Published: February 21st 2012February 21st 2012
Decided to take a motorbike trip up the North West coast of the Philippines to visit the Ilocos region in general and Pagudpud in particular, having heard about the great beach there. So caught a flight from Dumaguete to Manila then a bus up to Dau to hire a motorbike. Found a real cheap Yamaha Nuovo for just 250 peso a day! So first leg was from Angeles in Pampanga up to San Juan in La Union. about 200km in distance and took us 8 hours! (Bit of an adventure on a 110cc motorbike carrying a passenger and two backpacks!) San Juan is mainly a surfing destination and the beach there is great, a beautiful curving crescent about 5 km in length, but not so good for swimming, very big waves! Stayed at Sunset German Beach resort, right on the beach and a really nice quiet place to stay. The beach which was always completely empty, except for a few lone surfers, made a nice change from the beaches in the Visayas, much more wild and rugged up north! Next stop Vigan!
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