A mini Baler travel guide

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Roughly 5-7 hours away from Manila, Baler is a surf town but it has more to offer than that. It's a place that non-surfers like me can enjoy.

I managed to invite myself to the beach trip of my best friend and his family. He was there to play at the Aliya Surf and Music Festival and we all tagged along and extended. I am an easy girl to please. Take me to the beach, have good weather and armed with my camera – I am happy. I am one of those people who can take doing absolutely nothing at the beach. That weekend, all the elements I mentioned were present.

If you are looking for an extensive guide to Baler, this is not the place to be. I didn’t do most of the touristy things (surf, go to the falls, etc). It was a quick beach trip to relax and eat. Let me bombard you first with photos from the chill surf town.

  Some photos from around Sabang Beach

Tambay hits.
Dogs are welcome.
There are areas with a lot of people but because the stretch is pretty long, you still get some peace.
Since this is a surfing beach, expect the waves to get rough at times. There were instances when I felt like the waves were giving me a hard massage. I was worried my top would slip!
We were able to also go to Halos Farm Resort which was perfect. I couldn’t lounge along Sabang beach since the waves weren’t calm. Here, I could stay under the sun in clean calm water. When it got too hot for me, I stayed under the shade.
Road side view to Halos Farm Resort, look at the hues!

Where to stay: 
This is my second time in Baler. The first time I was there for a company outing and stayed overnight. I maximized the facilities at Costa Pacifica. For this trip we stayed at Amihan Aplaya Baler. The crowd is thicker on the side of Costa than Amihan so you know which side I preferred.

Aliya Surf Camp

Amihan Aplaya Baler

Bahia de Baler Garden Resort

Circle Hostel

Costa Pacifica

Cote Resort

L'Sirene Boutique Resort

You may check out other options here.

Where to Eat:
I didn’t go full on blogger mode and document everything, sorry guys! I wanted to rest on this trip. Here are some places you can try: Aliya Surf Camp, Baler Surfer Grill and Gerry Shan’s Place.

Kamayan style at Kusina Luntian.
You had me at liempo! It wasn’t available during our visit but was seriously jonesing for their Pako Salad.
The Good Food
We had ribs, mahi-mahi, burger, liempo and everything we tried was amazeballs. That beauty is their taco! I may only have 1 photo from our meal there but seriously – you need to pass by.
El Teodoro Tapsilog
This place along the street looks like your regular carinderia and it is always full. Check out my P65 Tapsilog breakfast.

Moringa Blends Juice from El Teodoro Tapsilog
They get this from another town and it is refreshingly good at P50 per bottle. We brought home a couple of bottles as pasalubong and our families loved it.


Sabang Beach maybe the most popular area in Baler but it has more to offer. Travel 30-60 minutes away from the main beach and you get to discover more. It may not have the whitest or calmest waters but I love how laid back it is making it a good spot to unwind.

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