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Laguna Tourist Spots, Itinerary and Things to do in Laguna Travel Guide

Looking for top things to do in Laguna, tourist spots, and best places to visit for your Laguna itinerary? Check out this Laguna Travel Guide 2024 to help you plan your trip!

Laguna tourist spots, things to do & best places to visit 2024.

Pagsanjan Falls Laguna

1. Be Amazed by Pagsanjan Falls aka Cavinti Falls

Pagsanjan falls guided tour, top hotels and resorts in pagsanjan.

  • Casa Marina Bed and Breakfast
  • Casa del Rio Resort
  • Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort

AGILA The Eksperience at Enchanted Kingdom

2. Fun day at Enchanted Kingdom

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3. Discover Pila Heritage Town

Pagsanjan Falls Laguna

4. Visit the Historic Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery


5. Visit Museo ni Rizal in Calamba

Top hotels and resorts in calamba.

  • Hotel Marciano
  • Hannah's Garden Resort and Events Place
  • Riverview Resort and Conference Center
  • The Green Glass Boutique Hotel
  • Solemar Pansol Calamba

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6. Experience Caliraya Resort Club

If you wish to go for an overnight stay, they also offer wide array of accommodation options ideal for couples, families and group of friends. it's also a good base when exploring the top laguna tourist spots, other hotels and resorts in lumban.

  • Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm & Resort
  • Forbes Suites by Caliraya
  • Spacio Caliraya Bed and Breakfast
  • Porta Verde Resort Villas Caliraya
  • Lagos Del Sol Resort


7. Have a Relaxing Vacation at Hidden Valley Springs

whitewater rafting in Laguna

8. Enjoy Magdalena River Rafting and Water Tubing Adventure

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9. Have some quiet time at Vonwelt Nature Farm


10. Enjoy Mountain Lake Resort


11. Get wet and wild at Splash Island Water Park

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12. Hike Mt. Makiling

Hulugan Falls Laguna Tourist Spots

13. Be Mesmerized by Hulugan Falls

Laguna Tourist Spots 7 Lakes of San Pablo

14. Discover the Seven Lakes of San Pablo

Hotels & resorts in san pablo.

  • Casa San Pablo Bed & Breakfast
  • Sulyap Bed & Breakfast
  • Sitio de Amor Leisure Farm
  • Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort
  • Zacona Eco-Resort & Biblical Garden
  • Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel
  • Balai Nanamita

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15. Enjoy Laguna Hot Spring Resorts

Top hot spring resorts in calamba & los baños.

  • Arabella Hot Spring Resort
  • Alta Montaña Private Hot Spring Resort
  • Sky Santorini Hot Spring Resort
  • Sol Y Viento Mountain Hot Springs Resort
  • Eight Flags Private House and Hot Spring Pool

Seda Nuvali Review

16. Experience Nuvali

Hotels & resorts in/near nuvali.

  • Seda Nuvali
  • Technopark Hotel
  • Microtel by Wyndham South Forbes
  • Paseo Premiere Hotel
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17. Dine and take a lot of photos at Isdaan Floating Restaurant

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18. See Buruwisan Falls

For ease and convenience, you may join a mt. romelo + 4 chasing waterfalls hiking tour from manila . the tour includes transportation, entrance fees, tour guide, tour coordinator that also serves as photographer/videographer and personalized bag tag souvenir..

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19. Explore Paete Town


20. Laguna Visita Iglesia

Camp Nuvali Laguna

21. Experience Camp N Trail System at Nuvali

Where to stay in/near nuvali.

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22. Indulge on Aling Taleng's famous Halo-halo

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23. Enjoy Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant

  • Sulyap Bed and Breakfast - See room rates and more photos
  • Sulyap Casa de Obando Boutique Hotel - See room rates and more photos
  • Sulyap Casa de Alitagtag Boutique Hotel - See room rates and more photos

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24. Hike Mt. Romelo

Waterfalls in mt. romelo.

  • Buruwisan Falls
  • Diwata Falls
  • Sapang Labo Falls
  • Sampaloc Falls
  • Batya-Batya Falls
  • Lazones Falls
  • Binaytuan Falls
  • Sebakon Falls

For ease and convenience, you may join a Mt. Romelo + 4 Chasing Waterfalls Hiking Tour from Manila .

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25. Experience Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

Villa escudero tour packages.

  • Villa Escudero Resort Tour from Manila
  • Villa Escudero Day Tour from Manila by Vina Tour (비나투어)


Suggested laguna visita iglesia itineray (route), sample 2 days and 1 night laguna itinerary, day 1 pagsanjan & caliraya in lumban.

  • Depart for Pagsanjan
  • Arrive in Pagsanjan
  • Pagsanjan Falls
  • Lunch at Aling Taleng's Halo-halo and Restaurant
  • Explore the town of Pagsanjan
  • Proceed to Caliraya Resort Club


  • Enjoy Caliraya Resort Club's amenities and facilities
  • Hotel check-out
  • Travel to Calauan
  • Lunch at Isdaan Floating Restaurant
  • Visit the Heritage Town of Pila
  • Departure / Back to Manila

Villa Escudero Day Tour Itinerary

  • 09:00 am - meet up at Starbucks, SM Mall of Asia
  • 11:00 am - arrive at Villa Escudero
  • 11:00 am - 11:15 am - quench your thirst with welcome drinks
  • 11:15 am - 12:30 pm - tour the Escudero family museum tour and ride a carabao cart
  • 12:30 pm - 14:00 pm - enjoy a lunch buffet at the Waterfall Restaurant
  • 14:00 pm - 15:15 pm - cultural show or raft ride at Lake Labasin
  • 15:15 pm - travel back to Manila
  • 17:00 pm - end of tour at Starbucks, SM Mall of Asia

Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour Itinerary

  • Time: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Meet up at Starbucks SM Mall of Asia
  • Depart for Pagsanjan Falls
  • Arrive at Pagsanjan Falls
  • Lunch at Tropical Resort
  • Boat rafting experience
  • Visit Devil's Cave
  • Travel back to Manila
  • End of tour at Starbucks SM Mall of Asia

Mt. Romelo Day Tour Itinerary

  • 04:00 am - Start Trekking
  • 06:00 am - ETA Mt. Romelo Summit - Photo Ops
  • 07:00 am - ETA to Buruwisan Falls / Lanzones Falls - Photo Ops
  • 11:00 am - Early Lunch / Rest - Photo Ops
  • 12:00 nn - ETA to Batya Batya Falls / Sampaloc Falls
  • 01:00 pm - Free Time (Swimming, Photo Ops)
  • 02:00 pm - Descend to Jump Off (1 Hour)
  • 03:00 pm - Go back to Jump Off (Wash Up)
  • 06:00 pm - ETD to Manila
  • 08:00 pm - ETA to Manila

Indeed, the Province of Laguna never ceases to amaze us with its many tourist destinations and lovely attractions, as well as resorts and recreational facilities that any intrepid traveler will surely love and enjoy. Don't miss visiting these top things to do and tourist spots in Laguna that you should include in your itinerary! Tara na sa Laguna!

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Best Laguna tourist spots and things to do

25 Best Laguna Tourist Spots + Things to Do

Nestled in the heart of the Calabarzon Region in the Philippines, the province of Laguna is one of the best tourist destinations in the country. It’s especially popular among residents in Manila since it is only 1-2 hours away.

There is a diverse array of tourist spots in Laguna for every kind of traveler. It has an enchanting mix of natural wonders (including lush mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and natural hot spring pools), historical landmarks, and local culture. It’s also a great place to look for local products such as durable sandals from the town of Liliw.

In this guide, we embark on a journey to show you the best Laguna tourist spots and activities. Don’t forget to bookmark it for your future reference, especially for long weekends and holidays.

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1. Cavinti Falls

2. mount makiling, 3. mount banahaw, 4. seven lakes of san pablo, 5. rizal shrine, 6. nagcarlan underground cemetery, 7. villa escudero plantations and resort, 8. lake caliraya, 9. hulugan falls, 10. kilangin falls, 11. pila heritage site, 12. explore arts & crafts at paete, 13. relax in a hot spring resort in pansol, 14. stay in a private island in cavinti, 15. costales nature farm, 16. mount romelo, 17. cavinti underground river and caves complex, 18. isdaan floating restaurant, 19. appreciate art at sulyap gallery café, 20. wakeboarding in nuvali, 21. buy slippers in liliw, 22. visit old churches, 23. enchanted kingdom, 24. splash island water park, 25. bato springs, what to read next:.

Cavinti Falls aka Pagsanjan Falls

Cavinti Falls (formerly known as Pagsanjan Falls) is the crown jewel of Laguna. This iconic three-layer waterfall is located in the mountains in the quiet town of Cavinti and receives thousands of visitors especially on weekends.

The most popular way to get here is through a boat ride from the town of Pagsanjan through the meandering Pagsanjan River, where you will navigate exhilarating rapids and appreciate the natural beauty of the gorge. Once you arrive at the waterfalls area, you can take a balsa to reach the waterfall itself and then spend the rest of your time swimming in the cold basin.

Another way to get here is by going through the backdoor entrance at the town of Cavinti. This requires trekking and vertical rappel — an activity ideal for those who love adventure.

Cavinti Falls is one of the top tourist attractions in Laguna and one that you should not miss.

Book a day tour to Cavinti Falls/Pagsanjan Falls .

Mount Makiling is an iconic natural landmark in Laguna Province. It is also the 5th ASEAN Heritage Park in the Philippines .

It is a dormant volcano with a distinct two-peaked profile, which is said to resemble the mythical Maria Makiling. This enchanting mountain is not only visually captivating but also a treasure trove of biodiversity. Its lush forests are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including numerous endemic species.

Mount Makiling is a popular spot for hiking, as well as outdoor activities like bird watching and nature photography. The mountain is also a source of natural hot spring water, which is utilized by nearby towns — especially Pansol, known for its numerous hot spring resorts . It also serves as a backdrop among the surrounding cities and towns.

Mount Banahaw is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Laguna. It is part of the Banahaw-San Cristobal National Park and is considered one of the country’s most revered sacred mountains.

Many people believe that the mountain is a holy place, with devotees and pilgrims visiting each year especially during Holy Week. Its mystical caves and natural springs are believed to have healing properties and assists in spiritual awakening.

The mountain is also a biodiversity hotspot, home to various endemic and rare flora and fauna. It also used to be a popular hiking destination — however, currently the mountain is closed to hiking activities.

Pandin Lake - one of the tourist attractions in Laguna

The Seven Lakes of San Pablo (also known as the “City of Seven Lakes”) is a testament to the natural beauty of the province of Laguna.

The lakes include Sampaloc Lake — the largest and most famous of the seven lakes, Pandin Lake , Yambo Lake, Bunot Lake, Kalibato Lake, Palakpakin Lake, and Muhikap Lake. It is possible to see the lakes in one day, but if you truly want to enjoy your visit, we recommend allotting a single day to visit one lake of your choice. The local communities around these lakes offer a guided tour where you can explore the lake through a balsa ride, swim in the water, and enjoy a sumptuous lunch.

One of the most underrated Laguna tourist spots, the Seven Lakes of San Pablo also makes for a great weekend destination from Manila.

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For history lovers, one of the best Laguna tourist spots that you should visit is Rizal Shrine. The shrine encompasses the 2-storey house of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero.

It is a well-preserved museum that offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of this iconic figure. Explore the various artifacts, letters, and personal belongings of Rizal, which provide insights into his contributions to Philippine history and literature. Stroll through the lush gardens surrounding the shrine and reflect on the legacy of this extraordinary man.

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is another must-see spot for history enthusiasts. It is a unique and historical site that dates back to the Spanish colonial era.

Located in Nagcarlan town, this fascinating attraction is both a burial site and a chapel. Descend into the underground crypts, where the remains of prominent individuals from the past are interred. The chapel above ground, with its intricate architecture, adds to the charm of the place. A visit to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery offers a glimpse into the cultural and historical heritage of Laguna.

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is one of the usual stops in a day trips to Nagcarlan.

Villa Escudero - one of the best family-friendly resorts near Manila

Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort is a sprawling coconut plantation located in the provinces of Laguna (San Pablo City) and Quezon (Dolores and Tiaong). It is a popular destination among families, as well as those looking for relaxing getaways near Manila.

This attraction offers a glimpse into rural Philippines while providing a range of activities and amenities for guests. One of the highlights is the opportunity to dine beside a waterfall, where tables are set in the flowing waters of Labasin Falls. Here you can enjoy a traditional Filipino buffet while listening to the soothing sound of cascading water.

Villa Escudero also features cultural shows, a museum showcasing Filipino artifacts, and nature activities like bamboo rafting and bird watching.

Book a day tour at Villa Escudero .

Caliraya Lake Front Resort - kayaking

Lake Caliraya is one of the best tourist spots in Laguna for families. It is a man-made lake known for its water-based recreational activities, including boating, kayaking, jetskiing, windsurfing, and wakeboarding. It’s also a popular spot for fishing, where anglers can try their luck at catching tilapia, catfish, and other freshwater fishes.

There are numerous accommodations around Lake Caliraya, depending on your budget and references. For a comfortable resort for the family, we recommend Caliraya Lake Front Resort . For those looking for budget-friendly rooms or campsites, check out Mountain Lake Resort — a resort known for its obstacle courses and water activities.

Couple shot in Hulugan Falls

At about 230 feet high, Hulugan Falls is the highest waterfall in Laguna Province. It is a must-visit especially for those who love chasing waterfalls !

Hulugan Falls is nestled in the mountains in Luisiana, Laguna. The trek here is tiring but doable, even for kids. The most popular route includes visiting two nearby waterfalls first — Talay Falls and Hidden Falls — before circling back to see Hulugan Falls.

This Laguna tourist spot is a wonder to behold. Ready your camera and take photos of this beautiful cascade, surrounded by vibrant greenery. There are also spots good for picnicking and the basin is refreshing and cold for a swim. Those who want to stay in the area can pitch a tent in one of the designated camping areas overnight.

Kilangin Falls or Bukal Falls in Laguna

Located in the town of Liliw, Kilangin Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laguna that you can visit over a weekend.

Kilangin Falls is also known as Bukal Falls or Maimpis Falls. It is a two-tiered waterfall with gorgeous crystal-clear water, especially when you visit during the summer months. Its water comes from the mountains and is so cold that it’s perfect on hot days. There are also tables around the waterfall where you can rest and eat.

To get to Kilangin Falls, head over to the town of Liliw and then trek for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It’s best to visit on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

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Step back in time and explore the beautifully preserved Pila Heritage Site, a charming Spanish colonial town that transports you to another era.

The town was miraculously spared during WWII. In around 2000, it was declared a National Historical Landmark and is the only town in the country formally recognized as such by both the state and the church. Notable attractions in Pila include the Shrine of San Antonio de Padua , Pila Square and Museum , and Alava Ancestral House .

One of the most underrated Laguna tourist spots, Pila provides a delightful and educational experience for history and architecture enthusiasts.

Fruit and vegetable carving in Paete, Laguna

For those interested in exploring the local arts and crafts in Laguna, consider visiting the town of Paete.

Paete is also referred to as the Wood Carving Capital of the Philippines . This picturesque town is renowned for its intricate woodwork, crafted by talented local artisans. As you wander through the streets of Paete, you’ll encounter an array of wood sculptures, religious icons, and decorative pieces that showcase the town’s rich tradition of craftsmanship. Don’t miss the chance to observe artisans at work, carving beautiful creations from blocks of wood.

While it may not sound as adventurous as other activities in Laguna, exploring Paete is a unique cultural experience that is perfect for art enthusiasts and curious travelers.

Anton's Loft Designer Resort - hot spring pool

Laguna is also referred to as the “ Resort Capital of the Philippines ,” and one of the best local destinations for booking a resort is the town of Pansol. Here you can find numerous hot spring resorts where you can soak to soothe your muscles, relax, and enjoy the view of Mount Makiling. Some resorts offer individual rooms, while others offer an exclusive rate for families or groups.

Recommended Resorts : Cliffhouse Laguna and Anton’s Loft Designer Resort .

Sofia's Lake Resort - bath tub view

One of the most unique things to do in Laguna is booking your own private island! There are numerous private resorts and bed-and-breakfasts around Lumot Lake in Cavinti, about 3 hour drive away from the metro.

This is the perfect chance to get away from the city stresses! Enjoy a staycation, swim in the lake, and enjoy freshly caught tilapia from the lake for dinner. A lot of islands also allow pets, so you can bring your furbabies with you on your vacation.

Recommended Resorts : Julian’s Island Lodge and Sofia’s Lake Resort .

Farm experience at Costales Nature Farms, Laguna

This is one of the best Laguna tourist spots for nature lovers! Costales Nature Farm is the first agritourism destination in the country where you can commune with nature and learn about organic farming.

Costales Nature Farms offers a guided tour where you can learn about the best practices in farming and experience hands-on activities such as planting seeds, harvesting lettuce, and more. You can also do other fun activities such as making your own salad, fishing, and more. The farm also offers modest cottages for those who want to stay in a relaxing area.

Mount Romelo is a beginner-friendly hiking destination in the town of Siniloan. This Laguna tourist spot is a great choice for beginner hikers or those who are looking for a fun outdoor activity for the weekend.

These include Buruwisan Falls — said to be the most beautiful waterfall in Mount Romelo, Lanzones Falls, Sampaloc Falls, Diwata Falls, Batya-Batya Falls, Sapang Labo Falls, and Binaytuan Falls.

Mount Romelo can be visited on a day tour itinerary. But if you want to see all the waterfalls, you need to spend overnight in the mountains.

Cavinti Cave - fountain of youth

Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex (or simply known as “Cavinti Cave”) is one of the most underrated tourist attractions in Laguna. It’s a great destination for nature and adventure lovers, with a basic cave tour taking about 2 hours. You can see various rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites, and — depending on the season — even experience swimming across chest-high water in the cave tunnels.

Cavinti Cave is a beginner-friendly caving destination and is one of the must-visit spots in Cavinti .

Isdaan Floating Restaurant - one of the places to visit in Laguna

One of the must-do things in Laguna is dining at Isdaan Floating Restaurant . Located in Calauan, this landmark dining establishment offers a unique experience with floating cottages and freshly caught seafood. Enjoy grilled fish, shrimp, crabs, and a variety of Filipino soups, stews, and side dishes. The restaurant also serves non-seafood options for those with different dietary preferences.

Isdaan Floating Restaurant also offers various activities. You can take photographs of its fun displays or go fishing and boating.

This Laguna tourist spot is a fun stop especially for families staying in this province.

Sulyap Bed and Breakfast

Sulyap Gallery Café is one of the most unique attractions in Laguna. Located in San Pablo City, this property features an art gallery that showcases a diverse collection of Filipino artwork, a café and restaurant that serves Filipino and Spanish-inspired cuisine, and traditional casas where you can stay overnight.

Aside from the mentioned facilities, you can also join different cultural events, workshops, and performances.

This bed-and-breakfast provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in history, art, and culinary delights, all within the charming and nostalgic ambiance of a beautifully restored ancestral home in San Pablo City, Laguna.

Check out other Laguna Hotels and Resorts here.

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For those who love outdoor sports, wakeboarding is one of the activities in Laguna that you should try. Republic Waterpark is a word-class wakeboarding facility located within Nuvali that offers wakeboarding, wakeskating, and even cable skiing. It’s a fun activity whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

While you’re in Nuvali, don’t skip the chance to do other activities within the leisure complex including nature walks and biking along its 35-kilometer trails, fish feeding, boating, and joining outdoor classes such as yoga and outdoor fitness.

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Liliw is famous for their beautiful and durable local made shoes and sandals. Make a stop at the town proper where you’ll find numerous stores selling shoeware. The best part about the shoes is that they are reasonably priced, so you can take home as many pairs as you want!

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If you’re a fan of visiting historical churches or interested in doing a Visita Iglesia, you’ll find several places to stop by at the province of Laguna. Some of the best ones include the churches in Liliw, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Magdalena, Pila, and Pakil.

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Who hasn’t been to Enchanted Kingdom yet? Undoubtedly one of the most popular Laguna tourist spots, this theme park is located in Sta. Rosa — about an hour away from the metro.

With its diverse array of rides, shows, and attractions, this enchanting destination offers something for visitors of all ages. From thrilling roller coasters like the Space Shuttle to the magical world of Eldar the Wizard, Enchanted Kingdom brings fantasies to life in a vibrant and entertaining way. Don’t miss the evening fireworks display, which adds an extra layer of magic to your visit.

Click here to book a discounted ticket to Enchanted Kingdom .

Splash Island - one of the best Laguna resorts

Splash Island Water Park is another one of the most beloved tourist attractions in Laguna.

Located in the town of Biñan, this sprawling water park features an exciting array of water slides, wave pools, and family-friendly attractions. From the exhilarating Giant Slide to the relaxing Lazy River, Splash Island provides a range of experiences for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re seeking thrills or simply looking to unwind by the pool, this water park offers a refreshing escape from the tropical heat.

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If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Laguna tourist spot, then consider visiting Bato Springs.

Bato Springs is a family-friendly resort located in San Pablo, named after the natural springs that flow from the surrounding mountains. These springs provide cool and crystal-clear water that flows into the swimming pools. The pools feature varying depths and offer a refreshing swim especially during hot weather.

The resort also has cottages and picnic areas where you can bond, enjoy good food, and rest. An on-site restaurant conveniently serves local dishes and refreshments.

Laguna is a province where natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness converge to create a travel experience unlike any other. From the thundering Pagsanjan Falls to the serene Lumot Lake in Cavinti, from the historical treasures of Nagcarlan to the artistic wonders of Paete, it offers a captivating mix of attractions that cater to every traveler’s interests.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a deeper understanding of Philippine heritage, Laguna’s diverse offerings ensure an unforgettable journey into the heart of this enchanting province.

And that concludes our guide to the best Laguna tourist spots and things to do! Do you have other places to recommend? Let us know in the comment section below!

Visiting Laguna? You might also be interested in these:

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  • Mirante da Gloria 1.7 mi
  • Trabalhadores Statue 2.1 mi
  • Joao Wendhausen Moraes Stadium 2.1 mi
  • Santa Marta Lighthouse 10 mi

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  • If you’re after a cheap room at Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel, then you should consider staying during the low season. The cheapest deals can generally be found in July and November.
  • How long should you stay at Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel? KAYAK users usually book their rooms here for 3 days.

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Where is samba laguna tourist hotel located.

Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel is located at Praia do Gi º, 1.4 miles from the center of Laguna. Praia do Mar Grosso is the closest landmark to Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel.

When is check-in time and check-out time at Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel?

Check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 PM at Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel.

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Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel is 23 miles from Jaguaruna Humberto Bortoluzzi. Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel is 43.4 miles from Criciuma.

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One of the first things you can do in Laguna is visit its landmarks, particularly the Rizal Shrine, a replica of where the national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was born and raised. Then, you may proceed to other fun activities like exploring Enchanted Kingdom theme park, hiking Mount Makiling, and enjoying the refreshing cascading water of Pagsanjan Falls.

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12 Best Laguna Province Tourist Spots: Spring Resorts, Lakes, Falls

12 Best Laguna Province Tourist Spots: Spring Resorts, Lakes, Falls

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12. Japanese Garden

11. hulugan falls.

  • 10. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
  • 9. Enchanted Kingdom

8. St. John the Baptist Church

7. mount makiling, 6. hidden valley springs.

  • 5.  Caliraya Lake
  • 4. Seven Lakes of San Pablo
  • 3.  Bahay ni Rizal
  • 2.  Pagsanjan Falls
  • 1. Hot Springs in Laguna

Hidden Valley Springs and Yambo Lake

Escape from the city noise and savor the fresh air in the province of Laguna. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating vacation at its numerous hot spring resorts near Manila and find out why it is a popular weekend destination.

Laguna, formerly known as La Provincia de la Laguna de Bay, occupies the northern part of CALABARZON. Its name is derived from Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines that stretches over the southeastern part of Manila , the capital city of the Philippines. Laguna is a Spanish word translated as a lagoon or a large body of water near a river. 

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The province is also the birthplace of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. It is home to several national heritage sites, iconic landmarks,  Laguna resorts  ranging from hot springs to lake resorts, and various natural tourist spots near Manila.

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Laguna is just a 2-hour drive away (30KM) from Manila, perfect for travelers planning a quick getaway. Read on this travel article to find out the best Laguna tourist spots that you should add to your itinerary. 

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The Japanese Garden is one of many historical sites in Laguna. It is situated in Cavinti along the popular Lake Caliraya. This beautiful garden was constructed in the 1970s to commemorate the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. 

When you enter the grounds, you will be greeted by a large torii or a traditional Japanese gate. These gates are often placed in shrines or spots that hold religious significance to let visitors know that they are about to enter a sacred space. Past the gate, you will see open spaces of grass and towering trees that offer shade for those hoping to enjoy a picnic. Further on, you will find a still, man-made lagoon that adds to the overall tranquil atmosphere of the garden. 

A cement bridge over the lagoon leads you to a tall set of stairs. At the top of these steps, you will find yourself in another spacious area of the garden where a solemn altar sits. The Philippines-Japan Friendship Society built the shrine to honor Japanese soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. It is also rumored that the Yamashita Treasure, alleged war loot stolen by Japanese forces during the war, is buried within the garden's grounds. 

Along with the zen-like appeal of the garden, visitors can also climb a set of stairs to a hilltop. From here, you can get a panoramic view of Caliraya Lake, which is another well-known spot in Laguna.

Hulugan Falls in Laguna

This enchanting waterfall is one of the relatively known cascades in Baranggay Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna. It has caught the attention of many tourists, making it one of the must-see waterfalls in the Philippines. Since it is nestled in a far-flung area, the roads leading to the falls are not easily accessible. 

To get there, you have to traverse a one-way trail. You will pass by two waterfalls before reaching the Hulugan Falls. First, you will hike down the river to see Talay Falls. You will scramble through a more challenging and steep path to the Hidden Falls. Afterward, you will descend to a muddy trail before arriving at your destination, the Hulugan Falls.

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You can take a refreshing dip into the natural pool below the column. If you want to get closer to the gushing waterfalls, be extra careful when climbing the rocks because some of them are off-limits.

The best time to visit the falls is between December to February since the weather is ideal for a long hike. Many travelers flock to the falls during the summer months.

Most travelers visit Hulugan Falls on a day tour, but you may also opt to stay overnight at the campsite. However, you have to bring your own tent. There is also a camping fee per person. Your guide in waterfalls tours  will look after you to ensure your safety. There aren’t many amenities on-site, but there is a restroom that you can use.

10. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery 

Entrance of Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Another must-see attraction in Laguna is the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, which is situated inside a chapel. It sits on a hilly terrain in the laid-back town of Nagcarlan in Barangay Bambang. You can find the catacombs where the friars and wealthy people were laid to rest at the chapel's lower ground floor. 

During the revolution, it served as a hiding place for guerrillas who resisted the Japanese occupation in World War II. It was built in 1845 under the supervision of Franciscan Fr. Vicente Velloc. 

In 1981, Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery was declared as a National Historical Landmark. Its iconic structure is currently under the supervision of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

From ornamental iron grills to brick walls, this historical and religious structure showcases beautifully preserved architecture, dating back to the 18th century before the Philippine revolution. 

Upon entering the chapel, a curator will provide a historical background of the underground cemetery. The grand arched gate and walkway will lead you to the chapel. You will see the entrance of the cemetery on the right side of the chapel’s main door. 

You will go downstairs to the dungeons of the underground crypt, where you will witness apartment-like compartments on the walls. The chapel’s upper ground provides a bit of light to the cemetery’s dark interior.

When taking pictures, you are not allowed to use the flash of your cameras inside the cemetery. If you want to purchase souvenirs, there is a small table displaying postcards, religious materials, and local treats on the left side of the chapel’s entrance near the wooden door.

9. Enchanted Kingdom 

The Grand Carousel in Enchanted Kingdom

If you're seeking fun and exhilarating adventures near the metro, you may want to visit the Enchanted Kingdom in Barangay Balibago, Santa Rosa City, Laguna. It is considered the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines.

Enjoy unlimited rides inside this 25-hectare park that features eight themed zones with over 20 attractions. These attractions range from interactive motion theaters to extreme rides such as Space Shuttle, Anchor’s Away, Rio Grande Rapids, EKstreme Tower, Roller Skater, Fun Kart, Disk-O-Magic, Jungle Log Jam, and Air Race.

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By showcasing the beauty of the Philippine Archipelago, AGILA takes you in an interactive flight simulation to appreciate and understand the importance of saving the environment for our critically endangered animals like the Agila.

Enchanted Kingdom offers an unforgettable magical experience with your friends and family. Those who want to celebrate their birthday at the theme park can get a free pass for all rides and a 10% discount on regular day tickets for their companions.

If you are looking for souvenirs or unique EK items, you can drop by Edgar’s Specialty Shop for character pillows, shirts, or hand-sewn key chains. You can also explore other shops scattered around the theme park, including Harry Houdini’s Magic Shop and Princess Victoria’s Dream Shop for adorable gowns and tutus.

Facade of St. John the Baptist Church

One of the must-see heritage sites in Laguna is the St. John the Baptist Church, also known as Liliw or Lilio Church. It is a 400-year-old Laguna church that majestically stands in Liliw town, the Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines. 

Your trip to Liliw will not be complete without dropping by the sandal/shoe shops along the highway. Apart from local handicrafts and slippers, Liliw is also known for its sweet delicacies like espasol (toated rice cake) and uraro (arrowroot cookies).

The original wooden structure of the church was established in the early 16th century. Meanwhile, the edifices are composed of red bricks and rocks. In 1880, it was partially damaged by a massive earthquake in Luzon.  Then, it underwent reconstruction in 1885. However, it was again partially burned on April 6, 1898.

Franciscan priests Juan de Plasencia and Diego Oropesa established Liliw under Reducción, a Spanish policy that forces smaller settlements into one larger town. The locals used to go to Nagcarlan to attend mass until they were given their own church.

In 1605, it became an independent parish with Father Miguel de San Lucas as the first parish priest. Its feast day, known as the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, is celebrated every August 29.

There are giant white statues lined up in front of the church. You can also find gazebos on both sides of the walkway. The church has a bell tower that features Baroque-inspired architecture during the Spanish era. Upon entering the church, you will witness a monumental altar, magnificent ceiling paintings, and glass murals. 

Ridges of Mount Makiling in Laguna

Tucked between the provinces of Laguna and Batangas, Mt. Makiling is a dormant volcano that rises over 1,090 m (3,580 ft) above mean sea level. It is situated south of Laguna de Bay and lies within 61km from Metro Manila. It is one of the top destinations when hiking in the Philippines .

The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) is an ASEAN Heritage Park that spans 4,244 hectares with straddling parts of Los Baños, Bay, and Calamba City in Laguna. Its terrestrial ecosystem is under the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems.

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Mt. Makiling boasts flourishing plant and animal diversity. It is home to 7,000 species of insects, 181 species of birds, 65 species of reptiles, 45 species of mammals, and 22 species of amphibians. The reserve is also home to various endemic species, including the Philippine Deer, Philippine Warty Pig, Philippine Calotes, and the frog Philautus Sardus.

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When joining hiking tours to Mt. Makiling, you can drop by some of its must-see attractions. One of which is the Makiling Bota­nic Gardens, a 300-hectare plant conservation facility. You can also explore Mudsprings, a volcanic area with a rotten egg smell due to sulfur. 

Another sight to behold is the Flatrocks, a natural rock formation with a pile of weathered stones. For those who want to stay overnight, there is a designated campsite at Makiling Rainforest Park.

Mt. Makiling has a moderate difficulty level of 5/9. It has a major hike classification, which takes around 5 to 9 hours to complete the trail. You can join a Makiling Traverse or MakTrav hiking tour to explore this enchanting Laguna mountain. 

Pools in Hidden Valley Springs Resort, Laguna

Nestled between the famous mountains of Banahaw and Makiling, Hidden Valley Springs is a 3-star private resort featuring lush landscapes and beautiful gardens in Calauan, Laguna. Just a 2-hour drive away (less than 80KM) from Manila, Hidden Valley Springs is among the most-visited hot spring resorts in Laguna . 

This paradise-like resort is nestled inside a protected rainforest that features over 150 species of plants. You can find a vast collection of wild orchids, giant ferns, and century-old trees. One of the centenarian trees here is the Amlang Tree, which is already more than 300 years old.

Hidden Valley Springs is a tropical rainforest resort that showcases thermal pools and lagoons. It features around 6 natural spring pools, 2 kiddie pools, and 3 natural Jacuzzis filled with clean and volcanic mineral waters. These natural springs take different temperatures. You can even plunge into the Soda Pool and bask in a water massage.

During your Hidden Valley Springs Resort tour , the lush greeneries and natural wonders of the resort will delight you in its abundant flora and fauna. To get there, you will embark on a short tour around the tropical rainforest. You will go trekking to reach the forest and the nearby waterfall.

After exploring the resort’s majestic paradise, you can enjoy a sumptuous buffet and a hearty Filipino lunch. Then, you can indulge in spa-like baths and appreciate the scenic ambiance of the resort. If you like to spend more rejuvenating time at the resort, there are mini cabins where you can stay overnight.

5.  Caliraya Lake 

View of Caliraya Lake in Lumban, Laguna

Another scenic attraction in Laguna is Caliraya Lake, a man-made lake in Lumban, Laguna. Caliraya Lake is a haven for various outdoor and sports activities such as golf, jet skiing, windsurfing, largemouth bass fishing, water skiing, and boating. There are also designated campsites for hikers.

Back in the 1930s, a US Army Engineer created the lake by spilling water in the Cavinti valley of the Sierra Madre. Its original purpose was to generate a hydroelectric energy source for the nearby capital city, Manila.

Over the years, Caliraya became a popular bass fishing spot in the Philippines. In the early 1970s, some tourists from Manila commercialized and developed the lake as a recreational area for the city’s elite citizens.

Since then, the lake underwent several concrete and structural improvements, including the construction of a hydroelectric plant. Later on, Caliraya was transformed into a wealthy community similar to those in western countries.  However, it became a hideout and territory of the New People’s Army in the 1980s.

In the mid-1980s, the local government sought the opportunity to bring back the vibrant tourism scene in Caliraya. Up to this date, there are already various world-class resorts, golf courses, and country clubs within the vicinity of Caliraya Lake. 

If you want to discover Caliraya’s calming scenery, you have to book a stay at  Laguna resorts or guesthouses near the lake. Caliraya is home to several staycation spots, from farm cabins to floating lake cottages. 

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Aquascape Caliraya is famous for its chic and wooden cottages with a powered motor that allows you to cruise along the lake. Meanwhile, Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm & Resort offers cozy cabin-inspired rooms with a lake view. 

4. Seven Lakes of San Pablo 

Bamboo cottages on Yambo Lake, Laguna

Apart from historical sites and resorts, Laguna is also home to the famed Seven Lakes of San Pablo, namely Sampaloc, Bunot, Calibato, Pandin, Yambo, Palakpakin, and Mohicap. These hidden wonders are nestled between Mt. Cristobal, Tayak Hill, Mt. Kalisungan, and Mt. Mabilog.

The origin of the seven lakes came from old tales. One of which talks about the birth of Sampaloc Lake. According to the famous legend, a couple once owned a tree bearing a sweet and tangy fruit called Sampaloc or tamarind. They refused to give some fruit to a fairy disguised as a beggar. The fairy punished them by drowning them into what the locals now call Sampaloc Lake.

As for geologists, the origin of the lakes came from the San Pablo Volcanic Field, which includes Mt. Makiling, Mt. Kalisungan, Mt. Atimla, Imoc Hill, and Mt. Mabilog. The seven lakes used to be craters of ancient volcanoes.

You can visit all of the seven lakes on a one-day road trip, which involves minor trekking. You can also explore just one part like in this Mt. Mabilog and Pandin Lake tour.

When you tour all lakes, your first stop is at Bunot Lake, home to cultured Tilapia Nilotica fingerlings. Up next is Calibato Lake, the deepest lake with an average depth of 156 meters. You can also see a waterfall nearby.

One of the highlights of your trip is visiting the twin lakes of Pandin and Yambo. The lakes are connected, both having pristine and clear waters. You can swim and even rent bamboo rafts to cruise along the lakes. 

Your next stop is Lake Palakpakin, the second largest lake after Sampaloc. Lake Mohicap is also a sight to behold, overlooking the mountain ranges of Calauan. Your last destination is Sampaloc Lake, the largest among all the crater lakes.

3.  Bahay ni Rizal

Bahay ni Rizal in Calamba, Laguna

Photo by National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Just a hundred meters away from Calamba’s town plaza, you can find the Museo ni Jose Rizal, also known as the Rizal Shrine in Calamba. This 2-story stone house is the replica of the birthplace of the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. Its structure is made of hardwood, bricks, and sliding windows with capiz shells. It is one of the must-visit  historical tourist spots in the Philippines .

The wealth of Rizal’s family can be traced back to their principalian roots, a Filipino class rewarded with either a gobernadorcillo or cabeza de baranggay position. Both of his paternal and maternal grandparents came from an affluent family. Their wealthy lineage was passed down to Rizal’s family, one of the distinguished families in Laguna.

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Rizal's spacious house and elegant furniture showcase his family's affluent lifestyle. There is even a basement where the animals and produce were kept. The Rizal’s stone house in Calamba is reminiscent of an upper-class Filipino home during the Spanish era.

The Museo ni Rizal has six galleries describing his early education and his notable travels in Europe. The Kaliwanagan features his family and childhood. Next, the Kapaligiran depicts the agricultural town of Calamba.

You can also check out Karunungan gallery to learn about his education at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and Universidad de Santo Tomas. At Bahay-na-Bato gallery, you will find the heirlooms of his family.

Unang Paglalakbay sa Europa gallery exhibits his first expedition to Europe and the writing of his Noli Me Tángere novel. Lastly, Pangalawang Paglalakbay sa Europa gallery talks about his second journey to Europe and his other political writings, including El Filibusterismo.

The museum displays Rizal’s memorabilia and features interactive booths highlighting his national contributions. It shows a hologram of Rizal reading a letter for his Austrian friend Dr. Ferdinand Blumentritt. Students can also drop by the e-learning room to sit in online history lessons.

2.  Pagsanjan Falls

A raft by the Pagsanjan Falls

One of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines and near Manila is the Pagsanjan Falls.  In 1939, Pagsanjan Falls and its surrounding gorges were declared as a National Park. The waterfall is under the jurisdiction of Cavinti; however, the scenic river going to the falls is part of Pagsanjan town. 

Pagsanjan Falls or Cavinti Falls is originally named Magdapio Falls. It is one of the earliest attractions after an American missionary discovered this three-drop waterfall in 1902. He called it Pagsanjan Falls, which is derived from the Filipino word Pinagsangahan or where it branches. 

The cascades are branching off from two rivers, Bumbungan and Balanac. Meanwhile, there is a legend that tells about the origin of the falls. According to the tale, Magapio lost his brother Balubad in an ancient drought. He cried out to the gods, causing a waterfall to emerge from the river’s gorges.

During your Pagsanjan Falls tour , you can descend rapidly downstream or what they call the “shooting the rapids” boat activity. First, you will go on a short hike from Cavinti town. Then, you will take a river canoe that will pass through a 17km rocky stream. 

You will raft across magnificent rock formations, where you will discover around 20 minor falls cascading from the mountains.

Prepare to enter over a hundred feet high gorges while your expert boatmen maneuver the boat through turbulent waters. You will pass beneath the waterfalls and through the Devil’s Cave. You can lean forward to get a relaxing waterfall back massage.

If you don’t want to go on a rapids tour, you may opt for an alternative hike from Pueblo El Salvador Eco-Park and Picnic Grove in Cavinti to reach the Pagsanjan Falls on foot. Expect to rappel and trek down a steep steel ladder that leads straight to the gorge.

1. Hot Springs in Laguna 

A hot spring pool in 88 Hotsprings Resort

Photo by 88 Hot Spring Resort

The province of Laguna is deemed as a relaxing haven for those seeking peace and quiet near Manila. Among the must-see attractions here are the hot springs nestled along the foothills of Mt. Makiling. Most of the hot spring resorts in Laguna are concentrated in Los Baños, specifically in the Pansol area.

Not all resorts have thermal pools; however, most of them have natural pools with mineral-rich water and geothermal heat coming from the hot rocks of Mt. Makiling. Some people believe that hot springs can heal or treat some diseases. In fact, hot springs have high levels of sulfur that helps in reducing stress and improving blood circulation.

88 Hotspring Resort is one of the frequently visited and largest Laguna hot spring resorts near Manila. It has 11 outdoor pools and 8 dipping pools with varying degrees of heat where guests can take a 10-minute max dip. To make the most of your rejuvenating experience, you can try their Swedish and Shiatsu massage.

Sol Y Viento Mountain Spring Resort is one of the most accessible hot springs resorts overlooking the panoramic view of Mt. Makiling and Laguna de Bay. It is located along Km 55, Makiling Heights in Pansol, Calamba. Guests can take a refreshing dip into its jacuzzis and naturally heated swimming pools. 

Hot spring massage treatments are perfect for those seeking tranquility and peace of mind, especially as rainy season activities in the Philippines . The mineral-rich waters can provide many health benefits, including stress reduction and better sleep patterns. 

View of Pagsanjan falls in Laguna

Plan Your Trip to Laguna

Laguna is a scenic province filled with century-old churches, museums, leisure parks, and enchanting waterfalls. Its vibrant cities and laid-back towns encompass Laguna de Bay, one of the largest lakes in Southeast Asia. 

Having an array of cultural and natural attractions, Laguna never runs out of stunning and hidden wonders for travelers to explore. It boasts diverse flora and fauna that are greatly concentrated in Mount Makiling, one of the Philippines’ sought-after hiking spots.

While marveling at remarkable spots, you can also take a quick heritage tour around Spanish-built structures. Don’t miss out on the chance to drop by local shops and grab a bite of Laguna’s sweet delicacies like sweet espasol (toasted rice cake).

Begin planning your next dream getaway to Laguna! Find out the best Laguna tour packages highlighting the finest Laguna tourist spots. You can make the most of your Laguna tours by booking a staycation at Laguna resorts .

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Now that the summer season has started in the Philippines , more and more people are eager to go on much-deserved vacations after being locked down for almost two (2) years. Well, now that the COVID-19 cases in our country are decreasing dramatically and the health restrictions are being lifted gradually, it’s definitely the perfect time to enjoy the summer and relax with your family and loved ones!

So, if you’re looking for the best place near Manila to spend your summer getaways, then visiting the beautiful province of Laguna would be a perfect choice! Aside from being known as the historic birthplace of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, Laguna is also blessed with countless cultural tourist destinations that we all must give a chance to visit! Moreover, there are also several natural wonders scattered all over the province like waterfalls, rivers, hot springs, lakes, caves, and many more.

The best part? Laguna is only less than two (2) hours away from Metro Manila! And with the continuous development of our country’s tolls and expressways, the travel time to the south has also been reduced dramatically. So, are you in? Get ready as we both visit and explore the 15 Best Tourist Spots in Laguna!

1. Seven Lakes

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Laguna is the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. If you want to become closer to nature and witness the pristine ecosystem of Laguna, then this is probably the best choice for you! The Seven Lakes are Bunot, Calibato, Mohicap, Palakpakin, Pandin, Sampaloc, and Yambo Lake.

Pandin Lake Seven Lakes

Credit: Pandin Lake FB

All of these can be explored via bamboo rafts where you can also enjoy eating fresh seafood and delicious meals prepared by the locals. It is also said that the most beautiful lake among the seven is Yambo Lake. This is because it’s the farthest and hardest to reach of them all, making the lake’s condition beautifully pristine. CHECK THE BEST RESORTS IN LAGUNA HERE

2. Pagsanjan Falls

The Pagsanjan Falls of Laguna is undoubtedly one of the icons of Philippine tourism for a long time now. It is a majestic three-tiered waterfall standing at approximately 300 feet! The crystalline sparkling waters, beautiful rock formations, and cold natural pools are just some of the amazing features of Pagsanjan Falls because the journey itself en route to the national landmark is also as beautiful and exciting! You would have to hike and trek your way to Pagsanjan Falls or choose to ride a canoe on the way down.

Credit: Flickr / Rainier Medina

Given that Pagsanjan Falls has already been a famous natural attraction for a long time, a corresponding entrance fee is being charged for tourists entering the area. Don’t worry though because the funds will be used to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of Pagsanjan Falls.

3. Hulugan Falls

Another scenic natural wonder in Laguna is no other than the Hulugan Falls. Its majestic cascades stand stall at about 235 feet in height and the water is also extremely cold and crystal clear. You might want to bring a waterproof camera because capturing the breathtaking beauty of Hulugan Falls is truly a one-of-a-kind experience!

Hulugan Falls, San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna

closer to the falls. just Wow!

Hulugan Falls Luisiana Laguna

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Just like any other waterfalls in the region, tourists would have to trek down the trail to reach Hulugan Falls. It might be quite challenging but it’s definitely worth it in the end, trust me!

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4. Talay Falls

Ah, Talay Falls is a must-visit sparkling waterfall in Luisiana, Laguna is widely known for its two-tiered beauty. The first cascade directly comes from the heart of the mountain so get ready to enjoy seeing beautiful rock formations and picture-taking! The second cascade flows into a wide pool of water so this is the perfect area for some nice swimming and even diving!

Talay Falls Luisiana Laguna

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Compared to the other waterfalls found in Laguna, the trail to reach Talay Falls is relatively easier. So don’t back out from the challenge and get to enjoy some of nature’s best creations!

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5. Bato Springs

Ah, yes. Bato Springs Resort of San Pablo, Laguna is a very beautiful hidden gem of the province featuring fresh-flowing spring waters that are extremely cold and crystal clear! The resort is also surrounded by lush green trees and plants that will make you feel as if you’re bathing inside the jungle. The main attraction in Bato Springs is the man-made waterfall still filled with cold, crystalline waters!

Bato Springs

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It’s also a perfect spot to take Instagrammable photos because it would seem as if you’re meditating and training below a huge waterfall. Moreover, you may also rent cottages where you and your family can eat and rest while enjoying the day tour in Bato Springs Resort.

6. Aliw Falls

Ah, from the name itself, I’m sure that you will definitely enjoy a good time here at Aliw Falls. It is another hidden gem of Luisiana, Laguna which is a multi-tiered waterfall with enchanting rock formations that will absolutely blow your minds away. The stunning scenery of the falls itself is truly mesmerizing because it’s like a tall staircase flowing with crystal clear waters all the way down.

Aliw Falls Luisiana Laguna

Aside from filling up your phone’s memory with spectacular photos, you can also enjoy swimming and chilling at Aliw Falls’ wide natural pool!

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7. Mt. Makiling

Mount Makiling is easily one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the country. Legends say that the mountain resembles a woman’s body lying on the ground, it is even believed that the mountain is Maria Makiling’s body itself. Actually, Mt. Makiling is an inactive stratovolcano frequently visited by hikers and adventure-seekers from different parts of the country.

Mt. Makiling

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With an elevation of 1,090 meters above sea level, Mt. Makiling easily became a favorite hiking spot for many. Aside from mountain climbing and camping activities, Mt. Makiling is also known as a sacred mountain for several pilgrims and religious groups. That’s why it was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park last 2013 with the hopes of preserving its natural stunning beauty.

8. Dampalit Falls

Another must-visit natural wonder in Laguna is the breathtaking Dampalit Falls of Los Baños , Laguna. It’s actually located within Mt. Makiling Nature Reserve so expect to trek down a trail first before reaching this enchanting waterfall.

Dampalit Falls

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The cascade stands tall at about 86 meters with a small natural pool below. The water is amazingly clear blue and very cold so I’m sure that your trek on the way down will be worth it!

9. Rizal Shrine

The next one is undoubtedly the most important historical landmark in our country because it is the birthplace of none other than our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The Rizal Shrine of Calamba is the two-storey reproduction of Rizal’s actual house featuring traditional designs from his time. It also contains dozens of valuable memorabilia of Dr. Jose Rizal from his childhood up to his adulthood.

Rizal Shrine

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The Rizal Shrine is actually the number one destination for almost all of the schools’ field trips. An estimated 270,000 tourists visit the shrine annually to learn more about its culture and history.

10. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Another important piece of national history located in Laguna is the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. This is a Baroque-style Roman Catholic Cemetery built in the year 1845. It served as a burial site for townspeople but the underground section served as the resting place for important people and Spanish friars. Today, the cemetery is declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

An amazing trivia about the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is that it was not only used as a burial site during the war because it was also used as a secret meeting place for Katipuneros. It is said that the iconic Pact of Biak-na-Bato actually happened in this very cemetery.

11. Pila Heritage Site

Next up, the Pila Heritage Site of Pila, Laguna, is another must-visit cultural wonder in the province known for the perfectly-preserved traditional Spanish-style town layout. Ancestral houses, churches, and central squares are all in pristine condition letting tourists admire and witness what it was like living in the Spanish Colonial Era.

Pila Heritage Site

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Pila is like the famous attractions in Vigan and Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar where you can take Instagrammable photos thanks to the captivating ambiance and landscape of the place. Some of the top attractions in Pila are the Shrine of San Antonio de Padua, Pila Square and Museum, and the Alava Ancestral House.

12. Japanese Garden

Located in Cavinti, Laguna, the famous Japanese Garden was built by Japan in order to commemorate the bravery and heroism of the Japanese soldiers that fought during World War II. It is also the resting place of General Yamashita of the iconic Yamashita Treasure. Moreover, the garden also symbolizes the peace between the Philippines and Japan.

Today, the garden serves as a relaxing place to visit for locals and tourists as well. The clean and green surroundings make a perfect destination for walking, picture-taking, and just chilling with your family and friends.

13. Mt. Banahaw

Mt. Banahaw is like the older sister of Mt. Makiling because it’s a complex three-peaked active volcano bounding the provinces of Laguna and Quezon. Towering with an elevation of 2,170 meters above sea level, Mount Banahaw is easily the highest peak and dominates the landscapes of the entire CALABARZON region. Mt. Banahaw is indeed a very special mountain not only because of its amazing natural features but because of its apparent magical capabilities.

Mt. Banahaw

Numerous reports state that many locals believe Mt. Banahaw emits incredible psychic energy that’s capable of performing miraculous physical and spiritual healings. This is why hundreds of pilgrims, faith healers, and psychics flock to the mountain to seek wisdom and guidance from the mountain spirits.

On the other hand, countless tourists from all over the country also explore Mount Banahaw to satisfy their hunger for adventure. Being one of the tallest mountains in the country, Mount Banahaw became a haven for hikers, trekkers, and mountain climbers! The abundant ecosystem, the challenging trail, and the breathtaking view on the summit are truly worth the hardships, you know!

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14. Enchanted Kingdom

Well, the Philippine version of Disneyland can indeed be found in Laguna as well! The one and the only Enchanted Kingdom or better known as “EK” is located in Santa Rosa, Laguna, which is primarily visited by countless tourists from all over the country. The theme park covers a huge area of 25 hectares filled with fun and exciting rides and attractions that will make the kid in you extremely happy!

There’s a total of 30 attractions inside the theme park and EK continuously creates new ones to extend the fun and excitement for all visitors! Some of the theme park’s most famous attractions are the Space Shuttle, Anchor’s Away, Extreme Tower, Wheel of Fate, and the Jungle Log Jam!

Of course, there are also numerous food stalls located inside the theme park where tourists can eat, drink, and rest during their stay. The EK Food Hall features delicious choices like the Amazon Grill, Jungle Wraps, Magnolia Ice Cream Flavor Shop, and many more! Moreover, there’s also a retail shop where visitors may buy official apparel, souvenirs, and toys! There’s the Princess Victoria’s Dream Shop for your little girl’s dresses and gowns, Harry Houdini’s Magic Shop for awesome souvenirs and magic toys, and lastly, the Pugad Concept Store featuring awesome Filipino creations as well.

Spending a whole fun day with your family here at EK has long been a beautiful tradition for families ever since it was established.

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15. Nuvali Park

Finally, Nuvali Park is probably the latest and newest rising attraction located in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Nuvali started to become famous as the go-to stopover for several Filipinos traveling to nearby provinces. But as the years went by, Nuvali was beautifully developed and designed to accommodate tourists who are looking for fun and exciting activities in the province of Laguna.

Nuvali Park

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Today, Nuvali Park consists of several attractions like bike trails, a 4-hectare multifunctional lake, countless retail shops, the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, The Fields at Nuvali, and the Republic Wakepark. Essentially, Nuvali became a huge mall offering travelers a one-stop-shop essential and exciting experiences!

FAQ: Top Tourist Spots in Laguna

1. What are the must-visit tourist spots in Laguna? Laguna is renowned for its captivating natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Some of the top tourist spots you shouldn’t miss are Pagsanjan Falls, Enchanted Kingdom, Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Lake Pandin, and Hidden Valley Springs, among others.

2. How do I get to Pagsanjan Falls? To get to Pagsanjan Falls, you can take a bus or private vehicle from Metro Manila to Pagsanjan town. From there, you’ll need to hire a boat to take you on an exhilarating river ride upstream to reach the falls.

3. What can I expect at Enchanted Kingdom? Enchanted Kingdom is a popular amusement park in Laguna. Expect a day filled with thrilling rides, family-friendly attractions, live entertainment, and various themed zones suitable for all ages.

4. Is Rizal Shrine in Calamba worth visiting? Absolutely! Rizal Shrine in Calamba is the birthplace of the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Visitors can explore the museum showcasing Rizal’s memorabilia and learn about his significant contributions to the country’s history and independence.

5. How do I reach Lake Pandin? Lake Pandin can be reached by taking a bus or private transportation to San Pablo City, Laguna. From there, you can hire a local guide to take you on a bamboo raft to enjoy the serene and picturesque surroundings of the lake.

6. What activities can I do at Hidden Valley Springs? Hidden Valley Springs offers a range of activities, including hot spring bathing, nature treks, bird-watching, and swimming in natural pools. The lush surroundings and relaxing atmosphere make it an ideal place for unwinding and connecting with nature.

7. Are there any historical sites to explore in Laguna? Yes, Laguna has several historical sites to explore. Aside from Rizal Shrine, you can visit the Pila Heritage Site, which features well-preserved ancestral houses from the Spanish colonial era, and the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, a unique burial site dating back to the 1800s.

8. What is the best time to visit Laguna for tourism? The best time to visit Laguna for tourism is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. This period ensures pleasant weather for outdoor activities and exploration of tourist spots.

9. Are there any accommodations available near these tourist spots? Yes, there are various accommodations available near the top tourist spots in Laguna. From luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels and charming bed-and-breakfasts, you’ll find options suitable for your preferences and budget.

10. How can I experience the local culture in Laguna? To experience the local culture in Laguna, consider attending traditional festivals and events like the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban or the Sampaguita Festival in San Pedro. Additionally, exploring local markets and dining at traditional eateries will give you a taste of the region’s unique culinary delights.

11. Are these tourist spots suitable for families with young children? Yes, most of the tourist spots in Laguna are family-friendly and suitable for visitors of all ages. Enchanted Kingdom, in particular, offers rides and attractions suitable for young children, while natural spots like Lake Pandin and Hidden Valley Springs provide a safe and enjoyable environment for families.

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The 17 Must-Visit Laguna Tourist Spots: Amusement Park, Nature Parks, Falls and Springs

Laguna, a province in the Philippines, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, historical sites, and cultural gems. Laguna tourist spots have a lot to offer. From thrilling amusement parks to serene lakes, cascading waterfalls, and historical landmarks, Laguna offers a diverse range of attractions for tourists seeking a delightful and enriching experience. Here’s a curated list of some must-visit tourist spots in Laguna:

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1. Enchanted Kingdom – Most visited Laguna Tourist spot

Enchanted Kingdom - Laguna tourist spot

Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa is the Philippines’ premier theme park, featuring over 20 thrilling rides, live shows, and enchanting attractions. From the heart-pounding roller coasters to the whimsical atmosphere, it’s a magical realm for visitors of all ages, making it a must-visit Laguna tourist spot for families and thrill-seekers alike.

2. Hulugan Falls

Hulugan falls - Laguna tourist spot

Nestled in the town of Luisiana, Hulugan Falls is a captivating natural wonder that demands a challenging trek through dense forests. The cascading waters, plunging from a towering height, create a mesmerizing spectacle amid the lush greenery, providing a serene and refreshing escape for avid nature enthusiasts. This is a thrilling yet exciting Laguna tourist spot.

3. Mount Makiling

Mount Makiling - Laguna tourist spot

Standing tall at 1,090 meters above sea level, Mount Makiling is a dormant volcano and a favorite destination for hikers and nature lovers. The trails offer a diverse range of flora and fauna, with sightings of rare species. The summit provides panoramic views of Laguna de Bay and the surrounding landscapes, rewarding trekkers with a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring. One of the most known mountain in the Philippines making it a must-visit Laguna tourist spot.

4. Taytay Falls

Taytay falls

Nestled in the heart of Majayjay, Taytay Falls is a serene oasis surrounded by lush vegetation. The journey to this hidden gem involves trekking through scenic landscapes, offering adventurers a chance to connect with nature. The multi-tiered waterfall invites visitors to cool off in its crystalline pools, making it a perfect Laguna tourist spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

5. Museo ni Jose Rizal

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Situated in Calamba, the Museo ni Jose Rizal provides a comprehensive insight into the life and legacy of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The museum houses artifacts, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits, allowing visitors to delve into the rich history and cultural significance of this revered figure. Truly a historic Laguna tourist spot for every Filipinos.

6. Liliw Church/ St. John the Baptist Parish

Liliw Church

The St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Liliw is a captivating example of Spanish colonial architecture. With its well-preserved facade and historical charm, the church stands as a testament to the region’s cultural heritage. Visitors can explore its interiors, adorned with religious artwork, and reflect on the centuries of history encapsulated within its walls.

7. Seven Lakes of San Pablo

Seven Lakes of San Pablo - Laguna tourist spot

San Pablo City boasts the enchanting Seven Lakes, including Sampaloc Lake, Pandin Lake, and Yambo Lake. Each lake has its unique character, offering visitors the chance to engage in boat rides, lakeside picnics, and nature walks. The picturesque surroundings and the tranquil ambiance make this cluster of lakes a serene escape for those seeking a peaceful retreat in nature.

8. Caliraya Lake

Caliraya Lake - Laguna tourist spot

Nestled amidst rolling mountains, Caliraya Lake is a man-made reservoir offering a scenic escape from the urban hustle. Popular for water activities such as kayaking, fishing, and sailing, the lake provides a serene backdrop for picnics and leisurely strolls along its shores. The cool mountain breeze and stunning vistas make Caliraya Lake a peaceful haven for nature lovers. You shouldn’t definitely missed this one of a king Laguna tourist spot.

9. Bato Springs Resort

Bato Springs Resort - Laguna tourist spot

Located in San Pablo City, Bato Springs Resort is a haven of natural spring pools surrounded by lush landscapes. The resort provides a refreshing retreat for visitors seeking relaxation. With well-maintained amenities and a peaceful ambiance, Bato Springs Resort is an ideal Laguna tourist spot for those looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the embrace of nature.

10. Pagsanjan Falls

Pagsanjan Falls - Laguna tourist spot

Renowned as one of the country’s most famous waterfalls, Pagsanjan Falls in Cavinti offers an exhilarating river adventure. Visitors embark on a thrilling boat ride through the winding river gorge, passing through lush vegetation and towering cliffs before reaching the majestic waterfall. The experience combines the thrill of nature with the excitement of exploration, creating lasting memories for adventure enthusiasts. This falls in one of the major Laguna tourist spots.

11. Hidden Valley Springs

Hidden Valley Springs

Tucked away in Alaminos, Hidden Valley Springs is a secluded paradise boasting natural spring pools, captivating waterfalls, and lush landscapes. The well-preserved natural environment provides a serene retreat for those seeking peace and tranquility. The therapeutic hot springs and scenic beauty make Hidden Valley Springs a rejuvenating haven, allowing visitors to reconnect with nature and unwind in a blissful setting.

12. Mount Banahaw

Mount Banahaw

Revered as a sacred mountain, Mount Banahaw holds cultural and spiritual significance. Pilgrims and trekkers alike embark on the journey to its summit, seeking both physical and spiritual renewal. The diverse ecosystems, mystical caves, and panoramic views contribute to the mountain’s allure, making it a Laguna tourist spot that blends natural beauty with cultural reverence.

13. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

A historical gem in Nagcarlan, the Underground Cemetery is a unique burial site that dates back to the Spanish colonial era. The underground chambers served as the final resting place for prominent locals, providing a fascinating glimpse into the region’s historical and cultural heritage. The site stands as a testament to the intricate craftsmanship and architectural ingenuity of the past.

14. Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

Immersed in the rural charm of Tiaong, Villa Escudero is a working coconut plantation turned resort. Visitors can partake in cultural shows, bamboo rafting on the Labasin Dam, and dine by the cascading waterfalls. The resort offers a blend of historical immersion, natural beauty, and traditional Filipino hospitality, creating a unique and enriching experience for guests. This resort can also be found in Quezon Province aside from their location in Laguna. If you want a unique dining experience, add this Laguna tourist spot on your next adventure!

15. Kilangin Falls

Kilangin Falls - Laguna tourist spot

Hidden within the verdant landscapes of Liliw, Kilangin Falls is a tranquil haven surrounded by lush foliage. The cascading waters create a soothing atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and communing with nature. The journey to Kilangin Falls adds an element of adventure, rewarding visitors with a serene and rejuvenating escape.

16. Pila Heritage Site

Pila Heritage Site

Recognized as a National Historical Landmark, the Pila Heritage Site preserves the colonial-era charm of the town. Visitors can explore well-preserved ancestral houses and the St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church, immersing themselves in the architectural and cultural heritage of the region. The site stands as a testament to Laguna’s rich history, inviting guests to step back in time and appreciate the enduring beauty of the past.

17. Costales Nature Farm

Costales Nature Farm

Situated in Majayjay, Costales Nature Farm is a sustainable organic farm offering educational tours and farm-to-table experiences. Visitors can witness eco-friendly agricultural practices, participate in farming activities, and indulge in fresh, organic produce. The farm serves as a testament to sustainable living and environmental stewardship, providing a wholesome and educational experience for those interested in eco-conscious practices and the beauty of rural life.

In conclusion, Laguna tourist spots, with its diverse array of attractions, caters to every type of traveler, whether you seek adventure, relaxation, history, or culture. Each spot is a testament to the province’s rich heritage and natural beauty, inviting visitors to explore and discover the enchanting wonders it has to offer.

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Looking for the best tourist spots in Laguna? Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Laguna, Philippines! The province is a paradise of captivating natural attractions, from the awe-inspiring Mount Makiling to the tranquil Pagsanjan Falls. Nature lovers can explore the lush greenery of the province’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. At the same time, history buffs can journey through time at the centuries-old San Pablo Cathedral and the ruins of the old Biñan Church.

Don’t forget to experience the vibrant culture of Laguna too! From the exciting Bangkero Festival to the religious Turumba Festival, visitors can immerse themselves in the province’s unique culture. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing escape or an action-packed holiday, Laguna is the perfect destination for anyone seeking a province filled with culture, history, and natural beauty. Here are some of the top tourist spots to visit in Laguna:

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Hidden Valley Springs

Hidden Valley Springs is a tranquil oasis located in Alaminos, Laguna. It is a nature-lovers paradise, boasting a lush rainforest, crystal-clear natural pools, and hot springs that provide a unique and calming experience. Visitors can take a guided tour of the area and explore the beauty of the hidden gem, surrounded by towering trees and lush vegetation. The hot springs highlight the area, with their warm waters providing a soothing and rejuvenating experience.

Guests can enjoy the area’s serenity and take in the breathtaking views of the rainforest and its many waterfalls. The site is also home to various wildlife, including exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of the trees or take a leisurely stroll along the trails. Hidden Valley Springs is a truly magical place with a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Japanese Garden in Cavinti

Experience the captivating beauty of traditional Japanese aesthetics by taking a journey to the enchanting Japanese Garden in Cavinti, Laguna. This tranquil oasis of half a hectare is a carefully crafted masterpiece featuring lush landscapes, delicate bridges, and koi-filled ponds that embody the harmony between nature and human-made elements.

Take a stroll through picturesque paths adorned with traditional Japanese flora, meditate in serene pavilions, and immerse yourself in the calming ambiance of the garden. This sleepy rural town has now become one of the well-known travel destinations near Manila, and the garden was established in the 1970s by the government in partnership with Japan to commemorate the fallen Japanese soldiers of World War II.

A statue of young Jose Rizal and his dog. Image grabbed from Rizal Shrine Calamba’s Facebook page

Rizal Shrine in Calamba

The Rizal Shrine in Calamba City  is a must-visit for any history enthusiast, as it is a tribute to the beloved Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. It is a place of reverence and admiration where visitors can learn more about his life and works. The shrine has many artifacts and memorabilia showcasing his life’s different aspects. From his childhood days in Calamba to his time in exile in Dapitan, visitors can better understand his life story.

The replica of Rizal’s ancestral house, which stands at the shrine, is an iconic sight that transports visitors back in time. It allows them to get a glimpse of the great man’s life and the culture of his era. The Rizal Shrine is a must-visit for any history enthusiast, as it offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the life and works of the national hero.

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Hulugan Falls in Luisiana

Visiting Hulugan Falls is an unforgettable experience. As you make your way through the lush tropical trails, the thunderous sound of the cascading water will fill your ears. The sight of the majestic waterfall plunging into the turquoise pool below is nothing short of breathtaking. The cool mist envelopes the area, creating a refreshing atmosphere and providing a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a casual traveler, Hulugan Falls will captivate you with its beauty and tranquility. Standing at a towering 71 meters, it is one of the tallest waterfalls in Laguna province and a must-see destination for anyone looking to explore the wonders of nature.

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Buruwisan Falls in Siniloan

Unlock the hidden treasure of Buruwisan Falls, located in Siniloan, Laguna. Embark on an adventurous journey through lush foliage that will lead you to a majestic water curtain cascading into a clear, emerald-hued pool below. The sound of rushing water creates a serene atmosphere, offering a peaceful respite for nature lovers. Standing tall at 55 meters, Buruwisan Falls is the highest and biggest of the seven falls.

It was said to have been named due to a mixture of hardwood that used to develop on the banks of the Siniloan River. Experience the raw beauty of this hidden gem and create an unforgettable escape into the heart of the wilderness.

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Pagsanjan Falls

Pagsanjan Falls is a paradise of majestic beauty, nestled in the lush, tropical province of Laguna in the Philippines. Visitors can embark on a thrilling boat ride up the river, passing through dramatic gorges and narrow channels, before arriving at the falls. Once there, they can take in the awe-inspiring power of the cascades of water and the lush greenery surrounding them.

The refreshing mist of the falls provides a welcome respite from the heat of the day, and visitors can take a dip in the cool, clear waters. The stunning natural scenery is a feast for the eyes, with towering cliffs, lush vegetation, and abundant wildlife. An unforgettable experience, Pagsanjan Falls will leave visitors with lasting memories of its majestic beauty.

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Dampalit Falls in Los Banos

Discover the beauty of the 2.7-km out-and-back trail near Los Baños, Laguna! This moderately challenging route offers an unforgettable experience for hikers, runners, and walkers. With an average completion time of 50 minutes, you can enjoy some peace during quieter times. Open year-round, the trail is full of natural wonders, including a stream, likely a tributary of the Dampalit River, leading to Dampalit Falls.

The latter cascades down a shallow catch basin, then continues as a series of much shorter yet broader drops into a maze of rocks of various sizes. Embark on this journey and explore the beauty of the trail!

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St. John the Baptist Church in Liliw

Visitors to the St. John the Baptist Church in Liliw, Laguna, will be enthralled by its breathtaking Spanish colonial architecture. Constructed in the 1600s, the Baroque-style elements of the church are a stunning display of craftsmanship, with intricate carvings and ornate details that reflect the era. The facade boasts a remarkable bas-relief of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

The atmosphere is serene and reverent, adorned with religious art and artifacts. With its centuries-long history and spiritual atmosphere, the Liliw Church is a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the cultural heritage and deep devotion to the faith of the Filipino People.

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Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Nagcarlan is home to a unique, mysterious, and captivating historical site. The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is the only underground cemetery in the country. Built during the Spanish colonial period, this eerie burial site is believed to have been constructed in the early 19th century. It is now a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Exploring the crypts and tunnels of the underground cemetery, visitors can feel the palpable sense of history that fills the air and get a glimpse into the past.

They can also find several artifacts, including jewelry, coins, and pottery, which provide further insight into the lives of those buried there.

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Mount Makiling

Mount Makiling, located in Los Baños, is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts. It is an inactive volcano with a rich and diverse biodiversity home to various flora and fauna. The mountain is an excellent spot for hiking, with its lush green forests and stunning views of Laguna de Bay. Its unique ecosystem provides a unique experience for hikers as they encounter various wildlife, such as monkeys, birds, and snakes.

The mountain also offers a variety of activities, such as river trekking, rock climbing, and rappelling. It is also known for its hot springs, which are said to have healing properties. With its rich history and natural beauty, Mount Makiling is an excellent destination for those exploring nature in its purest form.

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Caliraya Lake

Tucked away in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Lake Caliraya is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. From its crystal-clear waters and majestic mountain backdrop to its endless outdoor activities, it’s no wonder why visitors come here year-round. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a peaceful day outdoors, Lake Caliraya has something for everyone. Kayaking, fishing, and windsurfing offer plenty of thrills while camping and picnicking provide a more leisurely pace.

Enjoy the stunning views of the lake and mountains while enjoying a picnic lunch. Spend a night under the stars and wake up to the peaceful sound of nature. Lake Caliraya is the ideal spot to relax and unwind with its breathtaking views and endless activities. So, why not plan a visit and experience the beauty of Lake Caliraya for yourself?

Hot Springs in Laguna

The healing waters of Laguna are renowned for their therapeutic and rejuvenating properties. From the warm, mineral-rich pools of Pansol in Calamba to the hot springs of Los Baños, visitors can find a peaceful haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. The hot springs of Laguna offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allowing you to soak in the tranquil waters surrounded by lush greenery.

The therapeutic and mineral-rich waters provide a unique opportunity to relax and unwind, while the warm temperatures are perfect for soothing tired muscles and restoring energy. For those seeking a family getaway or a tranquil retreat, the hot springs of Laguna provide the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge.

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Seven Lakes of San Pablo City

A visit to the Seven Lakes of San Pablo is like a journey through time. Thousands of years ago, volcanic eruptions formed seven crater lakes of varying sizes and depths. The largest is the majestic Sampaloc Lake, the deepest and widest of the seven. The other six lakes, Pandin, Yambo, Muhikap, Calibato, Palakpakin, and Bunot, each have unique features and characteristics.

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure or a peaceful retreat, the Seven Lakes of San Pablo have something for everyone. Take a dip in the cool, crystal-clear waters, go kayaking or fishing, or explore the surrounding area on a hiking trail. Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse range of wildlife, including several species of birds, that call the area home. With its awe-inspiring beauty, the Seven Lakes of San Pablo make for an unforgettable experience.

Enchanted Kingdom

Enchanted Kingdom

One of the most visited Laguna tourist attractions, the Enchanted Kingdom is a much-loved amusement park in the country. It is renowned for its vast array of exhilarating rides and activities, making it a perfect destination for families and thrill-seekers. From the classic roller coasters to the more daring water slides, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The park constantly adds new attractions to its lineup, making it a must-visit destination for those looking for a fun and exciting day out. The park also boasts various restaurants and shops, allowing visitors to take a break and refuel before returning to the rides. With its vibrant atmosphere and exciting attractions, Enchanted Kingdom will surely bring a smile to everyone visiting.

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Heritage Houses of Pila

Visitors to Pila are often captivated by the enchanting Spanish colonial-era houses that line the streets, many centuries old. These beautiful buildings offer a glimpse into the town’s rich history and provide a unique insight into the country’s architectural and cultural past. The town’s heritage site is a must-see for any history buff, as it houses various artifacts and documents that tell the story of Pila’s past.

The town is also home to several awe-inspiring churches that serve as reminders of the town’s strong religious roots. With its unique blend of history and culture, Pila is an excellent destination for anyone looking to explore the past and discover the secrets of the Philippines.

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Dalitiwan river in Majayjay

Experience nature’s beauty and tranquility at its finest at this stunning destination. Relax and unwind while taking in the breathtaking views of Mt. Banahaw and its ice-cold waters. The staff here are incredibly courteous and accommodating, making it the perfect spot for a family vacation. The river provides a refreshing respite from the hot summer weather, and the sound of the cascading water is truly mesmerizing.

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Museo Ac-ac in Paete

For over half a century, Master Sculptor Luisito B. Ac-ac has been creating breathtaking wood sculptures that capture the essence of Philippine folklore, religious images, and human anatomy. His miniature ivories are a sight to behold and a testament to the 400-year-old sculptural heritage of Paete, Laguna. A visit to the non-profit institution in Paete, Laguna, is a must to experience the mesmerizing works of Mang Luis for yourself.

His masterpieces are the result of his passion and commitment to the craft, and it is no wonder that he is considered the foremost proponent of classical wood sculpture in Paete. Don’t miss the chance to witness the brilliance of Mang Luis’ artistry and be in awe of his remarkable talent!

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Saint James the Apostle Parish Church (Paete)

Tucked away in the quaint town of Paete, Laguna, Saint James the Apostle Parish Church is a majestic reminder of the past. Dedicated to the beloved Saint James, the church celebrates his feast day every 25th of July with a grandiose celebration. Marvel at its grandeur as you take in its century-old paintings, wooden images of saints (or poon), and its vast and exquisite collection of images depicting the Passion of Christ.

Despite its long history of losing the church building to earthquakes, the current baroque mission church has been strengthened with large buttresses on each side to improve its seismic resistance. It is made of adobe bricks, a mixture of egg white and other native materials. Its intricate retablo pieces were crafted by Paetenian natives, including Bartolome Palatino and Francisco Macahumpan.

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Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish Church (Pakil)

The St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church, known as the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba, is a place of pilgrimage for the faithful in Pakil, Laguna. It is home to the miraculous Our Lady of Turumba painting, a 9 by 11 inches (23 by 28 cm) oil on canvas replica of Nuestra Señora de las Antiguas.

Legend has it that the painting was found floating in Laguna de Bay on the bank of the Matamig River after a storm on September 15, 1788, and from then on, the devotion to Our Lady began. The Turumba Festival, a seven-month-long celebration in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows, is the country’s largest and longest religious event. It consists of seven Turumba novenas, or lupi, commemorating the seven sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

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Bato Springs Resort

Discover the secret oasis of Bato Springs, nestled in the heart of San Pablo, Laguna. Surrounded by lush greenery and a tranquil ambiance, this picturesque destination is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul as you immerse yourself in nature’s embrace.

With its affordable entrance fees, range of accommodations, pet-friendly policy, and natural pool, Bato Springs is the perfect retreat for those seeking solace. Create unforgettable tranquility and natural beauty memories as you rent a hut, stay in a room, or camp under the stars. Let Bato Springs be your gateway to reconnecting with nature in a serene setting.

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Villa Escudero in Tiaong (near San Pablo) is a must-see destination for visitors looking to experience a unique blend of culture and relaxation. Situated in the beautiful countryside, the resort is home to a museum showcasing the vibrant Filipino culture, with various artifacts and displays that tell the story of the nation’s history. Guests can also enjoy a unique dining experience at the resort’s restaurant, where they can savor delicious local dishes.

At the same time, their feet are dipped in the soothing waters of a nearby waterfall. For those looking for a more active experience, the resort offers various recreational activities, such as hiking, swimming, and kayaking. There is also a spa where visitors can relax and unwind after a day of exploration. With its stunning natural setting and wealth of activities, the historical resort in Tiaong is the perfect place to spend a leisurely weekend away.

Laguna is a province in the Philippines known for its natural beauty, adventure opportunities, and cultural heritage. Nature lovers will be delighted by the lush greenery and stunning landscapes, while thrill-seekers can enjoy activities like hiking, camping, and water sports. History buffs can also explore the historical sites and monuments scattered throughout the province, such as the Rizal Shrine. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Laguna.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tourist capital of laguna.

The tourist capital of Laguna is Pagsanjan. The town is known for its century-old Catholic Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the scenic historic stone royal arch. However, the town’s main attraction is the Pagsanjan Falls, a three-drop waterfall that can be accessed by riding a canoe or raft from the town proper. The town is home to the Bangkero Festival, held every March, which celebrates the bangkeros or tour guides who steer boats along the river to the falls.

What is the most popular tourist attraction in Laguna?

The most popular tourist attraction in Laguna is the Enchanted Kingdom, a theme park located in Santa Rosa City. The park offers a variety of rides and attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, and a 4D theater. Other popular attractions in Laguna include the Pagsanjan Falls, the hot springs in Los Baños, the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, and the seven lakes of San Pablo City.

What are the Exciting Tourist Spots in Laguna Worth Visiting This Year?

Laguna offers a range of exciting tourist spots worth visiting this year, including Bato Springs Resort, Mountain Lake Resort, and Splash Mountain Hotel and Resort for those looking to relax and unwind. For adventure seekers, Pagsanjan Falls, Hulugan Falls, and Bukal Falls in Majayjay offer a thrilling experience.

Enchanted Kingdom is a popular theme park for families, while Rizal Shrine and Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery offer a glimpse into the country’s history. Lake Pandin and Hidden Valley Springs are perfect for nature lovers.

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Popular amenities.

  • Pool Pool Pool
  • Breakfast included Breakfast included Breakfast included
  • Parking included Parking included Parking included
  • Restaurant Restaurant Restaurant
  • Room service Room service Room service
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi Free WiFi

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  • Popular Location Praia do Gi 3 min walk
  • Popular Location Praia do Mar Grosso 7 min drive
  • Popular Location Farol de Santa Marta 32 min drive
  • Airport Florianópolis (FLN-Hercílio Luz Intl.) 102 min drive

Room options

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  • Partial sea view
  • 1 Double Bed

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Deluxe Room | Hypo-allergenic bedding, desk, bed sheets

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  • 1 Double Bed and 1 Twin Bed

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  • Lagoon view
  • 2 Twin Beds

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About the neighborhood, what's nearby.

  • Praia do Gi - 3 min walk
  • Praia do Mar Grosso - 7 min drive
  • Praia do Sol - 26 min drive
  • Farol de Santa Marta - 32 min drive
  • Praia do Gravatá - 37 min drive

Getting around

  • Jaguaruna (JJG-Humberto Ghizzo Bortoluzzi Regional) - 45 min drive


  • Nael Bar e Lanchonete - 18 min walk
  • Restaurante Atlântico Sul - 4 min drive
  • Ferrugem Lanches - 4 min drive
  • Choperia Gaules - 3 min drive
  • Cervejaria Seival - 4 min drive

About this property

  • An indoor pool and an outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • A billiards/pool table, concierge services, and wedding services
  • A TV in the lobby, coffee/tea in the lobby, and meeting rooms
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Wardrobes/closets, daily housekeeping, and desks

Property amenities

  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available on weekends 7:00 AM–10:30 AM
  • A restaurant
  • Coffee and tea in common areas

Things to do

  • Arcade/game room
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Children's pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • TV in common areas

Family friendly

Guest services.

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wedding services

Business services

  • Meeting rooms
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Picnic area


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • No elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • 2 buildings
  • Banquet hall
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Room amenities

  • Bedsheets provided
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Free toiletries
  • Private bathroom


  • Limited room service
  • Air conditioning

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Access methods, children and extra beds, property payment types, important information, you need to know, we should mention, property is also known as, frequently asked questions.

Yes, this property has an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool.

As of Apr 8, 2024, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel on Apr 14, 2024 start from $45.31, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

Self parking is free at this property.

Check-in begins at 2:00 PM. After-hours check-in is not available.

Check-out is at noon.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Laguna hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Praia do Gi and Praia do Iró. Praia do Mar Grosso and Praia dos Botos are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Verified traveler, samira m. d., valores neste período muito alto pela entrega.

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Defina 2.3 km de Igreja Matriz Santo Antônio Dos Anjos em Laguna, Samba Laguna Tourist Hotel fornece uma zona de praia privada e uma sala de bagagem . O local está localizado ao longo da praia privada, a cerca de 2 km do centro de Laguna.

O hotel está situado na praia, a cerca de 20 minutos a pé da praia. Marco do Tratado de Tordesilhas fica a 2.8 km de hotel e o aeroporto de de Humberto Bortoluzzi fica a 60 km de distância.

Os quartos deste hotel têm vista para a lagoa. Eles também têm casas de banho privadas.

Serve pequeno-almoço buffet gratuito diariamente em no restaurante do hotel. O local tem um bar com bilhar e uma televisão.

  • Atrações locais
  • Pedra do Iro 350 m
  • Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina 1.9 km
  • Mirante Lagoa 2.3 km
  • Monumento do Tratado de Tordesilhas 2 km
  • Praça das Figueiras 2.3 km
  • Museu Municipal Anita Garibaldi 2.1 km
  • Casa de Anita 2.2 km
  • Aeroporto de Humberto Bortoluzzi 58 km
  • Proibido fumar em todas as áreas
  • Wi-Fi gratuito em áreas públicas
  • Estacionamento
  • Serviço Privado de Chegada/ Saída
  • Animais de estimação não permitidos
  • Quartos/ Instalações para pessoas com deficiência
  • Acesso para cadeiras de rodas
  • Sala para Bagagem
  • Praia Privada
  • Detectores de fumo
  • Casa de banho para pessoas com deficiência
  • Extintores de incêndio
  • Chave de acesso

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  • Restaurante

Atividades e relaxamento

  • Piscina Interior
  • Piscina exterior
  • Terraço ensolarado
  • Sala de Lazer/ TV
  • Sala de vapor
  • Mesas de bilhar
  • Serviço de Quartos
  • Facilidades para reuniões/ banquetes
  • Ar Condicionado
  • Aquecimento
  • Móveis de jardim
  • Produtos de Higiene Pessoal gratuitos
  • Piscina para crianças
  • Sala de jogos

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Guide to Driving from San Jose International Airport to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna l

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Guide to Driving  from San Jose International  Airport to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna l

If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica and plan to drive to the Arenal Volcano , here are some detailed  driving directions from San Jose  international airport to the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna , going through  San Ramon, the shortest route,  and the roads are in good condition all the way.

I wrote this because roads in Costa Rica are not always well marked and directional signs often are missing.  Distances look short when really the driving time takes longer than it looks .

From San Jose  international airport head north on the inter american highway (Highway 1)  Go 33.5 km -21 miles to the San Ramon you exit to the right. Go straight on through and you will see a hugh Cathedral on your left..keep on going  straight about 8 blocks until the road dead ends-take a left and then an immediate right- here there is a sign that says to San Juan and Villa Blanca.  Now you continue on straight until you see a green church- here you take a left.   A sign says San Juan-Villa Blanca.  The road becomes narrow and very winding passing thru areas with small homes.  You will come to a little community called Los Angeles,  also the  small community of Villa Blanca. Keep going (it is usually foggy in these areas)   You will see on the right a tourism destination called Lands in Love and a small restaurant on the right hand side of the road called Loves Eat in a lovely setting.  This is a good place to have breakfast or lunch.  Full breakfast is around $6 and looked delicious.  We had coffee-very good for $1 per cup. Service was excellent.  A young woman from Israel  was the waitress,  very friendly and efficient.  Place was spotless. Up to now you have been driving around 1.5 -2 hours.

Just down the road on the left is a Tico soda if you want tortillas and cheese, or something light.  Now from the  San Jose  international airport you have been driving around 1.5-2 hours.

You come to a town called La Tigre (no signs to let you know its name) but a sign says 41 km -26 miles to Arenal Volcano. Here you turn right , then an immediate left.  Follow this road and it takes you to La Fortuna.  You will pass a small community called Chachagua, just keep going on same road.  In Chachagua there is a gas station, if you need to gas up.

In La Fortun, a very small town, look to the northwest and you will see the mighty Arenal Volcano.  There is a road that heads out of La Fortuna- the main road thru town which goes along the base of the volcano for about 6 miles  -3.7 km  until you come to Lake Arenal.  Along this road  are  located most of the hotels and attractions.   La Fortuna also has a good number of small hotels.

Driving at a moderate speed the trip from the international SJO airport to La Fortuna is around 3.5 hours.

In the small communities the speed limit is 45 km per hour and when you see a school it is reduced to 25 km per hour. And there are usually hugh speed bumps just before the school.

What do I see along the way?  After you leave San Ramon the scenery gets nice with mountainous terrain.  Large farms which grow many varieties of ornamental plants can be seen along the way.  This region is very lush and tropical because of the vast amount of rainfall and the rich volcanic soil.  You see coconut trees, banana trees, papaya, pineapple, platanos, and hundreds of varieties  of flowers.  You may even see a toucan.  These birds are prevalent in this  region.

Driving Tips:

1. Road conditions-good all the way.  Some mountainous terrain

2. Try not to drive after sunset.  Mountainous areas are foggy

3. Drive the speed limit in the small towns and school districts- 45km per hour -30 miles per hour   Speed limit in school districts is 25 km per hour  or  16 miles per hour

4. People walk in the road, animals such as dogs and chickens walk in the road so be watchful and aware of this.

5. Costa Ricans don’t drive like north Americans and Europeans.  They tend to be more reckless and break the driving rules.  So keep this in mind.

6. Stop and ask directions if you feel lost.  Costa Ricans are very helpful and friendly.

7. Don’t leave car unlocked if you stop.  Don’t leave cameras and such in the car where they are visible.  Petty theft is common.  And breaking a window to enter the car can happen.

8.  Very good  detailed maps of San Ramon area as well as La Fortuna and Arenal can be found: Go to the sections on maps of Costa Rica-on left hand side of page one.  Also your car rental company should have given you a map of Costa Rica.  These areas are easily viewed on these maps.

Here at costaricalearn we would like to hear if you had a good experience driving from the central valley of San Jose international airport to Arenal and La Fortuna.  We would love to share this with our readers.  At the end of this post simply click on comment or reply.

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Earlier than all the chronicled Spanish adventures and history, the waters of the estuary helped support the Pericues natives of this land and their ancestors for what has been determined as thousands of years.

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The Estuary at San Jose del Cabo 

The documented history of San Jose del Cabo goes as far back as Hernan Cortes and the Spanish explorers who passed through this area as early as 1535. A Jesuit mission wasn't established in the city until 1730. The town's past reflects with undisputed clarity of San Jose del Cabo's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary, being the largest body of fresh water in Southern Baja California. The estuary´s vast waters are fed by an underground river, known as Rio San Jose, which inherits its water flow from the Sierra Laguna Mountains, located and visible within the near distance.

For a very good part of nearly 300 hundred years, this now famous body of water has been the drinking and irrigation backbone of San Jose del Cabo. In its earliest reported stages, the estuary provided the rare source of drinking water for Spanish sailors and missionary Jesuits. British and Dutch pirates also found refuge amidst its waters as they eagerly hunted and preyed on Spanish merchant ships hauling gold, silver and valuable pearls to the Philippines from Acapulco.

For said historical and environmental reasons, the estuary today is protected by Mexican Law as a natural preserve; which is home to what some estimate at hundreds of tropical native and migratory birds as well as a select species of marine life, reptiles, amphibians, mammals (including the somewhat bothersome insects who reside there also).

The estuary is situated on approximately 125 acres which are located mere minutes and a short walking distance from the heart of Central San Jose del Cabo. As a nationally protected bird sanctuary, the estuary maintains a cultural center where visitors can find detailed information and maps; as well as having any questions answered by their friendly bilingual staff. Admission is free. For visitors who are serious bird watching aficionados, it's suggested they arrive during earlier daylight hours to better identify the exotic feathered birds of God's green earth.

And while most outdated websites pertaining to all things ''Cabo'' suggest there are anywhere from 150-250 different types of birds that migrate to the estuary/sanctuary, or actually live and can be found there permanently. The actual number is probably closer to 46 as defined by a bird watching site which has categorized them as follows.

Red-Tailed Hawks, Herons, Egrets, Pelicans, Gulls, Frigate birds, Turkey Vultures, Caracara, and Osprey are listed as the year round family of birds. Others of note are Grebes, Ibises, Spoonbills, Swan, Geese, Ducks, Kites, Yellow-Tail Hawks, Eagles and Allies. Rails, Gallinule, Plovers, Avocets, Sandpipers, Short-Billed Dowitchers, Pigeons, Doves, and Cuckoos round out their list along with Piculets, Woodpeckers, Tyrant Flycatchers, Wrens, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Wood-warblers, Starlings, Mynas, Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, American Blackbirds, and Orioles. And while there are different types of Sparrows, like Savanah and House.

All told, there are just under 50 types of birds that have been spotted and catalogued by die-hard seasoned bird watchers that have visited the estuary and sanctuary for just that very reason. To find, watch and marvel at the multitude of inhabitants that can be photographed and video recorded within the estuary's vast environmentally protected property.

Vacationers with week long stays at El Presidente Hotel find themselves right next door to the estuary grounds and early morning walks along its paved pathways are pretty common amongst health conscious guests. Others tend to enjoy the walk along the estuary into downtown San Jose del Cabo over the typical stroll into El Centro along city streets.

''The estuary was located right next to our hotel. It is nicely paved and a 10 minute walk into San Jose. Not too much extraordinary bird sightings, but it was calm and cooler than walking the main road into town'' said Sharon of Nanaimo, Canada after her visit of December, 2012. Transplant local J.J. Condos, formerly of San Diego, CA mentioned on tripadvisor that, ''I walk here every other day. The city has cleaned up the walking trail for better access. Anyone can walk all the way to the beach from downtown SJDC and see numerous birds and colorful Flora Fauna.''

Amazing also, is the simple fact the Rio San Jose runs a lengthy 30 miles from its mountainous origin to where the fresh river water blends in some areas of the estuary with the salty ocean waters floating in from the Sea of Cortez. This unique mixture creates the estuary's biodiversity which provides a healthy habitat for the variety of wild animal and bird life who seemingly enjoy their existence here. Feathered characters who rarely flinch at the sight of human gawkers.

Motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited around the estuary as are most horses, although once in awhile, a local farmer or resident can be seen riding his horse home through the protected oasis. A really cool activity offered by some tour companies is the kayak excursion at the estuary. The experience differs from the semi-similar kayak tours offered at Cabo San Lucas Bay's Medano Beach, in that there are no wave runner jet skis zooming by, no cruise ships obstructing the natural views of the Arch, and no water taxis congesting the place with traffic.

At the estuary kayak tour, people enjoy the tranquility of calm waters and a wonderful outing; sight seeing the colorful, quiet, habitat. The bilingual guided tour lasts 3-4 hours and costs $ 55 USD. The price includes drinks and snacks. It's one of the best ways to go bird watching and experience the full beauty of the estuary and its bird sanctuary.

Some tourists have posted online tripadvisor concerns and comments regarding the estuary's once pristine condition, impacted by modern pollution. To that end, a local environmental group, Angels of the Estuary, has been very active in maintaining the estuary's cleanliness and protecting the area from industrial pollution and also predatory, invasive species.

One lady tourist recently posted (December, 2012), that it wouldn't hurt if people walking along the estuary were to simply stop and pick up any litter the Estuary Angels may have missed attempting to garbage-patrol such a vast area. And while it's alleged the Puerto Los Cabos Marina development has taken a toll on the sanctity of the estuary, to what extent is unknown as citizens of San Jose del Cabo and municipal leaders long have recognized its inherent value to tourism.

Moving to earnestly safeguard it and themselves from government scrutiny or fines while some American and Canadian guests perceive its wildlife protected designation by Mexico, as just in name and not through action. The community has also done much to keep the beaches along the estuary safe for swimming.

And it seems, no matter how many efforts are made by the people of Mexico to keep the estuary as it has continued to be for over thousands of years, the Talco Palm trees that line its border, are mother nature’s way of helping the sanctuary withstand the occasional floods that are very uncommon in Los Cabos, but occur periodically over the years.

And while there are a litany of scientific reasons that the colorful wildlife thrive in San Jose del Cabo's famous estuary, its best to forego attempting to grasp the equations and Einstein-like theories and simply check the place out and soak in the smile-causing atmosphere of its existence.

Want to go hiking up beautifully natural mountains and peaks? Come to Los Cabos. Want to arrive with a team of sports fishing anglers and attempt to win millions of dollars? Enter Bisbee's world famous tournament. Want to party like a rock star and drink till 4 in the morning? Visit the strip in San Lucas.

Want to bird watch and enjoy the peace and serenity of the estuary and bird sanctuary? Come to San Jose del Cabo. It's free!!

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15 Things to Do in Santa Clara (CA)

Santa Clara is a city of nearly 125,000 residents that’s located in Santa Clara County, about 75 kilometers south of San Francisco .

The city was founded more than 200 years ago as a Spanish Mission. Now, it’s most well-known for its booming tech industry that’s commonly referred to around the world as Silicon Valley.

Though it’s common knowledge to most football fans, it’s a surprise to many to discover that the relatively small city is also the home of the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers.

Visitors to Santa Clara have abundant activity options at their fingertips without venturing outside city limits, so staying engaged and entertained shouldn’t be an issue.

1. Levi’s Stadium

Levi's Stadium

With a capacity of nearly 70,000, Levi’s Stadium on Marie P. DeBartolo Way in Santa Clara is one of the country’s premier professional football stadiums.

The 49ers play their home games here, and during the off-season, the stadium hosts a variety of annual events, including concerts featuring big names in the music industry.

Taking a family to a football game isn’t the least expensive activity option in the area, but for those who’ve never taken in a pro game, it’s an exhilarating experience that may be worth the cost.

Guided tours are also regularly available, and the bars and restaurants around the stadium are fun to visit year-round.

2. Ulistac Natural Area

Ulistac Natural Area

Despite its large population and the overall hustle and bustle, the Bay Area features plenty of urban parks and natural areas that are convenient options for those interested in enjoying the great outdoors.

The Ulistac Natural Area is located on Lick Mill Road in Santa Clara. It is comprised of more than 40 acres that include a variety of distinct environments.

The natural area straddles the Guadalupe River and is home to an array of plants and animals that are well-suited to its riparian habitat.

A particularly popular attraction for bird watchers, it features a number of well-marked nature trails dotted with interpretive signs.

3. Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

Californians take their art and wine seriously, and there’s no better way to combine the two than by visiting the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival.

The event is held in the city’s Central Park and features nearly 200 vendors from across the country selling fine art and crafts, gourmet food, and a vast selection of California’s best wines.

Proceeds are donated to worthwhile causes that benefit residents in need. It all takes place in the early fall when the central California weather is perfect for outdoor activities.

Other highlights include live entertainment and lots of art-related activities for kids.

4. The de Saisset Museum

de Saisset Museum

Though he’s not exactly a household name for those who don’t typically travel in West Coast art circles, Ernest de Saisset was one of the Bay Area’s most prominent artists in the 19th century.

Saisset was a French immigrant who enrolled in Santa Clara University and studied painting as a young man.

The museum that now bears his name is located on the university’s campus. It includes a collection of more than 100 of his most impressive works.

It’s as much a historical attraction as it is an art one, and it also has other works from European and American artists dating back hundreds of years.

5. Intel Museum

Intel Museum

Intel is one of the titans of the tech world. Over the years, it has been responsible for some of the most significant technological leaps forward in computer hardware.

The Intel Museum is located on the campus of the company’s world headquarters in Santa Clara, and it’s regularly open to the public.

Even for those who don’t fall into the tech-savvy category, it’s a fascinating place that’s definitely worth an hour or two of time.

Though it may sound dry to technophobes, it’s packed with interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages, so it’s great for kids with short attention spans too.

6. Santa Clara Farmers’ Market

Farmers Market

There’s really no better way to rub elbows with locals, enjoy pleasant weather, and have access to tons of great products you won’t find elsewhere than by visiting a farmers’ market.

The Santa Clara Farmers’ Market is open year-round and features a little bit of everything – from seasonal produce and fresh baked goods to health and body products and prepared food items.

Held on Jackson Street near the downtown area, it’s common to find different items each time you go.

Spending a few bucks is a great way to support local farmers and entrepreneurs, and don’t be shy about asking them for suggestions for things to see and do while in town.

7. California’s Great America

California's Great America

There’s no shortage of theme parks in the Golden State, but there’s one clear choice for those visiting Santa Clara.

California’s Great America is located on Great America Parkway just outside of town. It features tons of rides, dining options, kid’s activities, and a water park that’s a huge draw during the hot summer months.

Though Great America can really draw a crowd during peak times when kids are enjoying their summer vacations, previous guests have noted that wait times for rides weren’t overly long.

Many families choose to spend an entire day on-site to avoid wasting valuable recreational time in the car.

8. Mission Santa Clara

Mission Santa Clara

Mission Santa Clara is one of the city’s premier historic sites, and it’s now conveniently located on the campus of Santa Clara University.

The mission was established by Franciscans in the 1770s to spread Christianity to the area’s Native American population.

Sadly, things didn’t go according to plan; due to several natural disasters, the mission was forced to move from its original site to where it is now.

Over the years, it was also run by the Jesuits. Though it’s no longer functioning in its original role, it now doubles as a museum and chapel that are open to visitors.

9. The Triton Museum of Art

Triton Museum of Art

Though guests tend to visit the Triton Museum of Art for the works in its collection, its stunning contemporary architecture usually makes a big impression as well.

The museum’s collection includes works from all over the country, but its emphasis is on pieces created by Bay Area artists using local people and scenery as inspiration.

The grounds also include a sprawling outdoor sculpture garden spread over nearly seven acres, and a home from the mid-1860s that’s among the most well-preserved examples of historic American architecture in the area.

The museum is located on Warburton Avenue, and most visitors spend a few hours on-site.

10. Santa Clara Players

The Santa Clara Players traces its roots all the way back to the early ‘60s, when a group of local performers began putting on small shows for the community.

Now nearly seven decades later, they’re still going strong. Their annual performances run the gamut from dramatic theater and mystery to satire and humor.

The players are part of a community theater group staffed by talented volunteers dedicated to providing high-quality, family-friendly entertainment at a reasonable cost.

They’re located on Don Avenue in Santa Clara and offer lots of volunteer opportunities for budding actors and stagehands.

11. Central Park

Santa Clara Central Park

Featuring lots of wide-open spaces and massive swimming and community rec centers, Santa Clara’s Central Park is a go-to destination for activity minded visitors looking to make the most of their limited vacation time without traveling to more distant attractions.

The park is centrally located on Keily Boulevard, has ample parking, and features lots of outdoor amenities and recreational activity options.

From tennis and basketball to softball, lawn bowling, and a big playground, there’s really no excuse for getting bored while on-site. For those looking to spend a relaxing afternoon, there are a lake, built-in BBQs, and public restrooms.

12. The 49ers Museum

49ers Museum Located In The Levi’s Stadium

Even for those who won’t be in Santa Clara during the regular season, the 49ers stadium and museum are fun attractions worth visiting for sports-minded visitors.

The museum is located inside Levi’s Stadium and features nearly a dozen distinct galleries that are open to the public year-round.

It’s a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to football, its exhibits touch on science, technology, and art in a way that engages and entertains young and old minds alike.

Most guests check out the introductory video in the visitor’s center before showing themselves through the impressive collection of trophies, balls, and Super Bowl memorabilia on display.

13. The Santa Clara Fire Museum

Santa Clara Fire Museum

The Santa Clara Fire Department’s roots run all the way back to the 1850s when it was founded.

The museum is now located on Walsh Avenue in an unused training center behind the city’s new fire station.

It sports an impressive collection of equipment and historical memorabilia that give visitors unique insights into the lives of fire and rescue personnel in years past.

The museum’s highlights include a fully restored Model-T fire truck that served for two decades, beginning in the 1920s.

The knowledgeable local volunteer staff also offer regular programs geared at educating the public about fire safety and prevention issues.

14. Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History

Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History

The Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History is run by a local historical society. It is housed in the depot of a now-defunct railroad on Railroad Avenue in Santa Clara.

Like many local historical attractions, the museum is staffed by local volunteers who love answering questions and showing first-time visitors around.

The museum’s exhibits include a variety of railroad equipment and memorabilia, including signals, safety equipment, and historical photographs dating back over 100 years.

The museum is regularly open to the public. It maintains an extensive library of books relating to railroad development and local history as well.

15. Voyager Coffee

Voyager Coffee, Santa Clara

Though it has only been around since 2016, Voyager Coffee’s owner and staff are dedicated to the noble pursuit of making their customers happy.

They do this largely by providing world-class coffee, but also by offering a comfortable space in which guests have opportunities to build relationships with like-minded customers.

Many of their coffees sport internationally influenced flavors, and they’re often infused with things like orange essence and cherry blossom water.

Don’t worry if you prefer your coffee straight-up, because they’ve got more traditional brews as well.

They offer fresh pastry and baked goods, tea, and other non-coffee drinks too.

15 Things to Do in Santa Clara (CA):

  • Levi's Stadium
  • Ulistac Natural Area
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
  • The de Saisset Museum
  • Intel Museum
  • Santa Clara Farmers’ Market
  • California's Great America
  • Mission Santa Clara
  • The Triton Museum of Art
  • Santa Clara Players
  • Central Park
  • The 49ers Museum
  • The Santa Clara Fire Museum
  • Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History
  • Voyager Coffee


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