Vigan: Mindoro Beach
Vigan may be well known for its famous Heritage Village whose houses date back to the Spanish era. But there is one spot in the town where a beach can be found, one of the favorite places for past time by the locals and is also frequently visited by the tourist. This beach is located in Barangay Mindoro, located five kilometers east of the town center.
When traveling on the road towards the beach, among the places that will be passing by is the Vigan Airport (though there are no commercial flights flying to this airport we saw a plane landing here), and immediately beside it is Barangay Mindoro.
The beach, which faces the West Philippine Sea, has dark but fine sands. During our visit the waves are insignificant, but it did not deter the visitors from enjoying their swim. The beach never fails to have people, whether locals or tourists. During one of our previous visits, we saw a group of students from India who are studying in Vigan having fun in the waters.
The beach draws more people as dusk approaches. Like most places on the Philippines west coast, it offers a beautiful view of the sunset. The beach also has cottages where people can take a rest while feeling the fresh air. There are also stores selling light snacks. The police outposts here gives an additional sense of security. One of the features that grab attention is the concrete breakwaters that looked like giant jackstones. These features absorb strong waves before reaching the shore.
If you are visiting Vigan, this beach is an ideal side trip destination especially those who want to swim or just wanting to have nature tripping.
From the Vigan Heritage Village, take the road going to the Airport. From the airport, go straight until reaching Barangay Mindoro. Go straight through the road until reaching the beach. There are free parking spaces available for vehicles.
From the Vigan Heritage Village, hire a tricycle going to Mindoro (or tell the driver to take you to the beach). It is better if you are going by group to maximize the fare and because of its proximity from the town center.
The coastline of Vigan up to Caoayan are blessed with natural minerals such as black sands. But because of rampant mining, the rivers and seas are slowly deepening. Some of the islands in Caoayan and Bantay had already gone underwater due to mining. Some barges can be seen near the coastlines of the said towns.