SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES — There are moments when we just want to bum ourselves in new places. That was when we scored a discounted voucher for a tour package in an online shopping company. Our destinations? The beaches of San Antonio, Zambales: Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves! The volcanic gray sands of Nagsasa would be perfect for a short weekend beach bumming.
Since this was a packaged tour and we had already planned for an alcohol-filled weekend, we haven’t cared much on the do-it-yourself part of the trip. Pardon me, dear reader. Our original tour was supposedly Nagsasa-Anawangin-Camara Island, we then arranged it on-the-spot to be changed into Capones Island for a minimal fee. While en route to Nagsasa, I have lost the other half of my slippers, and went half-barefoot for the majority of the stay.
True to our plan to become beach bums, we camped at Nagsasa Cove and immediately hit its gray sands. The night was spent in grilling our dinner and drinking bottles of brandy. We were supposedly climbing the point overlooking the cove and the falls deep within the hills but alas, we were too drunk that we woke up in broad daylight.
Anawangin Cove is probably the most popular among the four coves of San Antonio. We only stayed on this beach for about an hour. Good thing I found a drifted slipper that would fill the void space. Maybe someday, my missing slipper would help someone in need. Sorry Rizal fans, I couldn’t let go of what was left of me.
Capones Island is no doubt a beautiful island. But visiting the island in broad daylight, is not a good idea. And forgetting your supply of drinking water is worse. Because were having our throats dried, we left Capones without experiencing the trek to Capones Island Lighthouse (Faro de Punta Capones).