Pangasinan is a province located on the shorelines of Luzon. Being located here has made Pangasinan one of the leading suppliers of rice, root crops, and fish within the Philippines, especially the countrys national fish, the Milkfish. But aside from agriculture and fishing, Pangasinan also has its other perks, and, since its on the shorelines, its pretty obvious what those perks arethats right, beaches!
Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan by Joseph Dayo via Flickr
Beaches here attract both local and foreign tourists all year-round, and since their naturally (and not man-made) there, theres no entrance fee or whatsoever needed. Just bring your stuff, find a good spot, and youre solved.
Whether its Christmas, Summer, or just Labor Day, you may spend your time in the following best beaches in the province:
Patar White Beach by Jaya via Flickr
Travel southwest from Bolinaos town proper and come see the famous white-sanded Patar Beach, or the so-called Boracay of the North. Spending time here is not a problem, for you may choose to rent the cottages/nipa huts that are quite far from the coasts, or you may simply find a nice spot and lay out a large cloth, sit directly on the sand, and have your own perfect view of the sea. Sea urchins and puffer fishes, which are expensive delicacies in Japan, are cheap here, since theres an abundant amount of those in here. Scattered amongst the sands are rock formations and coves, and just nearby is the famous Bolinao Lighthouse.
Alaminos City of Pangasinan boasts its Hundred Islands, that is a tourist attraction and at the same time a preserved sanctuary. The tourist destination got its name from the number of islands, totaling to 124 during low tide. To get here, you have to travel to the ports and ride a boat for up to 45 minutes at most. You may also talk to the boat driver so you could also go island hopping while on the way to one of the islets. There are very few islands which have been developed for tourism, and the rest, such as the islet with a rock formation resembling the Virgin Mary, are being protected by the local government.
Cabongaoan Beach by April Delarosa024 Own work. via Wikimedia Commons
If you prefer a more calm vacation on the beach, then Cabongaoan Beach should be on the top of your list. Its relatively less developed compared to most beaches in Pangasinan, and the ride from the town proper to here isnt short. Still, once you get here, it will be all worth it. Its white sand and long shores make it the perfect beach for snorkeling, jogging, or just, unwinding.
10 Best Beaches in Pangasinan