Baler is known as one of the top surfing spots in the country and despite of being just six hours away from Manila, much of Baler has remained quaint and unspoiled—this includes scenic destinations like historical sites and a list of majestic falls.
But did you know that it’s also home to a beautiful beach with creamy white sand and turquoise waters? The picture-perfect place is called Dicasalarin Cove, a hidden spot perfect for those days when you simply want to lie down on the beach and let your thoughts drift away as you listen to the waves.
The private beach is owned by the same group behind Costa Pacifica, so it’s easy to get there if you’re staying at the resort (Entrance fee is PHP150 pesos if you are an in-house guest and PHP300 if not).
The drive going to the area is a bit thrilling with steep roads but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking sights as you pass through Diguisit Beach, Ermita Hill, Diguisit Falls, and Ampere Beach, among others.
Once at the cove, make sure to climb the 180 concrete steps going to the Baler Lighthouse where you can see a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
The current here can be a bit too strong for swimming sometimes, but the beach is next to the mouth of a river so you can still have a day basking under the sun while enjoying the cold, fresh water.
For overnight stay, you can get a room at the Artists Village, which is a communal space where local artists can have workshops and showcase their work. There are picnic tables at the beach area—perfect for al fresco dining, as well as various trees for some nice, shady reading time.
How to go to Baler: (Via public transportation)
You can conveniently book a bus ride with a direct route to Baler from Metro Manila. For those who don’t mind splurging, you can even reserve a seat for an executive luxury trip complete with pillows, blankets and snacks, and a bus stewardess to assist you with your needs.
*Discalarin Cove is 45 minutes by chartered boat and 30 minutes by car from Sabang Beach. A private van is highly recommended as some roads are not well-paved.
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