Windmills and Waves Galore
Itching for more fun sights to see in the north? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There’s still time to visit one last beach before the summer officially ends. If you’re the kind of beach bum who doesn’t mind traveling far to get your dose of the surf, heading up north is the best option for you.
The 14-hour drive will surely whet your appetite for the waves and give you plenty of opportunity to explore side trips along the way. It’s best to hit the road at night to avoid both the traffic and the sweltering summer sun.
Pop Over To Pagudpud
The charming town of Pagudpud is found on the northwestern tip of Ilocos Norte. Bounded by the windswept Bangui Bay to the west and the majestic Cordillera Mountain Range to the east, it is certainly an idyllic piece of paradise that you would want to visit over and over again. Straight ahead is the luxurious blue expanse of the West Philippine Sea, just waiting for beach lovers to wade in its waters.
You don’t have to fly to Boracay all the time to get your beach fix. Pagudpud may not have the trademark powdery white sand in Boracay’s shores, but its coastline is just as clean and beautiful.
Plus, you get the added benefit of having a quiet, serene atmosphere that will allow you to simply relax and enjoy nature’s finest wonders on this vacation. You won’t find all-night parties and loud music here, just the constant crash of the waves and the whistling wind.
There are actually three different beaches strung along Pagudpud’s coast—Saud Beach, Maira-ira Beach (also known as Blue Lagoon), and Pansian beach, right next to the neighboring province of Cagayan.
The coastal waters spill out into the West Philippine Sea, as already mentioned, but the beach is a gentle slope so you will have sure footing. There are virtually no obstructions whatsoever as far as the eyes can see, you can just swim and soak up the sun to your heart’s content.
Rock and Roll
The relentless action of wind and waves has carved the white limestone hills into impressive formations that never fail to awe.
If you still have time, you can also pay a visit to the highest lighthouse in the country—the Cape Bojeador lighthouse. Standing 160 meters above sea level, it was declared a National Historical Landmark in August 13, 2004.
Wander into the towns and enjoy the sumptuous yet healthy Ilocano foods on offer. The Ilocanos are popular for their vegetable dishes such as diningding, pinakbet, inabraw, linukotis, and others.
And because this is Ilocandia, be sure to grab a few hefty slices of bagnet (fried roasted pork) and beer to go with your veggie viands.