The Philippines is renowned for its stunning beaches, and Pangasinan, a province situated in the northern part of the country, is no exception. With its pristine shorelines, crystal-clear waters, and a plethora of natural wonders, Pangasinan offers a beach experience that’s nothing short of paradise.
Moreover, there are plenty of budget-friendly resorts and hotels in Pangasinan so you can enjoy a vacation without breaking the bank. Not to mention that a lot of beaches here are kid-friendly as well — making it one of the best family-friendly destinations in the country.
In this article, we will take a journey through some of the best beaches in Pangasinan.
- 1. Hundred Islands National Park
- 2. Patar Beach
- 3. Tondol Beach
- 4. Cabongaoan Beach
- 5. Masangret Cove
- 6. Tambobong Beach
- 7. Balinmanok Beach
- 8. Colibra Island
- 9. Masamerey Beach
- 10. Bolasi Beach
- 11. Sabangan Beach
- 12. Abagatanen White Beach
- 13. Bunga Beach
- 14. Surip Beach
- 15. Lingayen Beach
- 16. Bonuan Beach
- 17. Bolo Beach
- 18. Cabalitian Island
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1. Hundred Islands National Park
The Hundred Islands National Park is perhaps the most known attraction in Pangasinan. It is also the first protected park in the country.
Nestled in Alaminos City, this breathtaking archipelago consists of 124 islands and islets. The islands are scattered along the Lingayen Gulf, forming a beautiful landscape as seen from above.
Governor Island and Quezon Island are two of the most frequented destinations in the park. Governor Island features a viewpoint where visitors can savor panoramic vistas of the surrounding islands and the Gulf. Meanwhile, Quezon Island boasts a crescent-shaped beach with powdery white sand — an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and beach games.
To get here, you need to rent a boat for island hopping at the port of Alaminos City.
Where to stay: Old Woods by the Sea Nature Resort
2. Patar Beach
Heading southwest to Bolinao, you’ll discover another one of the best beaches in Pangasinan: Patar Beach. Known for its fine, white sand and inviting turquoise waters, Patar Beach is a paradise for beach lovers. The 500-meter shoreline stretches along the West Philippine Sea, providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Patar Beach is a public beach so there is no entrance fee for visitors. You can find various resorts and restaurants lining the shore, and aside from swimming and beach bumming, you can avail of other activities such as snorkeling and diving.
3. Tondol Beach
In the town of Anda (near the Hundred Islands National Park), you’ll find Tondol Beach – one of the most popular beaches in Pangasinan. Also referred to by locals as the “Little Boracay of the North,” it is known for its powdery white sand and shallow, crystal-clear water, making it suitable for children.
Tondol Beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or simply basking in the sun. You can also explore the nearby islands, some of which are reachable on foot during low tide while the rest can be visited with a motor boat. These islands include Panacalan Sand Bar, Tanduyong Island, Cory Island, and Purod Island.
4. Cabongaoan Beach
Cabongaoan Beach was a hidden gem until a few years ago, when its natural rock pools (called the “Death Pool”) were popularized in social media. Today, it’s one of the top beach destinations in Pangasinan.
Cabongaoan Beach has fine, yellowish sands surrounded by coconut trees. On one end of the shoreline, you’ll find interesting rock formations and the Death Pool, a popular spot for picture taking. There are budget-friendly resorts here where you can rent a cottage or tent for day trips or overnight stays.
5. Masangret Cove
Masangret Cove (also known as the “Blue Lagoon of Pangasinan”) is a tiny beach cove with beautiful blue waters.
It is accessible by foot from Cabongaoan Beach. From there you need to pass by the Death Pool and Mary Hill. The trail is difficult, which is why it remains mostly unknown outside of local communities.
If you’re looking for the most beautiful beaches in Pangasinan, you should definitely add Masangret Cove to your list.
6. Tambobong Beach
Tambobong Beach is ideal for those looking for a quiet weekend destination in Pangasinan. It has a long shoreline filled with white sands and a wide seagrass meadow, giving it an idyllic ambiance.
There are numerous resorts along the shore, where you can rent a room, cottage, and even tents for outdoor stays. Spend an afternoon here with your family and friends — grill fresh seafood, bond together, and take a swim. You can also island hop to nearby islands such as Colibra Island, Cabacungan Cove, and Crocodile Island.
7. Balinmanok Beach
Located just east of Tambobong Beach is the lesser-known Balinmanok Beach. It features a pristine, white-sand shore lined with coconut trees. Similar to Tambobong Beach, it is also lined with a wide bed of sea grass. But don’t let that distract you — the water here is clear and perfect for cooling off especially during the summer.
Another noteworthy feature of Balinmanok Beach is a wooden shipwreck, which is now grown with corals and is a favorite snorkeling and freediving site in Pangasinan.
There are a handful of resorts in Balinmanok Beach where you can enjoy a quiet, exclusive vacation. Location: Burgos
8. Colibra Island
For those seeking a more secluded beach destination, then check out Colibra Island in Dasol. It is also called “Snake Island” due to the abundance of sea snakes on the southern part of the island. Although small, the island is worth visiting for its fine, white sand and crystal-clear waters, making it a haven for beachcombers and nature enthusiasts.
There are no resorts in the island and it’s only accessible by boat. To reach Colibra Island, book an island hopping boat tour from Dasol. Other places you can visit include Crocodile Cave and Cabacungan Cove, which features a cave with underwater tunnel.
9. Masamerey Beach
Masamerey Beach is one of the emerging tourist attractions in Sual, Pangasinan. It is a public beach with fine, white sands — perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing.
Aside from the beach, there are various outdoor activities you can do in the area, so you might consider staying here for a while. You can island hop to nearby islands including Cabalitian Island, Islands of Comas, Poro Maya, and Tori-Tori. Or rent a boat to visit the Hundred Islands Natural Park. There are also waterfalls and other attractions you can explore while in Sual.
10. Bolasi Beach
Bolasi Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Pangasinan. It features a long stretch of white sand, surrounded by various hotels and resorts, restaurants, and restaurants. This Pangasinan beach is a great option if you’re looking for a nice beach with modern-day conveniences.
Aside from swimming and sunbathing, you can also do other aquatic activities such as snorkeling, banana boat, and boating. It can also serve as jump-off point to island hopping to the Hundred Islands National Park. There is also a baywalk where you can take a stroll while appreciating the view of the ocean and the surrounding greenery and mountains.
Location: San Fabian
11. Sabangan Beach
Sabangan Beach is one of the most unique Pangasinan beaches you can find, so if you have enough time in the province make sure to spend a day here.
This beach is famous for the “Umbrella Rocks,” a collection of umbrella-shaped rock formations along the shore. It is said that the formations were formed through the relentless lapping of tidal waves against the shore. A captivating sights, it is one of the top attractions in Agno.
Aside from the rock formations, Sabangan Beach is also a nice place for swimming. It has home reefs that are great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Fishing activities are also available.
12. Abagatanen White Beach
Abagatanen White Beach is one of the lesser-known beaches in Pangasinan. It features a long shoreline with creamy sand where you can swim and beach bum. It also has rock formations and a shallow lagoon perfect for dipping.
There are resorts lining the shore, so have your pick depending on your preferences. Boats are also available for island hopping activity.
13. Bunga Beach
Bunga Beach (also known as Aloleng-Bunga Beach) is one of the beach coves in Agno, close to Sabangan Beach and Abagatanen Beach. It is a decent option for relaxing getaways and visiting the famous Umbrella Rocks.
14. Surip Beach
Surip Beach is located in Bani, a town overshadowed by its two more popular municipalities — Alaminos and Bolinao. So if you find yourself here, consider yourself lucky as you’re bound to discover one of the most underrated beaches in Pangasinan.
Surip Beach has crystal-clear waters, a thriving marine ecosystem that makes it perfect for snorkeling and diving, and beautifu limestone rock formations and mountains that serve as backdrops for photos.
It also serves as a jump-off point to the nearby Polipol Island, which is a popular cliff jumping site.
Hide Away Sea and Beach Resort
15. Lingayen Beach
Located in the provincial capital of Lingayen, Lingayen Beach is a public beach widely popular among the locals. It features fine, gray sand and calm waters ideal for swimming. As it is a public beach, there is no entrance fee and even the cottages are free to use.
While you’re in the area, you can also visit the Provincial Capitol building and the Veteran’s Memorial Park, which tells the history of the province and its role in the previous WWII.
Lingayen Beach is one of the best Pangasinan beaches especially for those who simply want to have a casual day on the beach.
Where to stay: The First Islatel
16. Bonuan Beachhttps://www.instagram.com/p/Bth4dQQgtlB/
Another one of the most popular beaches in Pangasinan is Bonuan Beach in Dagupan City. It is only minutes away from the city proper, making it easily accessible for beach lovers.
Bonuan Beach (also called Tondaligan Beach) is a known recreational haven. Families come here to let their kids play in the water, build sandcastles from sand, and go on watersport activities such as banana boating and canoeing .There are cottages available to keep shade from the sun and there are food stalls and vendors selling fresh seafood and local delicacies.
Location: Dagupan City
Where to stay: Lenox Hotel
17. Bolo Beach
Bolo Beach is a small, quiet beach located in Alaminos City. It serves as a jump-off point to the nearby Hundred Islands National Park and as an alternative for those who prefer a more relaxing beach community.
It has a shallow beachfront where children can frolic and swim. There are also resorts and cottages where you can rest, grill food, and enjoy KTV. Other activites such as kayaking, banana boat, and jetski are also available.
18. Cabalitian Island
Escape the stress of the city and visit Cabalitian Island, one of the islands in Lingayen Gulf accessible via boat. This small island has a nice beach perfect for swimming, high rocks and cliffs perfect for cliff jumping, hiking trails, and a small tunnel called Limahong Cave.
There are a handful of resorts in the island if you wish to stay the night.
As you plan your visit to these magnificent Pangasinan beaches, keep in mind the importance of respecting the natural environment. Responsible tourism ensures that these coastal treasures remain preserved for future generations to enjoy. So, pack your sunscreen, bring your sense of adventure, and embark on a journey to discover the best beaches Pangasinan has to offer.
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- Best Pangasinan Tourist Spots and Things to Do
- Best Bolinao Tourist Spots
- Best Beaches in Pangasinan
- Cabongaoan Beach and Tambobong Beach
- Best Pangasinan Food to Try
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).