2 Days in La Union: A Weekend Travel Guide and Itinerary

2 Day La Union Itinerary

La Union or Elyu, as it is fondly called, may be famous for its killer waves but it attracts both surfers and non-surfers alike with its relaxed vibe, budding nightlife and close proximity to Metro Manila. If you're looking for a blend of outdoor activities, sightseeing and lots of good, good eats, read on.

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DAY 1


 11:00 AM LUNCH AT  NATALNA GRILLE   Photo by @ seekertravels

11:00 AM
LUNCH AT NATALNA GRILLE

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Eat freshly grilled seafood by the beach
- Make a pitstop here for lunch on your way to San Juan

Budget: PHP 200
Location: San Vicente Road, San Fernando

 2:00 PM SURF LESSONS AT URBIZTONDO BEACH  Photo by @ seekertravels

2:00 PM
SURF LESSONS AT URBIZTONDO BEACH

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Wear a rash guard
- Can find instructors all around the beach

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Budget: PHP 400/hour, with instructor
Location: San Juan

 3:30 PM CHILL AT  CLEAN BEACH CO.   Photo by @ seekertravels

3:30 PM
CHILL AT CLEAN BEACH CO.

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Beachfront cafe serving coffee and breakfast
- Get P10 off when you bring your own tumbler!

Budget: PHP 120 for coffee, PHP 160 for food
Location: Urbiz Garden, San Juan



 6:00 PM HAPPY HOUR & DINNER AT  MAGELLAN'S   Photo by @ seekertravels

6:00 PM
HAPPY HOUR & DINNER AT MAGELLAN'S

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Happy hour from 6-9pm, Mon to Thurs
- Has outdoor tables facing the street if you prefer to watch the cars pass by
- Known for their shisha & bar chow

Budget: PHP 250
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 8:00 PM DRINKS AT FLOTSAM & JETSAM  Photo by @ iamannaaaa

8:00 PM
DRINKS AT FLOTSAM & JETSAM

Photo by @iamannaaaa

Notes:
- Can get packed. Get there early. 
- Occasional movie-showing at night

Budget: PHP 450
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 EARLY AM MIDNIGHT SNACK AT TAGPUAN  Photo by @ tagpuansj

EARLY AM
MIDNIGHT SNACK AT TAGPUAN

Photo by @tagpuansj

Notes:
- Open until 2am
- Known for cheap Filipino rice bowls
- Located in the alley beside Mad Monkeys

Budget: PHP 100
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan



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DAY 2


 7:00 AM TANGADAN FALLS  Photo by @  meawongka

7:00 AM
TANGADAN FALLS

Photo by @meawongka

Notes:
- Has 2 different routes. Longer route (1.5 hours) passes a cliff-jumping area.
- Need a car to get to the shorter route (30 mins).

Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Budget: PHP 30/head for entrance, PHP 50/head for life vest, PHP 200/head for guide, PHP 200 total for raft
Location: San Gabriel

 11:30 AM LUNCH AT GEFSEIS GREEK GRILL  Photo by @ yannalopez

11:30 AM
LUNCH AT GEFSEIS GREEK GRILL

Photo by @yannalopez

Notes:
- Located right by the beach. Get a seat by the windows for the best view
- Known for their banana yogurt smoothie

Budget: PHP 350
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 1:00 PM MA-CHO TEMPLE  Photo by @ seekertravels

1:00 PM
MA-CHO TEMPLE

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Taoist temple 70-feet above sea level
- Nice view of the city at sunset

Duration: 30 minutes
Budget: FREE
Location: Quezon Ave, San Fernando




 1:20 PM FILIPINO-CHINESE FRIENDSHIP PAGODA  Photo by @ seekertravels

1:20 PM
FILIPINO-CHINESE FRIENDSHIP PAGODA

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Gives an overlooking view of the city
- Favorite spot of local couples

Duration: 15 to 20 minutes
Budget: FREE
Location: Aguila Road, San Fernando

 2:00 PM SNACK AT HALO-HALO DE ILOKO  Photo by @ aubasbas

2:00 PM
SNACK AT HALO-HALO DE ILOKO

Photo by @aubasbas

Notes:
- Known for their famous buko halo-halo good for sharing
- Has long lines & can be hard to find street parking

Budget: PHP 180 for a halo-halo good for 2 to 4 people
Location: Zandueta St, San Fernando

 3:00 PM POTTERY CLASS AT RED CLAY POTTERY  Photo by @ chyntcha

3:00 PM
POTTERY CLASS AT RED CLAY POTTERY

Photo by @chyntcha

Notes:
- Walk-ins allowed (except on Sundays) but prioritizes reservations
- Finished products can be picked up or delivered for a fee!

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Budget: PHP 500/head
Location: MacArthur Highway, Taboc, San Juan


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