An anonymous quote states that sometimes the unplanned moments make the best stories – and I couldn’t agree more. It was a buzzer-beater decision, before the heights of the Holy Week, that we wanted to visit a Motonui-inspired place and possibly meet Moana. Man, I suck at puns. Anyways, we wanted to go camping by the beach since we haven’t tried that in like…NEVER. We bought a tent at the nearest mall to lessen our probable resort fees, and you know, hashtag budgetarian travel for the win! According to the world wide web, Crystal Beach Zambales is the best place to go because it’s the nearest destination from the Metro and for the social media addicts, the place is legit instagram-worthy. Just to get those shots? Now that’s how far I’ll go.
Making a last minute decision has its drawbacks. YES, we were traveling at the heights of the Holy Week, and YES, the struggle was real with the sea of people we battled our way through. Can you imagine Train to Busan and Resident Evil Final Chapter scenario? It was like that (Hirap, Bes!). And apparently, some of those zombies decided to stay at our destination place, Crystal Beach was fully booked when we arrived. Cue our Good Samaritan slash Hero – Mr. Pedicab Driver – who made an effort in looking for a resort that wasn’t full of campers. And he must also be our Lucky Charm, because he found the best place for us, and when I mean BEST is that it was just situated right next to Crystal Beach Resort, isang kembot lang talaga. Another BEST thing is, it’s CHEAPER! Heck yeah, now that perks up our ears and grabbed the opportunity. Nothing seems to be different with the two resorts except for the amenities or the dramatic effect of the place. And fret not, since it’s a long beach, you can enjoy a walk in the shoreline and even visit Crystal Beach to take those pictures for your IG feed goals.
Prince JB’s Seafront
And here’s Crystal Beach Resort, lakad lang sa shoreline pasok sa crystal and pak ganern na! AWRA NA pang IG
The place is just perfect for solitude and self-meditation, detaching yourself from reality and be one with Nature. The sunset was just WOWmazing, it stole my breath away.
They have bigger space for tent pitching. I love Prince JB’s Seafront compared to Crystal Beach. Why? Imagine zipping your tent open early in the morning, you see the best sunrise, blue waters, endless horizon. Take five steps and you’ll be digging your toes at the shore and a few more steps and you’ll be in the waters. You’ll sleep with the crushing of waves as your lullaby and the fresh wind as the melody. Whereas in Crystal Beach, there’s a bit of a distance from your tent to the shore, a 3min walk perhaps. And that’s already tiresome for a lazy ass person like me. LOL. Unfortunately, there isn’t a shady spot in Prince JB so when the sun rises up to noon you’ll really be toasted like marshmallows. Summer skin achieved, yes, but it’s really friggin’ hot. I would suggest you soak yourself in the waters at noon to ease up the heat. Morning and evening weather are just perfect.
If you’re not into beach camping, they also have AC rooms for overnight stays – good for 4-6 pax with 2 queen sized beds and private CR. They have a total of 8 rooms with these type of amenities. If you are traveling with your family plus the extended families and hitchhiking neighbors, go for the VILLA which is good for 10-15 pax with 4rooms (2 AC rooms with 2queen sized beds and own comfort room, 1 AC room with 1 queen sized bed and 1 singled bed and common CR, 1 AC room with 1 queen sixze bed and common CR), other amenities include a dining area, kitchen, sofa, refrigerator, stove, tables and chairs outside the villa. Perfect for family gathering or team building.
They also have this Big Kubo Cottage good for 15-25 pax.
PS: I really, really love their showers. I think they’re using Massaging Shower Heads. It eases up my tensed muscles from all the traveling we made, very relaxing after bath. Amazing!
♦ Tent Pitching – 250/pax
♦ Tent Rental – 500/tent good for 2-4pax
♦ AC Room – 4000/night good for 4-6 pax
♦ Villa – 15,000/night good for 10-15pax
♦ Big Kubo Cottage – 6000/night good for 15-25 pax
For more inquiries about pricing and anything else, you can message them on their FB page▶️▶️ Prince JB’s Seafront
The staffs? Hands down, very accommodating. The friendliest, that even on their busiest hours they have these resting smiley faces. It’s not really that creepy as it sounds. Even the owner is so nice and accommodating. Headache-free. Love it.
We brought our own Go Food; canned goods, cup noodles, chips, water, and coffee (of course, you can never forget coffee). We really wanted to achieve a beach camping vibe, so that’s how prepared we are. And now for the rice, that we didn’t intentionally pack, they cook and sell it by kilo with a resounding price of 100 pesosesoses. You can use the griller for free, but of course, CLAYGO and return din po. For a buzzed night, they sell beer at a decent price – their 500ml Red Horse is 50php only. Shots till you drop.
HOW TO GET THERE
Go to any VICTORY LINER stations: Cubao, Pasay, Caloocan, Sampaloc. Take the bus bound for IBA or STA. CRUZ, Zambales then get off at SAN NARCISO. Another route would be taking a bus bound for OLONGAPO then get off at OLONGAPO TERMINAL then take another bus to IBA then get off at SAN NARCISO. Landmark is SAN SEBASTIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Take the tricycle and inform the driver to drop you off at Prince JB’s Seafront. Travel time takes roughly 5 minutes.
♦ BUS RIDE (Cubao – San Narciso) (Travel Time 4 hours) = 310php
♦ TRICYCLE (San Narciso – Prince JB’s Seafront) (Travel Time 5mins) = 15php/pax
♦ Tent Pitching – 250/pax/night
⇒ TOTAL DAMAGE = 900 PESOS ONLY/pax
♦ If you’re going for a tent camping, bring your powerbanks because they don’t offer free charging of phones. You need to pay 20php/hour.
♦ If you feel sporty or just wanted to feel the waves, surf and skim – just approach any of the friendly staff and they’ll take care of the booking for you. They will have to book it at Crystal Beach since they’re the only licensed Quicksilver surfer thingy, you get it.
♦ No Entrance Fee! No Corkage Fee.
Hey babes, have you been here? I hope this helps you in the future if you want to go beach camping. Which destination would you like me to explore next? Let me know in the comment section below.