If you have a limited budget of only 3,000 Pesos / 60 USD and only 3 days to travel where would you go?   Do you prefer going to the north or south of Metro Manila?

It’s now summer in the Philippines and everybody wants to go to the beach. I live in the south of Metro Manila and our go-to beach is anywhere along the coast of Batangas or Mindoro. It’s close to Manila and about 2 to 3-hour drive only.

However, if you are living in North/East of Metro Manila perhaps you find Northern beach coast more convenient. I have been to many Batangas beach and very few in the north that’s why I decided to explore Zambales for 3 days.




Exploring Zambales with a 3,000 Pesos Budget

There are so many travel and tour company and groups all over Facebook and sometimes we just want to book and go, its less hassle of course. but did you know that it’s super easy to travel and explore Northern Luzon if you Do It Yourself your trip? It’s cheaper and more laid back because it’s in your own phase, no call time, no BS.

I decided to explore and relax in Zambales because I rarely travel to North Luzon. You see, I have only been to Subic few times and once in Bataan, 3 to 5 times in Pangasinan, 4x in Baguio, 2x in Bulacan, and 3x in Pampanga.

This time, I decided why not explore Zambales, they have long coast of beaches, less crowd, and close to Manila.

How to Get to San Narciso Zambales

I took a bus from Pasay to San Narciso Zambales. Victory Liner has few bus stations around Metro Manila.

  • Pasay
  • Cubao
  • Sampaloc

Since I live in Las Pinas, Pasay is the closest station. Pasay to Zambales is about 3 to 4 hours bus drive. If you leave early from Manila, in 3 hours you’ll be in Zambales or maybe even less.

San Narciso Beach


san narciso

san narciso

san narciso

san narciso

san narciso

san narciso

Where to Stay in San Narciso Zambales

If you like to party and have booze all night then Crystal Beach Resort is your Best option, however if you like my kind of jam, tired of too loud music, too much crowd, and just want to really relax, enjoy the beach with almost to-no crowd coast then I highly suggest booking a room in D’Resort.


D Resort

D Resort

D Resort

D Resort


How to Get to D’ Resort

If you are coming via commute, just tell the bus conductor to drop you off to San Narciso Municipal Hall. In front, you will see the tricycle station, tell the driver that you are going to D’ Resort. Tricycle fare is 30 Pesos per person.

Its a short distance ride from the municipal hall for about 3 to 5 minutes only.

D’ Resort offers affordable room rates. You can book it for as low as 1,100 Pesos per night, no breakfast. They only offer Cavana/Bahay Kubo rooms, all with air condition and shared bathroom that is just right outside your Cavana door. Cavana family rooms have an en-suite bathroom.

Where To Eat in San Narciso

There are Tapsi Houses along Purok 1 to 5. Prices range from 70 to 90 pesos per meal. Along with Municipal Hall, there are few bars, restaurants, and 711.





On my 2nd day, I decided to change scenery and ride a bus going to Subic. I just wait for an air-conditioned bus in front of San Narciso Municipal Hall for about 5 mins.

Bus fare is 75 Pesos and travel time is less than 1 hour.

Where To Stay in Subic

One of your best option and the cheapest hotel is Sleep and Stay. Opened in September 2018 and still on soft opening. Room prices are from 1,100 to 2,500 Pesos per night. No breakfast because their in-house restaurant is still under construction.


sleep and stay

sleep and stay

sleep and stay

sleep and stay


You may opt to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any nearby cafe or restaurant or even carinderia. Fyi, prices dining in any restaurant here is a bit pricey/same in Manila. If you are in a tight budget, carinderia is your best option.

Right in front of the hotel is the street going to the public beach of Barretto. Also at night, the strip of Barreto is fulk of foreigners (mostly retired US army/navy).

What To Do in Subic

  • A visit to Subic is not complete without going and shopping in the Royal Duty-Free.
  • Enjoy the public beach
  • Nightlife and bar hopping

Baretto Beach

Baretto Beach

Baretto Beach


How To Get to Royal Dutyfree via Commute

  • Sleep and Stay Hotel is along the National road of Subic Zambales, you must take the Blue jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off to the market going to SM. Then walk towards the street going to the public market and ride the Yellow jeepney, last stop is at SM Subic. Walk towards the checkpoint and find the Royal Dutyfree Blue Bus across the street of Puregold.


royal dutyfree

royal dutyfree

royal dutyfree


Free to ride the Royal Dutyfree bus to/from. From the parking lot in front of Puregold travel time is only 5mins.

  • You may also take a cab, the fare will range from 150 to 200 pesos per way

Breakdown of Expenses

Pasay to San Narciso Bus                                                      313 Pesos

San Narciso to D’ Resort tricycle (vice versa)                   30 Pesos per pax x2 = 60 Pesos

San Narciso to Subic (airconditioned bus)                        75 Pesos

Subic Hotel to Royal Dutyfree (vice versa)                        12 Pesos x2 = 24 and 9 Pesos x2 = 18 Pesos

Subic to Victory Liner terminal                                            12 Pesos

Subic to Cubao                                                                         257 Pesos

Balintawak MRT to Taft MRT                                              25 Pesos

Lunch 3x (budget meal)                                                         75 x3 = 225 Pesos

Breakfast 2x (budget meal)                                                   75 x2 = 150 Pesos

Dinner 2x (budget meal)                                                        75 x2 = 150 Pesos

Beer for 2 nights                                                                      55 x4= 220 Pesos

D’ Resort Zambales                                                                 1,100 Pesos /2 (sharing) = 550 Pesos

Sleep and Stay Subic                                                               1,100 Pesos /2 (charing) = 550 Pesos

Pasalubong                                                                               400 Pesos

Total =                                                                                 3,017 Pesos


Hope this helps your summer getaway. Happy traveling!


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12 thoughts on “3000 Pesos North Luzon DIY Travel”

  1. Thank you for sharing this DIY guide. I’ve never been to Zambales, I can use this as a guide in the future. Are there few people in San Narciso? It looks like you have the beach for yourself.

  2. Katherine says:

    It’s been so long since I’d been to Zambales. Usually we just go to Batangas because it’s close (2hrs from Alabang). Meron rin ba snorkeling activities in Zambales?

  3. Camille says:

    This post is just in time for summer. The sleep and stay has a very cheap price, will have to check it once we visit Zambales. I’ve only been to Magalawa Island.

  4. May Palacpac says:

    One of the things I love about reading travel blogs is that I learn a thing or two about how to DIY it on a budget. Baka pag pumunta kami jan, dun kami sa D’Resort, parang di ko lang kaya kung shared T&B especially that we will go as a family.

  5. I always want to visit Crystal Beach. But the sched didn’t permit. Hopefully, this summer makapunta na. Zambales is one of my family’s go to destination every summer.

  6. Wendy says:

    and you had spare money for pasalubong!!!! kudos to you! were you comfortable in your stay at D’Resort?

  7. Kath says:

    Great travel guide! 😊 Though I thought you went all the way to Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos. 😂

  8. Karla says:

    This is very timely! I’m planning a weekend trip for my family this summer. Thanks for this very affordable DIY itinerary!

  9. This one’s interesting! We also do DIY travel on a budget and you gave us an idea! Will check san narciso soon! Thanks!

  10. I love Zambales as it became my second home after my students warmly welcomed me so I’d love to check more of Zambales and promote them in return. I’d include this in my list.

  11. theresa says:

    Cool! That’s affordable already considering you’ve been to Zambales and Subic na. Knowing Subic, they have high rates there. YOu should have tried checking food places here in Pampanga. Also now that there’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Lubao.

  12. Adam Belda says:

    Planning this summer! Time to relax and unwind. Escape from the metro!

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