Through the invitation of Micamyx, fellow travel blogger who hails from Dagupan, a bunch of us bloggers went to the northwestern province of Pangasinan to enjoy and discover what this beautiful place has to offer. Being a coastal municipality, Bolinao in Pangasinan has its share of beautiful beaches. Patar Beach, a strip of creamy and powdery sand in this municipality is popular with visitors and locals.While Lingayen Gulf is full of history and Bolinao Falls for a cool freshwater dip, Patar Beach is one for salty relaxation. It’s just near the old Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.
It was already afternoon when we arrived at the place, the golden hour was happening, casting a beautiful warm light as the sun was readying to set. At the beach were several youth having a great time, somersaulting at the sand and at the shallow water with friends.
While some bloggers were taking a dip, I went around shooting with my camera, trying to capture the stunts that some teenaged boys were doing or some children playing with other kids at the sand. Or just gazing at the water, enjoying the breeze. Just relaxing.
Another interesting place in Patar are the rocky outcrops at the beach. It’s not exactly walking distance from Patar Beach but just near it. These formations are rough and if one’s not careful enough, can cause injury or cuts. Its the same type of rocks found in Burgos, Ilocos Norte where seaweed gatherers often frequent.
Here, one can get a good view of the sunset or do some photography where the waves lashing at the rocks can be dramatic subjects. Around the area are interesting vegetation that are worth photographing too, like these riot of roots from a tree (right).
Patar Beach and rocky outcrops are easily accessible from the Bolinao town center or from one’s beach resort. One can hire a tricycle or a jeep from either places.