“With all due respect to mountain people, there’s simply nothing in this world like a beautiful beach. Whether your personal beach style is rustic and remote or well-equipped and lively, our curated list offers a peek into some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.”

This is how New York-based travel magazine Travel+Leisure described its list of the 25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World that include Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte—which is the only beach that made it to the list. 

The Department of Tourism (DOT) commends the beach’s inclusion in the list.

In a statement, the DOT said “the inclusion of Saud Beach in the international travel site’s A-list is a first for the coastal area of Pagudpud, also dubbed as ‘Boracay of the North’.  The T+L boasted of “its white sand pitches gradually into the clear-as-glass water, like a real-world example of a zero-entry swimming pool.”

The T+L magazine has this to say about Saud Beach: “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. Swim in the peaceful waves, lunch under a thatch-roof cabana under the palms, or hire an outrigger for excursions on the water.” 

Saud Beach joins the ranks of other globally-recognized beaches such as the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hanelei Bay in Kauai, Hawaii;  Cape Le Grand National Park in Western Australia and others.

The magazine also lists  Elafonissi Beach in Crete, Greece; Nungwi Beach, Tanzania; Clearwater Beach, Florida; Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands; Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa; Anse Source D’Agent, La Digue Island, Seychelles; Praia de Santa Monica, Boa Vista, Cape Verde; Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands; Shark Creek Beach, Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, The Bahamas; Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Island, Australia; Le Morne, Mauritius; Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands; Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; Bai Dam Trau, Con Dao Islands, Vietnam; Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman; La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia, Italy;   Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Scala dei Turchi, Sicily; Railay West, Krabi, Thailand; and Praia de Marinha, The Algarve, Portugal.