I am fortunate to reside in a country where beautiful beaches are in abundance. So, I jump at every chance to be one with nature and immerse myself in these turquoise waters. Would you like to go for a dip with me?
The Philippines is a country blessed with 7,107 islands and many natural wonders. Among these are numerous beaches perfect for summer getaways, and many of which have become increasingly popular with sun-worshippers across the globe.
As for myself, I am an ardent traveler who wants to set foot and snap in film as many of my country’s majestic beaches as I can in my lifetime. After all, with more than 7,000 islands to roam, there must be a considerable number of beaches waiting to be discovered, explored, and enjoyed!
I have so far been in a handful of these beaches—would you like to visit them with me?
My parents hail from the Western Philippine province of Pangasinan, where there are many coastal towns. One of them is the municipality of Dasol, where the quiet fishing village of Tambobong faces the South China Sea. My mother’s aunt and uncle, who live a few kilometers from the village, are always happy to take us to Tambobong White Beach whenever we come for a visit. Since our first visit three years ago, we’ve been treated to inviting waters, a breathtaking view, and the fishermen’s freshest catch!
Situated at the Western outskirts of Vigan City in the province of Ilocos Sur, Mindoro Beach (named after the coastal village situated along its shores) is one of the places visitors to the historical town shouldn’t miss. Even if the beach is not the best for swimming for its rough waves, it’s still a great spot for a bit of seaside soaking and frolicking. The rather hidden beach is special to me, as it was where I blew my birthday candles two years ago.
Following my tradition of celebrating my birthday somewhere scenic (which began at Mindoro Beach) I flew last year to the province of Palawan, home to many enchanting seaside spots. I went specifically to the town of Coron, where I indulged in an exciting island hopping adventure. Thus, instead of citing a specific beach, I mentioned here the whole town, which will always be one of my favorite destinations. I loved the place so much that leaving got me teary-eyed!
Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
For my birthday expedition this year, I went to the northernmost tip of the Luzon island: the coastal town of Pagudpud in the province of Ilocos Norte. Pagudpud boasts of two famous beaches: the touristy Saud Beach to the west, and the smaller, more laid-back, and more scenic Maira-ira Beach to the northeast, now commonly called Blue Lagoon. Like Mindoro Beach, the waves can be strong, but many find it perfect for surfing. The sand is finer and whiter, but shells and corals litter the shore, which beachcombers like me will find exciting. The morning of my birthday was one of the best mornings I had ever woken up to—I opened the door of our lodge and the beach was just some steps away, beckoning me to immerse in its beauty for a fleeting moment (we just stayed overnight).
I bet you all have some stories about your days outdoors and indulgence in nature’s beauty, so why don’t you share them with us as well?