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Kubo by the beach
Located right on the beach and surrounded by a sandy garden, this native-style bamboo house is basic, simple, and perfect for anyone who wants to get close to nature. The clean bathrooms and toilets with a modern, working flush are a nice and surprising touch.
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As far as space goes, Plumeria has a lot of it, not only when it comes to its main houses, but also for the property itself. The property opens out to the beach and also has a fish pond, a small herb garden, and trees everywhere. Ideal for team building activities and group outings, Plumeria's accommodations have clean bathrooms, comfortable beds, and lots of common areas, including small huts near the beach, and a roof deck with a scenic view of the nearby mountains.
Umbrella Rocks in Agno
If you want to see mother nature's handiwork at its finest, this is where you should go. As the name suggests, these rocks have been carved out by the sea to their present umbrella-esque shape. These peculiarly-shaped rock formations that line the shore of Agno's Sabangan beach are beautiful at any time of the day, but the sight of them at sunrise is especially striking; so drag yourself out of bed if you have to. Nearby, there is also a lighthouse that offers you a birds-eye view of the beach, as well as a glimpse of the Umbrella rocks from above.
The rough and rugged landscape provided by the Bangol Crags make for a particularly cinematic backdrop for photographs which is what many people flock to these rock formations for. On most days, the waves will be smashing dramatically against the crags, but even when the waters are calm, they are a sight to behold and a good stretch of the muscles for anyone hankering for physical activity. The crags are also a prime spot for sunset-viewing so make sure to head there before the sun goes down.
Abagatanen Beach in Agno
This beach is an open secret you'll be tempted to keep to yourself, with its powdery white sand and waters as transparent as a spit-shined sheet of glass. The waves here are calm and friendly too, and the waters are shallow so that you could wade out quite far and still only be in waist-deep. Part of the beach's charm is that it's still undeveloped, though visitors should keep this in mind when they plan a visit. Without any establishments and only a few huts on the shore, food and beach blankets are essentials for the packing list. Even as a private beach, entrance to Abagatanen is free, though getting there takes a rather bumpy drive from the town proper, with roads still under construction. The views are scenic though, and the beach definitely worth it.
Calomboyan Viewpoint in Agno
If there's any view that will make you fall in love with Agno, it's the one you'll see from this viewpoint, which is really just a random stop on a winding road in Calomboyan. In the sunshine, you'll be treated to more greens and blues than your eyes can handle, with the lush treetops in perfect contrast to the gossamer sheen of the Balincaguing River. With such incredible beauty before you, you'll be compelled to take a million snaps, but before you commence your mini-photo shoot, take a moment to breathe and take the view in sans tech. It'll be good for your lungs, as well as your soul.
St. Catherine of Alexandra Parish in Agno
The air is instantly cooler inside this centuries-old church, not because of air-conditioning, obviously, but because of its incredibly thick stone walls that confirm its age. Religious tourists will undoubtedly be compelled to reverence once inside the ancient church with its high ceilings and quiet elegance. But eve the non-religious will find interest in the structure's architectural features. Those who would like to see more of the church should go outside its main halls. Outside, the original structure, though covered in vines, still stands to reveal just how big the parish was when it was originally built.
Surrounded by trees and next to an empty field, Umusok Falls is where most locals go to cool off, and even bathe. Armed with bath products and bottles of gin, many families spend entire afternoons here. While not very big, Umusok is easily accessible in that it doesn't require a long, slippery trek to get there. Once you drive through the rough roads leading to the falls, it will only take maybe 15 minutes of walking through mostly level ground to get to this watering hole.
Don Marcelo Nagal Bridge (Balincaguin River)
Only about 5 minutes away from the town center, this bridge is perfect for a late afternoon stroll, and is a great spot to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Balincaguin River. It is also easy to access the river from here, with a short flight of steps leading down to the water. The depth is great but strong swimmers may find the calm waters irresistible. For those who enjoy watersports, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are also possible, though the sight and the rush of the river can be enjoyed just by sitting on the banks watching it flow past.
Misrepresented as "Death Pool", Depth Pool measures 20 feet in diameter and approximately 16 to 18 feet deep during low tide. It is located in Sitio Masangret, Barangay Baruan, Agno, Pangasinan, but can also be accessed thru Sitio Cabongaoan in the town of Burgos. Its vicinity is rocky (limestone). The surrounding area is best for sight seeing but the adjacent bay is not recommended for leisurely swimming due to deep waters.
If there is any town where it’s easy to fall off the grid in the best way possible, it’s Agno. Not yet on Pangasinan’s major tourist trail, it’s a town that may startle visitors initially, if only for its quietness. Still, it’s got a lot of charm – enough to seduce even the most urban visitors. It does, after all, have a landscape that transforms from the cocoa tones of its leaf-strewn town center, to bright yellow rolling rice fields, to the golden sand beaches along its blessed coast, to the incredible iridescent blue of the Balincaguing river that snakes right across it. And quiet though it may be, it does not lack for things to do and sights to see. The town center alone boasts a rich and inviting history, with many Spanish-style houses still standing proud and impressing guests with their dark wooden stateliness. A Catholic Church built in 1610 can also be found there. In the way of natural wonders, Agno’s got waterfalls, beaches, crags, rocks, and the aforementioned majestic river – not to mention several viewpoints where one can see all that the town can offer in one breathtaking frame. Packed with history, nature, adventure, and a touch of old world romance, it is only a matter of time before mainstream tourism gives the town a busier vibe – but until then, Agno will remain to be Pangasinan’s best kept secret.