Everyone knows that Baler is a surfer’s paradise mainly for its big, majestic waves due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. But don’t be so quick to dismiss a trip to this quiet town in Aurora if you’re not looking to surf, as it offers many other tourist spots that are perfect for travelers of all kinds.
Here, we list down 19 places you can visit that are sure to have you planning your next weekend getaway to Baler:
Dialyn’s Bakeshop is Baler’s most loved bakery that offers affordable yet delicious cakes, bread, and pastries. While their classic pandesals and yema swirls are a must-try, there’s one specific item on their menu that have people coming back again and again—their famous kiwi cupcakes. Yes, you read that right.
Baler Hanging Bridge
Anyone who’s a sucker for a killer view will enjoy a walk down the Baler Hanging Bridge. The steel-cable footbridge that hangs above the waters of Tibag-Sabang river was actually never meant to be a tourist spot. But once you cross the bridge, it’s hard not to stop and get consumed by its beauty and probably take a photo or two.
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Though not exactly located within the town of Baler, Ditumabo Falls, also known as the Mother Falls, is just a 30-minute drive away. It is said to be the tallest among the four other falls in the province at 140 feet high, which makes it one of the must-see sites in Baler. A visit to the Mother Falls requires a bit of trekking but it will only be a much more rewarding experience to see the waterfall in its own glory.
Museo de Baler
Take a walk back in time and learn all about Baler’s rich history and culture at Museo de Baler. The museum showcases artifacts mainly from the pre-colonial and Spanish era that is evident in the town’s heavy Hispanic influence. There, you can also find information about the two of the town’s well-loved icons, former president Manuel L. Quezon and his wife, Doña Aurora.
Baler Surfer Grill
Don’t be surprised if you ever come across a Volkswagen Beetle grill along Sabang Beach. Baler Surfer Grill offers a unique dining experience by cooking their famous barbeque dishes on a fully-functional vehicle. While its novelty may be enough to convince you to dine at their restaurant, you’ll be pleased to know that they also offer good food at a value for money.
A trip to Baler is incomplete without trying to catch the waves. Sabang Beach is one of the top go-to surfing spots for beginners and those just looking to have fun. It may not be as pristine as the other beaches in the Philippines but it is where you can find surfing lessons being offered by professionals at a very affordable price.
Dicasalarin Cove & Baler Lighthouse
If you’re looking for a place to unwind, Discasalarin Cove is the best beach in the area with the most scenic view that doesn’t get flocked by as many tourists as Sabang Beach. There, you can also access the Baler Lighthouse to get a 360-degree view of the coast and admire its beauty.
Home to the hippest food stalls of Baler, Dogtown Collective is the perfect spot to grab a cold beer and some snacks after surfing the waves of Baler. Make sure to try Saranglayap@baler’s poke and smoothie bowls while you’re there. You might even be lucky enough to catch some live music performances in the evening.
Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon Ancestral House
Right in the heart of the town of Baler stands the Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon Ancestral House where the former first lady resided. History lovers will appreciate the preserved and restored structure and memorabilia that can be found inside the two-story home where you can also learn more about the humanitarian causes Doña Aurora took part in.
Diguisit Rock Formations
There are three islet rock formations that can be found off the coast of Baler at Diguisit Beach known as Lukso-Lukso. This is another one of Baler’s treasures where tourists can sightsee and take photos among the naturally formed landscape.
When in Baler, a visit to this hidden eatery that masquerades as a seemingly normal hut is a must. Don’t be fooled by its appearance though as it’s highly rated for its no-fuss yet remarkable meals. Utensils are not served at this restaurant so be prepared for an epic boodle fight, kamayan style.
If you’re looking for a no-frills place to stay in Baler, the teepee huts and shipping container rooms of Balituk is one of the more recent lodgings to emerge along Sabang Beach. Though not one of the most popular accommodations in Baler, the resort’s charming, colorful, and serene design make it a beautiful home away from home.
The biggest millennium or balete tree in Asia can be found in the town of Maria, Aurora next to Baler. The 600-year-old tree stands at 65 meters tall is definitely a sight to behold which undoubtedly make it a popular tourist destination. Visitors who stop by the old balete tree, aside from having your very own photo-op, can enter its gigantic roots and branches and experience its natural maze.
Church of Baler aka San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish
What may look like an ordinary and simple church is actually very rich in history. The Church of Baler or San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish was originally built in 1611 and was renovated in 1939. It is also commonly known as the major site of the Siege of Baler that lasted for 11 months.
Surfing is not the only water activity available in Baler. In fact, Buoyancy Watersports has three alternative water-based activities you can enjoy as a group including the classic banana boat and flying fish.
If you’re looking for a chill hangout place, ask any local surfer and they’ll point you to Charlie Does. One visit to this spot and it’s easy to see why this all-in-one restaurant, cafe, surf shop, and art gallery is well-loved and frequented by travelers.
Skaters and non-skaters are all welcome at this youthful lifestyle skate park. Apart from being a great place to skate, Myrtle Park has become a go-to after-surf spot for quick bites and refreshing cocktails from Wrap n’ Roll and Pineapple Express.
Yolly’s Ihaw-Ihaw & Seafood Restaurant
A trip to the beach is never complete without sampling the seafood. Yolly’s is easily the best restaurant where a variety of dishes and seafood can be found. The best thing about Yolly’s? Their lobsters are way more affordable compared to how much you can get them for in Dampa Manila. Our picks: Buttered Lobster and Ensaladang Pako.
There are plenty of things to do at Ermita Hill that you’ll probably have to dedicate half a day of your trip. It is best known as the place where survivors of the Tromba Marina tsunami back in 1735 sought refuge and have since then become a notable tourist spot. Be prepared to climb to the top of White Cross where you can also get a panoramic view of Sabang Beach and while you’re making your way up, don’t forget to stop by the love locks.
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