Laoag, Ilocos Norte has a natural tourist destination that offers something different from the usual beaches surrounding in the Philippines. Found close to the capital city of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City in Barangay La Paz is the La Paz Sand Dunes, a sandy coastal desert that covers a wide area of 85 square kilometers near the coast of West Philippine Sea.
Known to the locals as Bantay Bimmaboy, La Paz Sand Dunes is a segment of the Ilocos Sand Dunes that spans the length from Currimao (north of Laoag) to Pasuquin (south of Laoag). On November 26, 1933, its significance was cemented as National Committee on Geological Sciences (NCGS) identified it as one of the National Geological Monuments in the Philippines.
This wild terrain is popular for its varying sand dunes that can be as high as 30 meters.
How to get there
Unlike Paoay Sand Dunes, La Paz Sand Dunes is only 10-15 minutes away from the city via tricycle or public jeepney. It’s highly recommended to visit the area before sunrise or before sunset to avoid the heat and to have the most scenic view of the beach on top of the sand dunes.
The sand dunes are best visited during the summer season, specifically from November to May in order to experience the attraction without rain.
It depends on the number of people and the cost for unlimited sandboarding. Take note most rates are good for around 4 to 5 people.