Ooh La La Union: Soak Up The Surf, Sand, And Sun In December


Experience La Union’s peak surfing season in December. Join surfers and beach lovers as they soak up the sun and close out 2017 with a bang!

How to get there:

By private car:

From Manila, travel 270 km north (about 4.5 to 5 hours) via the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). Prepare to shell out around P500 for toll fees (one-way).

By public transportation:

The Partas Bus Line is the main company servicing the Manila-San Fernando, La Union route. It will cost P436 for a one way ticket (P972 for the round trip) if you’re coming from the Cubao station and P541 (P1,082 for a round trip) from Pasay.

Where to Stay:

The Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

Photo courtesy of Booking.com


P1,240 for an 8 person room

Located in the heart of San Juan, this local hotspot is known for its chill ambience and is a great place for mingling with both locals and tourists. Be sure to try out their in-house restaurant’s specialty: Vigan Longganisa Pizza!

Thunderbird Resort at Poro Point

Photo courtesy of Thunderbird Resorts & Casinos

P16,977 for a 2 bedroom villa

The Thunderbird Resort combines La Union’s laidback lifestyle with luxury. They have a variety of rooms and villas big enough for your entire barkada (their villas can accommodate up to 12 people)! You can choose to relax poolside or spend the day playing volleyball on the beach.

What to do:

San Juan Resort Surf School

Photo courtesy of San Juan Surf School

Beginners lesson: P400/hour (Inclusive of  board)

Home to one of the country’s largest surfing communities, La Union is the perfect place to learn how to ride a wave. San Juan Resort Surf School provides friendly, expert instruction from certified surfing instructors.

Kahuna Island Tours

Photo by Jane M via Tripadvisor

Price varies per package

Book a tour with Kahuna Island Tours, and explore La Union’s surrounding towns filled with historic sites like the Ma Cho temple and the Pinandangan Ruins.

Where to eat:

El Union Coffee

Photo by Cindy S. via looloo

This coffee shop goes beyond just serving premium roasted coffee by teaching you how to make your own delicious cup! Try out their signature drink: The Dirty Horchata (made with a shot of espresso and homemade rice milk).

Halo Halo de Iloko

Photo by Potpot via Traveltrilogy

Satisfy your sweet tooth and try out Halo Halo de Iloko’s unique flavors like Buko Halo Halo and Fried Halo Halo! The restaurant is a famous hangout spot for both locals and tourists alike, so call ahead to book your spot.

Tip: December is peak season, so book your accommodations online at Booking.com at least a week ahead to avoid running out of rooms.

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