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Bolinao, Pangasinan



Bolinao, Pangasinan is a town in Northern Luzon, about a 7-hour drive from Metro Manila. Best described as a hidden gem, this charming beach town is full of surprises.

The improvements in roads and highways has made travel to Bolinao easier, making it more accessible for tourists looking for a getaway adventure relatively close to Manila.

Visitors to this tropical paradise get to experience its many natural wonders - white sand beaches, rivers, underground caves, waterfalls and rock formations - all in one town. Look a little closer and you'll learn that Bolinao is rich with history, in fact the town was established in 1575, just 10 years after the founding of Cebu City. This makes visits to the town proper, the old church, the lighthouse, and the museum a must for travellers looking to do more than just lay on the sand.

The tourism industry in Bolinao feels well-established, with warm locals and many small resorts ready to welcome visitors to their town. That being said, Bolinao is still unspoilt and uncommercialized, despite their focus on tourism. It's a great time to experience the many exciting things Bolinao has to offer. Definitely worth the long trip!

 

Patar White Beach


Often compared to the white shores of Boracay, Patar White Beach showcases beautiful sunsets, golden white sand and a relaxing ocean views. It definitely has a beauty of its own.



 

Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort and Hotel Club


A beach resort and hotel club that offers clean and well-appointed accommodations, good service, and a spectacular beach view. Highly recommended resort if you plan to stay in Bolinao. For more information on Puerto Del Sol Resort, check out our stays article here.



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St. James The Great Parish


Built in 1609 out of black coral stones, this 4-century-old church is one of the oldest in the Philippines. The church tower of Bolinao used to be the tallest in Pangasinan until an earthquake destroyed half of the tower in 1788. Located in front of the town hall and beside Bolinao People’s Market.





 

Bolinao Town Proper


Whenever visiting a new place, it’s nice to check out the town proper not just because it’s the heart of the town, but also because it’s where you’ll find facilities you might need for your trip like the local market, banks, church, restaurants, hospital and bus terminals. Bolinao town proper offers all of these.



 

Balingasay River


A two time winner of the DILG’s Gawad Pangulo sa Kapligiran Award for the cleanest and greenest body of water in Region 1.




 

Sungayan Grill


Sungayan Grill is considered one of the best restaurants in Bolinao. Named after their native fish called Sungayan or Unicorn fish, it offers sumptuous seafood platters and grilled favorites (Don’t forget to try the Sungayan Fish). For a fee, you can experience their floating river cruise in the Balingasay River which lasts about an hour. It is important to note that to beat the lunch crowd it’s best to arrive early or to order ahead.