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If you are looking for a new place for a vacation getaway, then look no further. Not very far from Manila is a place in Pangasinan called Bolinao. There you can find beaches, caves and waterfalls. Oh, and there is also this beautiful lighthouse you would want to see.
Bolinao, a 3rd class municipality, is one of the treasured attractions of Pangasinan. It is rapidly gaining popularity as the place to go to for a quick respite from Manila. Found at the edge of Western Philippines, it has been considered a perfect spot to view the sunset.
The best route is to take a bus from Victory Liner found in Cubao or Five Star in Pasay. Travel time is 6 to 7 hours for about 450 to 500 Pesos. There are two stopovers, one in Tarlac and another in Alaminos.
To tour the province, rent a tricycle. The rate can go as much as 1,200 Pesos. The driver will take you to the must see places and can also serve as a tour guide. Consider yourself lucky if you get to sit inside as most of the ride is rough. If you find yourself in the backride, then be prepared for body aches mostly on your buttocks and thighs.
The first place most people visit upon arriving is the St. James the Great Parish Church. This church was built in 1609 by Augustinian priests. Take a moment to say a prayer for a safe and memorable trip.
See the Bolinao Falls. A short waterfall, the Bolinao Falls serve as a side trip to first time tourists. If time allows, enjoy a dip in its bluegreen water.
There are also a number of beach resorts in Bolinao. There is the Treasures of Bolinao that overlooks the China Sea. Another is the Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort and Hotel Club which hosts several outdoor pools. Then there is the G Beach Resort which claims to have “the best spot in Patar” (a barangay in Bolinao).
Another must-see is the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse in Patar. It was built in 1903 and is the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. It now serves as a magnificent landmark and is popular for wedding pictorials.
Caving is a popular tourist activity in Bolinao. Two of the more known caves are the Enchanted and Wonderful Caves both found in Brgy. Patar. Pick one or go for both caves to explore and you are in for something special.
A main attraction to tourists is the amazing view of the sunset from its beaches. Find a good spot and be awed as you watch the sun dip in the waters. You may also want to visit Bani. Rent a boat for 500 Pesos and it will bring you in this secluded area of the beach.
There is not much in terms of restaurants or fast food there but you can try the local eateries around the province.
One of them is Adora’s Restaurant, located near St. James Church and is open 24 hours. Order their Lomi noodle soup.
Inside the Puerto del Sol, you will find the La Playa Restaurant. With its perfect beachside location, you will feel relaxed and comforted. Their specialty is the Bangus Cordon Bleu.
Bolinao is not known for nightlife activities. Unlike many tourist destinations, there are no bars or cafes or other nighttime establishments. Instead, ask the resort you are staying in if they have any night activities.
Aside from the many beach resorts, there are also a number of places you can stay in. There is the Rullan Apartelle found in Anda which offers a peaceful and homely accommodation. You may also opt to stay in Amihan Transit House in Alaminos City or the Nacion Lodge in Agno.
Best to travel at night. Sleep during the bus ride. By doing so, you will enjoy most of the daytime touring.
Better to buy your own drinking water, just to be safe.
And bring smaller bills especially in the 50 and 20 Peso denominations for easy paying.