Friday, May 3, 2013

Beaches of Summer: Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is probably the most popular beach destination in the northern part of Luzon. It is often dubbed as the "Boracay of the North". It has a long stretch of fine, powdery sands dotted with coconut trees which give the beach a tropical feel. Saud is nearer to Pagudupud town center compared to Blue Lagoon beach. It has a very scenic view and is often visited not just by local tourists but foreigners as well. 

After the day-long Pagudpud North Tour, Arnel, the tricycle driver who served as our guide, took us to Polaris Beach House in Saud Beach. It is where we booked our accommodation and after settling down our backpacks in our room we hurriedly went down to the beach. From Polaris, Saud Beach is only about 50 meters away.
Contrary to popular belief, the sands of Saud Beach are not really as white as those in Boracay. Saud's sands are a bit yellowish to light brownish in color and since we arrived there in late afternoon, the setting sun lent it a beautiful golden hue. The sands are also very soft that our feet would often sink while walking along the beach.

While some labelled Saud Beach as already commercialized and crowded, it is completely the opposite when we were there. There are only a handful of tourists (mostly foreigners) frolicking in in the sands and we didn't have a hard time finding a spot all to ourselves. 

Maybe because it was a week day during an off-peak season, but I simply loved Saud's serene and peaceful atmosphere.

Though the waves were quite strong, it did not prevented us from swimming in the beach. We tried "body surfing" and really enjoyed the rolling waves "slamming" our bodies down to the shores. Later on, we took a sweet spot on a driftwood along the sands and witnessed one of the most glorious sunsets we've ever seen.

The morning after, we took one last look of Saud Beach before leaving for our next destination. On the opposite stretch of Saud are several fishing boats docked on the shore.

And from the distance, we can clearly see the famous Bangui Windmills. And it made us more excited as it is where we are heading next.    

How to get there:

1. By land: From Manila, take a Florida bus bound for Cagayan and tell the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at in Pagudpud junction. Travel time is about 10-12 hours. From the junction, take a tricylce ride to Saud Beach which is just a few minutes away.

2. By air: Take a Cebu Pacific or PAL flight from Manila to Laoag City. From Laoag take a bus or van ride to Pagudpud. Travel time by air from Manila to Laoag is about 50 minutes while bus/van ride from Laoag to Pagudpud is about 2 hours.

Where to stay:

We stayed in Polaris Beach House near Saud Beach since it offers the cheapest airconditioned room compared to other resorts. We paid P800++ for a room good for two which has its own bath/comfort room. You may contact Polaris Beach House in this number: 09999958729.

For an even cheaper accommodation, there are plenty of homestays near Saud Beach. Room rates usually start at P250/person. Just ask your tricycle driver or guide to take you to a homestay near the beach. 

Where to eat:

Since the resort's food is expensive, we walked outside Saud Beach and found a carinderia right outside the gate. They serve affordable barbeque and local dishes like "dinakdakan" and "pakbet". They also sell ice-cold San Mig Light, Red Horse, Tanduay Ice and hard liquors.

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  1. edward h. reyesMay 5, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Thanks you so much for sharing your blog to us. It's such a great help for people like us who loves to travel.

  2. Next time I visit Ilocos, I will set aside at least 30 minutes to stay on this beach. I missed this the first time. :(

  3. This is my next trip! Thanks for this guide my fellow traveler :)

  4. Where ever I travel being in a beach site will give me the ideal relaxing atmosphere. This destination looks simply the best.

  5. Wow nice place to spend the vacation. I think their environment helps to spend the time as freely. This article is made idea to go here.

  6. Wow nice images. I like this place very much. I try to visit here in my next vacation.

  7. This is really a beautiful place. I like the beach and the scenic view. Perfect for relaxation. Saud Beach can compare to the beauty of Boracay.

  8. Images are so perfectly captured.I will ultimately keep this place in mind for our next spot

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  11. is it okay to camp there? near the beach ?


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