No Ilocos tour is complete without enduring the long-hours drive to Pagudpud. The town is located at the northern most tip of the island of Luzon. Famous for its long stretches of white sand beaches and big waves, the Pagudpod coast opens to the South China Sea.
From the welcome arch, we went to the coastal barangay of Saud. The sand in Saud’s beach is as white and as fine as those found in Boracay. Dubbed as Boracay of the North, Pagudpod is home to several beach resorts. However, they are not as pricey as compared the ones in Boracay.
It was summer. Like in any of the popular beaches in the country, Pagudpod is an ideal destination for the season. We expect that resorts in Pagudpod will be crowded with visitors. But contrary to what we have expected, we found decent and reasonably-priced resorts like Apo Idon Beach Hotel and Terra Rikka to have moderate number of guests.
The two resorts actually stand side-by-side along the beach front. Apo Idon offers a Jamaican-themed ambience while Terra Rikka has a cruise ship feel with rustic tropical island experience. One thing I like best in both resorts is their unlimited free WiFi access. Imagine surfing the web while listening to the muffled sound of the waves and marveling the view of the great blue sea.
Just off the beach are vendors selling different kinds of souvenirs. These are mostly trinkets and shell items. We bought some souvenirs for our friends at home. Massage services are also available by the beach.
Also sold along the beach were seafood. Different kinds of fish and shell fish can be bought directly from the fishermen and have it cooked by the resort’s chef. For dinner, we had a two-kilo lobster which we got for only 800 pesos!
Our overnight stay in Pagudpod is the final leg of our tour of Ilocos. We have skipped quite a number of attractions in this tour due to the lack of time. It only proves that there are endless surprises that await anyone who visits this historic and eco-cultural destination. On the next day, we are headed back to Manila. I am very excited to share a summary of experience going homebound in an article I will call Ilocos Country.