That’s a whole lot of beach for a country that’s about the size of Italy. The province of Pangasinan contains a whopping 44 towns and four cities—15 of which are along the shoreline of the Lingayen Gulf.  So you won’t run out of beaches or charming coastal towns.

But if you’re interested in a beach experience in the middle of the city, check out Capitol Beach. The beach extends as far as the eye can see. Whether you stroll, sunbathe, swim, kayak, or surf in the gulf, it’s an incredible experience.

For period architecture, you don’t have to look far. The Capitol Building is said to be one of the eight architectural wonders of the Philippines. Designed in the American Colonial style of the early 1900s, the building features iconic columns and local hardwood. Lingayen is the capital of the province, so you will also find everything here—universities, museums, and the provincial library.