After my tour around the city of Laoag and the town of Paoay, I had lunch at Dap-ayan Ti Ilocos. It is like a food court / fast food where there are stalls offering a variety of food choices. Here, you'll find the famous Laoag empanada and inihaw na longanisa. I had the empanada on my first night in the city, I just had longanisa, fried rice, egg and a bottle of soda for lunch. Open 24 hours and is located near the capitol building, behind Philippine National Bank, it will surely be a delightful treat anytime of the day.
I went back to Texicano Hotel to fix my things and checked out. Thanks to Sir Edwin of Ilocandia Treasures and to Doi of Travelling Feet for helping me find a budget hotel to stay for a night in the city.
Outside the hotel, I took a tricycle and asked the driver to bring me to the terminal of vans bound for Claveria, Cagayan; fare is 10 pesos only. This is the easiest and fastest way to reach Pagudpud, which is 72 kilometers away north of Laoag City. I boozed inside the van and after 1.5 hours, I reached the sunny coastal town of Pagudpud. Fare from Laoag to Pagudpud is only 70 pesos.
Pagudpud is a coastal resort town located in the northernmost tip of Luzon. A 1st class municipality bounded by the town of Bangui in the south and by the province of Cagayan in the east. As a resort town, there are numerous resorts that offer decent accommodations - from a budget friendly home stay to an expensive beach front resort. Since I travel on a defined budget, I chose Cathy's Home stay in Saud Beach to be my "home" for the rest of my stay here in Pagudpud.
Upon reaching the town, I was fetched by Ate Cathy's husband and brought me to their homestay facilities in Saud. It is the cheapest accommodation I was able to find online at 800 pesos per night which is good enough for 4 persons. The room has a double-decked bed and one queen-sized bed. Since I was alone, I had the room all by my self, Hahaha!
The beach front at the home stay is rocky and not suitable for swimming, but only a few meters away is a long stretch of shimmering white sand beach which Pagudpud is well-known for.
When I have settled my things, I checked out the beach but didn't swim right away as I am still tired of the things I've done the whole morning and from the long travel from Laoag to Pagudpud.
The beach is so clean and the water is so inviting. There were a lot of tourists swimming and enjoying the sun, sand and water of Saud beach. The wide shoreline is dotted with tall coconut trees. The white-sand beach and crystal-blue water is definitely a sight to behold. Saud beach is really a paradise worth visiting.
I went back to my room and slept the whole afternoon. Woke up at around 7:00 PM, had a tuna sandwich and a buko juice for dinner. I went back to my room and slept again. Hahaha!!! Di na ako nakapag-partee! partee! Hahaha!!! Sayang!
On my 2nd day in Pagudpud, the morning sunshine woke me up. I'm still sleepy, but it's already past 6:00 AM and I need to get going. I went back to the beach and enjoyed the sights and the cool breeze of the air. Watched the people passing by and the others enjoying the beach.
Then, I went to the rocky part in front of the homestay, I was at awe when I saw the Bangui Windmills from a distance, proudly lined up. WOW talaga!!!
After snapping some photos, I realized that it's already past 9:00 AM. I haven't taken anything yet aside from a cup of hot "taho" I bought while relaxing on the beach. I was hungry so I went to the town proper to check out things and also have my brunch.
I went back to Saud, packed my things again and waited for the tricycle that I asked Ate Cathy to arrange for my tour around the towns of Bangui and Burgos. I visited the windmills, Kapurpurawan rock formation and the Cape Bojeador light house. I was also able to visit Bacarra Church and its domeless bell tower. I will have a separate post on this later.
Overall, my stay in Pagudpud and at Ate Cathy's homestay is very memorable. Her family is so accommodating and will always check on you if you need anything. Nothing so fancy with the room though, but it's clean. I highly recommend her if you will be staying in Saud.
You may contact Ate Cathy at 09195716680.
Happened last May 6-8, 2011, here is a series of posts on my 3D/2N Adventure in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. This is my 3rd solo trip and 26th province on my list.
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