Sta. Ana

Resting on the edge of Northeastern Luzon, Sta.Ana is home to the Cagayan Special Economic Zone. Visitors troop to the grand casinos and posh hotels. But in the villages by the shoreline, you’ll find a simpler way of life.

Mainland Sta. Ana has its share of natural attractions. Buacag Falls is for the back-to-basics nature lover, while Anguib Beach is for the seaside sun-worshipper.

Some of the most interesting things about Sta. Ana are just off its coast. There are deserted white sand beaches. There’s the National Marine Reserve of Palaui Island with its brilliantly iridescent underwater life, wonderfully scenic coastline, and delightfully charming lighthouse. The top of the centuries-old Cape Engaño Lighthouse has the best view of the island. You can see neighboring volcanic islands, towering mountains draped in wilderness, and streaks of white beach surrounded by cerulean and emerald waters. Try scouting for the best place to pitch a tent.

Go island-hopping around Palaui Island. Mapurao, Manidad and Crocodile Island also have pristine white sand beaches. We recommend catching the sunrise at Crocodile Island.

If you’re looking for the simple life with a safety net of modern conveniences nearby, Sta. Ana delivers.