Quick Summer Getaway Version 2.0

This year's summer trip upgraded compared from last year's getaway - from lodging to the beach we visited. Last year in Anawangin, we slept inside tents (tapos umulan pa! kaya imagine kung gaano kami ka-bad trip nun). This year, we stayed at an air-conditioned room (ohaaaa level up!). Last year, the sand in Anawangin did not please us. This year, we were gratified with Patar's sand. Soooooo.. this is the rationale of summer getaway version 2.0. hahahaha :))))

Patar Beach is located at Bolinao Pangasinan, a 4-5 hour drive from Tarlac via private vehicle. My friends and I left Capas, Tarlac at around 5:30am and we arrived at Bolinao around 11am (stop overs and misadventures already included between travel time hahaha). We didn't have an idea on how to get there, we just relied through blogs and other information accessible in the internet. Thank goodness hindi naman kami masyadong naligaw, very helpful naman si Mr. Magtanong eh. :))))

The first tourist spot we visited was the Enchanted Cave. The name of the cave already gave us a clue on what to expect. It was enchanting indeed! (Entrance Fee: You need to pay 90 pesos if you're not going to swim inside the cave. Otherwise, you should pay 120 pesos.)

Welcome to the Enchanted Cave! You have to walk for about 5-10 minutes before seeing the cave.

The steps going down the cave are fairly steep.

Our reaction when we reached the cave: AWESTRUCK!

Photos by Yam Macalino
From Enchanted Cave, we went straight ahead to Patar Beach which was our primary destination. We didn't have reservations in any of the resorts but we were lucky enough to find a simple yet safe place to stay in. We stayed at La Parola de Bolinao. We encountered one problem in our room because the air conditioner's coolness was inconsistent. However, the staff at La Parola were very attentive and accommodating and I guess that would make up for the air conditioner problem. (PEROOOOOO nung gabi naman, sobrang lamig na nung aircon) You want proof??? Hetoooooo:

Photo by Mara Galang

Okay enough of the segue. Here are snapshots of our quick summer getaway:

My most favorite feature of Patar Beach is during low tide and I think low tide takes place in the afternoon (for Patar Beach only, I don't know the other beaches). As you can see in the pictures, the brownish and greenish area we're stepping at are not visible during high tide. Hindi mo talaga makikita ang mga parang lupa na inaapakan namin tapos yung malalaking bato, nakalubog ang kalahati pag high tide. Awesooooooomeeeeee!!!

My most favorite shot! It reminds me of Batanes! Photo by Yam Macalino

Also, sunsets are one of my weaknesses.

Our last stop before we went home: Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

Complete group shots. We missed our other friends who weren't able to join us in this year's trip. Maybe next year!


  1. Nice place! I also love having an adventure in Caves and beaches. Glad that you shared your summer getaway version. Will try to make my own version too. Keep posting.

  2. Beautiful Pictures!I think you really enjoyed.I would love to visit this place.Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great photos!I really want to visit this place.Thanks for sharing your experience.