Are you looking for a pristine and stunning beach destination for your next travel adventure? Look no further than Patar White Sand Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan! This beautiful beach is the most popular among the number of stunning beaches in Bolinao, and for good reason. It boasts gorgeous golden sand, crystal clear waters, and a breathtaking view of the West Philippine Sea.
One of the best things about Patar White Sand Beach is that it is a public beach, meaning there are no entrance fees. However, you will need to pay for parking space. There are also several nipa huts for rent along the beach, providing a great spot for shade and relaxation. Additionally, there are some stores located at the back of the beach, where you can find public toilets and baths.
If you’re looking for overnight accommodations, you’ll find plenty of options in the area. Most of the resorts, including the upscale Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort & Hotel Club, are located along the coast north of Patar Beach. However, if you’re looking for a resort located right on the beach, check out Treasures of Bolinao. Another great option is Hotel G Beach Resort, which offers private villas, couple rooms, and dormitories for tourists.
While visiting Patar White Sand Beach, make sure to check out the nearby Cape Bolinao Lighthouse atop Punta Piedra Point. This is 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’s located at the very top of a small hill on the left side of the main road before heading to Patar White Beach.
For more natural wonders, check out Tara Falls and Bolinao Falls 1 & 2. These must-see places offer a great swimming experience when touring around Bolinao. Additionally, you can explore the underground pools at Enchanted Cave, Cindy’s Cave, and Wonderful Cave, where swimming inside the cave is allowed. You might even catch a glimpse of giant clams (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 natural habitat, you can rent a boat at UP-MSI and take a tour to Silaki Island marine sanctuary, managed by UP-MSI.
Don’t forget 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, its bell tower was once the tallest on the entire island of Luzon. The church is near the bus terminal and is in front of the town hall. It’s one of Pangasinan’s major landmarks and is even on permanent display at Legoland Malaysia. It’s the only Philippine landmark and destination featured in Legoland!