Are you thinking about going to Pangasinan and need to know the BEST Pangasinan Tourist Spots And Attractions? Below is our “Hot or Not” list of the best places to go. If you think we have missed anything, please feel free to comment and help add to the list.
Over the last 10 years or so, a number of central provinces in Luzon have attracted the attention of tourists and vacationers wanting the beauty of natural attractions without venturing too far from Manila and the NCR. Pangasinan is one of these. Situated between Tarlac and Benguet, the largely (in our opinion) underrated province of Pangasinan is often overlooked as a holiday or even weekend getaway destination. This is all about to change. Next time you are arranging a holiday and find Baguio overcrowded and Tagaytay overbooked, try Pangasinan and be happily surprised.
Starting our list of the Best Pangasinan Tourist Spots And Attractions is Patar Beach. Bolinao is known for having many beautiful beaches, by far the most visited is Patar Beach. The creamy white sand of this beach gently slopes into the sea making it an excellent swimming beach. Be warned: It is a public beach so it gets next to NO maintenance. There’s a reason it is called the “Boracay of the North”. An amazing beach, fine creamy sand, coral, fish, crystal clear water, rock formations, and golden sunsets… What more can you want?….
Bolinao is known for having many beautiful beaches, by far the most visited is Patar Beach. The creamy white sand of this beach gently slopes into the sea making it an excellent swimming beach. Be warned : It is a public beach so it gets next to NO maintenance. There’s a reason it is called the “Boracay of the North”. An amazing beach, fine creamy sand, coral, fish, crystal clear water, rock formations and golden sunsets.. What more can you want?….
Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag
A major pilgrimage site in Manaoag, Pangasinan. People come from far and wide believing by simply visiting Our Lady, she will grant the wishes of even those deemed “unworthy”. It is a beautiful Church and one that should be visited, even if you are not religious.
BEWARE: Pickpockets and scammers visit this area frequently, Keep your personal belongings close and be aware of your surroundings.
Enchanted Cave Pangasinan
When I first heard of Enchanted Cave my first thought was “it is caving like the Sumaguing Cave”.., but I was sooooo wrong.
You need to pay P150 entrance fee and parking is between P15 – P40 and operating hours are 8am to 6pm. Also P30 if you want to rent a life vest and shower rooms P25. The interior of the cave is lava rock but there are a couple of relaxation areas made from the natural features. I loved this place as many of the rock formations have made pools and waterfalls. If you have never swam in a cave before than you need to try it.
Next on our list of Pangasinan Tourist Spots And Attractions is Bolinao Falls which may not be the easiest attraction to get to but, believe me, it’s worth it. Located north of the town (Bolinao, Pangasinan), 30 minutes from the town center is Bolinao Falls. Actually divided into two falls – Bolinao 1 and Bolinao 2, these falls are still largely unknown and a little off the usual tourist path. I suggest organizing with your hotel to go on a guided tour. so nothing goes wrong. Both waterfalls are only 10 mins apart, but, lack of good signage and walking tracks, it can be hard to find at times. This is still mainly virgin area so don’t expect to see too many restaurants, MacDonalds or Jollibee’s nearby.
If you’re here with kids, I suggest you go to Bolinao 2 falls. There are picnic tables for rent and this is where most visitors end up going. If you get hot and need something to cool you down, there is a halo-halo stand at the entrance making it easy to find.
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Four to five hours out of Manila you find Hundred Islands, located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. One of the most amazing natural wonders of the Philippines, this location offers such activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, spelunking (exploring natural caves), and parasailing, People from the less tropical countries will love it here. The water is warm, clear and inviting (the water is that clear you often see fish swimming by). If you love to snorkel or dive then this location is for you. There are a few hotels, dive resorts and backpackers in the area but the food options are limited. Better to book your hotel rooms in advance and lock in a good price. Parasailing, boating, zip line, and helmet diving are all reasonable price. Easily one of the best Pangasinan Tourist Spots for those that love water activities.
The “A-Maze-Ing Sunflowers” maze is the first maze of its kind in the Philippines. Unfortunately lately it has deteriorated due to the weather and limited blooming time of the sunflowers. If you visit around April you will get a good show but May seems to be a bad month to go.
If you are looking for something different then why not spend an afternoon here and add it to your must-see list of Pangasian tourist spots. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a jazzed-up garden… It’s not… This is a real maze and it can get pretty hot out there under the sun so be prepared. Bring a hat, umbrella, sunscreen and a camera (or GoPro). Leave your drone at home because they are prohibited. Also drive carefully when arriving because the roads are narrow. Park is well catered for as there are plenty of parking spaces.
Tondol Beach Pangasinan
Called the “little boracay” because of its white sand and clear water, I wasn’t familiar with Tondol Beach as everyone talks about Hundred Islands and Patar Beach but when I arrived I was in awe… so surprisingly beautiful and serene. So easy to just relax. It is also great for toddlers because stays shallow for quite a distance. Cool air, calm waves, soft sand. When we were there campers had littered one end with garbage. It is a shame when some people are too lazy to dispose of their garbage appropriately. Please people, keep our beaches beautiful…
Bolo Beach – If you just want to get away, relax and unwind, Bolo Beach might be just what you need. The beach, located in Alaminos, Pangasinan, is peaceful and quiet, the water is clear and the views are great. You can also rent boats if you are wanting to see hundred islands.
Best of all, it isn’t crowded.
Sometimes called Culebra Island but that can confuse it with a Puerto Rican Island. One of the best islands in Pangasinan! We were in awe of the beauty of the beach and Island. The entrance fee was P25 and you can rent a Nipa Hut for P100. There is also a camping area.on the island. It was like going to El Nido and Boracay all in one place. The island is very beautiful but in some areas, the undercurrents can make it unsafe for kids to swim. Another hidden treasure in our list of Pangasinan Tourist Spots.
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Bolo Beach Pangasinan was both hot but also at the same time a definite NOT… In some ways, Bolo was a disappointment but, at the same time, we loved the place. When we were there in July there were quite a few jelly fish floating in the water and washing up on the beach. Be warned that…
Are you thinking about going to Pangasinan and need to know the BEST Pangasinan Tourist Spots And Attractions? Below is our “Hot or Not” list of the best places to go. If you think we have missed anything, please feel free to comment and help add to the list. Over the last 10 years or so, a number…
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Our trip to Our Lady of Manaoag Church . Reviews, Videos and interesting things to know and do. If you are religious or not, it is still worth visiting. We visited the basilica on a Saturday morning, bright and early to miss the crowds. There was plenty of FREE parking near the church so we didn’t have to…
Colibra otherwise known as Culebra Island is a great place to visit but is it worth the trip? See our review, experience and group rating
Patar beach is blessed with a fine, creamy colored sand. I found the coastline to be similar to Saud Beach in Pagudpud. We were both tired after helping our friends find accommodation…