You may think of beaches as summer destinations, and not really your first choice for Christmas vacations. But in countries where the climate is temperate, any month of the year is a good time to enjoy the beach. Such is the case in the Philippines, so it is no wonder December remains to be peak season for Boracay travel. Although the coolest time of the year, Boracay temperatures in December remain moderate at high 20s. So go ahead and book a Boracay accommodation this Christmas season, and enjoy the many fun activities and attractions the island offers.
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Offered in Bulabog Beach, kitesurfing can be a fun activity for the whole family. The beach can get crowded with kite surfers later in the day, so it is best to book a lesson early in the morning to experience having the beach almost to yourselves. You will find kitesurfing schools, such as The FunBoard Centre, that provide ultra-light rigs for women and children. They also have windsurfing lessons designed especially for young learners. These activities are ideal for kids 12 years old and above.
Experience the Spider House
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A known hit for kids, the Spider House is an ideal destination for the family. It’s accessible, too. You would only need to take a tricycle to Diniwid Beach, then take the bamboo elevator to Nami where you can have stunning views of White Beach. The place also offers delicious food for your family to enjoy. The bamboo elevator is especially enjoyable for the children. And you’ll have a lift attendant to keep you entertained.
From Nami, you can take a short walk to the Spider House, which features a restaurant with a relaxing ambiance and a little bamboo ladder that leads to the sea. Here, people like to take the time to have a quiet dip in the water. You will also find a floating ocean station that is accessible from the Spider House. Here, kids like to climb up to the station and jump into the sea. Or they can simply climb down a rustic bamboo ladder for their water adventure.
Indulge in fresh oysters
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Fresh Rockefeller Oysters make for great holiday treats. You can get some at the Los Indios Bravos, which is located along the road that leads to Bulabog Beach. Your kids may not be able to appreciate the oysters as much as you would, but fret not. The place also has a kid-friendly fare that includes cottage pie, nachos, shepherd pie, schnitzels, chicken goujons, macaroni cheese, and bangers and mash. You’ll all end up with happy tummies. It is, after all, the season to be jolly!
Have fun paddling
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Get ready with a rented paddleboard, and enjoy the sunset while paddling around Willy’s Rock. You can either pop your kids at the front of your own board or let them give it a go by themselves. This activity is great for children of all ages. The older ones can paddle solo, while you accompany the younger ones. The Boracay sea is especially great for learners, as the waves stay calm and the waters shallow for up to 100 meters out. Staying closer to the shore will also let you touch the bottom should you fall.
Stroll along White Beach
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Have a relaxing time strolling along White Beach early in the morning before the crowds arrive. Alongside Bulabog Beach, the White Beach is one of the two primary beaches in Boracay. These beaches are located on opposite sides of Boracay Island’s narrow central strip. Bulabog Beach faces eastwards while the White Beach faces westwards. Take the time to stop for fruit shakes at Jonah’s Fruit Shakes. Your kids will love the mouth-watering flavors they offer. The children are also going to love playing on the super fine sand of White Beach. You’ll find they’d even stay there for hours if it were up to them!
Go banana boating
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Take your family on a banana boating adventure. You will get a dose of adrenaline rush as you zoom over the ocean. You can have a speedboat take you to a floating platform located 10 minutes from the White Beach. Here you get to enjoy a range of water sports. Your kids get to pretend they are action heroes as the boat goes full speed out into the sea. It is going to be a holiday to remember!
Try local food
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Have a little gastronomic adventure while in Boracay! You will find dozens of stalls along White Beach. Make sure you try some of the popular local offerings, such as the BBQ chicken intestine, the 50-peso Chori burger, and steamed corn. Steamed corn makes for a healthy snack for the kids.
Enjoy happy hour
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Just because you have your kids with you does not mean you can’t enjoy a drink or two. You can head over to Aplaya, an Italian restaurant that features comfortable bean bags, sumptuous Italian appetizers, and frozen margaritas. Make sure you’re there just in time for the happy hour, which starts around 5 p.m. Kids are welcome at Aplaya, so you can have the kids play on the bean bags while creating sandcastles, as you enjoy the tropical ambiance over delicious margaritas.
Watch the fire dancers
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You and the kids can have fun watching fire dancers perform to popular tracks like “Gangnam Style” and “Let it Go.” You can book a table in one of the restaurants located along White Beach. Try having a 500-peso buffet meal offered by a popular Italian restaurant called The District. This is a great place to spend the Christmas eve. You can expect a lot of merriment and festivities prepared to welcome the island’s holiday guests.
Visit Puka Beach
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Only a tricycle ride away, the Puka Beach located north of the island is a place you should experience. You will love the less crowded, tranquil beach. Puka Beach has limited shade, so it is best to visit the place in the late afternoon. This beach is located near Alta Vista de Boracay, which is a great Boracay hotel to stay if you are on vacation with your family. Tucked in an area away from the island’s party vibe, it is the ideal place to spend with your kids. You also get to rent a condotel unit that would feel so much like having your own home on the paradise island. What better way to spend your Christmas vacation than to be surrounded by stunning views?
Go ahead and plan your Boracay trip this Christmas season! Make sure you add a side trip or two to your itinerary.