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Philippines vs. USA: Beaches

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I am not a big beach bum type person, but I do enjoy going on occasion to a beach. The things I look for in a beach trip are as follows: sand and sea, scenery, swimming and shelter.

The purpose of this article is to compare my experiences at the beach in the Philippines to my experiences in the USA.

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I am going to compare Dumaluan Beach, Bohol to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina because I have been to both places.

Philippine Beach Beauties

Philippine Beach Beauties

Sand & Sea

Sand? USA or Philippines?

Sand? USA or Philippines?

The amount of sand at Myrtle Beach is a lot greater than the amount of sand at Dumaluan Beach. The white sand at Myrtle Beach is hotter and sandals a necessity. At Myrtle Beach 3 to 5 feet waves continually pound the beach making the sand very fine. At Dumaluan Beach the wave height is about 1 inch so the sand as a result is much coarser. Some people like the tranquility of calm sea; others like the energy of the pounding waves. I personally like the energy of the waves and I also enjoy trying to body surf which is not possible with 1 inch waves so for me I prefer Myrtle Beach for sand & sea.

Scenery (Natural)

One of the most beautiful and scenic places I have been is Dumaluan Beach with its white sand beach, crystal clear water, lush vegetation and view of several green mountains meeting the bright blue sea. Myrtle Beach on the other hand has dark green water that crashes into an expanse of white sand and then there are high rise hotels. I prefer Dumaluan Beach by a long shot for natural beauty.

Scenery (Human)

USA Beach Beauties

USA Beach Beauties

This may be a touchy subject for me an ecstatically happily married man. My roving eye sometimes gets me in trouble and tampo time which is no fun. I do not feel like a critique of beaches would be complete without bringing up the view of ladies in swimwear. The Philippines has some of the most beautiful women in the world, but the beach is not the place to go to see them in my opinion based on my experience. Now on my last visit my wife was trying on swimsuits at a department store and my eyes were getting a true treat not only when my wife emerged in her swimsuits for my opinion on them, but while she was changing the young lady working the fitting room was one of the most attractive ladies I have ever seen. She stood a little less than 5 feet with dark soulful ebony eyes set in the face of an angel. She had long straight jet black hair that went the entire length of her back. The store uniform she was wearing did not hide here petite figure. If you want to see beautiful women like I described then go to the department store, the grocery store, the supermarket, Jollibee’s these businesses seem to only hire attractive young ladies, but skip the beach. If you simply must see a sexy Filipina wearing an itsy bitty teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini that she wore for the first time today, then you probably should go to a bar that specializes in offering that sight for a price, of course. Myrtle Beach has women of all races colors and shapes and sizes wearing swimwear that reveals what God or Mother Nature bestowed upon them. I love the variety and I see beauty in the variety so for human scenery Myrtle Beach wins.

Swimming

Actually swimming at Myrtle Beach and at Dumaluan Beach is challenging for different reasons. At Myrtle Beach you have to contend with the waves and the water is so dark you can’t see anything under the sea. At Dumaluan Beach the water is crystal clear so you can see everything to the bottom the problem is a lot of the time what you see is corral, sharp rocks, sea weed and 1 foot diameter starfish with sharp spikes on top of them. The water level goes up slowly so you end up more wadding than swimming. Seems to me if you actually want to swim it is better to do it in a pool. I am calling swimming a tie between the two beaches, but if you are into snorkeling or scuba diving I am sure it is more fun in the Philippines!

Shelter

Beach Shelter

Beach Shelter

For me shelter from the sun at Myrtle Beach is an umbrella or a portable tent. Neither of these things is appealing to me due to cramptness and the lack of protection from windblown sand. At Dumaluan Beach, you can rent a beach cottage which is a sheltered picnic table with benches on both sides. The beach cottages are under a stand of tropical trees a very short distance from the beach which gives you a good cooling sea breeze without the blowing sand. There is plenty of room to eat drink and relax. For me Dumaluan Beach offers a huge advantage in the shelter area.

I completely confess that I am not a sophisticated man of the world so I am hoping to get feedback on the topic of beaches anywhere in the whole wide world from some of the readers that have more experience than me. I compared two beaches in this article that offer a dramatically different experience to me and in my final analysis have come to the conclusion that even though the experiences are quite different my overall level of enjoyment was about the same. So I ask the question to you dear reader, which do you prefer visiting Filipino or USA beaches?

Jay Stainback

Jay Stainback lives in Raleigh, NC, USA and is hoping/planning to retire to Bohol in about 10 years. He is married to his beautiful Filipina wife Juliet whom he met on-line. They were married 12/7/02 and have two boys’ ages 9 years old and 5 years old. Jay has visited the Philippines 4 times the first time 1 week, the 2nd time 2 weeks, the 3rd time for 3 weeks, the 4th time 4 weeks spending most of their time in Bohol.

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George Damrau
7 years ago

For me it’s the Philippines.

Bob Martin
7 years ago

Same here, George! 🙂 Not even a competition!

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob Martin

Hi George and Bob,

Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy the beach in the Philippines, but without the sound and feel of the surf it is kind of like being at a big beautiful lake.

George Damrau
7 years ago

Bob here on Long Island the waves are very rough and the undertow pulls you out to deep water and the water is just dirty. In the Philippines in my backyard I have crystal clear water great for snorkeling beautiful fish it’s like night and day.

Bob Martin
7 years ago

Not hard to figure out which one you would prefer!

Larry
Larry
7 years ago

USA beaches are all commercialized. The Philippines you can find great sand beaches with locals working on there fishing boats. So for me if I want to see a beach all commercialized I will watch it on TV.

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  Larry

Hi Larry,

I totally agree with what your saying most beaches in the USA are overdeveloped and the buildings are too close to the beach. For me this really detracts from there beauty. Thanks for sharing!

juan d fabian
juan d fabian
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

philippine any day lol

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  juan d fabian

Hi Juan,

Thanks for voting! I hope you enjoyed the article.

Byron Watts
7 years ago

I’m far too biased to cast a helpful vote 🙂

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  Byron Watts

Hi Byron,

All opinions are welcome! Which way are you too biased Filipino or USA and why?

Fred Patterson
7 years ago

One the other hand, I live in South Miami with some pretty nice ones,, just saying

Fred Patterson
7 years ago

I do know, the bathing suits here are smaller, LOL,,

bobbyaguho
bobbyaguho
7 years ago
Reply to  Fred Patterson

Fred,

You are in a great location for bikinis ! Miami is loaded with South American hotties !

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  bobbyaguho

Hi Bobby and Fred,

Part of the advantage for me in USA beaches is the variety of races of the ladies and the brevity of the swimsuits! Beauty for me is not limited to one race or nationality, but my heart and all of me is limited to one incredible woman. Only my eyes wander.

Tim Zol Potter
7 years ago

They are vastly diffrent. Borcay is one type Remote islands are another. If you want the Borcay experince the US far exceeds the PH. However if you want the remote island experince that can better had in the PH. As for white sand experince just on the surface they are equal.

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  Tim Zol Potter

Hi Tim,

You are right about there being a huge variety. You seem to be better traveled than me. Are there beaches in the Philippines where there is surf. I enjoy waves at the beach for play and I like the sound.

Almark Vin
Almark Vin
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay

hi jay
all famous Surfing destination here in the Philippines are listed here. Surigao is one the BEst here in the PHilippines
http://surfingphilippines.com/surf-spots/

Almark Vin
Almark Vin
7 years ago
Reply to  Almark Vin

Actually Siargao beach in Surigao is rank number 9 in the World

Jay
Jay
7 years ago
Reply to  Almark Vin

Hi Almark Vin,

Thanks somehow I missed your comment. Thanks for the link! Those look like great beaches for surf and surfing

Cataleya O Cafaldo
7 years ago

pilipina girl mostly sexy beautifully

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

Hi Cataleya,

I agree I am married to one, but for my eyes I like to see variety. Thanks for your comment!

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