Make your holidays fun and memorable when visiting these stunning natural spots and parks in Ilocos!
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The holidays are coming! And know what that means? More time for travel! The best part about planning your holiday trip is that you have a lot of attractions to choose from, including Ilocos tourist spots! And you don’t always have to spend it at malls; you can also have a fun time at parks and natural attractions—plenty in Ilocos. For a fun family vacation, check out the list below for the stunning natural attractions in Ilocos you can visit during the holidays!
The holidays are the perfect time to explore beautiful attractions and parks.
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One of the most remarkable tourist attractions in Ilocos you can visit during the holidays is the Kabigan Falls in Ilocos Norte. The 87 feet high waterfall is located nearby Bantay Abot Cave, also one of the natural parks in the area. Besides its affordable fees, Kabigan Falls is one of the most affordable attractions in Ilocos! The trail takes about 30 minutes, but it’s worth it with all the surrounding trees and nature.
Before visiting their parks these coming holidays, coordinate with the municipality of Pagudpud before your trip.
Pangil Rock Formations is of the best parks to enjoy the sunset in Ilocos
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When looking for a place to unwind and avoid big crowds during the holidays, head on to Currimao, where its beach resorts are popular among tourists. If you’re ready to explore what the area has to offer, head to natural parks like Pangil Rock Formations.
This beautiful park features various coral rocks that are as tall as 12 feet. Aside from its picturesque formations, beachgoers can also enjoy swimming in the concealed rock pools. You can sit by the shore to enjoy the cold winds during the holidays when not swimming.
Attractions like Kapurpurawan Rock Formation are must-visits!
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You wouldn’t want to miss out on natural attractions in Ilocos that would make great photo subjects if you’re a photography enthusiast—the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is one example! With its beautifully shaped ivory limestones surrounded by the blue waters of Bangui Bay, this park is one of the best Ilocos attractions to visit, especially during the holidays. Plus, you can also see the windmills from the nearby Burgos Windfarm!
A tip for tourists: you can rent horses to ride from the main road to reach the rock formations if you don’t want to walk. You can also find a statue of Biag ni Lam-Ang within this natural park.
Many tourists are already familiar with the La Paz Sand Dunes since it is one of the most visited attractions in Ilocos during the holidays. As one of the most popular parks in the area, the La Paz Sand Dunes packs a lot of fun activities that you can do aside from just taking pictures. You can also enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 ride along the park’s 85 square kilometers of sand. Sandboarding is also a great alternative if you prefer sliding down.
When you’re done with your adventure, you can marvel at the view of Laoag City and the South China Sea while enjoying the sea breeze. But the best part of the natural park is that you can share fun and memorable experiences with your loved ones during the holidays!
Location:Brgy. Baballasioan, Pinsal Falls Road, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
Entrance is free
PhP20 for a boat ride
PhP100 to PhP300 cottages
Spend your holidays swimming in Pinsal Falls’ calm waters.
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Also called “twin falls” by locals, the Pinsal Falls is one of the best-kept Ilocos tourist spots. This stunning destination features an 85-foot waterfall and cool natural pools you can dip into after trekking. Along with other natural attractions in Ilocos, Pinsal Falls’ charm is its majestic and enchanting landscape. It is so alluring that local myths say that the pool is made of a giant’s footprints who was searching for his wife.
With its clear waters and surrounding green scenery, it’s no wonder this spot is one of the most photogenic attractions in the area! You can enjoy swimming or having a quiet picnic by the water. You’re bound to take the best pictures during the holidays! If you want a better view of the entire park, you can climb to the second tier to see the stream of emerald waters.
Location:Brgy. Mindoro, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur City of Vigan
Mindoro Beach is a great spot to watch the sunset or enjoy a simple holiday feast.
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You will find Vigan’s Mindoro Beach interesting if you love visiting Boracay’s white sands during the holidays. Known for its black sands, Mindoro Beach is different from the usual beach attractions. While it does not boast extreme water sports, you can watch the sunset or have a chill picnic by the beach instead. Aside from its beauty, this beach is also known for its convenient location near Vigan. So if you’re staying inside or visiting the city during the holidays, you can also head to Mindoro Beach and other surrounding parks and natural attractions.
When visiting these stunning natural parks and attractions in Ilocos during the holidays, practice CLAYGO or Clean As You Go to preserve the beauty of these natural attractions!
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!
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This article was initially published in Yoorekka on November 9, 2021.
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