Best of Pangasinan | Things to do, Hotels, Resorts, Guides
Pangasinan is loved for its postcard-perfect Hundred Islands National Park, which comprise 123 islets scattered in the Lingayen Gulf. The towns of Bolinao and Lingayen make for ideal side trips, while a must-visit during Lent is the phenomenal Manaoag Basilica—this draws about two million people from all over the country.
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Villa Jireh (Japeth Holistic Resort Hotel Inc)
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Labrador, Pangasinan. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
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Hide A-way Sea Beach Resort
What started out as a way to accommodate visiting friends turned into an entire lifestyle change for Glory and George Wilson in 2000. Years later, they've turned their 3-hectare beachside property into a sprawling resort in Sitio Surip, known as a lookout point and was so named for the large rock (resembling an Easter Island head) on one of its cliffs (surip also means silip, which means to sneak a peek at). Visitors can opt to hang out for the day or pitch their own tent on the beach for PHP150, or rent out one of their rooms or suites for the night. Visitors may come for the proximity to pilgrimage sites and underwater caves that you can scuba dive to, but they stay for the freshly-caught seafood platter, the restaurant's specialty and the incredible hospitality.
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A cozy house located on a quiet street a five-minute walk away from the municipal hall, this homestay has quaint, sunny rooms, a kitchen that's free for use, and even a bicycle that guests can use to get around town.
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Kubo by the beach
Located right on the beach and surrounded by a sandy garden, this native-style bamboo house is basic, simple, and perfect for anyone who wants to get close to nature. The clean bathrooms and toilets with a modern, working flush are a nice and surprising touch.
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As far as space goes, Plumeria has a lot of it, not only when it comes to its main houses, but also for the property itself. The property opens out to the beach and also has a fish pond, a small herb garden, and trees everywhere. Ideal for team building activities and group outings, Plumeria's accommodations have clean bathrooms, comfortable beds, and lots of common areas, including small huts near the beach, and a roof deck with a scenic view of the nearby mountains.
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Jotikashe Beach House
Surrounded by fields and opening out to the beach, this property has room enough for big groups and families. It has spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, and the high ceilings and huge windows make the space bright and breezy.
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A great choice for big groups of families, Rendezvous has basic air-conditioned rooms, huts fronting the property, and a hardworking videoke machine that guarantee a good time.
Don’t let Bani’s small-town charm throw you off—this unassuming municipality may seem off the beaten path, but it more than deserves a spot on your itinerary. Be warned, though, the adventures to be found in Bani aren’t for the faint of heart. A must-go destination for adrenaline junkies, Bani is home to amazing treks and jaw-dropping cave systems just begging to be explored. For those looking for something a little more laidback, the town is home to a lot of history (just ask about the story of the Bani tree and the myth of Sitio Surip!) and excellent grub. Bani is also a pilgrimage destination, as it is home to the Redeemer’s Cross and the Immaculate Conception Parish, so be sure to book your accommodations early if you want first dibs on an amazing place to spend your Holy Week!
Located at the northern tip of Anda is Tondol Beach. Anda itself is a municipality on an island that was previously only accessible by boat through Catubig Channel. Since the 1990s, a bridge was made connecting the island to the mainland of Pangasinan. Tondol Beach features a long, white sand beach that is shallow and serene. It is said to be one of the best, if not the very best, beaches in Pangasinan. It is the perfect place to go if you are looking for peace, quiet, and zen. However, the place is also flexible enough to be the place for those who want to make their own music (depending on how good one’s singing voice is when one sings on the karaoke machine). It could very well be a haven for photography enthusiasts, hobbyists, and even professionals. The use of the beach volleyball court, hammocks, and WiFi is free. There is no corkage fee for bringing in food and drinks. Visitors may also cook their own food at the resort. The use of the resort's refrigerator, freezer, and cooking utensils is also free.
Balingasay River is included in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the cleanest river in the Philippines. Gracing the center of Bolinao, this river is just a 10-minute drive away from the town proper. A mangrove expedition by boat is what the people of Patar offer to the visitors of the immaculate river (aside from their sumptuous grilled seafood dishes they are known for!). Tourists also en route to Bolinao Falls (another famous Bolinao attraction) since it is accessible through the Balingasay River. If you’re on the lookout for a tranquil cruise, this is the river to visit!
Binungey of Bolinao
Binungey is the popular sweet sticky rice dessert made from Bolinao, Pangasinan. Also known as 'bamboo cake', Binungey is a mixture of sticky rice, coconut milk, coconut meat, and water slowly cooked inside a bamboo shell. Binungey is usually eaten as a dessert or as an afternoon snack, with fruits, tea, or coffee. Pangasinenses traditionally eat Binungey right after attending the mass. That's why it is being profusely sold outside the churches.
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse sits on top of Punta Piedra Point in Patar, Bolinao. Although no longer open to the general public, it remains one of the tallest lighthouses in the Philippines, having 135 steps of stairs. It was built in 1905 by British and Filipino engineers on the lofty hill of solid rock that is Punta Piedra Point, 18 kilometers from the town proper of Bolinao and 351 feet above sea level. The lighthouse provides a 360-degree panoramic view of a part of Cape Bolinao Dendro Thermal Ipil-Ipil Plantation and the West Philippine Sea. The lighthouse has been a frequent site of location shooting for local movies. This lighthouse is just 35 feet shorter than the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte.
Rock View Beach
If there's one place that you wouldn't be able to forget in Bolinao, aside from the Bolinao Lighthouse, it would be the Rock View Beach Resort! This beach is not your ordinary one. Once you get to sit in your rented cottage (P500 / P1,000 for your whole stay) to drink in the view of the West Philippine Sea, you would be greeted by Rock View's sensational rock formations!
Your Pangasinan adventure would not be complete without visiting the Wonderful Cave! Located at Barangay Patar (walking distance from Puerto Del Sol Resort), Wonderful Cave is just a 20-minute drive away from the Bolinao town proper and is one of the three famous caves in Bolinao. The cave is stereotypically called "Wonderful Cave" for it is literally 'wonderful' for its crystal clear water and mystical vibe! The cave's ceiling is filled with stalactites which thereby added wonderment to this secret hideaway.
Designed by Ralph Harrington Doane, Pangasinan’s Capitol Building is of neo-classical architectural design and is considered as one of the Architectural Treasures of the Philippines by the National Commission for Culture and Arts. The construction of the original building began in 1917, was completed in 1918, and was inaugurated in 1919. It was damaged during World War II and was reconstructed in 1949 under the term of Governor Enrique Braganza. In 2007, during the term of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., the building was renovated as the initial part of the governor’s project, “dawning of the golden era” of the province.
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