Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ride a Wave at Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso, Zambales

Summertime is all about enjoying good weather and taking a moment to relax. It is a much long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days and free of responsibility. It’s the best time to bask in the sun, get tanned, practice swimming strokes, explore nooks and crannies and make new friends. This is the reason why I love summertime more than anything else in the world.

Summer's best moments are often the best when spent between family and friends. Therefore, I planned a weekend trip along with my friends going to Zambales. The Province of Zambales lies on the western shores of Luzon along the South China Sea. Its shorelines is rugged and features many coves and inlets. It serves as a home of several resorts and hostels with relaxing and scenic view offering surfing lessons. One of it is Crystal Beach Resort.

Crystal Beach Resort is a haven for beach lovers, surfers, artists and travelers. It is one of the favorite destinations of solo wanderers, a group of adventurers, or even families. The resort is huge with a mix of open sand, shaded areas amongst pine trees that offers camping as well as hut-style accommodation. Its beach is a perfect spot to learn surfing as the waves are big enough to catch with a board but not too big that you’ll find it daunting. Mornings seems to be the best time to surf with nice clean rolling breaks.

The beach have lifeguards looking after for swimmers and surfers. There are also available open cottages near the beach called Tiki Huts. These huts are for rent but it provides the much needed shade for the day. Its sands are a medley of gray and white giving a light brown appearance under the heat of the sun. Its beach is also a perfect spot to get a little glimpse of the golden streets of heaven as the sun drop into the ocean beyond the waves.

At night, an acoustic beach party where guests celebrates fun and gain new friends while watching bonfire and fire dance while sitting on the sand with drinks and as the stars twinkle above. Though the resort allows bonfire and acoustic beach party, the resort still maintains its beauty by simply supervising guests activities and implementing strict regulations.

Crystal Beach Resort also provides a kitchen area and grilling station for its guests who would like to cook their own meals. Likewise, wireless internet connection are also available in the common areas such as the reception area and in-house restaurant. On the other hand, the resort's staff are very  accommodating and friendly. 

All in all Crystal Beach Resort offers a great opportunity to learn about new things, get a different perspective and increase your circle of influence. So if you are looking for a perfect getaway this summer where you can beach bum, surf or just get amongst the waves then try to consider Crystal Beach Resort.

How to Get There:


First Option: Catch a bus ride at any of the following terminals of Victory Liner: Cubao, Caloocan, Pasay and Sampaloc. Take the Iba or Sta. Cruz bound bus and ask the driver or the bus attendant to drop off in San Narciso. Closest landmark is the San Sebastian Catholic Church. Once there, take a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort. Fare is 15.00 php per pax.

Second Option: Take a bus bound to Olongapo. Alight at the Olongapo Terminal, you may ride again a bus or van bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz and once again ask the driver to drop off in San Narciso. Nearest landmark is the San Sebastian Catholic Church. Then take a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort. Fare is 15.00 php per pax.

Private Vehicle

Take the Balintawak Exit going to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Exit on the SCTEX and take the route going to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). At SBMA tollgate, turn right at Rizal Highway then go straight until you reach the dead end. Then turn left on the right tollgate going to Olongapo City and then turn right on the first intersection (Canal St.). Exit in Kalaklan Gate and turn left going to Zambales, Subic Town, Castillejos and San Marcelino. Take a shortcut – see shortcut signage in the middle of the road. Upon arrival at the town proper of San Narciso – closest landmark is the San Sebastian Catholic Church turn left and follow the road signs going to Crystal Beach Resort or ask locals for the directions.

*Take Note: Travel time from Metro Manila is approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Travel Tips:

  • If you’re planning a trip going to Crystal Beach Resort, it is highly recommended to purchase bus ticket ahead of time or at least be early at the terminal before the scheduled departure. Likewise, inform the staff of the ticket booth that you are only bound to San Narciso, Zambales.
  • Make sure to book a room accommodation if you do not want camping especially if you will be visiting weekends and holidays.
  • For guests who wish to stay on the tents, tent rentals are available. The price is 750 php per pax per night including the entrance fee, pillow, mat and the 250 php consumable food and drinks. Guests with tents shall pay 550 php for pitching rental, entrance fee and 250 php consumable food and drinks at the in-house restaurant.

  • Bring enough food, drinking water and other necessities to make the camp more exciting as you can prepare and cook your own food plus if the budget is limited. However, if you are looking for comfort Crystal Beach Resort have an in-house restaurant. *Take Note: Prices of  meals are quite expensive but reasonable enough.
  • Electricity is available only at hut-style accommodations but campers may opt to charge their electronic gadgets for free at the reception area or at their in-house restaurant. However, it is a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Lights are also provided within the campsite but I encourage you to bring your own flashlight.
  • Toilet and bathroom are also available for campers comfort.

For bookings and reservations, contact:

Address: La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines 2205
E-mail Address: crystalbeachresort@gmail.com
Landline Number (Zambales): (047) 222-2227
Landline Number (Manila): (02) 941-9004
Mobile Number: +63915-6023636 or +63933-8509144
Official Facebook Page: Crystal Beach Resort
Official Instagram Account: @crystalbeachresort

Thank you for reading and sharing! Happy travels!


  1. Oh My God! It was scary... How did you do that because it looks that you are in between the heavy waves and this could be even dangerous for you.

    1. Actually, it's not scary at all. You should try it, it's fun!

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