Long ago, before the Spaniards even set foot in the Philippines, the small town was covered with trees called “badas.” Realizing that many of the people required this type of wood for building their homes, the Spanish colonizers capitalized on them and harvested the trees from the municipality.
With the abundance of badas in the town, the name just slowly evolved into what we now know as Baras.
With the likes of Zambales, Aurora, Siargao, and Samar, you’d think that there are more than enough surf spots in the Philippines. This town of only a little over 12,000 residents is also home to the famous Puraran Beach, where both professional and aspiring surfers await the swells and magnificent waves that are now being dubbed worldwide as, “majestics.” On a good day, these waves can even reach up to six feet high! Surfers would simply fall in love with the place. Equipped with surfing gear for rent and trained surf guides, it’s perfect and it’s safe!
Not to mention, the beach is simply gorgeous. With granular sands lining the shore and crystal clear blue waters hugging the beach, this place isn’t just for surfers, it’s for beach bums as well. The beach is great for frolicking and for making sand castles. You can even bring your kids if you like! Be sure to keep an eye on them, though! The waves can get pretty gnarly.
Being naturally near the coast, you can see mangrove forests near the beach as well. Fun fact, these are indicators that the beach is healthy. All the more reason for you to visit, eh? Also, the town’s beaches are mostly undeveloped and almost virgin.
If you’re looking for an adventure, trust that you can find it in Baras.