TRAVEL GUIDE 2018: Spending a Weekend in Baler, Aurora

It’s more than just sand and surf!

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I had a great weekend escape in Baler, and I wanted to share some tips and things to do. The city makes it all the more appealing for a quick weekend trip. It provides a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, one that will truly help you relax and unwind.

Costa Pacifica, Baler

HOW TO GET THERE:

From Tarlac, Baler is a 3-4 hour drive, but if you want to commute, which I did, you can ride a bus. From Tarlac Baliwag terminal to Cabanatuan. From there, you’ll have to transfer to a van or another bus to bring you to Baler.

Expenses: Baliwag Bus PHP70, Van 220 (Back and Forth fare is PHP520)

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WHERE TO GO:

If Baler, Aurora is on your bucket list, here are some attractions you should visit while in town!

 

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Surf’s up! You didn’t visit Baler for just swimming, so go surf in Sabang Beach. It’s PHP300 for an hour surfing lesson. It was a great experience, and I’m sure you’ll love the surfer feel when you get the vibe!

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Ditumabo Mother Fall. If you get tired of the sand and sea, go for the cool mountain-fed waters of Ditumabo Waterfalls. An hour and a half trike ride from Sabang Beach and another 45 minutes of trekking and river crossing, and you’ll sure love the tropical vibe!

Expenses: PHP200 tour Guide (Required), PHP30 for the Environmental Fee

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The Hanging bridge is nice for picture-taking. It crosses a wide river with a mountain in the background. Crossing the bridge is also a nice experience. You can feel its purpose for the locals to cross the other side. On the other side are souvenir shops and pasalubong stores.

Expenses: Free

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Enchanting Aniao Islets! This spot is one of my favorites in Baler. A good stop for Instagram posts!

Expenses:  PHP10 Entrance Fee

If you have more time and days, here are some additional places not to miss:

Balete Tree,
Dicasalarin Cove,
Rock Formations
Dimadimaalangat Islets
and more.

 

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