Pangasinan is a province in the Philippines situated in Ilocos Region in the Northern Luzon decorated with alluring tourist spots. Some of them have already been featured in many textbooks, magazines, local and international media but there are still plenty of beautiful places to visit in the province including stunning islands, pristine beaches, enchanting caves, exciting waterfalls and more.
The province of Pangasinan is the major producer of salt in the country, hence its name means “a place where salt is made.” It is also being dubbed as “the gateway to Northern Luzon” where Lingayen is its provincial capital.
It encloses the Lingayen Gulf and bordered by La Union (north), Benguet & Nueva Vizcaya (northeast), Nueva Ecija (southeast), Zambales & Tarlac (south) and South China Sea (west). The province is a home for around 3 million people and they speak in Pangasinan, Ilocano, Bolinao, Tagalog and English languages.
If you are interested in exploring its beautiful places soon, below are the most visited tourist spots in Pangasinan you may want to include in your bucket list.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Pangasinan
1. Hundred Islands
Hundred Islands is one of the most popular tourist spots in Pangasinan, a group of around 123 small islands and islets scattered in the Lingayen Gulf. These mushroom-like islets are composed of limestone rocks at its base with thick vegetation above it. Though not every islet has beautiful beaches, there are some that has its own white sand coves. The most popular islands are the Governor’s Island, Quezon Island, Marcos Island and Children’s Island for day tours and overnight camping activities. The best things to do here are island hopping, swimming, snorkeling, helmet diving, zip-lining, wall climbing, rappelling and banana boat riding.
Hundred Islands is located in Alaminos, Pangasinan. Contact the Tourism Office of Alaminos to arrange your visit.
2. Patar Beach
Patar Beach is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Pangasinan. It is a very long stretch of fine and creamy golden sand beach with crystal clear waters. Fascinating rock formations can be sighted on the far end of the beach. They say the beautiful golden sunset here will leave you in awe. Nipa huts and variety of budget to luxury accommodations are abundant in the area. This is actually a public beach and a favorite weekend getaway destination among the locals and tourists. If you want to stay overnight and have a quality time, it’s better to book in advance a beach front resort in Patar Beach.
Patar Beach is located in Bolinao, Pangasinan. There are plenty of beach front resorts in Patar Beach and there are two popular ones. For mid-range accommodation, stay at Casa Almarenzo Bed and Breakfast Resort and for luxury type, stay at Puerto Del Sol Resort.