ABOUT LA UNION

As the most accessible surfing hotspot to Metro Manila, La Union draws in a good crowd almost every weekend. Both surfers and non-surfers alike will appreciate the relaxed, friendly vibe of the Surfing Capital of the North.

 

PRO TIPS:

  • Lots to eat around here!
  • Swimming by the beach stops at 6pm
  • Baguio's only an hour away

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THINGS TO DO       
RESTAURANTS
       
CAFES 

NIGHTLIFE       
ACCOMMODATIONS       
TOUR
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THINGS TO DO


 SURF LESSONS   Photo by @  seekertravels

SURF LESSONS

Photo by @seekertravels

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

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Budget: P400 per hour, with instructor
Location: Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan

 POTTERY LESSONS @ RED CLAY PAGDAMILIAN  Photo by @ seekertravels

POTTERY LESSONS @ RED CLAY PAGDAMILIAN

Photo by @seekertravels

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

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Budget: P500 per person
Location: MacArthur Highway, Taboc, San Juan

 MA-CHO TEMPLE   Photo by @  seekertravels

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

 TANGADAN FALLS   Photo by @  meawongka

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: P30 entrance, P50 life vest, P200 each for guide, P200 total for raft
Location: San Gabriel


 FILIPINO-CHINESE FRIENDSHIP PAGODA  Photo by @ seekertravels

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

 LOMBOY GRAPES FARM  Photo by @ rmninasantos

LOMBOY GRAPES FARM

Photo by @rmninasantos

Notes:
- Picking season happens during the summer
- Open everyday
- Can bring home the grapes for a fee

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Budget: P100 entrance, P250 per kilo of grapes
Location: MacArthur Highway, Bauang

 PUGAD: PUGO ADVENTURE PARK  Photo by @ lunesboy

PUGAD: PUGO ADVENTURE PARK

Photo by @lunesboy

Notes:
- Activities include: climbing, rapelling, ATV driving, and ziplining
- There's also a resort and a mini zoo in the complex

Duration: 1 to 4 hours
Budget: P500 to P1,000 per head, depending on package
Location: Pugo

 AQUANIMOUS YOGA  Photo by @ aquanimousyoga

AQUANIMOUS YOGA

Photo by @aquanimousyoga

Notes:
- Yoga meets the sea: try yoga on a stand up paddleboard
- SUP Yoga in Flotsam & Jetsam at 7am on flat days

Duration: 1 hour
Budget: P500 for mat yoga, P1,000 for SUP yoga
Location: Beach Hub La Union, San Juan


 

RESTAURANTS


 MAKAI BOWLS   Photo by @  seekertravels

MAKAI BOWLS

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Available during the day
- Some bowls are seasonal

Budget: P150
Location: Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel, MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 SURF SHACK  Photo by @ seekertravels

SURF SHACK

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Known for their pizza, nachos and refreshing cocktails
- Opens late sometimes

Budget: P200
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 HALO-HALO DE ILOKO   Photo by @  aubasbas

HALO-HALO DE ILOKO

Photo by @aubasbas

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

Budget: P180 for a halo-halo good for 2 to 4 people
Location: Zandueta St, San Fernando

 OLAS BANDITOS   Photo by @  seekertravels

OLAS BANDITOS

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Known for tacos and beer
- Self-service restaurant

Budget: P150
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 THE HUNGRY NOMAD  Photo by @ kakatmendoza

THE HUNGRY NOMAD

Photo by @kakatmendoza

Notes:
- Relaxed vibe but gets full
- Occasional movie-showing at night

Budget: P450
Location: Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel, MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 GEFSEIS GREEK GRILL  Photo by @ yannalopez

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: P350
Location: Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan

 COAST CALL KITCHEN & BAR   Photo by @ seekertravels

COAST CALL KITCHEN & BAR

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Has a wide range of breakfast items - from sausages & pancakes to omelettes & Filipino favorites
- Serves all-day breakfast!

Budget: P300
Location: San Juan Surf Resort, MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 RIVER FARM   Photo by @  virosher15

RIVER FARM

Photo by @virosher15

Notes:
- Locals say this is the best place to get fresh seafood
- Must pay extra to sit on the floating huts
- Prepare for long wait times

Budget: P200
Location: Bacnotan (near Baroro Bridge)

Notes:
- Lots of options to choose from!
- Can find steak, grilled food, tacos, Japanese food, Korean food, and cocktails

Budget: P150
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 MAD MONKEYS   Photo by @ madmonkeyslu

MAD MONKEYS

Photo by @madmonkeyslu

Notes:
- Known for their burgers & drinks
- Regularly hosts local musicians
- Can also order fishballs from the nearby street vendor

Budget: P200
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

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: P250
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

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

Budget: P200
Location: San Vicente Road, San Fernando


 

CAFES


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

Budget: P120 for coffee, P160 for food
Location: Urbiz Garden, San Juan

 EL UNION COFFEE   Photo by @  elunion

EL UNION COFFEE

Photo by @elunion

Notes:
- People come here for the s'mores and coffee combo

Budget: P300 for large s'mores, P120 for coffee
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan

 THE COFFEE LIBRARY   Photo by @ thecoffeelibrarysjlu

THE COFFEE LIBRARY

Photo by @thecoffeelibrarysjlu

Notes:
- 2nd branch of the Baguio-based coffee shop
- Serves all-day breakfast & Vietnamese-style coffee

Budget: P110 for coffee, P150 for food
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan


 

NIGHTLIFE


 ARTEK WINE YACHT   Photo by @  seekertravels

ARTEK WINE YACHT

Photo by @seekertravels

 OL' PUB   Photo by @ olpub_sjlu

OL' PUB

Photo by @olpub_sjlu

 FLOTSAM & JETSAM   Photo by @ flotsamandjetsamhostel

FLOTSAM & JETSAM

Photo by @flotsamandjetsamhostel


 

ACCOMMODATIONS


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BUDGET: Under P1,000/night

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CIRCLE HOSTEL

Photo by @sayasies


Notes:
- Offers day trip fees
- Can choose from bed or hammock
- Book through their website

Budget: P350 to P550 per night
Location: Circle Road, San Juan

La Union Travel Guide - Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel in San Juan, La Union (photo by @flotsamandjetsamhostel)

FLOTSAM & JETSAM ARTIST BEACH HOSTEL

Photo by @flotsamandjetsamhostel
 

Notes:
- Available accommodations: shared kubos, dorms, and private rooms
- Inclusive of breakfast

Budget: P780 per bed to P3,800 per room
Location: Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan

La Union Travel Guide - Vessel Hostel in San Juan, La Union (photo by @tanyazialcita)

VESSEL HOSTEL

Photo by @tanyazialcita
 

Notes:
- All bunk beds in rooms of 4 or 6
- Communal bathrooms

Budget: P980 per night
Location: MacArthur Highway, San Juan


LOW-RANGE: P1,000 to P2,000/night

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CHINA SEA BEACH RESORT

Photo by Agoda
 

Notes:
- Small beach front hotel with 20 rooms
- Has a garden, restaurant, and outdoor pool
- Wi-Fi and air conditioning available in all rooms

Budget: P1,600 to P2,100 per room
Location: Bauang

BALI HAI BEACH RESORT

Photo by Agoda
 

Notes:
- 15-30 mins away from San Juan beach
- Has a restaurant and outdoor pool
- Wi-Fi and air conditioning available in all rooms

Budget: P1,900 per room
Location: Bauang

LITTLE SURFMAID RESORT

Photo by @mjdeleonblogs
 

Notes:
- Small beach front hotel with 20 rooms
- Rooms are good for 2-4
- Some suites have balconies overlooking the sea

Budget: P1,900 to P3,000 per room
Location: San Juan


MID-RANGE: P2,000 to P5,000/night

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La Union Travel Guide - San Juan Surf Resort in San Juan, La Union (photo by @sanjuansurfresort)

SAN JUAN SURF RESORT

Photo by @sanjuansurfresort
 

Notes:
- Has own restaurant, spa & surf shop
- Accepts early check-in & late check-out for a fee

Budget: P1,400 to P8,000 per room
Location: Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan

AWESOME HOTEL

Photo by Agoda
 

Notes:
- Has a restaurant and outdoor pool
- Have rooms good for 6 people
- WiFi, TV, refrigerator, and air conditioning available in all rooms

Budget: P3,600 to P14,700 per room
Location: San Juan

OASIS COUNTRY RESORT

Photo by Agoda
 

Notes:
- Has a private beach, bar, and outdoor pool
- WiFi, TV, and air conditioning available in all rooms

Budget: P3,000 to P4,800 per room
Location: San Fernando


LUXURY: Above P5,000/night

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KAHUNA BEACH RESORT & SPA

Photo by @mikewillfly
 

Notes:
- Amenities include a swimming pool and spa
- Inclusive of breakfast
- Offers rest houses good for 6 people

Budget: P5,300 to P29,000 per room
Location: Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan

AUREO RESORT

Photo by @aureolaunion
 

Notes:
- Beach front property, with a private pool
- Rooms are good for 4
- Newly opened

Budget: P6,000 to P7,000 per room
Location: San Fernando

THUNDERBIRD RESORT PORO POINT

Photo by @janeified
 

Notes:
- Amenities include a casino and swimming pools

Budget: P9,000 to P30,000 per room
Location: Poro Point, San Fernando



TOUR


 

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