I’ve been hearing about the so-called Boracay of the North and how beautiful the beaches are at the North end of the Philippines but I have not seen much of it until recently.
Anguib Beach in Sta.Ana Cagayan Valley is situated near Apari and a boat away from Palaui and Batanes Group of Island.
How to get there?
It will take about 16 hours travel by land including normal stop over for food and toilet break. Read our 21 hour roadtrip from Manila to Sta.Ana Cagayan Valley here.
By plane, the closest airport is in Tuguegarao which is the capital of Cagayan Valley. From Tuguegarao it will take you 3 hours travel by land.
Was it worth it?
It is. Honestly I believe it is better than Boracay as the water is very clear no algae infestations. The beach is still virgin as no commercial establishments abound the area. There is lush greens and forest by the shore. There is a river full of living animals, so many hermit crabs roaming around, starfish, fish. It is just wonderful. Sand is white pink.
There are boats for rent that you can hire to go island hopping or go to Palaui Island, Cape Engkato and many other beautiful destinations in the area. I was not able to do all those things though coz lack of time and coordination with the one who brought us there. Instead of stressing we just enjoyed our Anguib Beach time because it is gorgeous as is. It gets really hot as this part of the country is the warmest. Better pack a lot of sunblock and bring lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
I will stop talking and just show you how the so-called Boracay of the North Anguib Beach Sta.Ana Cagayan Valley looks like in this vlog below:
Where to stay:
There are a number of resorts and lodges in Sta.Ana Cagayan Valley. You can choose from luxury to backpacker style lodging and it is all fine. Most resorts are situated along the beach coast so you will get easy access to the beach. However Anguib Beach is white sand the ones from the resort like on our hotel is normal brown sand.
We stayed at Cagayan Holiday and Leisure Resort which has apartment or single detached type of houses that. We stayed in a house with 5 bedrooms.
You can also check out Country Inn Suites, Rai Hotel and Resort or Nassi Hotel.
Will I come back to Anguib Beach or Sta.Ana Cagayan Valley?
Absolutely. The time I spent there was so short I have so many places to explore and so many things that I would like to do. I heard Anguib Beach is also a diving spot. I would like to go when all the crowd is gone. I was there when the Partakan Festival was happening to it was crowded and the service of all the hotels I mentioned above sucks real bad. I think they were overwhelmed with the flood of guests. Food came in very very late. Like very late you almost want to forget about it and leave.
I suggest to the resort and hotel organizations in Sta.Ana Cagayan Valley to e prepared and deliver the food promptly. Food is the one thing you should put a lot of attention to because people will remember you for the food you serve them. The impression you left for first timer like me is really bad I hope this is not the case all the time. We were there on a Holyweek and it was supposedly peak season for resort owners and operators. Expect surge of tourist wanting good food and on time. We don’t need to follow up 10 times.
Here’s some of my fave photos from the Boracay of the North Anguib Beach Sta. Ana Cagayan Valley
With that said I know some of you might wanna change their mind with regards to going. But if they read this blog they might change their ways haha! If not find a turo-turo to eat in or take out they have food fast. There was a food market that we passed by near the hotels it was closed though coz it was a Holy Friday when we got there. If you find a market and you are staying at a place where there are kitchen utensils and youbcan cook, better cook your own food instead than hope for the food innthe restos at the resorts I mentioned above
How about you, have you been to this far-end of the Philippines?
Stay gorgeous everyone!