Laguna

Located just a few hours away from Metro Manila, Laguna is a favorite destination when it comes to weekend getaways and spontaneous road trips. Formerly known as La Laguna, or “the lake,” the province’s accessibility and idyllic natural charm have made it one of the go-to vacation spots for urban dwellers who wish to reconnect with nature and enjoy some peace away from the city.

While the winding road to Laguna that runs along Sierra Madre mountain range is already quite a sight to behold, the province itself is home to plenty of breathtaking natural wonders as well. Travelers can immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the province’s numerous water bodies, including San Pablo’s famous seven lakes, Los Baños’ Crocodile Lake, and Laguna de Bay, the Philippines’ largest lake.

On the other hand, the more adventurous thrill-seekers can take a raft ride through the cascading waters of Pagsanjan Falls, try their hand at big game fishing in Lake Caliraya, or go trekking and camping at the mysterious Mt. Makiling – said to be shaped like the dormant volcano’s guardian spirit, Maria Makiling.

Many groups find themselves traveling to Laguna for its popular and family-friendly man-made attractions as well, including the massive theme park Enchanted Kingdom, urban shopping and leisure destination Nuvali, and the hot spring resorts and vacation houses in Los Baños.

Laguna is also well-known for being the birthplace of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. His birthplace is immortalized by the Jose Rizal Shrine – a replica of the Rizal family’s ancestral Spanish colonial house built on the very same land as the original. Remnants of the Spanish era can still be found in the province’s old colonial churches, which religious devotees visit during Holy Week for the Visita Iglesia tradition.

Once you’ve finished sightseeing, make sure to set aside some time to discover Laguna’s famed delicacies and crafts. You’ll surely find the perfect souvenir among the many traditional crafts Laguna has to offer. Some of the most popular include the Barong Tagalog of Lumban, the pandan leaf mats and bags of Luisiana, and the taka (paper mache) and wood carving goods of Paete.

And if it’s food you’re looking for, you’ll find many signature traditional dishes in each of Laguna’s provinces like the “espasol” of Calamba, buko pie of Los Baños, “kinulob na itik” (deep fried duck) of Victoria, and the “kesong puti” (white cheese) of Sta. Cruz.

Top Rated Restaurants in Laguna Browse All

  1. Antonio's
    5.0 Stars
    International
    125 Reviews View
  2. Mendokoro Ramenba
    4.5 Stars
    Ramen or Noodle
    248 Reviews View
  3. Spiral
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    330 Reviews View
  4. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    311 Reviews View
  5. Inagiku
    5.0 Stars
    Japanese
    66 Reviews View
  6. Yabu
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    571 Reviews View
  7. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    137 Reviews View
  8. La Nuova Pasteleria
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    66 Reviews View
  9. Purple Oven
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    185 Reviews View
  10. Pinkberry
    4.5 Stars
    Frozen Yogurt
    69 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Laguna Browse All

  1. Makati Shangri-La Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    83 Reviews View
  2. Marriott Hotel Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    59 Reviews View
  3. EDSA Shangri-La Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    80 Reviews View
  4. Nurture Wellness Village
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    35 Reviews View
  5. Azumi Boutique Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    43 Reviews View
  6. The Peninsula Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    107 Reviews View
  7. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    141 Reviews View
  8. Fairmont Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    40 Reviews View
  9. Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    48 Reviews View
  10. Solaire Resort and Casino
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    73 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Laguna Browse All

  1. Kamay ni Hesus
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    24 Reviews View
  2. Cultural Center of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    44 Reviews View
  3. Venice Grand Canal
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    34 Reviews View
  4. Mall of Asia
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    55 Reviews View
  5. Villa Escudero
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    30 Reviews View
  6. Taal Lake
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    8 Reviews View
  7. SM Ice Skating
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    16 Reviews View
  8. Ayala Triangle Park
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    17 Reviews View
  9. Padre Pio Shrine
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    14 Reviews View
  10. Paco Park
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    9 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Laguna Browse All

  1. Antonio's
    5.0 Stars
    International
    125 Reviews View
  2. Mendokoro Ramenba
    4.5 Stars
    Ramen or Noodle
    248 Reviews View
  3. Pinto Art Museum
    4.5 Stars
    Art Gallery
    138 Reviews View
  4. Spiral
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    330 Reviews View
  5. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    311 Reviews View
  6. Inagiku
    5.0 Stars
    Japanese
    66 Reviews View
  7. Yabu
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    571 Reviews View
  8. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    137 Reviews View
  9. La Nuova Pasteleria
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    66 Reviews View
  10. Purple Oven
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    185 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Laguna

  1. Santa Rosa

    Santa Rosa

    248 Places
    View
  2. Calamba

    Calamba

    118 Places
    View
  3. Los Baños

    Los Baños

    71 Places
    View
  4. San Pablo City

    San Pablo City

    67 Places
    View
  5. San Pedro

    San Pedro

    51 Places
    View
  6. Biñan

    Biñan

    40 Places
    View
  7. Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    27 Places
    View
  8. Pagsanjan

    Pagsanjan

    16 Places
    View
  9. Cavinti

    Cavinti

    8 Places
    View
  10. Majayjay

    Majayjay

    7 Places
    View
  11. Nagcarlan

    Nagcarlan

    6 Places
    View
  12. Liliw

    Liliw

    6 Places
    View