There’s no shortage of beaches in Pangasinan, a Northern Luzon province with a coastline stretching for 285 kilometers along the South China Sea and the Lingayen Gulf.
From Manila, it’s a 6-hour road trip to the slew of resorts hugging the white-sand shores of Bolinao and Sual. Intrepid explorers will find many more unspoilt, quiet beaches that aren’t on the tourist radar, but one popular attraction you might want to visit is the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, a must-see for any Filipino tourist.
Pangasinan resorts typically offer water sports and tours on land and water, so there are tons of outdoor adventures to be had. DG Travelers, here are some of the best lodging options for your next Pangasinan getaway:
For the fun-loving family
At El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Vacation Club, you can rent volleyballs, frisbees, kayaks, and skim boards for free, or skip the vigorous sports and just stroll along Lingayen Beach as the sun sets on the horizon. Apart from standard cottage rooms, the rustic resort offers various accommodations for groups, from small and large family rooms (sleeping 4 and 8 guests) to 1- and 2-bedroom suites.
What truly makes the resort a worthwhile visit for families and barkadas is the adjacent Aquatica Marina Water Park that’s under the same management. Note that you’ll need to pay a separate entrance fee to enjoy the vast water park’s wave pool, splash pads, and thrilling slides.
El Puerto Marina
Don Martin Domingo Street
Pangapisan North, Lingayen
(02) 838 0142 / (02) 775 6789
(0918) 951 5402 / (0917) 816 7810
For the honeymooners and the soul-searchers
This secluded eco-resort humorously touts itself as “hugot-friendly,” and it’s true: with no neighboring resorts and no loud videoke singers, it’s a good spot to get lost in contemplation amidst lush natural scenery and dramatic sunset views. If you’re coming with a broken heart, though, be warned that you might get stuck in the resort with happy couples, as it also makes for a romantic retreat.
Birdland Beach Club features an organic restaurant, a well-stocked bar, and a saltwater pool. If you want to tour the area, you can do so on a kalesa, a bamboo trike, or a hop-on/hop-off bamboo jeep.
Birdland Beach Club
Long Beach Street, Bolinao
(0906) 893 4443 / (0977) 807 4794
For the fussy titos and titas
If you’re going on a big family holiday, there’s usually one or two people who are particular about where they’ll be bedding down. Well, better bring them to Oldwoods by the Sea Nature Resort, where the traditional wooden architecture was thoughtfully designed to complement the natural environment. The rooms and suites—and a villa sleeping 10 guests—are homey and rustic; some feature capiz accents, parquet floors, and vintage décor. The resort has an outdoor pool and hot tub, along with a restaurant, a bonfire pit, and fitness facilities.
Oldwoods by the Sea Nature Resort
Sitio Olanen, Brgy. Dacap Sur, Bani
(02) 899 7171 / (0917) 523 7171
For the love birds
Industrial-minimalist is the aesthetic at Veue Beach Cabins. Wooden furnishings soften the stark gray concrete walls of the stylish, self-contained “houses” flanking an outdoor pool. All the cabins come with dining areas and fully equipped kitchens.
The resort’s intimate atmosphere and beachfront location make it an ideal hideaway for couples looking to spend some quality time, but there’s room for the kids or some friends, too, as each cabin also has a queen-sized sofa bed.
Veue Beach Cabins
Sitio Abrac, Patar White Beach, Bolinao
(0998) 998 5863
For the exuberant barkada
You can while away the days just beach-bumming and working on your tan, but you’ll probably want to take advantage of all the amenities at Puerto del Sol. This sprawling resort has it all, from outdoor pools and beachfront dining, to an open-air game room and a souvenir shop. After a day of island-hopping or touring Bolinao’s town proper, indulgent massages will ease you into a good night’s sleep.
Puerto del Sol has colorful, contemporary rooms, some of which provide sea views and surround an infinity pool. Or, you can opt for one of the refined 2-bedroom casitas that feature ornate wood furniture and thatched ceilings, and come with sliding glass doors and outdoor dining areas.
Puerto del Sol
Brgy. Ilog Malino, Bolinao
(02) 710 7371 / (0917) 554 2859
For vacationers seeking a remote retreat
A gem of a resort that’s hidden within a tranquil cove, this small property offers cottage-type rooms that fuse modern design with traditional elements like thatched roofs. Sliding glass doors double as floor-to-ceiling windows, and reveal warmly furnished interiors with wood accents—don’t fret, you can draw the curtains for privacy. The beachfront of Masamirey Cove also features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a bar.
Masamirey White Sand Beach, Baybay Norte, Sual
(0917) 136 5931
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