Luzon Road Trip : Pangasinan - Ilocos - Baguio

I think I'm losing it. When there's a planned trip, I research extensively and prepare months ahead the itinerary. Admittedly, for this trip, I didn't do that much.

My original plan is to do an overnight stay and try surfing in La Union and then go straight to Vigan in Ilocos. But while researching on La Union, I came across itineraries for Pangasinan and found the virgin beach of Bolinao more appealing. So I booked the first available inns that I found in the internet and then that's it. I would browse through places from time to time but no concrete plans.

To tell you honestly, I researched the places to visit around Bolinao only a few days before. I starred all the nice places in Google map and decided we can just pick through which places to go on the way. That is why I had no idea Bolinao to Ilocos is as far as Manila to Ilocos! Haha. But, more of that on later. I should list down the places we visited before I forget them.

Here you go, a quick overview of our North Luzon Road Trip: Pangasinan-Ilocos-Baguio  :)

Goodbye, Manila!

Just like our regular Wednesdays, we left our homes by 6AM. But this time, instead of heading to Makati, we're on the road off to the North!


Somehwere in TPLEX



Alaminos, Pangasinan

After a detour to Robinson's Pangasinan to do some shopping for the wedding, we arrived in Alaminos at around 11AM. Believe it or not, it's my first time to be in Pangasinan.


Maxine by the Bay

Driver Dash is definitely hungry by this time. And it's still too hot for island hopping, so we went to the first restaurant that Google suggested -- Maxine by the Bay, which is just beside Lucap Warf.




Hundred Islands

Hundred Islands is not really in the itinerary but since we're already in Pangasinan and it's still early, we decided to a half-day tour.

I'm not too thrilled about the idea of Hundred Islands but when I saw the water, I was in awe! I can't believe how clear the waters are! And how it is literally Hundreds of islands. We spent an hour on Governor's Island for photos and boarded the boat we rented again to visit two more islands -- Children's Island and Quezon Island. But since it's already late and it's raining and we're not in proper attire, we didn't bother to go down.

Governor's Island, Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan
Governor's Island, Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan

Governor's Island, Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan
Governor's Island, Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan

Governor's Island, Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan
Governor's Island, Hundred Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan



Bolinao, Pangasinan

A few hours later, we're at the town of Bolinao, our home for two days. Thanks to Waze and Google Map, navigating is easy as a breeze! 

Bolinao, Pangasinan
Bolinao, Pangasinan

Casa Almarenzo

Casa Almarenzo is a gem! If I would go back to Bolinao, I would definitely book here again. Although they are not in the vicinity of Patar beach, Kuya Bong Bong and the friendly staff, the beautiful pool, and this view of the West Philippine Sea is worth another visit.

Casa Almarenzo

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

 Just like windmills, there's something about lighthouses that are just mesmerizes me.

Kia Carens at Bolinao Light House
Cape Bolinao


Enchanted Cave

Bolinao is a town full of beautiful caves. The caves used to be under the sea and giant clam fossilws were even found around the area. One of the most popular of these caves is the Enchanted Cave. The Enchanted Cave boasts of a well-preserved natural water pool which can rise up to more than 8-feet high on high tide.

It was so refreshing to swim through the pool, although it is also a bit scary for me because I really can't swim.


Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave

Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave

Enchanted Cave
Enchanted Cave

Patar White Beach

So they say it's the Boracay of the North. But I disagree. Patar White Beach has a beauty of its own. And what we loved about it is that it's not commercialized. And we hope it stays as is. 

It was a weekday when we came and we got the beach all by ourselves! :)



Patar White Beach, Bolinao
Patar Beach, Bolinao


Patar White Beach, Bolinao
Patar Beach, Bolinao

Giant Taklobo Resto Grill

Bolinao is actually a remote town and there's not much restaurants around the area, especially along the beach road. If you'll stay overnight, it's better that you stock up on food first. This is why we're so happy find Giant Taklobo Reso Grill still open after we went swimming.

It was Kuya Bong from Casa Almarenzo who recommended us to try this one. And, they did not disappoint! Up to this day, I'm still craving for the yummy pinakbet they served.


Giant Taklobo Resto Grill
Giant Taklobo Resto Grill


Calle Crisologo, Vigan

After two days in Bolinao, we drove further North to Ilocos. After 6 hours of driving, we found ourselves back at the historic Calle Crisologo in Vigan.

I love Vigan
I love Vigan!

Calle Crisolog
Calle Crisologo


Stone House Cafe

On our way to Laoag airport to pick up Keilyn, we spotted this cute cafe and decided to check it out. We loved the cozy ambiance and the stylish interiors. If Stone House Cafe is located in Manila, I am sure it will be a big hit.

We got to chat with the owner too, And yes, I forgot his name again. And forgot to take a picture.





Baguio City

Baguio was not in our itinerary but Rye insisted that we go through here on our way home. So we did. :) It was years since I last visited Baguio. Although I am not too happy with the over modernization of the town, I can't deny that Baguio still has its charm and magic.












By the way, thank God for these bloggers who shared their own trips and made my life easier:

This "overview" post took me a very long time to post! I didn't realize we visited a lot of places! (And I left out some too. Sorry.) Hopefully I can blog each place in this itinerary.

Until my next free time!




-- This post is originally from http://sacurativo.blogspot.com

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