A very relaxing sea tourist spot in Luzon, Philippines is Lingayen Gulf in Lingayen, Pangasinan. For a bright sunny morning jog at the beach or a windy afternoon stroll at the shore, Lingayen Gulf has a long South China Sea coastline that stretches 56 kilometers (25 miles) from the coastal provinces of Pangasinan to La Union.
Lingayen beach, one of the beautiful beaches that line up the Lingayen Gulf, is where General Douglas MacArthur landed his invasion fleets in 1945 to drive out Japanese invaders in World War II. Other coastal cities of the Gulf are Dagupan and Alaminos in Pangasinan, and San Fernando in La Union, all full of tourist spots.
Lingayen Gulf gets an abundance of northeast and southwest winds but the concave bay created by it serves as a breakwater to tame down sea waves from the South China Sea into gently flowing ripples that washes quietly on the shore. Lingayen Gulf boasts of wide sandy beaches.
Beaches around Lingayen Gulf are known for resorts that offer affordable beautiful beach cabins and huts. Beach hotel resorts and restaurants offer fresh sea foods grilled right before your eyes, the area being a fishing hub—shell foods, oysters, sea and fresh water fish, squids, and other succulent sea food cuisines that burst sweet grill aroma in the air. Seaside “waitresses” are also known to take orders of grilled pork and sea foods while tourists wait. After a few minutes, the dishes are served hot and fresh. The beaches are also known for various native delicacies peddled around to tourists, like “bocayo” (sweets from grated coconut) and “tupig” (a sticky cake from a ground blend of a native root crop and coconut).
Lingayen Gulf also boasts of the famous Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, known for island bits sprawled on the sea like rock pieces thrown at random by kids. Actually there are 123 islands, but some too small to always remain above water. Most famous of these are Quezon and Governor Islands. Tourists in long motor boats land and wade in shallow crystal clear waters for a rewarding skin dive and snorkel. Colorful fish groups literally swim past one’s legs even in waist deep waters.
Lingayen Gulf is a concave seclusion harboring beaches of natural and historic wonders. It is also a tourist spot that threads a long line of local lodges and restaurants serving native delights, fun, and food that captivate the fancies of exploratory tourists.