Above shows Calaguas as drawn by one of my friends Love.
They don’t call this the happy beach for nothing. Let me walk you through Mahabang Buhangin (Halabang Baybay in Bicolano; Long Beach in English), a beautiful stretch of white sand and clear waters in Tinaga Island, part of the Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Norte, Philippines (or simply put, Calaguas).
Mahabang Buhangin’s rugged side is courtesy of extensive rock formations on its right side. Walk to the other side of the rocks and chances are, you’ll be seeing mountain goats running on the very steep slopes.
Our breezy and shady cottage. We’re ever thankful to our boatman Mang Roberto for bringing us to THIS side of the beach (your left hand side when you’re facing the cottages) because everything is accessible from there. Plus it’s the coolest spot, which probably explained why the very friendly dogs loved sleeping there (plus, that spot could receive cellphone signal from Smart).
There’s really nothing to do in Calaguas except swim, eat, and sleep, aka The Sweet Life. But then again, you could take a cue from this group and bring your own kayak and paddle away during the sunset.
Everyday at around 10 AM, fishermen drop by Mahabang Buhangin and sell freshly caught fish. This lady priced the two huge fish at P500, but one of our friends managed to haggle the price down to P200. The caretakers then set up fire and grilled the fish for us. Locals were effortlessly kind–one of the things I really love about the place.
Whoever said you have to pay thousands to have a room with a view? At Calaguas, you wake up to this gorgeous view very early–between 5 AM and 5:45 AM–because the sun comes up really early on this side of the earth. Best of all, it’s free.
This is how summer should look like.
Also view my other posts:
GMA News Online: Five reasons to visit Calaguas in Bicol this summer
Travel Snaps: Calaguas, Camarines Norte, Philippines
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