Located on the northernmost edge of Luzon Island, which lies within the Ilocos Norte Region, Pagudpud is fondly referred to as the Boracay of the north.
However, pristine beaches are just one of the many attractions of this tranquil coastal town.
One of the main reasons why this location is so appealing to holidaymakers comes in the fact that travellers can get to it from Manila without flying (although you can fly to nearby Laoag).
A bus ride or road trip to Pagudpud can be an exciting way to build up the excitement before you get to this impressive resort town where natural beaches can still be found.
Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a private vehicle, a road trip up to Pagudpud is a fantastic way to see the northern parts of the Philippines.
Bangui, a town just south of Pagudpud is South-east Asia’s home of renewable energy. This is a simple stopover if you are heading to Pagudpud by road.
Barangay Balaoi, located in Pagudpud is the perfect spot to take in the impressive view of the gigantic wind turbines lining the Bangui coast. It truly is an amazing spectacle with wind turbines scattered along the coast as far as the eye can see.
Travellers who wish to enjoy some time on a sandy beach and swim in cool clear waters without jostling for space will definitely enjoy spending time at Saud Beach.
Unlike other popular tourist locations in the Philippines, there are fewer people and even fewer vendors.
Pagudpud is famed for its distinctly blue waters, and the Blue Lagoon is a testament to this.
Depending on when you time your visit, the waters can be calm as a pond, in April, or riddled with huge waves, during the northeast monsoon season.
Trek from the main Pagudpud highway, across a flat scenic landscape to catch awe-inspiring views of this 80-foot waterfall.
Located in Barangay Balaoi, this attraction offers visitors a worthwhile alternative to the area’s coastal attractions.
Aside from its natural marvels, Pagudpud is also home to the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, at a length of 1.3Km, the Patapat Bridge is an awesome local manmade wonder by itself.
As a viaduct standing at a height of 31 meters above the sea level, it links Pagudpud to the rest of the province and Cagayan Valley.
An intriguing legend tells of the origin of the Dos Hermanos Islands.
These two little islands offer visitors a great spot to enjoy a swim in the seemingly endless blue waters, explore the diverse marine life and take in unrivalled sunset views.
During low tide, a sandbar appears, giving visitors easy access to the islands.
Other notable attractions in the area include, but are not limited to, the Stingray Memorial, Burgos Lighthouse, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Bantay Abot Cave.