Rustic Strip of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte Philippines

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte Philippines 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.


  • Blue Lagoon says:

    Pagudpud is indeed blessed with beauty by nature. If you drive further north going to the boundery of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte, undoubtedly, you will be captivated by the stunning beauty of the beaches of Blue Lagoon and Panzian. Saud Beach got its own unique beauty from these two other places which is hard to decide which one is more pleasing to the eyes. If only the government have all the funds to develop the area by constructing a road along the beach from Saud to Blue Lagoon, I bet you lots of foreigners would fluctuate and invade Pagudpud. The local government should initiate that project like the 17 miles drive of Monterey, California. Compared against the island of Bali in Indonesia where a road was built around the island, lots of foreigners are going there. Tourists are just walking around the island because they do not want to hire a car. They prefer walking for the sake of excercise no matter how many miles. They just want to enjoy the beauty by nature and breath fresh air.

  • try to visit the real fascinating scenic view of pagudpud. esp saud beaches……… it’s realy very relaxing

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