The Philippines is classified as an archipelago in geographical terms. This country of about 80 million people in population contains 7,107 islands dispersed in the bodies of water. To the north lies the Taiwan Strait; to the west bounded by South China Sea; to the south by Celebes Sea; and to the east by the Pacific Ocean. Being an archipelago makes this nation bounded by lengthy coastlines which is almost as twice as that of the United States. These coastlines create a bounty of beaches delightful for the tourists, local or international.
These beaches have many advantages to offer. First, it creates local tourism. Beaches are ideal places for relaxation. It attracts tourists coming from metropolitan areas who are trying to escape a modern lifestyle. They are the ones who experienced stress, unhealthy diet, hectic work schedule, noise and air pollution.
Second, it generates revenues for the government. Foreign tourists carry their pocket money with them to purchase local goods being sold near the beaches. Examples are seafood newly caught from the open sea, native handcrafts like bags, hats, necklaces and keychains.
Third, local residents in the beaches also work as tourist guides which helps them augment their income.
Fourth, it invites tourists to invest their capital in the Philippines by building business and creating jobs for the Filipinos.
There are many beaches to choose from. The Ilocos region boasts of Pagudpud. Pangasinan prides itself with the Hundred Islands. Central Luzon has the natural harbor of Subic Bay. Batangas has the beach town of Lian. The Panay Island in Western Visayas has the world-renowned Boracay in Aklan. Camiguin has a number of waterfalls that create cold and hot springs. Surigao del Norte has beaches hampered by strong winds and huge waves which is an ideal destination for surfers.
What makes Philippine beaches so unique that it continues to lure tourists from around the world all year round? The answer lies in the beauty of the beaches during the scorching heat of the summer season. Let’s take this scenario. The Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia. The Filipino citizenry are composed mainly by Roman Catholics and Protestants.
Every year, Filipinos observe the Lenten season during the Holy Week. People are used to enjoying their one-week vacation at the beaches. Going to an excursion brings the families together. Beaches provide fresh air with its day and night breeze. Aside from seafood that provides delicious cuisine for the tourists, agricultural products like coconuts are also in demand.
The hospitality of the local residents makes the tourists feel that they are welcome, promoting a friendly environment. With the presence of coral reefs and other marine animals existing near the beaches, one may enjoy the pleasures of diving and snorkeling. After a day’s dip in the blue crystal water, night life is surrounded by bars that offer alcoholic beverages that makes a vacation so exciting with families and friends. Hotel accommodation is affordable. Furnished by fully-air-conditioned rooms, king-sized beds, Jacuzzi, spa and cable-connected television sets, staying in the beaches is a great pleasure. During the rainy season, gusty winds and huge waves attract foreigners who love to take up surfing. They are the ones who take delight in the crest of rolling waves. Thus The Philippines is no different from Hawaii, which is the haven for surfers.
With the great number of local and foreign tourists flocking to the beaches every year, it is the responsibility of the government to preserve and maintain these beaches. The environmentalists in the Philippines act as a watchdog so that beaches can be constantly monitored for any degradation that may occur. The Philippine Coast Guard is mandated by law to prevent fishermen from dynamite fishing that destroys coral reefs. The beauty of beaches is also attributed to presence of coral reefs that provide sanctuary for fish and other forms of marine life.