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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Escape to Bolinao


I went to Bolinao, Pangasinan on March 18 with my CSB friends.

Getting there
We arrived at the bus stations, all the tickets to Bolinao were sold out so we took the bus to Anda instead. It was the 9pm non-aircon bus to Anda, Pangasinan by Five Star Bus Lines in Cubao. There was only 1 stop-over and after 4 1/2 hours we're already in Anda, Pangasinan. The bus conductor called the dispatcher to say that they have passengers bound for Bolinao and then we hopped on the non-aircon bus from Anda to Bolinao. It was another 1 hour ride from Anda to Bolinao.

Arriving at Bolinao

We arrived at Bolinao around 3am. The bus station has a big map that shows all the attractions in Bolinao and the contact numbers of Beach Resorts. There are several tricycle drivers who offered their services to take us to Patar Beach. It was Php200 pesos per tricyle.

Patar White Beach
The farthest part of the Pangasinan province is Patar White Beach. It is a public beach with plenty of cottages and tables. One could rent a cottage for Php1500 for overnight or Php500 for day tour, included in the price is a table near the beach. The showers and toilets are not up to our standards so we decided to look for another place to stay.

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

Once daylight broke, my friends and I walked to the Lighthouse. I honestly do not know the story of this lighthouse. We took some pictures and we went our way because more people are arriving.

We walked for another 30 minutes scouting for a resort nice and secure enough for us. Then we met a tricycle driver that agreed to take all 6 of us to our next destination.

Puerto del Sol

Our home during our trip. We were not supposed to stay here because it's a bit pricey. However, according to the tricycle we can eat at the canteen in front of the resort, so we decided to go for it instead. Heavenly, that's the only word I could think of when we saw the facilities of the resort. We were welcomed by their courteous guards in the roundabout drop-off. We requested to see the whole resort before we decided to stay. The roving guard told us that our things will be safe in the open cottages because there will always be one guard stationed in the open beach area. We saw their pool, jacuzzi, shower rooms and pool deck where we could lounge during our stay. We took one cottage and one locker space for our valuables. The beach is sandy but some dead corals hurt our feet while we walked. Also, we walked for a few meters and the water only reached to our thighs. Great for kids since the water does not go deep but the rocks might be a downside. This place is perfect for taking pictures.

Canteen in front of the Resort
Ate's canteen does not have a name but for us the food is delicious. We ate our breakfast and lunch at the canteen and we were fully satisfied. Our host is ever gracious to our requests and served our food with a smile. If ever you'll go to Puerto del Sol on a budget, then I suggest for you to eat at the canteen in front of the resort. Super budget friendly.

St. James Parish

Before we ended our trip, we passed by St. James Parish, it is located in the town. Some stayed inside to pray while I bought a souvenir shirt for my Russell.

My expenses

Blessed be.


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