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The long stretch of Baler Beach was the location of a memorable scene in the film Apocalypse Now, where the character Captain Kilgore while aboard a helicopter, uttered the classic “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning” line. Coincidentally, after filming wrapped up, a number of film crew members left their used surfboards for the locals to use. What happened afterwards gave birth to one of the best surfing scenes in the country. Today, travelers visit Baler to either surf, learn to surf or surf all over again.
Hostels, hip cafes and artisan restaurants lining up the long shoreline of Baler creates a communal vibe where travelers, artists and locals bond over their shared love of surfing. Charlie’s Point is the name of the most popular surf spot in Baler, while Cemento comes in at close second.