surely complement the architecture of your home.
What’s good about Acasa is that houses are customizable. You can take the inspirations you get from Pila’s vintage houses and Paete’s heritage art as you plan your home. On the flip side, you can choose among different house models, namely Ivy, Sage, Stella, and Harper. The total living area of these houses ranges from 150 to 400 square meters.
Laguna is the place to be this summer. Finalize your itinerary and go on a quick getaway to this province. While you’re at it, consider getting your own vacation home.