Here’s a fact everyone should know: Pangasinan is home to the best beaches in the country—they’ve got the famous Hundred Islands of Alaminos Pangasinan beach, the creamy-white sand beaches of Bolinao, even small unique islands you’d have to travel to by boat to get to!
Whatever beach you choose to visit, you’ll surely leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. The best thing about the beaches in Pangasinan? They’re very easy to travel to!
Best Pangasinan Beach
In this article, we’ll talk about the top 10 best beaches in Pangasinan you have to visit this summer!
Patar Beach (Bolinao, Pangasinan Beach)
Why fly somewhere else when you can experience an equally mesmerizing white sand beach in the North?
Bolinao may be a 6-hour drive from Manila, but the scenic view, clear waters, and fine sand make it all worth it! You don’t have to worry about your lodgings too–there are tons of affordable inns and hotels near the beach.
Cabongaoan Beach (Burgos)
Don’t let this beach’s name scare you away from having the vacation of your life! Cabongaoan Beach, despite being known for its death pool (it’s a perfectly safe natural pool, don’t worry!), should also be lauded for its strip of white beach, paired with crystal waves and uniquely shaped trees.
These pools are created on rocky-shores where water is trapped after the water recedes during low-tides. That being said, there’s no need to worry about what’s waiting for you in said “death pool”! Just make sure to wear the proper footwear as you’ll be walking through rocks.
Abagatanen Beach (Agno)
If you’re in need of a quick weekend getaway, you have to head to Abagatanen Beach in the small town of Agno, Pangasinan. Be ready to fully disconnect, though! Cell phone signals may not be available in this area. Not to worry, though, there are tons of activities to get you going for the entire weekend.
Apart from the fine sand and crystal waters, Agno, Pangasinan is also known for its Umbrella Rock Formations, which are umbrella-shaped boulders along the shore which are perfect for posing and relaxing.
Tambobong Beach (Dasol, Pangasinan Beach)
Take the beach less traveled by when you head down to Tambobong Beach in Dasol, Pangasinan. It features a long, stunning stretch of sand and clear waters that will entice you to take a dip. The best thing about this beach is that it is not as crowded as the other famous beaches in the province, so you’ll certainly love this if you want to take a relaxing weekend off.
Dasol is a fishing community, so don’t be surprised if you see fishing boats lined along the shores of Tambobong Beach. If you do bump into a group of fishermen, don’t hesitate to say hello, Dasol locals are very welcoming.
Colibra Island (Dasol)
Just a boat ride away from Tambobong Beach is Colibra Island in Dasol, Pangasinan. It’s a small island filled with creamy white sand and stunning rock formations. Guests can rent cottages or tents for day tours or overnight stays. The best thing about Colibra Island is that it’s small enough to explore within the day!
If you haven’t noticed the connection, Colibra Island (coming from the word cobra) is also known as Snake Island because of the abundance of sea snakes near the rock formations found in the island before. Not to worry, though! Sea snakes are now rare on the island, and if you do find one, they’re completely harmless.
Tondaligan Beach (Dagupan)
Dagupan is undeniably one of the hottest places in the country. The best way to beat the heat? Head to the open waters to take a swim! Don’t worry about where you’re going to stay! The beach is lined with cottages and nipa huts for rent, and the city is filled with inns and hotels if you plan to stay overnight.
Apart from being one of the go-to beaches of Dagupeños, this beach is significant to their culture as they celebrate the famous Bangus Festival on the very shores of the Tondaligan Beach.
Bolasi Beach (San Fabian, Pangasinan Beach)
There is no denying that sunsets in Pangasinan are stunning, but there’s just something majestic when you watch it from the shores of Bolasi Beach. This beach is less crowded than the more famous beaches in the province, so you can enjoy the weekend better.
This beach, despite being located in a small municipality, holds historical significance to the province–it is known to be the place where the US Liberation Task Force and the Japanese Imperial forces came ashore. Former president Marcos also built a beach resort in San Fabian, which can now be visited by locals and tourists.
Cabalitian Island (Sual)
Grab the barkada and head north to Cabalitian Island in Sual, Pangasinan! This beach has tons of activities that may not be suitable for kids, but are perfect for adults! You can go swimming or hiking up the rock formations and mountains surrounding the beach. Don’t worry about catching the last boat ride to the mainland, though! They have cottages, villas, and rooms for rent so you can stay overnight.
Tondol Beach (Anda, Pangasinan Beach)
Put on your sunscreen and grab your sunglasses! This white sand beach in Anda, Pangasinan is best for swimming and exploring. Guests can rent cottages or tents near the beachfront so you can fully enjoy the gorgeous open sea.
Locals say that the best time to visit Tondol Beach is during the summer and during low tides, so tourists can explore the beach and even visit other islands!
Panacalan Island (Anda)
Just a boat ride away from Tondol Beach is the Panacalan Island in Anda, Pangasinan. Although it’s more of a sandbar than an island, the fine white sand and gorgeous waters make the extra trip worth it.
As it is very small, there are no establishments on the sandbar, so make sure to bring your own food and water if you wish to stay for a while (with this comes the reminder to bring your trash with you).
FAQs About Pangasinan Beach
What is the best time to go to the beaches in Pangasinan?
Locals say that the best time to go to Pangasinan would be from March to April, during the country’s dry season. Some recommend visiting during low-tide, while some prefer high-tide. If you do, however, plan to go during the summer, it would be best to go during the weekends to avoid large crowds.
How do you get to Pangasinan?
It is very easy to get to Pangasinan, thanks to the several bus liners found in Pasay and Cubao. A bus trip is also the cheapest way to get to Pangasinan, with fares ranging from Php 300.00 to Php 500.00 depending on your destination.
You can also get to Pangasinan via private car. Just type in your destination into your GPS app and let it guide you! The drive from Manila to Pangasinan usually lasts 4 to 5 hours.
How much are the entrance fees to the beaches in Pangasinan?
You don’t have to pay anything to swim on the beaches we featured! All of the beaches we mentioned are public, so anyone can enjoy the fine sands and crystal waters of Pangasinan. All you need to pay for would be your food and accommodation.
What beaches in Pangasinan are kid-friendly?
While going to the beach is usually a family-friendly activity, not all beaches are safe for children. A general rule of thumb would be avoiding beaches with large waves, and beaches with rocky shores.
If you have kids with you, the best beaches to visit would be Patar Beach, Bolasi Beach, and Abagatanen Beach.
Are the beaches in Pangasinan budget-friendly?
Yes! All of these beaches are open to the public, so all you need to pay for are your lodging and food. Here’s a general rule: establishments near the beach—whether it’s a restaurant or accommodation are generally more expensive. If you’re on a budget, you might want to bring your own food to the beach and find a hotel or inn that’s within walking distance from the beach.
It’s time to use those vacation leaves to good use! Log out of your work computers and head north to one of the beaches in Pangasinan!
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Kat is a writer, traveler, and a foodie. If she’s not cramming her finals, you can find her reading the latest contemporary romance novels, binge-watching some doctor show on Netflix, or planning her itinerary for her next hypothetical trip with her friends.