Travel Itinerary: San Carlos, Pangasinan

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Travel Itinerary: San Carlos, Pangasinan

Also known as Binalatongan, San Carlos City lies at the heart of the province of Pangasinan. Hailed as the Mango and Bamboo Capital of the Philippines, San Carlos City is among the liveliest cities with numerous attractions to visit. To get you started on planning your visit to the charming San Carlos City, we’ve prepared an ultimate guide to help you book you!

Disclaimer: Destinations may require certain travel requirements and impose restrictions not cited in this article. Kindly visit the destination’s respective social media sites and pages for further information.


  1. Booking Your Accommodation
  2. How To Get To San Carlos, Pangasinan
  3. Best Places to Visit
  4. Destinations in Pangasinan That Are Worth The Trip
  5. Sample Itinerary

1. Booking Your Accommodation

Booking online has never been easier with Cocotel’s booking platform right in their website! Right when you open the site, you will see an online booking system where you can input our chosen hotel, the date(s) of stay, as well as how many people will be staying.

Once filled up with necessary information, the online booking system will look like this:

Cocotel Hotels and Resorts

After double checking the information that you have provided, click the search icon (magnifying glass). The website will lead you to a new page where relevant details such as ratings and reviews, amenities, room options, terms and conditions, travel requirements, and the like regarding your chosen resort will be displayed. 

Resort with Swimming Pool in San Carlos Pangasinan
Kawayan Kiling Resort by Cocotel

On the right side of your screen, you will see the option to Make A Booking. Carefully browse through all the details provided and select an available room that best suits you. Then, double check all the information on the Make A Booking platform which automatically calculates the expenses of your stay (exclusive of on-site expenses) based on your room selection, the number of nights and number of rooms as well as credit card fees. 

As an example, for a 2-person stay at the Kawayan Kiling Resort by Cocotel for 2 nights, we have chosen the ‘Standard Room’ which can accommodate 2 people. Filling out the necessary information, our booking will look like this:

Cocotel Online Booking Resort

Afterwards, the page will lead you to a summary of your booking and will collect your Traveler’s Details and Payment Method. And it’s as easy as that!

2. How To Get To San Carlos

San Carlos Pangasinan

MANILA to SAN CARLOS: Approximately 193KM


By Car | 3 hours & 30 minutes via R-8 Balintawak to NLEX

Estimated fuel cost: ₱1,200

For a more convenient and cost-efficient travel experience, inquire about transportation inclusions on our booking packages on the following platforms:


By Transit | 6 hours via LRT Line 2

Estimated fare cost: ₱450–800

3. Best Places To Visit

Cacupangan Cave System

Located in Brgy. Villacorta and Brgy. Tagudin, Mabini, the Cacupangan Cave System is a 4 kilometer long cave of limestone and underground rivers stretching beneath at least 4 barangays. With multiple entrances and exits, you won’t get lost traversing the breathtaking cave boasting limestone and stalagmite formations, rimstone pools, and calcite crystals that have been naturally formed for over centuries.

Kubo Grande Eatery

Calling all FOODIES! Indulge in delicious Filipino Food at the Kubo Grande Eatery in Calasiao Road, Brgy. Bolingit. Relax in this cozy bahay kubo eatery as you’re served famous mouth watering home-made Filipino dishes loved by locals and tourists alike.

San Carlos Pangasinan Eatery
Image by Kubo Grande Eatery

The Music Box

Open from 5:00 pm until midnight, the Music Box offers delicious food and drinks as well as a private karaoke room where you can sing your heart out to your favorite songs.

What to do in San Carlos Pangasinan
Image by The Music Box

Saint Dominic de Guzman Parish Church

Bask in the glory of the Saint Dominic de Guzman Parish Church. A 424-year-old Roman Catholic Church designed with Baroque architectural style that used to be the largest Roman Catholic Church in the country during the 1700s. Take a moment to pray and take in the beauty of this magnificent four-level church. 

San Carlos Pangasinan Church
Images by Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

San Carlos City Public Market

Get ready to splurge on all your produce needs at affordable prices! Easily accessible with local modes of transportations such as tricycles, the San Carlos City Public Market is the favorite marketplace of locals and tourists alike for its array of fresh vegetables and meats alongside numerous San Carlos delicacies.

4. Destinations in Pangasinan That Are Worth The Trip

Tayug Sunflower Eco Park

Said to be the first ever sunflower maze in the country, the Tayug Sunflower Eco Park houses beautifully bright sunflowers as far as the eye can see! Open from 7:00 am to 6:00pm with an entrance fee of only P100 for regular visitors and P80 for students, senior citizens, and PWDs, the Tayug Sunflower Eco Park is the perfect place to have a picnic and unwind with your loved ones.

San Carlos Pangasinan Eco Park
Image by Tayug Sunflower Eco Park

Bued Mangrove Park

A lush forest full of different kinds of mangroves, the Bued Mangrove Park is a serene tourist destination where you can take a stroll around the park, do some sightseeing at the top of their three storey gazebo where you have a magnificent view of the ocean, or even plant your own mangrove tree within the park.

5. Sample Itinerary

The sample Itinerary below is perfect for a 2-Day trip:


05:00 AM — Departure (by car)

08:00 AM — Breakfast

09:00 AM — Historical landmark-hopping within San Carlos City

12:00 NN — Grab a meal at Kubo Grande Eatery

02:00 PM — Check in at Kawayan Kiling Resort by Cocotel

02:30 PM — Swimming at hotel

06:00 PM — Karaoke at The Music Box


09:00 AM — Breakfast

10:00 AM — Travel to Tayug

12:30 PM — Lunch and exploring the municipality

03:30 PM — Tayug Sunflower Eco Park

06:30 PM — Drive back to hotel

08:00 PM — Nightswimming at hotel

Written By: Jacque Orros and Reese Achacoso

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