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5 Interesting Tourist Spots in Ilocos Perfect for Short Getaways

If you can only visit Ilocos in a day, make sure you drop by these spots!

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | January 01, 2021
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Tourist Spots in Ilocos

Because a trip to the north means you’ll never get bored!

Image: OveMar Resort Facebook Page

One of the best places to explore in a day is the province of Ilocos. Besides the province being home to multiple heritage sites where you can go on a journey to the past, there are also plenty of picture-perfect tourist spots in Ilocos, with each destination offering a unique travel experience.

You can never go wrong with visiting the North. If traveling is on your bucket list for 2021, there’s no better place to start than in Ilocos. Not sure where to go? This list rounds up 5 amazing tourist spots in Ilocos that you can add to your itinerary for a memorable New Year’s day trip out of town. Read on!

1. Kabigan Falls

Location: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


“Kabigan” came from the Filipino word “kaibigan” meaning “friend”.

Images: Left, @whitefairy115; Right, @countess.xo

Kabigan Falls in Pagudpud is one of the most visited destinations in Ilocos Norte, not only because of its 87-feet cascading waterfall, but also because of the refreshing mountain trail that must be taken to reach it. The waters are cool and clear, making it a perfect swimming place after a long trek. Every corner of the place is picture-perfect, so don’t forget to pack your camera and capture Pagudpud’s lush foliage! Note that there is an entrance fee of PhP20 per pax and a local guide charge of Php100 (5 pax) for visitors.

2. Saud Beach

Location: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


The view from Saud Beach is just as lovely any time of the day.

Images: @cloudresare

One of the many gems of Ilocos Norte is Saud Beach. Dubbed as the “Boracay of the North,” Saud Beach boasts stunning turquoise waters and warm powdery sand. What’s great about the beach is that it isn’t always crowded, making it a suitable spot for unwinding. You can choose to set up a tent or rent a cottage for your day trip, or rent a tricycle that can take you on a mini tour around the nearest attractions from the beach.

3. Crisologo Museum

Location: A. Reyes St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

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Feed your curiosity and find out what an old Vigan house in the Spanish era would look like!

Image: @dave0324

Travel back to the past this 2021 by visiting Crisologo Museum! The museum was originally a household owned by former congressman Floro S. Crisologo. After he died a tragic death, his wife Carmeling Crisologo made sure that he will always live in the minds and hearts of Filipinos by converting their own home into a museum. Here, you’ll find antique furniture, uniforms, and other items owned by Floro Crisologo himself. The second floor houses the bedrooms and other private items of the family.

4. OveMar Resort

Location: Paratong, Sta. Catalina, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

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Have a good splash at the resort’s huge pool!

Image: OveMar Resort Facebook Page

Give yourself a relaxing break and book a stay at OveMar Resort. The resort offers 5 fully-equipped rooms that you can stay in: the Luxury Room (PhP3,600), the Deluxe Room (Php3,400), the Superior Room (PhP2,800), the Standard Room (PhP2,200), and the Dormitory (PhP5,000). You can also enjoy scrumptious dishes at the resort’s Oceanic Restaurant, an in-house dining spot that serves both local and international cuisine; and the Serenity Bar, an outdoor bar that overlooks the scenic South China Sea.

5. Vigan Cathedral

Location: Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

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Make your day trip worthwhile by offering a prayer or two at the Vigan Cathedral

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Ilocos Sur is known for being the home of numerous heritage sites, and one of them is the Vigan Cathedral. Also known as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the place is a popular religious landmark for it has been a center of Roman Catholic devotion for years. Its baroque architecture is fused with neo-Gothic, pseudo-Romanesque, and Chinese craftsmanship. Inside, you’ll find 12 minor altars and a silver-paneled main altar that you’ll surely find beautiful and picturesque.

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Ilocos truly offers nothing but wonder and excitement. Make sure to start the New Year right by embarking on a pleasant journey to the North. Happy New Year!

Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!

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About Antonette Louise Guiao
Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.
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