Get your beach outfit ready for Boracay! The world-famous island will reopen in October and everybody's excited.
What to do in the country's beach hangout? There's a long list of outdoor activities in Boracay you can enjoy any time of the year. You can do banana boating, parasailing, and snorkeling. Explore Boracay's rich marine life in a scuba diving adventure and the breathtaking beauty of Aklan on an island hopping getaway. You may also indulge in a gastronomic trip starting with L'Altura Restaurant in Alta Vista De Boracay.
Add a speck of magic in your Boracay activities with your beach playlist 2018.
#1: “In My Feelings,” Drake
Drake is a staple in every beach music playlist. His catchy tunes are always insanely popular, not to mention the memes that they give birth to. Drake's 25-track Scorpion is a gold mine of hip beach songs. “In My Feelings,” so far the most played track, launched a dance craze that may stay hot for many more months to come.
Who says you need a dangerous car stunt to pull it off? Bring out your smartphone and shoot your own version of “In My Feelings” dance on the white sands of Boracay.
#2: “This Is America,” Childish Gambino
Let the genius of Donald Glover, “Childish Gambino,” put some spice into your beach vacation. “This is America” is a politically-charged hit that combines gospel-choir tunes, R&B and rap. It comes with a powerful music video directed by Hiro Murai, who also worked with Chet Faker, David Guetta, and Queens of the Stone Age.
Pack a lot of energy for your cliff diving adventure with a boost of Glover's chart-topping hits. For your downtime, check out his charming rendition of Tamia's “So Into You.”
#3: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin
Every self-respecting beach playlist should have a Latin music track. What says sun, sand, and seas more than the sultry beats of salsa or mambo? Rapper Cardi B collaborated with Latin artists Bad Bunny and J Balvin for a salsa-modern trap song, “I Like It.” Clubs and party venues have this track on loop since summer.
You should watch the fun music video not only for a summer vibe, but also for beach outfit inspirations. Cardi B's fluttery red dress is simply gorgeous.
#4: “No Tears Left To Cry,” Ariana Grande
When it comes to enjoyable soundtracks, Ariana Grande never disappoints. She's the go-to for upbeat and catchy songs when you need background tunes on a road trip. Grande's The Best (2017) remains a popular source of fun songs for any fun activity, whether it's a beach getaway or a zumba session. “No Tears Left To Cry,” from her latest album Sweetener, is on the top of 2018 charts.
Have a city tour with your barkada in Boracay. Visit the town proper, the city hall, the churches, the markets. Observe how town folks start their busy day and how they relax after work or school. Put on Ariana Grande in your smartphone as you stroll the island.
#5: “Bubblin,” Anderson .Paak
If you love YouTube, you may have seen the iconic performance of Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at NPR Music Tiny Desk. If you haven't, you should check it right now. Grammy-nominated rapper Anderson .Paak presents an addition to your beach playlist: “Bubblin”. This hit may have feel-good beats, but it delivers a serious reminder about the consumerist culture.
Play Anderson .Paak's impactful songs while you chill in the infinity pool in Alta Vista De Boracay. Don't forget to order ice-cold beer to cap the afternoon.
#6: Game of Thrones Season 7 soundtrack, Ramin Djawadi
Are you longing for a peaceful place where you could quiet down the noise in your head? Stay on Puka Beach, a calm piece of heaven in the northernmost part of Boracay. You can simply lounge on the shore with a good book and a beach playlist to get you in the right mood.
Play Ramin Djawadi's masterpieces, which make the perfect soundtrack of your tranquil yet captivating beach destination. Djawadi is the amazing talent behind the original score of HBO's Game of Thrones, one the most successful TV series. The show will be airing its final season in 2019. Relieve the heartstopping season 7 by listening to its OST.
#7: “I Used To Know Her: The Preclude,” H.E.R.
R&B has never been the same with H.E.R. This mysterious and incredibly talented R&B artist brought critically-acclaimed studio albums, including the latest, “I Used To Know Her: The Preclude.” Start your vacation jam with H.E.R Volume 1, which includes the hypnotic tracks “Losing” and “Focus”. Vol. 2, an equally alluring album, is a must-have for your chill beach vacation. Download H.E.R.'s albums on Spotify and join millions of her avid listeners.
#8: “Stand Still,” Sabrina Claudio
Boracay isn't only for party ravers and extreme sports aficionados. After the 6-month rehabilitation, this world-famous island will again be the paradise for your weary spirit. Alta Vista De Boracay, a premiere condotel on one of Boracay's highest peaks, offers the solitude you need. It's on the calm shores of Puka Beach, which is popular for its powdery white sands made of crushed shells.
R&B artist Sabrina Claudio creates music that stirs the right emotions. She's as confident and sensuous as her enrapturing tracks. “Stand Still” from About Time, released in 2017, is the soundtrack you need as you bond with your significant other in your hotel.
#9: Coffee Table Jazz playlist, Various Artists
You don't need to have an old soul to dig John Coltrane, Chet Baker, and Charles Mingus. These jazz masters can lift your mood and give you the cool confidence you need anytime of the day. Thank the heavens for Spotify, you can have access to amazing jazz playlists. Check out Coffee Table Jazz, which includes “Polka Dots And Moonbeams” with Chet Baker and John Horler, and a classy rendition of “Summertime” by Denis Solee, The Beegie Adair Trio and The Jeff Steinberg Orchestra. This playlist will make your evening beach strolls a truly relaxing experience.
#10: Lasst Mich Allein, Op. 82, Antonín Dvo?ák
Music can immensely affect your mood. Songs with heavy beats can make your blood pressure rise and your mood more energized, while soft piano tunes do the opposite.
Listen to Antonín Dvo?ák, Edvard Grieg, and Frederic Chopin as the cool breeze from the seas cradle you to total relaxation. Listen to Alisa Weilerstein's mesmerizing rendition of Dvo?ák 's “Lasst Mich Allein, Op. 82.” Another masterpiece by this Czech composer, From The Bohemian Forest Op. 68, will surely lift your spirits.
It's time to plan your next Boracay adventure. Take advantage of the long weekends ahead and the travel discounts that come with the lean season. Call up the gang and start booking your flight and hotel accommodation. Make an itinerary that will work for everyone. Finally, prepare a beach playlist that will set the mood of your epic vacation.