The summer season is here! We can all definitely feel the heat of the sun as we step outside our house! I’m pretty sure everyone has been receiving summer outing invites through your mobile phones or even your Facebook group chats. If you’ve been wondering where to go on your next barkada or family escapade, here are 8 North Luzon Spots you should definitely visit this summer!
Bataan is a province that is part of the Central Luzon Region. Did you know that it is a peninsula? It basically has water all around it except to the north. The beaches on the west coast are especially notable to go to.
Morong, Bagac and Mariveles are some of the emerging beach resorts where you’d be able to see white sand beaches and stunning coves surrounded by cliffs. In a glance, you would definitely be awed by it.
Another breath taking landmark is the Mt. Samat National Shrine which is a monument created in remembrance of World War II victims. Aside from just beaches and mountain views, there is also a nearby waterfall which is the Dansulan Falls. Known as a picnic spot for families and friends. It is also a great place to relax. You can easily visit both Mt. Samat and the Dansulan Falls as a day trip from the busy city of Metro Manila.
Pagudpud is Located in Ilocos Norte, it is a place that is relatively undiscovered to the citizens or one would say “virgin” and still one of the most naturally preserved Philippines destinations. Saud Beach is the main attraction of this place and is known as the “Boracay of the North” with its powdery white sand, clean beach and crystal clear waters. Pagudpud is very known for its strong waves which makes it a primary hot spot for surfers.
There is also the Bangui Windmills which is considered as one of the most go-to attraction of Pagudpug. It is a windmill farm that is only about 20 kilometres from the Saud Beach area. Just a heads up to everyone, going to Pagudpud would pay a big toll to your driver as it is a 10 hour long drive from Metro Manila.
The blue-green lake on a gray-brown crater is a sight to behold. The irony is that, it is now attracting more and more people after its sudden eruption that fend off people from the area more than a decade ago. It is also known for its volcanic ash massage and mud pack. Located in Zambales’ mountain range, this really is a must see place. Do note that you are not allowed to do the hike without a registered local guide. The best way to do a tour of Mt. Pinatubo is with a properly organised tour company. There are a number of these around, but the most important thing is to make sure that they are government accredited.
Vigan is the capital city of Ilocos Sur and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yes, you got that right. It is a world renowned heritage site because it is one of the few places left in the whole country where the old Spanish structures have remained relatively intact and preserved. Incredibly exceptional among other cities here in The Philippines as compared to other towns, because of the town’s preservation of old Vigan.
Taking a walk through Vigan is like taking a walk to memory lane, in a time where the old Spanish colonial era took over. Make sure to be able to take horse-drawn carriage (Kalesa) rides around town which really helps you to take in the full experience and nostalgic ambience of the place.
It’s a long 6-hour drive to Vigan from Metro Manila. The road trip going up north is an experience as you witness vast lands welcomes you on you first 3 hours on the road but can be tiresome seeing fleeting images.
If you are itching for Instagram-worthy posts to hype up your feed, Bolinao is the place to be with its astonishing coves, cerulean beaches, mesmeric sunset and emerald-green waterfalls. This thriving town is a perfect spot for your barkada or family beach get-away, only 5-6 hours away from the bustling Manila.
Bolinao is known for a lot of hot spot destinations which are the Patar White Beach, Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, Sta. James Church, Wonderful Cave, Rock Formation Beach and Bolinao Waterfalls 1 & 2.
It demonstrates that it is still a relatively undiscovered place. Like most of the places in Northern Luzon, you can’t fly there so you need to drive.
BANAUE RICE TERRACES
Located in the Cordillera Region of the Philippines, this also another UNESCO world heritage site and is a must see in the Philippines. The 2000-year old rice terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
Due to the roads you have to go through to reach this aweing place, it takes close to a 10 hours drive from Metro Manila. But trust me, it is worth the time and effort to go to.
It is the first national park and a protected area located in Alaminos, Pangasinan in the northern Philippines. The islands are believed to be about two million years old. There are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. The lowering of the sea level have exposed them to the surface. The peculiar “mushroom-like” shapes of some of the islands were caused by the eroding action of the ocean waves.
Home to a staggering variety of wildlife and fishes, these coral islands are collectively called HUNDRED ISLANDS. Most of them are desolate, save for the 4 major developed islands: Governors Island, Quezon Island, Marcos Island and Children’s Island.