Of Great Heights and Amazing Views: Baler’s Paradise

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If you are looking for the best place to retire here in the tropical islands of the Philippines, then Baler, Aurora may be the perfect place for you! This small town has been featured in numerous shows and publications as well as visited by a lot of notable personalities both from here and abroad. Baler is known for being the last stronghold of the remaining Spanish forces in the country during the Philippine Revolution and Spanish-American War. The Spaniards took shelter at the Baler Catholic Church as its last show of resistance but eventually surrendered, finally ending the 300 dark years of Spanish rule in the country.Aside from this historical siege, Baler also prides itself for its one of a kind geographic formations, breathtaking views, rich culture and tradition, as well as its very hospitable locals.Retiring in the Philippines, especially in the simple town of Baler, will undeniably give you that peace, comfort, and adventure that you are yearning for.

Dubbed as “the birthplace of Philippine surfing,” Baler has the splendid Sabang Beach that is a perfect spot to learn how to ride the waves. It can get up to a towering nine feet in height which greatly attracts surfers from across the globe during the surfing season from September to February. Aside from these huge waves to ride, Sabang Beach is also the best place to have some ‘vitamin sea’ – feel the warmth of fine sand under your feet, enjoy the cool Baler breeze, soak up some sun, and enjoy the beauty of the ocean this side of the world.

You can also reconnect more with nature while you venture on a hike up to Baler’s Lighthouse. If you want more adventure than just sunbathing on the beach or surfing the waves, then hiking is definitely for you. Baler’s Lighthouse, popularly known as Parola, is one of the newest tourist spots in town. It is found along the line of the impressive Diguisit Rock Formations which you will reach after a 15 to 20 minute mountain climbing. The path is very steep and slippery after a rain, but you can already see a stunning view of the ocean as well as Baler’s shoreline halfway through the hike. It may be a challenging adventure but it absolutely pays off when you get to the top of the lighthouse where you get a superb 360-degree view of the seascape!

If you prefer biking over surfing or hiking, then you can enjoy the way to Baler’s PAGASA Weather Station. Located at the hilltop of Barangay Zabali, you are going to have to bike quite a lot up to this area that is around 178 meters above sea level. This is a very popular destination for bikers because who would not want to enjoy an incredible view after a very exciting and adrenaline-inducing activity? Just like at the lighthouse, what you see from this hilltop is breathtaking! You will be taken aback with how spectacular the view is – you breathe in fresh air to catch up with all the exhaustion, cool down with the refreshing light breeze, and marvel at the beauty of nature.

Being situated along the Philippine east coast, you can expect that most of the wonderful spots in Baler have jaw-dropping views of the serene and sparkling bodies of water.Just remember that these are only some of the places you can check . Baler has plenty more to offer than just unforgettable views! If you are looking into a low cost retirement in the Philippines, you can be at ease in Baler, living a peaceful life with the ever friendly Baleriano. People in Baler help each other in every way they can, coming from a very collectivistic culture. Filipino people in general, greatly value relationships with their family, friends, and other people. You will not have a hard time adjusting to your new environment. There are other expatriate retirees who live comfortably well in Baler, who can give you tips on how to cope. Moreover, you will not have to spend much in moving and living here from your home country.

Baler is just a small and simple provincial town in Aurora. It may not seem like much but it is a worthy place to settle in when it comes to retiring in the Philippines. It may not have all the luxurious things you find in a city but when it comes to humble and quiet living, Baler can be the perfect place for you.
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