Top Ten Pangasinan Beaches to visit this 2016
Look at how fast time flies…the loud, grandiose, and lively year end of 2015 felt like it was just yesterday. For travel junkies like me, 2015 felt especially short—365 days are never enough, and my feet are still always aching to travel and see more of our beautiful world! But like most of my steep and almost impossible hiking and walking tours last year, I just kept going and moved forward until the end. And so should all of us. It’s time we say goodbye to 2015 and face the year 2016 with a blast. There’s more to see in this beautiful world of ours, so we should always keep going and moving forward.
If you’re a traveler like me, or if you’re simply at a loss at how to start your 2016, then I suggest you go beach hopping this year in the seaside province of Pangasinan. Pangasinan is abundant with fish, seafood cuisines, and beaches, so read on, because here are 10 Pangasinan beaches you should visit to start your year:
1. Patar Beach in Bolinao
Do you like taking selfies? Then you’ll be stoked to know that you can take underwater selfies here in Patar Beach’s super-clear waters! (You’ll need a waterproof camera for that, of course). But, if you don’t have a waterproof camera, or if you are on a limited budget, then overnight camping by the sea, snorkeling, campfire-snuggling, and taking pictures of the picturesque white sands are one of the costless, but fun activities to do here.
2. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos
The Philippine Archipelago has 7,107 islands… And one hundred of those islands are in Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos. Here, one may choose to stay on an island to sunbathe, grill some fresh seafood, go for a swim, or go island hopping to geological wonders like Devil’s Island, Cathedral Island, or Kissing Islands, among others. Snorkeling and diving, aside from the typical swimming, is also recommended here in Hundred Islands. This place is teeming with corals and marine life, so whether you’re on the water or in the water, there’s always something to see here.
3. Cabongaoan Beach in Burgos
Cabongaoan Beach is one of those secluded little paradises on Earth that is far from the busy streets and the seasonal influx of tourists. Going here would require you to summon your inner explorer side, so be ready. But after a long road trip and a few minutes’ walk to the shores, your inner explorer side would be pleased to see a paradise with white sands and tranquil azure waters. If you don’t like the sun, there’s always plenty of shade in Cabangoan beach’s thick groves.
4. Tondol Beach in Anda
Shallow, glassy waters that reflect the skies, ash-colored sands, sand bars that allow you to skip and hop to the neighboring island… This is Tondol Beach in Anda, often called by the locals as the “Boracay of the North”. Rent nearby cottages or nipa huts, or find some shade under one of the trees. Either way, your stay will be guaranteed enjoyable here.
5. Cabalitian Island in Sual
Cabalitian is a beach island in Sual that attracts people from all walks of life because of its elegant simplicity. It’s a beach island floating in the middle of the sea, and its clear waters, shady shores, and rocky mountains would make you want to live a life of a castaway here. You’ll have to ride a boat to get to Cabalitian beach Island, but its serenity, seclusion from the bustling cities, and its unobstructed view of the horizon, will all be definitely worth the long wait.
6. Sabangan Beach in Agno
If you like frolicking in the water, snorkeling, strolling on shallow water, or just appreciating nature, then you should travel to Sabangan Beach in Agno. The shores of this beach are quite rocky, and the waters are clear and shallow. Aside from that, the rustic and peaceful Sabangan Beach also houses the famous “Umbrella Rocks”, colossal boulders that have been eroded and weathered by water through time. These huge geological formations are shaped like mushrooms or umbrellas, thus the name.
7. Masamirey Beach in Sual
We travel back to the town of Sual, this time to the edge of the shores. If you’re looking for white sands and splashing blue waves, then you should look no further—go to Masamirey Beach in Sual. Play like a child on the knee-high, crystal clear waters. You may or may not choose to snorkel here as well. There’s really no point in diving since everything is clearly visible from above the water.
8. Tambobong Beach in Dasol
Go to the place where the sea meets the sky, here, in Tambobong Beach in Dasol. This white-sanded paradise is abundant with marine life, sunshine, and beautiful azure waters. Like most secluded beaches in Pangasinan, the road to get here is very challenging. Nevertheless, hours of butt-numbing road trips will be rewarded with this getaway in Pangasinan. Swim, poke at the starfishes and sea cucumbers, grill fresh seafood, make a campfire, and just unwind.
9. Abagatanen Beach in Agno
Are you convinced now that Pangasinan is a haven of white-sanded beaches? By now, you should be, because we’re down to yet another white-sanded beach in this province—Abagatanen Beach in Agno. Abagatanen Beach is still underdeveloped, compared to its other beach counterparts in Agno. But the beauty of our world is best seen in underdeveloped beaches like these. Sleep by the seaside overnight, wake up early to jog along Abagatanen’s lengthy shores and sand bars, and drink a cold glass of tea under the coconut trees.
10. Bunga Beach in Agno
Let’s travel back to the home of the famous “Umbrella Rocks”. Somewhere south of Abagatanen Beach and somewhere beside Sabangan Beach is Bunga Beach, or sometimes called Aloleng-Bunga Beach. If you wish to deviate from the crowds but wish to get your fair share of saltwater, white sand, and shade under the Umbrella Rocks, then you should choose to go beaching on the shorelines of Bunga, Aloleng.