The first time my friends and I went to Bolinao, it took us more than 12 hours to get there. It’s actually not that far and usually only takes around 6 hours or less (depending on traffic and how fast you drive). The reason it took that long is because we did the Visita Iglesia along the way. We went to 14 churches; from Antipolo to Marikina to Quezon City, all the way to Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Tired and hungry, we arrived around 9:30pm at Bing’s Beach Resort. Tempers flared when we found out that they already gave our room to someone else. Since we didn’t have the energy to look for another place to stay, we decided to just terrorize the receptionists and demand that they give us a room. We ended up spending the night at the reception hall/conference room (we didn’t have a choice). They gave us two rooms the next day.
You don’t go to Patar beach to swim (you won’t be able to anyway), you go there to enjoy the waves. You have to be extra careful though because aside from getting pounded by the waves, you also have to deal with a lot of small rocks and corals on the beach that could cause some serious scratches or wounds.
Aside from Cape Bolinao Lighthouse and a few suffocating caves, there aren’t a lot of places to go to in Patar. There aren’t a lot of restaurants as well. If not for the waves and the beautiful sunsets, I wouldn’t go back there.
If you’re planning to go there, I suggest you stay at any of these places:
- Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort – The food there’s cheap but the fruit shakes are ridiculously expensive!
Bolinao is near the Hundred Islands so you might want to check that out as well.