Patar Beach Bolinao Reviews
spectacular sunset view Jul 07, 2012
Bolinao a town in Pangasinan province known for a number of pristine beaches, the most popular of which is Patar Beach, situated on the western coast along the South China Sea southwest of the town proper.
Patar Beach is a creamy white sand beach that slopes gradually from shore making it good for swimming. It is a public beach so it gets practically no maintenance. The tangle of seaweed in some areas especially during the hot and dry months of April and May attests to this fact. There are several more stretchers of white sandy beach with coral rock formations and small coves as you head further down south along the coast. This coastline includes stretches of nice beaches in the towns of Agno, Bani, Burgos and Dasol. You can easily observe beautiful, white-sand beaches along Pangasinan’s western coast from online satellite maps – many of which are not that accessible at the moment – just waiting to be discovered.
There are nipa huts (open air cottages) along the beach but further south the beach has remained relatively pristine. Most of the resorts including the upscale Puerto del Sol are located along the coast north of Patar Beach. The only resort right on Patar Beach is Treasures of Bolinao which we heard charges high rates perhaps due to their monopoly of the area. South of this resort are the nipa huts that can be rented for the day. There are some stores back of the beach where the public toilet and baths are also located.
Although Patar Beach is excellent for swimming there isn't a lot of underwater marine life that you can observe when you snorkel. This is probably because there isn’t much coral in the area although the snorkeling might be better the farther down south you go. However, the sunset view in this beach is so spectacular!
Before heading to Patar Beach we detoured from the main road to the beach to see Cape Bolinao Lighthouse atop Punta Piedra Point. I also wrote a review for the lighthouse.
There are other places to visit in Bolinao. Driving along Patar Road on the way to the beach in our second visit, we noticed signs leading to three caves: Enchanted Cave, Cindy’s Cave and Wonderful Cave which are actually underground pools but we did not check these out. We also wanted to visit the giant clams at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute in Guigui-wanen but never made it after maxing out our time and energies at Patar Beach.
There are several buses that ply the Manila to Bolinao route namely Victory Liner, Five Star, Dagupan Bus, City Trans and Philippine Rabbit. Travel time is roughly around six hours. To head to Patar Beach simply rent a trike in Bolinao town proper.
If you’re going by car take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), then the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) towards Tarlac City. At Tarlac City take the road going to Camiling and drive all the way to Alaminos, Pangasinan. At Alaminos continue along the national highway until you reach the junction at the next town of Bani. Take the road going north to Bolinao. This road goes all the way to Bolinao town proper.
If you wish to go straight to Patar Beach take the road on the left opposite the Bolinao Central School before you reach the town proper (this road goes by the name of Saturnino Camangian on Google maps). This latter road goes down south where it forks into Patar Road just after the Balingasay National High School and the bridge over the Balingasay River. The bridge is your cue to take the fork on the right which is Patar Road. Keep driving down this road; you’ll pass several resorts on your right including Puerto del Sol. Patar Beach is at the end of this Road just after Treasures of Bolinao. Total travel time to Patar Beach is around 5 hour.
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