It’sbeenawhilesincewehadgonetotheseaandIwaspersonallygoingnuts beinglandlockedinManila soa triptothebeachwas in order! Goodthingwe hadgoodreasontocelebrate–> itwasour8thweddinganniversaryweekend. Whileothercoupleschoosetospendsomequalitytimesansthechildren, we aren’t that type of family. It’s alwaysa package deal with us, Manzanos! With both kids intow, wehopped in the car first thing Friday morning and typedi nd estination:M acampaoB eachR esort& L eisureF armo nt rustyW aze.M y husbandwhodoesn’tfullytrust Wazehalfthetimedidn’tfollowtherecommended routeandIthinkweendedupstayingontheroadlonger. FromManila, Cabangan Zambales(whereMacampaoislocated) isapproximately3hoursawayoranhour awayfromSubic. Preparesomesnacksforthekidsandyourselfifyou’rethetype togethungrylikeus ?? Good thingI had my helpers pack boiled sweet potatoes andmuscovadosugarwhichwereperfectfingertreatsformy2-yearold. Myhusband, mysonandIhadeggandvegetablesandwichesforbreakfast-on-the-go whichIpreparedearlierathome.(Oh, trustme. Homepreparedfoodaresuch lifesaversontheroad, notonlydotheykeepyourtummiesnot rumbling, they also taste waaay better than convenient store or fast food joints on the highway!) Since we haven’t been to the place before, we basically didn’t know what to expect. But since I love sharing information with my readers, I’ll make it easy for you to get a feel for the place before you event set foot on Macampao. Here’s 1o things you and your family can do! 1. Learn to ride a horse on the beach: Yep, you read that right! They actually have horses on their property which you can meet and ride. My 9 year old son had a grand time meeting Alex the horse and rodehimonseveraloccasionswhilewewerehangingoutonthebeach. 2. Tuneouttothesightsandsoundsofnature. Fromourroomonthetopfloor oftheneweststructureontheresort, CasaLogoy, youcanseeimpeccableviewsof theo cean.T hec onstants oundo ft hew avesw illl ulla nyonet os leep.M ys onc laims hewasmeditatingsincehewouldgetupbrightandearlybeforeeveryoneelse! 3. Feast on the abundance of food! Overnight packages come with 3 meals: lunch, dinner and breakfast plus merienda / snack and endless drinks. OMG, the Mango Shake is to die forrrrr! 4. Meet their pet turtles and get to feed them fish! My kids love animals and reallyopeneduptheireyesontheexperienceoffeedingthisgentlecreaturefrozen fishbyhand. I’msuretheywillrememberitforlife. Forthehomeschoolers, thisis youropportunitytotake your kids outtolearnabout animalsina safe and funplace. 5. Swimandsunbatheinpeace! Isaythisbecausemostofthetime, wehadthe beachalltoourselves. Itwascertainlyliberating. Otherresorts, you’llhavetofinda decentspotforyouandyourkidstoenjoy. AtMacampao, thereisabsolutelynoneedto. 6. Watch the sunrise or sunset (or both!) 7. Play badminton. This is a fabulous idea if you want to bond with your little ones at the beach while being active. 8.K ayaking.T herea rek ayaksa vailablef ory oua ndy ourf amilyt ou se.W ew eren’t abletogokayakingduringthistripbutwedefinitelyplantowhenwereturn(nextmonth!) 9.Gofish! Weweren’tabletodothistoobecausewespentmostofourtimeonthe beachbutforfishingafficionadosorifyouwanttoteachyourkidshowtofish, they haveafishpondwhereyoucanchoosetofishyourowntilapiaorbangusfordinner! 10.D oa bsolutelyn othing.Y es,y ou’rea tt heb each.M ighta sw elll earnt hea rto f doing nothing, even for just one weekend to clear your mind and help detox the body. Hope this post helped you gain more information about this gem of a place! Itcertainlyisfamilyandchild-friendlyandwecannotwaittogetback with our extended family for the holidays! They have limited rooms so you will need to make previous reservations as they do not accept walk-ins.