Photo by Arturo Ubaub.

La Union is arguably one of the most underrated tourist spots in the Philippines, as it is overshadowed by the more popular and advertised tourist destinations such as Boracay, Palawan, and Batangas. It is located in the Northeastern part of Luzon, where it sits between the spiny mountains of Cordillera and the South China Sea. La Union brags two nicknames: the Surfing Capital of Northern Philippines and the Garden Coast (due to it’s botanical gardens). In addition, tourists can also contribute to the Green Zinc Clean Shores, a non-profit organization that aims to protect the Philippine beaches and raise awareness to both locals and visitors. La Union will definitely mesmerise visitors to stay for a couple of days to experience its beauty and the numerous activities it provides.

How to get there:

La Union is a six to eight hour drive from Manila. If you are not coming with a tour group, Partas Transport in Cubao offers a 24/7 operation where you can take a bus and be dropped off at Urbiztondo in San Juan, La Union. From there, you can take a jeepney, tricycle, and rent-a-van to go to your resort. The San Juan Surf Resort is the most established and recommended place of stay in La Union.

San Juan Surf Resort, by TechBP

Activities and Tourist Spots:

Tourists consider surfing to be La Union’s biggest attraction. Some highly recommended surfing spots are:

  • Poro Point
  • The Point
  • Urbiztondo Beach Break

The North Swell starts from October until March (watch out for the jellyfish!), and the South Swell starts from May to June and lasts until August.

Scuba divingsnorkeling, and other water sports also available at places such as:

  • Thunderbird Resort Hotel and Fiesta Casino & Golf Course
  • Board Walk – Poro Point San Fernando City
  • Tapuakan River – Pugo

Aside from water sports, you can also visit sites like the Pindangan Church Ruins, which was burned down in the nineteenth century, or the Ma-Cho Temple, a Taoist temple.

Ma-Cho Temple, by akosikenet

Interested? You can visit the links below to learn more about what you can do at La Union.