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.
Pagudpud opens to the South China Sea, which is probably responsible for the beach’s bigger waves. The waters of Boracay, on the other hand, are a lot less volatile. Locals and foreigners alike come here to enjoy the lighthouses and the quiet, romantic ambiance.
You don’t need much money when you go to Pagudpud. The market places are a short drive away from the beach. You can choose to buy fish and vegetables, and the locals would be willing to cook them for you.
Most chateaus also come with full-sized kitchens. You can cook your dishes yourself. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, you can look into the hotel buffets being offered at Saud Beach Resort.