Charming Currimao Beach
One of the coastal towns of Ilocos Norte is a small and quiet municipality of Currimao. You’ll definitely come across that town if taking an alternative route going to Paoay or Laoag. It’s always been our path of choice since the day it was recommended by one of my friends. Aside from peaceful and smooth roads, motorists seldom passing there.
From the highway going to the town proper, lots of resorts are already lined up. To see what they offer (less entrance fees, hehe), we passed through a compound which leads to the beach.
Fishing is the common livelihood of the locals there, and the reason why red boats along its shoreline is a normal sight (red is the color code of boats from Currimao). Some of the townsfolk are doing bayanihan in repairing fishing nets lying on the sand.
Makeshift cottages are everywhere throughout the long stretch of the beach which are ideal resting spots after a long walk. But there are cottages that are a cut above the rest — the Balinese-inspired cabanas as well as structures of Playa Tropical Hotel. Of course, the flock is on a tight budget (always), so we’re just contented on the unpolished huts on the side.
Walking on the close-to-white and fine sands is very stimulating yet relaxing. The beach is about a kilometer wide and has gentler waves since there’s a reef afar which serves as breakwater.
While strolling the beach to the north, the fine sands were gradually replaced by small corals. Being there is so timely for a sunset shot. Since the coast faces the West Philippine Sea, the view is perfect as the sun gently kissing the horizon. The once azure sky was slowly turning red, and then consumed by darkness — meaning, our time is up. Currimao, ’till we meet again.