Don't you just love it when you set foot on beaches like these?
Oh, it's also located here in mainland Luzon, a total of 5 hours drive from Manila. Welcome to a wonderful discovery, one of the best, if not the best, mainland (non-island) beaches in Luzon. It goes by a lot of names: Osmena, Matabang Beach, and Tambobong. Whatever they call it, it's paradise to me.
Okay, let me stop these senseless expressions of love. Let's call it by its original name, Tambobong Beach. Located in Western Pangasinan, in the remote barrio of Osmena in Dasol, Tambobong Beach was actually part of the barrio of Tambobong, which was split up recently. Now, from what I heard, two barrios govern the area.
What surprises me more is that this is a fishing village, meaning, a lot of locals live on this beach. There were a lot of houses along the road, but the beach was spotless. This is something you don't see in any other beach in the country.
One would think, there must be a governing tourism office that keeps the place in tact, but the truth is, there's none. When I asked our boatman why the beach was clean, he didn't know what to answer. It's just the way it is. I wanted to praise the entire barrio for doing so.
Coming here, we were warned by the people from Dasol that people in Tambobong are rowdy. They warned us of drunkards and kids throwing rocks at cars. Well, we didn't experience any of those, and the people here seem very friendly.
Tambobong Beach extends to around 1 kilometer of powder white sand. It may not be as fine as Boracay's, but it is definitely above average, and perhaps the best I have seen so far in Pangasinan, better than the ones in Hundred Islands.
I am ecstatic about Tambobong, if it was truly the Tambobong we were told about. Whatever the name of this beach is, it is by far the best beach in Pangasinan. The locals told me that this part of Pangasinan had the best beaches, but of course, theirs is the best. And I must agree. The vibe, the atmosphere, the beauty of the place, all have surpassed my expectations. I could spend an entire weekend here. I've been told of secluded caves, shipwrecks, other beaches and backyard rivers all in the area. And if you read my previous entry about getting here, you can imagine what else lies beyond.
Oh, and just on the horizon, I could see a lonely island, calling to me. Too bad we only had 4 hours total to explore; just enough time to heed to the calling of that island.