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The Pacific Recreation Kamp in Real, Quezon

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Holy Week is one of the most observed holiday among the many Christian Holidays in the Philippines where Catholicism is the major religion. Non-working day starts on a Maundy Thursday until the Easter Sunday. Some prefer to stay at home, rest, and reflect while others take advantage of the 4-day long weekend to go out of town, escape from their usual routines and spend time with family and friends.

We have yet to recover from the budget spent from our recent Boracay trip so we have to resort to a minimal expense getaway but still have a taste of salt water on our lips and feel the warmth of the sunny day on our skin. To cut expenses from the North and South Luzon Toll fees, lessen gas budget, and shorten the travel time to and from the destination, we headed East towards the Pacific Coast in a small town called Real, Quezon.

Situated at the far Eastern end of the Greater Manila Area, the scenic journey will pass by several towns of Rizal Province and Laguna, through the sharp turns and blind curves at the Sierra Madre mountain range. At cruising speed, the trip from, let’s say, Ortigas Center will take approximately 3 hours if departure time is 5:00 A.M. But if you drive like the devil, the trip would take 30 minutes… before you reach hell. So drive safe and carefully, especially for those driving in these areas for the first time for the zigzag rights may be tricky and you might end up on tomorrow’s front page. Anyway, 5:00 in the morning might be the best time to leave so by the time you reach curves and corners in Teresa, Rizal and Sierra Madre area, the road is well lit and safer. In addition, the morning light striking the mountains and morning rural scenes create a breath taking vista a few thousand feet above sea level.

The boys (and girl) inside the rented jeepney to Real, Quezon all the way from Marikina. It’s actually the group’s first time to travel on a hired jeep. The trip was fun, spacious and lots of activities.

On the other hand, a non-air conditioned bus with direct routes from Sampaloc, Manila to Infanta and Real Quezon via Manila East Road. This is a preferable option if you don’t have a private vehicle or if you’re traveling in a small group. And besides, it’s cheaper.

The descent from the mountain ends on a semi-fork road (semi because it’s obvious that you should follow the paved road) – the rough road to the right leads to Mauban, and the paved road leads to the town of Real, Infanta., and General Nakar. Not far from the fork is a bridge which is probably the best marker that you’re now in Tignoan. Approximately a kilometer from the bridge is The Pacific Recreation Kamp or The PaRK which is on the right side of the road so better slow down and watch out for The PaRK’s signage.

Upon arrival, owner, Teody Villaflor warmly welcomed the group and showed us around The PaRK, from the in-house store, huts, and tent pitching sites. The group was gathered for a short briefing regarding house rules, and safety  precautions in the area. The PaRK’s grounds and tent pitching sites were covered by green grass and coconut trees provide shade and protection from the hot summer sun. If you’re not the tent type of person, huts are also available. Bathrooms for men and women stand behind the store where visitors can clean up after swimming. Grills are also provided for those who prefer to cook their own meals. A few steps outside The PaRK (which is also accessible from The PaRK) is a local sari-sari store wherein you can also ask to cook food for you. If you’re bringing a rice cooker, you can ask personnel if you can plug the appliance at the store.

After pitching the tents, the group took a short break before they start the day filled with activities.

Huts for rent at the PaRK.

Gateway to the Tignoan Beach from The PaRK.

After a short rest under the shade, lying on soft grass,  we got back on our feet and headed for the beach. Real may not be as popular as other Luzon surf spots like San Juan, La Union and Baler, Aurora Province, but the place has a definition on its own. I’m actually not a surfer but according to locals and some blogs, waves are friendly and perfect for beginners like us. During our stay, surfers from all levels indulge themselves with 2-4 feet of waves not far from shore. On the other hand, Swimming alone, as Mr. Teody emphasized, should be avoided especially when the tides are changing. Sudden shifts may cause drowning due to the strong current. Thus, a buddy-buddy system (even if you’re as good as Michael Phelps) is strongly advised.

The huge rock on the Southern side of the beach about 250 meters from the PaRK.

Two men sat by the edge fishing for a fresh catch of the day.

Low tide late in the afternoon.

Various sizes of rocks revealed as the tides changed.

Skim boarding in Tignoan’s smooth shores

Brown sand stretching all over Tignoan Beach.

The long stretch of Tignoan Beach is composed of rocks with varying sizes, while some areas have smooth and fine brown sand. Due to the brown sand, some may think the beach is dirty but it’s actually clear, and the water is also cool. About 250 meters from The PaRK, on the southern side of the beach is a huge piece of rock molded by natural elements. Many surfing beginners try to catch waves on that part since it’s shallow and there are no rocks. The smooth shores on that certain part of the beach makes it an ideal spot for skim boarding especially for beginners, like me.

When waves become agitated, the cool fresh water at the river beside The PaRK is a good alternative. The current on the estuary is quite strong so be careful. It’s so strong that the current will push you towards the sea. Depth reaches about 7 feet on high tide so better stay at the bank if you don’t know how to swim on deep waters with strong current.


A carabao beside the river.

A boat docked in freshwater beside The PaRK.

If you’re looking for a solemn place to reflect where you can reflect while watching the sunrise, just cross the road from The PaRK’s gate and you will see a staircase which leads to the “The Prayer Mountain”. Life size images of saints painted in white sits the garden on the hill. However, the garden needs much maintenance to avoid that jungle feel, and going around especially for children would be a lot easier. Benches under a shade are installed so if ever you feel tired (it’s definitely not tiring since it’s a few steps up, but just in case you are), one can rest and have a snack while watching the majestic view of the open ocean.

The Prayer Mountain.

If you want a taste of nature, a good side trip not far from the beach would be Balagbag Falls which is  situated along the Mauban-Real Road. From The Park, head South on the highway, and make a left after passing the bridge. The Mauban-Real Road is unpaved so it may slow down the trip. On the other hand, passing by this road is quite scenic as it runs along the coast where rock formations are molded by the Pacific waves crashing on the coastal rocks. After passing by a small bridge, there is a parking lot where you can leave your vehicles and hike towards the falls.

Rough road to Balagbag Falls

Waves crashing on rocks along the Real-Mauban Road.

Corals along side the road to Balagbag Falls.

Balagbag Falls drops on two cascades. The first drop flows through several rocks while the second cascade, about 22-24 feet drops on a catch basin about 10 feet deep.  Jumping on the falls was like shooting adrenalin through your veins. Just be sure you fall on the deepest part of the basin or doctors would be shooting anesthesia when they operate on your broken bones.

First cascade of Balagbag Falls

Second cascade of the falls.

Jumping from 20-22 feet.

Real, Quezon is a good option especially when you lack the budget to finance long trips and far destinations.  The journey itself is actually rewarding where there are lots of picturesque views waiting to be captured on your digital camera (or film, on other cases). Wide variety of activities await the weekend traveler in Real, so I say it’s worth the visit. I’ve been there 4 times just this year, and I never get tired of going back. First of all, it’s near. If it’s near, it means less budget, and that’s the second reason. Third, there’s a lot in store for travelers in that area, and I haven’t really explored the place because once you’re at the PaRK, all you want to do is relax. Last but not the least, the best thing about the PaRK is I can go there on a day visit since I’m from Rizal, so it’s a one bus ride away.


Now here are some fast facts that may help you in your trip:

1. The drive to Real, Quezon gives you more control on time, and one can stopover anytime especially on those beautiful scenery along the highway. On the other hand, public transport like Raymond Transit has routes from Sampaloc, Manila to Infanta, General Nakar, and Real Quezon. A bus leave every hour which passes by Ortigas Extension. And as usual, call the terminals regarding the schedule. The trip cost Php 158.00 on ordinary buses, and Php 195 .00 for air-conditioned.
Raymond Transit Nos.
Cubao –
Sampaloc –

2. Rates and Fees at The PaRK:
Entrance Fees
Php 50.00/person – overnight
Php 35.00/person – day trips

Php 20.00/person – day trip
Php 35.00/person – overnight

Tent Fees
Php 50.00 – Pitching fee per tent if you’re bringing your own.
Php 300.00 – Tent rentals (2-3 persons)

Beach House (The Red House) Rental
Php 1,500.00 – Porch with Sink and Toilet
Php 5,000 .00- Whole house excluding air-con room (4)
Php 7,000 .00- Whole house including air-con room (5)
Php 200.00 – Extra Mattress (single)
Php 300.00 – Extra Mattress (twin)

CONTACT Teody Villaflor –

3. There are eateries and carinderias along the highway about 5 minutes from The Park or you can ask if they can cook food for you.

4. Be safe and enjoy your trip.

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  1. September 6, 2011 at 3:31 am | #1
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    Nice post sir!! i want to go there too!!

    • September 7, 2011 at 6:24 am | #2
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      Thanks, plengski. Ok dun. Mura, malapit lang, steady, tapos tamang nature tripping. Relax yung environment. Definitely, a must visit.

  2. rhona
    October 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm | #3
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    Hi! i love ur post! by the way, do u know if The PaRK have surfing lessons? if yes, how much per session or per hour? i would love to hear from u! :)

    • October 10, 2011 at 9:56 am | #4
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      Hi rhona! Thank you very much. Yes, they conduct surfing lessons there, but I don’t know the price because I haven’t tried but I think it’s cheaper than those in La Union and Zambales. =) Hope this helps. Be safe on your trip. =)

  3. rutchess empleo
    November 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm | #5
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    thank you for visiting real, quezon. I missed my place…

    • November 12, 2011 at 1:48 am | #6
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      Are you from Real? I really love your place. We go there every once in a while. Thank you also. =) Have a nice day.

  4. February 5, 2012 at 9:48 am | #7
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    Thank you very much for this very informative entry… I look forward to go to Real and get a picture of its sunrise… Cheers..

    • February 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm | #8
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      No problem, Jodl. Real is so simple yet so beautiful. Have a nice day. Thank you also for reading my blog.

  5. frank
    February 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm | #9
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    Great post! pero tanong ko kung sabihin natin lahat magsurf safe ba gamit kung iwan sa tent? TIA

    • March 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm | #10
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      Hi Frank. Thank you for dropping by my humble page. Yes, sir. It’s safe. The PaRK is fenced and secured. Pero para sigurado, mas ok po kung may small padlock kayo for tents, o kaya lagi nating dalhin yung mga valuables. Thanks, Frank. Hope, I was able to help.

      Enjoy and have a safe trip. =D

  6. nemar
    April 17, 2012 at 2:35 am | #11
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    im newbie in surfing and my first surfing adventure was in Real Quezon, i was able to ride the board many times, hehe…pero madaming beses dn akong bumagsak..hahahah..hope to surf next week……SURFING IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES……..TRY IT…..

  7. April 17, 2012 at 5:56 am | #12
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    Hahaha. Hi Nemar. Nasubukan ko na rin mag-surf kung san san pero parang ayaw talaga ng surfing sa akin. Kaya I watch surfers na lang and clap. Hahaha. Kaya mo yan, who knows diba, you might be the next pro surfing icon. Good luck and thank you for visiting my blog. Have a great day, and may you ride the best surf the Philippines has to offer.

  8. April 23, 2012 at 9:05 am | #13
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    ang saya naman.. pupunta po kami sa real this may 1.. i am just wondering panu pumunta sa balagbag falls nang pa commute lang.. i heard kasi ng may dyip na byahe don..

    • April 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm | #14
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      Hi Levi,

      May mga tricycle at jeep nga na pumupunta dun. Try niyo tanungin yung mga dumadaan na tricycle kung magkano. Pero meron din dun sa may kanto ng Real-Mauban Road na parang terminal.

      Ingat sa biyahe. Enjoy!

  9. jade
    April 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm | #15
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    mga Sirs and Madams of Biyaherong barat is it posible to join ur “Tropa”? hehe… it seems you guys are fun to be with! tama na english, hehe! gusto pa kasi naming tropa na maka punta sa iba’t ibang lugar. salamat and more power sa Biyaherong Barat!

  10. mary ann
    April 30, 2012 at 3:16 am | #16
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    hi, i would like to try surfing. May lam ba kayong contact para sa accomodation at surfboard rentals? Thanks :)

    • April 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm | #17
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      Hi Mary Ann,

      Nag-o-offer po kami ng mga package trips to Real, Quezon for 1,900 per person (minimum of 10 in a group). Kasama na po dun transportation, food, tents, tent pitching fee, entrance fees, at side trip to Balagbag Falls. Yung surfing po di kasama pero nagpapa-rent po sila ng surf boards and paddle boards pati lessons, I think nasa P300-P500 yun. =)

      • Olan
        July 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm | #18

        i’d really like to avail of this trip and visit this place but i have noone to go with so can i just join a random group? i promise to behave. you have my email so please contact me whenever there’s an available spot. thanks!!!

    • July 16, 2012 at 8:35 am | #19

      No problem. It would be great to have you on board. =)

  11. mary ann
    April 30, 2012 at 3:17 am | #20
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    sa real quezon. :)

  12. Sheryll
    May 7, 2012 at 4:58 am | #21
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    hi Sir.. do we need to call The PaRK for reservation or walk-in is fine??

  13. Galen
    May 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm | #23
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    hello! ask ko lang kung marami naman ba doon mga kainan? or dapat magbaon kami? at iyon CR nila ay public ba? malinis naman?

    • May 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm | #24
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      Hi Galen,

      May malapit ng palengke dun sa The PaRK, pero for me, mas ok din magbaon na lang para hindi na aalis. Pero I’m not sure, a, pero try niyo i-contact yung owner maybe he can prepare food for you. May store kase sila sa loob, e. Baka nagseserve din sila ng food. Just to make sure, contactin niyo na lang.

      – Mr Teody Villaflor.

      Kung gusto niyo din, nag-o-organize kami ng mga trip to Real, 1900 per person including van, entrance fees, food (3 meals), tents, pitching fees, at side trip na din to Balagbag Falls.

      And yes, the CR is clean.

  14. girlie d. villamor
    May 8, 2012 at 8:55 am | #25
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    Sir, is there any cottages or room for overnight stay and how much the rate for the rooms…

    • May 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm | #26
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      Hi Girlie,

      Meron silang Beach House na pinaparent, call them na lang for a quotation. =)

  15. Edward
    May 14, 2012 at 9:13 am | #27
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    Nice Pics bro, very informative, naks barat din ako, mukhang kaya na ng budget ko… more power sa tropa nyo…

    • May 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm | #28
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      Salamat, Sir Edward! Sa inyo din po, more power, nawa’y magkatagpo tagpo tayo sa isang biyahe. Ingat po lagi. Mabuhay ang mga biyaherong walang pang-biyahe tulad natin.

  16. Rochelle
    May 21, 2012 at 5:42 am | #29
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    Hi, i love this page! Thank you, it made my “job” a lot easier. do you have any packages for 20 persons? :D

    • May 21, 2012 at 6:35 am | #30
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      Hi Ms. Rochelle,

      Thank you, Rochelle. Are you referring to the Biyahe Lokal package for The PaRK? If you are, yes, we can accommodate 20 persons. Package includes meals, entrance fees, transportation, gas, your choice if you want to use the Red House or tents. Just let me know, we arrange trips to the PaRK, and we handle everything to ensure your hassle-free vacation. =)

  17. elaine
    May 22, 2012 at 4:02 am | #31
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    hi sir,

    i like to bring my kids at The Park in Real, Quezon. aging 8 to 13. is it advisable? and some of the members of the family are not good swimmers. safe ba ang trekking trail going to the falls. sana masagot mo tanong q. thank you


    • May 22, 2012 at 4:08 am | #32
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      Hi Ms. Elaine,

      I was there last weekend lang. May kasama kaming mga kids, isang 3 years old at isang baby, ok naman dun. Siyempre adult supervision lang lagi.

      Papunta sa falls sasakay muna kayo to Balagbag tapos short trek na lang yun.

  18. May 29, 2012 at 2:01 am | #33
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    Hello sir,

    My boyfriend and I are planning to go for a climb this 15th. But I had an immediate change of plans. Instead of going back to the highlands of Famy Laguna, I thought of visiting Balagbag Falls since my boyfriend and his friends have already been there. Not sure if the beach you promoted was the same beach they’d been to before. But just in case, is the beach a private beach? Or it’s a public beach? If it is private, how much would it cost us? Thanks! And this page was the one I was really looking for.


    • May 29, 2012 at 3:46 am | #34
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      Hi Jane,

      Thank you for visiting my blog, Jane. Well, The entire coast in Tignoan is actually public. There are several beach resorts in Real, but I’m not sure if one owns a private beach. Beaches near in Balagbag, however, are kind of isolated you might want to see it.

      Are you going for an overnight trip in Real?

  19. May 30, 2012 at 1:34 am | #35
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    Yes. We’ll be leaving Manila at 7pm on the 15th and be back on Sunday (June 17) (as per my initial plan). So it’s really going to be – probably – 2 nights and 2 days stay there. Overnight stay fee is still the same amount you posted, isn’t it? How long is the trip from Manila to Real, sir? And is it safe to go there during the time I mentioned? We’d really consume the time we’d spent there exploring the paradise of Real and those beaches in Balagbag.

    P. S.: Like you, barat din ako. :) hehehehe! So we’re after less cost adventures! Hahaha! Thanks for replying master.

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm | #36
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      Hi MgJane,

      Thank you for reminding me to update my blog. I got in touch with the owner a few months ago and sent me the rates. Here are the following:

      Entrance Fees
      Php 50.00/person – overnight
      Php 35.00/person – day trips

      Php 20.00/person – day trip
      Php 35.00/person – overnight

      Tent Fees
      Php 50.00 – Pitching fee per tent if you’re bringing your own.
      Php 300.00 – Tent rentals (2-3 persons)

      Beach House (The Red House) Rental
      Php 1,500.00 – Porch with Sink and Toilet
      Php 5,000 .00- Whole house excluding air-con room (4)
      Php 7,000 .00- Whole house including air-con room (5)
      Php 200.00 – Extra Mattress (single)
      Php 300.00 – Extra Mattress (twin)

      CONTACT Teody Villaflor –

      Real is one of my favorite destinations since it’s cheap, and if you’re looking for a small getaway not far from Manila, this coastal town in the east could be a weekend warrior’s “barat” adventure.

      I was there recently and drove from Cainta to Real for approximately 2.5 hours on an easy drive without stopover. Where are you coming from? If you’re coming from Manila, it would probably take you 4 hours including the traffic if you’re traveling in midday and commuting.

      Personally, The Pacific Recreation Kamp (PaRK) is the best place to stay if you’re looking for an outdoor experience which is safe. You can set base camp there and just take tricycles to your destination, or maybe you can ask the owner if he can arrange a tricycle to Balagbag. By the way, I included the owner’s number, Sir Teody Villaflor, he’s a nice guy and would give you more information about his place. If ever you get in touch with him, tell him you got his number from my blog, Biyaherong Barat, or Jed Rosell, and say “hi” na din.

      They have surf boards for rent, however, the last time I was in Real, there were no waves, I was eager to learn pa naman. You might want to try their stand up paddle boards. There are lots of activities in Real, and I hope you enjoy your trip.

      Share us your experience when you get back. Have a nice trip and be safe.

  20. May 31, 2012 at 4:27 am | #37
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    Thank you. :) Will surely update you how was our stay there as soon as I got back in Manila. Anyways, still waiting for the 15th though. :D With all those exciting information you fed my li’l curious brain, I now couldn’t wait for that day to come! Ahahaha! Last question, can we camp by the beach? And should we expect loads of campers/guests at The PaRK or in those beaches we talked about? Big, big thanks!!!

    • May 31, 2012 at 4:44 am | #38
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      Camp at the beach? Hmmm. I haven’t tried. I think it’s ok since nobody owns it, but there are no trees or shade by the beach so it could get quite hot during the day.

      The only time I saw Real crowded was during the Holy Week last 2011, but most of the time (I’ve been there), there were only few people.

      No problem. I’m really glad to help. Have a great day. =)

  21. dhey
    June 1, 2012 at 5:32 am | #39
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    hello sir! Your blog was a big help! pupunta kami dyan tomorrow! :)

    • June 1, 2012 at 7:32 am | #40
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      Hi Dhey,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m glad I was able to help. Ingat sa biyahe bukas. Enjoy kayo.

  22. Chi
    June 5, 2012 at 5:25 am | #41
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    “This is my calling. I am born to move.” – i super like this…the pics look really great, how much more if i see the place myself…i agree , if ur after the fun & good view it doesn’t have to be somewhere far or via air…i hope to visit the PaRk real soon, it’s a budget escapade no reason it cannot be in the list of my destinations. Any idea how much is rent for a jeep coming from MArikina?

    • June 5, 2012 at 5:42 am | #42
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      Hi Chi,

      Thank you very much for visiting my blog. Real is a very beautiful place and deserves a spot in the must-visit list, and yes, going thee is really cheap, especially if you’re the outdoors type of person.

      I think we got the jeep for P6,000.00 for an overnight trip to Real. You could probably get a much cheaper deal, I think 6,000 is too expensive because a van’s rate cost P7,000.00 including gas. But it ups to you. When are you planning to visit Real?

      Share with us some stories when you visit the place. Once again, thank you very much. Have a great day and be safe on your journeys.

  23. siri
    July 5, 2012 at 12:41 am | #43
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    Hi! meron ba public bathroom sa the PARK?

    • July 5, 2012 at 2:55 am | #44
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      Hello Siri,

      Yes they have bathrooms at The Park. =) Have a great trip.


  24. Altara
    September 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm | #45
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    The pictures and description in this blog are great. I’m visiting in December from California. I saw in your comments that there were no waves during your visit. Do you know when the ideal season is to surf here? I like smaller 2-4 foot waves the best. This will be the closest place for me to surf from Manila, but I was also considering La Union if December is not an ideal time for me to go to the Park.


    • September 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm | #46
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      Hello Altara,

      You’re in luck, because the surf season is coming. It usually starts from October until February, and occasional swells the rest of the year. I’m not a surfer, though, but I still try to learn every time I go there.

      I think calling them days before your visit would keep you posted with the waves.

      Thanks for dropping by, Altara. Just message me here if you need help. Have a great day.

      You might want to check out my other post about Real, Quezon.

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