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Surf's up in La Union: "The Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines"

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Earlier this year, me and my friends traveled to San Juan, La Union for a much needed break. It's been a while since I last visited this province and I was quite excited for this trip as well to ride again the waves of San Juan. Good enough we were able to catch the last stretch of the surfing months in this part of Luzon, which is October 'til February. Tara! Let's go surfing in La Union!

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Dubbed as the "Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines," San Juan, La Union is a favorite destination among surfing enthusiasts. Just 5 to 6 hours away from Metro Manila, its proximity from the metropolis makes it a favorite surfing weekend destination among city dwellers who just wish to take a quick surfing adventure.

Surfing in La Union Philippines

The surfing site and surf schools can be found along the shores of Urbiztondo which boasts of consistent swells conducive for surfing. The long sandy beach is known to produce awesome waves suitable for surfers of all levels. It is also an ideal training ground for beginners who wish to learn how to ride the waves.

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Since surfing schools abound the shore, we just asked around and picked the one gave us the cheapest rate and great discount. Surfing lessons for 1 hour with the assistance of an instructor and board rental normally costs 400 pesos. But since we're a group of 4, our "charm" worked to our advantage and the surfing operator gave us a discount! Thank you po! :)

Surfing in La Union Philippines

All of my friends haven't tried surfing. So they have to go through the customary lessons off the water before they finally got to try it on the waves. They are so excited! Hahaha!

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Surfing in La Union Philippines

You cannot hide the fun that we had while learning and trying to stand on the board. WHOA!!! We had so much fun! After so many wipe outs and falling off the board, we got to stand up and enjoyed each ride. I could still remember that it was also here in La Union where I first learned how to surf back in 2009.

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Surfing in La Union Philippines

Accommodations and restaurants are also available along the beach. So, if you wish to stay overnight, that won't be a problem.

Surfing in La Union Philippines


Where to get Surfing Lessons in La Union?

You may contact John at 0939-4207084. One hour surfing lessons including the board rental and instructor costs 400 pesos. If you already know how to surf, you can skip the lessons and just rent a board for PHP 200 pesos per hour.

Surfing in La Union Philippines


How to get to San Juan, La Union?

From Manila, you may take any bus bound for Vigan and Laoag and alight at Urbiztondo in San Juan La Union. The beach is just a short walk from the hi-way. Fare is about 400 pesos and travel time from Manila is about 5-6 hours. I suggest that you leave Manila at night and arrive in San Juan La Union early morning the following day.

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This trip happened on February 24-25, 2014.


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