Unlike the more polished and crowded beach strip of Boracay, Ilocos Norte’s Pagudpud offers the more tranquil traveler a more rustic taste of Philippine waters. The northern-most stretch of Saud beach has sand as fine and white as those found in the beaches of Boracay.
Pagudpud, however, is a rougher experience compared to Boracay. You won’t find long bar strips close to the sea. You won’t be offered a variety of five-star-hotels, either. The biggest, most expensive beach resort in the area is the Saud Beach Resort which enjoys the prime spot in Pagudpud’s long white-sanded stretch.
Farther south, the accommodations consist of three to two-star rooms and chateaus. You can choose to stay in the beach chateaus of the town of Bauang. The sand there, though, is a bit courser compared to Saud Beach’s, probably owing to the visible caves and rock formations close to the bay.