Antipolo City in Rizal is one of the best getaways from Manila. Located just about 1-2 hours away, this city offers nice staycations, boutique cafes, and activities such as visiting museums, waterfalls, and more. Here we’ve compiled the best Antipolo tourist spots + things to do in Antipolo!
- 1. Antipolo Cathedral
- 2. Pinto Art Museum
- 3. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
- 4. Hinulugang Taktak
- 5. ATV Ride at Sierra Madre
- 6. Mount Purro Nature Reserve
- 7. Casa Santa Museum
- 8. Enjoy a private staycation
- 9. Indulge in good food at boutique cafes
- 10. Pacem Eco Park
- 11. Engage in team-building activity and courses
- 12. Singalong Nature Campsite Hill
- 13. Nelly’s Mystical Cave
- 14. Bar hopping on Marcos Highway
- 15. Golfing
- 16. Buy pasalubong
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1. Antipolo Cathedral
Due to its religious history, Antipolo City is known as the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines. As such, one of the must-do activities here is visiting the Antipolo Cathedral, where you can find the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage which was brought from Mexico to the Philippines in the 1960s.
Another historic church you can visit is the Boso-Boso Church, a small church considered one of the oldest in the country.
2. Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum is one of the most popular museums in the Philippines. It’s built within a 2-hectare botanical garden. People visit here to see its impressive collection of modern and traditional artwork — as well as to take photos in its IG-worthy gardens and white-washed villas.
Pinto Art Museum is ideal for everyone — from museum lovers to casual visitors who are looking for something to do on a weekend or families who are looking for a wholesome time together.
3. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is a mountainside resort offering amazing view of Manila and Laguna de Bay.
Here you can take a dip in its infinity pools, play traditional Filipino games in the leisure rooms, enjoy a sauna and massage, and enjoy a delicious meal at their in-house cafe.
Luljetta’s offers day tours; overnight accommodations are also available. They are usually crowded on weekends, so we suggest booking on weekdays if you want to get solo pictures.
4. Hinulugang Taktak
Hinulugang Taktak is a recently renovated national park, ideal for families and friends. Its highlight is of course the 21-meter waterfalls but there are other things you can do here is as well.
Have a picnic, swim at the pool, or test your abilities at its latest adventure amenities including a spider web platform, hanging bridges, and wall climbing tower.
5. ATV Ride at Sierra Madre
Antipolo has a lot of city attractions to get you occupied, but if you want to see the off-beat trails you’ll need to get a bike or — even better — an ATV ride!
ATV Adventures Rizal offers guided ATV tours through the mountains & jungles in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. If you’re a beginner, you can try out the Jungle Trail which only takes 2 hours. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the Forest Trail, which is a 6-hour trail along rough and paved roads and includes stopovers at a river and hidden waterfalls in the mountains.
6. Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Mount Purro Nature Reserve is a family-run eco-park ideal for those who love nature retreats. They offer various activities including hiking, river trekking, and campfire. They can also arrange a cultural visit to the Dumagat Tribe.
You can also just stay back and relax. The resort has its own swimming pool where you can take a dip.
This resort offers various types of accommodation, from tents to cottages.
7. Casa Santa Museum
Casa Santa Museum offers all kinds of Santa display — an ideal spot for children and children-at-heart!
This museum is a popular destination especially during the holidays. Here you can find over 3000 Santa and Christmas items from all over the world! However, the fun doesn’t stop after the holidays, as the museum can be visited all-year-round.
8. Enjoy a private staycation
Antipolo is a great place for a private staycation. With its high altitude, it’s home to various private resorts with an overlooking view of the city. You can also find rest houses nestled in the mountains, such as Villa Elisha — ideal for those who want a quiet, exclusive stay.
9. Indulge in good food at boutique cafeshttps://www.instagram.com/p/CEnvclxHP-l/
If you’re someone who loves visiting cafes, you’ll love the various boutique cafes in Antipolo.
Some of the well-loved ones are Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery, Yellow Lantern Cafe, and Burrow Cafe at Antipolo Beehouse. For breakfasts, head over to Cafe Lupe which offers a nice sunrise view overlooking the Manila skyline.
For romantic dates, we suggest getting a table at Vieux Chalet.
10. Pacem Eco Park
Pacem Eco Park is one of the most underrated Antipolo tourist spots. Although it isn’t as large as other eco parks, it’s still a great destination for families and people who love nature.
At this park, you can commune with nature and also visit a mini zoo where you can see different animals up close, a butterfly sanctuary, and an organic farm where you can buy fresh produce! There is also a picnic area and a treehouse that kids will adore.
11. Engage in team-building activity and courses
There are various nature enclaves you can book in Antipolo for team-building activity.
Camp Tipolo is a highly reputable venue in Antipolo. It’s located inside the 12-hectare Loreland Resort and offers activities for school or corporate groups. Another option is Phillip’s Sanctuary, an eco-adventure resort in Pestano Farm that offers obstacle courses, ziplining, swimming, and many others.
12. Singalong Nature Campsite Hill
If you want to escape into the rural life, head over to Singalong Nature Campsite Hill where you can experience raw camping in the mountains. You can pitch a tent in the sapa or mountain peak and cook your own food over coals. You can also order for home-cooked meals from the staff. Have we mentioned that there is also kawa hot bath available? Oh yeah.
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13. Nelly’s Mystical Cave
Nelly’s Mystical Cave is a natural cave visited by religious pilgrims and those who are seeking for miraculous healing. It was discovered in 1970 by an individual named Inday Nelly, who had dreams and visions of the cave when she was a child. She then traveled across the country to look for the cave until she found it in Antipolo.
There are eight levels in the cave, but only the first level is open to visitors. Here you can see not just stalactites and stalactites, but rock formations that are said to resemble religious figures. It is also said that the water inside the cave possesses healing properties.
14. Bar hopping on Marcos Highway
Antipolo isn’t just for those who are looking to spend a quiet weekend away. It also has restaurants and bars located along Marcos Highway ideal for bar hopping and drinking the night away! Some notable ones include Padi’s Bar and X-Factor Bar.
They say golfing is a rich man’s hobby, which is probably why we don’t often see this listed in Antipolo Guides.
Antipolo is basically a golfer’s haven. It has world-class golf courses: Forest Hills, Sun Valley, and Valley Golf. It’s also near Eastridge Golf in the neighboring town of Binangonan.
16. Buy pasalubong
You can take home Antipolo’s delicacies including suman sa ibos, kalamay, coco jam, and fresh produce such as mango, star fruit, and cashew nuts.
That concludes our list of the top Antipolo tourist spots! If you have anything to add, let us know in the comments section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).