There’s a reason why Patar beach Bolinao is becoming known as the “Boracay of the North”. Fine white sand, deep blue water, the sea breeze in your hair and a romantic sunset… It’s a wonderful place to be…
Patar Beach Bolinao
UPDATED 2019: Patar Bolinao Beach Entrance Fee is FREE. Camping Fee is ₱100 – ₱200 (exclusive of a tent). You may bring your own tent, but people usually rent cottages or bring their own mats. Cottage Fee starts at ₱300 – ₱700. Tricycle Tour Rate is around P1500 (tour to the different attractions of Bolinao) Bolinao Waterfalls (₱20 parking fee, ₱50 entrance fee); Rock Formations entrance fee is ₱70.
Catching a bus from Manila, it took a good 5 – 6 hours to reach Bolinao Town Proper. From there we caught a tricycle to our resort, Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort (another 30 minutes). Check-in was smooth and we were able to relax for a while before meeting our friends.
When we did find them, they were having trouble getting a room. They hadn’t pre-booked and were finding all the resorts and hotels in their price range booked out. Lucky we had booked ahead…
Rooms book out fast in this area so always plan ahead.
Patar White Sand Beach?
Patar beach Bolinao is blessed with a fine, creamy colored sand but, in my opinion, it is not “white” sand. I have read many blogs talking about how beautiful the white sand beach is at Patar and so, that is what I expected to see… white sand. The beach we found was beautiful, the sand was soft but it was definitely a creamy color. So we should be calling it “Patar Almost White Sand Beach”.
Still, the beach and coastline was beautiful… I found the coastline to be similar to Saud Beach in Pagudpud. We were both tired after helping our friends find accommodation so we had a quick rest and were lucky to see the sunset before having a romantic dinner.
Beach sunsets can be so amazing! If you can, try to plan it so you get to see one of these amazing sunsets, I promise you will love it.
Near the public beach entrance is where you find a lot of the boats and huts. Groups of locals also seem to hang out in this area. The far ends of the beach are not nearly as populated so if you want a bit of privacy them head for those areas.
Saturday at Patar Beach Bolinao Pangasinan
The next day was Saturday and it was sunny and hot : We were expecting to see large crowds at the beach but were pleasantly surprised. There was a small crowd but nothing to feel uncomfortable about. The beach was clean and reasonably well kept.
To make it even better.. It is a FREE public beach… Yes, Free. I have been to a few “Public” parks and beaches where I DID have to pay entry fees. This was a breathe of fresh air so to speak.
The sun was hot, the sand was soft and the water was inviting.. I couldn’t resist a swim and violet was the color of the day… It was a great day on Patar White Sand Beach (white sand beach is just a name, not a description lol)
See all the pics in the Photo Gallery
The water near the public area stays shallow for quite a way out and Gary wanted to find something a little deeper. Up further there was a lot of seaweed but passed that it did get deeper closer to shore… But the currentin that area was strong and no life-savers so we returned to the main area to swim.
Gary didn’t think the water was deep enough, but it was deep enough for me…
Many people say the beach sand is white. Well, it wasn’t white when we were there… More of cream or beige colour. Still a lovely beach never the less. I did notice that in parts there were stones that can be sharp on the feet. Especially when walking in the shallow waters. If you have aqua-shoes it might be a good idea to bring them because you don’t want to ruin your trip with a bad cut to your foot.
The area adjacent to the beach has toilets, change rooms, novelty and souvenir shops (you can even hire a tube to float on in the water). The Filipino style cottages are for rent, I think they were 500 a day and are right on the edge of the water, so good value.
See all the pics in the Patar beach Bolinao Photo Gallery
Up a bit further there are some rocky areas to explore if you feel like going for a walk. I will say, I had a very relaxing 2 days at Patar Beach Bolinao.
- Bring your own food and drinks if you plan to have a picnic on the beach, but always leave no trace behind.
- Keep your devices charged by bringing a power bank and extra batteries.
- Bring a volleyball or Frisbee so that you have other things to do while on the beach.
- The waves and current can get strong, so be extra cautious especially if you don’t know how to swim or if you have kids with you.
CONCLUSION – Patar Beach Bolinao Pangasinan
- Pristine, clear and unspoiled waters – Comparable to the beaches in Visayas and Mindanao
- Good sand – Doesn’t get hot even in the middle of the day
- Cheap accommodation
- Security – I felt safe while there
- Unspoiled – Please keep this place pristine and unspoiled. Wait for the sun to set
- Distance from Manila – 6 hours away from Manila (Private vehicle) 7 -8 hrs if you’re commuting. Plus 30 from the city centre to Patar beach (17 km).
I have read many reviews and talked to many people.
- Many say the beach is too crowded – I didn’t think it was.
- Many say the beach experience is not worth the drive – Think of it as a cheaper alternative to flying to Palawan or Boracay.
I love the area and recommend it to everyone. Add it to your list of holiday destinations or weekend getaways.
See all the pics in the Patar Beach Bolinao Photo Gallery