Patar White Sand Beach
Discover Patar White Beach! The most popular among the number of pristine beaches in Bolinao Pangasinan. It is blessed with beautiful golden sand, crystal clear water, and a breathtaking view of the West Philippine Sea.
It is a public beach so no entrance fees but you need to pay for parking space. There are several nipa huts for rent along the beach. There are some stores at the back of the beach where the public toilet and baths are also located. From Bolinao town center, it takes 30 – 40 minutes to reach Patar White Beach.
Most of the resorts including the upscale Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort & Hotel Club are located along the coast north of Patar Beach. The only resort right on Patar Beach is Treasures of Bolinao.
After you enjoy swimming on Patar White Sand Beach, you can also visit Cape Bolinao Lighthouse atop Punta Piedra Point one of the must-see attractions in Bolinao. The lighthouse was constructed in the early part of the 20th Century under American rule and is supposed to be the second tallest in the Philippines after Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte. It is just located at the very top of a small hill left side of the main road before heading to Patar White Beach.
You can also visit Tara Falls and Bolinao Falls 1 & 2, a must see places and great swimming experience when touring around Bolinao.
Other places to visit in Bolinao are Enchanted Cave, Cindy’s Cave and Wonderful Cave. These are underground Pools where swimming inside the cave is allowed. You might also see giant clam (Tridacna gigas) and Sea Cucumbers at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) Marine Laboratory in Guigui-wanen. If you want to see them in their own habitat you can rent a boat at UP-MSI and let them tour you to Silaki Island marine sanctuary manage by UP-MSI.
It is also worth to take a short side trip to The Saint James the Great Parish Church a Spanish colonial church made out of black coral stones. Originally built in 1609 and its bell tower was once the tallest in the entire island of Luzon. The church is near the bus terminal and it is in front of the town hall. It is one of Pangasinan’s major landmarks. The town of Bolinao and the Church of St James is on permanent display at Legoland Malaysia. It is the only Philippine landmark and destination featured in Legoland.
NOTES TO TOURISTS & TRAVELERS
- Be Responsible.
- Don’t leave your trash everywhere.
- DO NOT TOUCH the marine life.
- DO NOT STEP on the corals!
- DO not take seashells from the beach.
- Be Courteous to the locals.
- DO Respect other people’s privacy.
- Don’t forget to have fun!
LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS. TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES. KILL NOTHING BUT TIME.
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