The Philippine archipelago is home to an array of beautiful landscapes – be it on land or near the sea. A place that perfectly embodies this point of view is Pagudpud’s very own Saud Beach – located in the country’s Ilocos Norte region. 

Saud Beach – described as having ‘white sand’ and ‘clear-as-glass water’ – topped New York-based publication Travel + Leisure’s 2021 list of the ‘25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World published Monday (April 12) on its website

“If you’re searching for Southeast Asian beach bliss, super-mellow Saud Beach on the island of Luzon is a sure thing. Its white sand pitches gradually into the clear-as-glass water, like a real-world example of a zero-entry swimming pool,” said Travel + Leisure.

“Swim in the peaceful waves, lunch under a thatch-roof cabana under the palms, or hire an outrigger for excursions on the water,” it added. 

In a Facebook post, Ilocos Norte Tourism shared how proud it is to have one of its beaches acknowledged on a global scale. 

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH IN THE WORLD! "If you're searching for Southeast Asian beach bliss, super-mellow Saud Beach on...

Posted by Ilocos Norte Tourism on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Saud Beach is the only Philippine tourist spot featured on the list. It beat three other South Asian spots for the first place, specifically Vietnam’s Bai Dam Trau Beach, Thailand’s Railay West, and India’s Radhanagar Beach.

Also included in the list are beaches from Brazil, French Polynesia, Hawaii, South Africa, Tanzania, Australia, Italy, and others.

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Image credit: Department of Tourism’s Official Facebook Page