25 LA UNION vacationer spots & things to Do 2022
Hailed as the Surfing capital of the North, La Union takes pride in its monster swells that hug its shores for a lot of of the year. along with Siargao and Baler, “Elyu”, as regulars fondly call it, completes the holy trinity of Philippine surfing. The province’s track record as a wave rider’s playground has been well documented on various publications; it’s pretty much common knowledge.
But there is so much a lot more to La Union than its waves. Sprinkled throughout the province are a diverse set of attractions that have been mainly overlooked. From historic manmade sites like Baluarte enjoy Tower and Pindangan Ruins to other natural wonders like Tangadan Falls and Immuki Island, here are other noteworthy places to check out and things to do that will make you fall in love even deeper with La Union.
Note: travel policies and opening hours typically change, so please check the official web sites or Facebook pages for the current announcements first before going.
WHAT’S covered IN THIS GUIDE?
BEST vacationer spots IN LA UNIONUrbiztondo Surfing
San Juan Food Trip
Bauang Grape Farms
SAN JUAN vacationer SpotsUrbiztondo beach & Sunset
Lotus Valley Farm
SAN FERNANDO vacationer SpotsMa Cho Temple
Filipino-Chinese friendship Pagoda
Halo-halo de Iloko
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Thunderbird Poro point Resort
Poro point Lighthouse
NORTHERN LA UNION vacationer SpotsParaoir Manmade Forest
Nalvo Pebble Beach
Bahay na Bato
Bato de Luna
SOUTHERN LA UNION vacationer SpotsCiano Umok Gallery & cafe Ilocano
Agoo Eco fun World
PUGAD Pugo Adventure
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BEST vacationer spots IN LA UNION
Okay, let’s get this out of the way first considering that it would be a severe crime to not include surfing in this list.
The best time to surf is from July to March. Whether you’re a seasoned rider, an ecstatic beginner or simply a spectator, surfing is inescapable here. Surfboard rentals and surfing lessons are everywhere. rates vary depending on the season (peak and off-peak).
Surfing Lesson Rates: P350-500 (1 hour, with surfboard and instructors); P200-250 (surfboard rental only).
Surfing Season: July to October (South Swell); November to March (North Swell)
San Juan Food Trip
For non-surfers, San Juan uses another type of trip — the delicious kind! The food here is enough to compel us to check out La Union again and again. The food scene here is alive and kicking. There’s just a lot to discover and there’s always something new. whenever we visit, we try many joints and yet it always seems like we’re barely scratching the surface. but it’s fine because it indicates that we have a lot more reasons to check out again.
Whether you are on a budget or in the mood to splurge, San Juan has a lot to offer. Our favorites so far are the following:
MASA Bakehouse – try their shakshouka and Manong Benny (Eggs Benedict)
Gefseis Greek Grill – chicken souvlaki and moussaka
Mad Monkeys – smoky BBQ bacon burger
Tagpuan – goto and lugaw
Dampa sa San Juan –
Sabong chicken – honey bagoong fried chicken
Kabsat – beef kare-kare and shrimp in crab fat
Nak Nak – crispy pork kare-kare and beef sisig
Makai Bowls – surfer’s bowl
Aside from the restaurants, San Juan also harbors cafés where you can just take pleasure in a cup of your favorite coffee concoction while chilling and vibing with your friends! There are exceptional homegrown coffee shops using local coffee blends and other beverages. We’ve tried the offerings El Union Coffee and clean beach Coffee.
We’ll be publishing a separate post about the various food places around San Juan soon, so enjoy out for that.
Nestled in the mountainous area of San Gabriel, Tangadan Falls is probably the most popular of the lots of cascades in the province. Baroro River flows down two tiers, each with its own natural pool. The whole place is surrounded by smooth limestone cliffs and peppered with boulders.
During the rainy season, the lower tier produces twin cascades. The cold water is refreshing after the 15-minute trek down from the jump-off point. If you are not a confident swimmer, you can rent a life vest or just swim in the shallow parts. avoid the mossy rocks because they are very slippery, but if you cant help it, be extra careful. For the adventurous, you can go cliff jumping!
The way back to the jump-off point entails ascending trails and taking many concrete steps. Although there are rest stops, it might still be challenging for seniors and those with mobility problems.
No excursion guide, no entry policy. You also need to present the official receipt (OR) issued by the Municipal Treasury office before you can enter Tangadan Falls vicinity. The office is located beside the San Gabriel police Station.
Location: Barangay Amontoc, San Gabriel, La Union
Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Daily)
Fees: P30/head (Environmental Fee); P500 (Guide Fee)
Habal-Habal Fare: P300/head (Roundtrip, Municipal Treasury office – Tangadan Falls Trailhead)
Accessible after a 30-minute drive from San Juan, Immuki Island is best for those who are trying to find new adventures in La Union. Off the coast of Barangay Paraoir, it is a rocky paradise adorned with mangroves and carved with three picturesque lagoons.
The lagoons have consistent and clear but deep waters, best for swimming and cliff diving. You can even see fish swimming! However, note that there are shallow areas and there are also deep areas. The deep parts of the lagoons range from eight (8) to twelve (12) feet in depth. Moreover, put on protective footwear like aqua shoes because the rocks and corals are sharp.
To access Immuki Island, you need to register at the barangay hall. There’s a designated vehicle parking lot if you are bringing your car. From here, there are two ways of reaching the island — by treading the waters during low tide and by riding a balsa during high tide. Barangay Paraoir boasts an abundance of sea urchins, so you might spot some on the way to the island.
You cannot bring food and drinks to the island, but you can use one of the cottages along the beach if you are planning to have your lunch there. There are shops, showers and changing cubicles, but they are very basic. Bring your own toiletries and towels too.
Location: Barangay Paraoir, Balaoan, La Union
Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Daily)
Fees: P20/head (Environmental Fee); P250 (Balsa Rental, good for 5-7 pax); P10 (Shower Fee); Donation-Type (Cottage)
Bauang Grape Farms
The town of Bauang boasts hectare upon hectare of vineyards and grape farms. Overshadowed by the beaches and waves of the neighboring towns, the grape-picking activity in Bauang is certainly an underrated attraction in the province. but timing is everything here because grapes are seasonal. thankfully for us, we checked out in March, just in time for the grape-picking season!
Along the long stretch of MacArthur Highway, from TPLEX going to San Fernando and San Juan, we observed several people with posters that read: “Grape Picking” or “Grape Farm/Grape Picking”. We didn’t know whether or not they are legit, so we went straight to Lomboy Grape Farm‘s Uvas Café and inquired there. We chose it because the founder of Lomboy farm is the pioneer of grape farming in the region, credited for introducing the industry to La Union.
After registering, we were led to the partner grape farm (Danny Ancheta’s Grapes Farm). The team actually took pleasure in our time picking grapes and sampling local grape wine, fruit wine, and natural fruit juice concentrate — Mangosteen, Blueberry, and Guyabano.
Best Grape-Picking Months: March to may (Dry Season)
Fees: P25/head (Registration/Entrance Fee); P350/kilo (Grape picking Activity); P25 (Parking Fee)
Established Grape Farms: Lomboy Grape Farms, Gapuz Grapes Farm, Danny Ancheta’s Grapes Farm, Manguerra Grapes Farm, Calica Grapes Farm, Acosta Grapes Farm, and others
SAN JUAN vacationer Spots
Urbiztondo beach & Sunset
This is where it all started! a lot more than half of Elyu’s income is generated in San Juan, particularly from the Urbizondo area where accommodations and dining places mushroomed between the 2000s and 2010s. This is La Union’s tourism hub.
From its large bed of sand to its spectacular sunset, you’ll find a lot to take pleasure in here even if you’re not interested in surfing at all. The shore is lined with restaurants and cafes, making it a favorite hangout place for sunbathers, foodies, and sunset lovers. The area is also a popular spot for nightlife and beach parties.
Urbiztondo beach is the best area to stay in La Union because of its proximity to the beach and the highway as well as its large variety of dining options. other attractions in La Union are also easily easily accessible from here. You’ll also find a lot of accommodations here.
If you wish to make Urbiztondo as your base, here are some of your lodging options:
Urbiz garden Bed and Breakfast. FB page.
The escape San Juan. check rates & Availability! ✅
The little Surfmaid Resort. check rates & Availability! ✅
EL Navi Surftown. check rates & Availability! ✅
Costa rental property beach Resort. check rates & Availability! ✅
Surfer’s point Deck. check rates & Availability! ✅
Lotus Valley Farm
NOTE: Lotus Valley farm remains CLOSED, but we’re including it here on this list in case they decide to open. (The management said they would be opening soon when we inquired.)
Are you a lot more of a mountain person? Do you like peace and quiet? Well, you might want to consider staying at Lotus Valley Farm, a sustainable and environment-friendly nature resort tucked away in the mountainous parts of the popular surf town.
It started in 2009 when owners and environment advocates Toby and Marissa Tamayo purchased hectares of land and transformed it into a verdant and flourishing agro-tourism destination. They created a forest paradise with over 20,000 trees of various kinds (narra, antipolo, molave, etc.) and many medicinal, ornamental and edible plants. and in the middle, they built bamboo huts, where guests can spend the night.
It also features a lotus flower plant garden, a stream, and a spring that also helps supply water throughout the barangay. Some parts of this hidden gem are not open to the public because they are home to wild bees, bats, and birds, just to name some. The food options used here are plant-based, farm-to-table types.
Before the pandemic, we had the privilege of touring the farm and experiencing acupuncture detox and sound meditation. We also had a delicious plant-based dinner made from vegetables that were harvested from the farm itself.
Day excursion check outs were allowed pre-pandemic. but staying overnight in their kubo is another experience. No need for air-conditioning and you’ll get to wake up to the sound of the birds! If you are planning to spend a night here (when they reopen), note that cellphone signal is rough, so that indicates away from your gadgets and a lot more time to commune with nature.
If you’re only interested in seeing an expanse of lotus plants, other than Lotus Valley Farm, there are also roadside lotus farms that are publicly easily accessible in La Union like this one:
Photo by Mariah Cruz
There are sunflower farms, too.
Address: Sitio Kasilagan, Dasaya, San Juan, La Union
Contact Details: 0942 366 4519 (Mobile Number)
If you have a heart for marine life conservation or you are just curious about how you can help secure the environment, you might want to check out SIFCare-CURMA Hatchery in San Juan. CURMA (Coastal Underwater resource management Actions) focuses on the conservation and protection of marine turtles through regular beach patrolling and hatchery management.
Other than that, the organization also partners with other interested parties for coastal clean-ups and pawikan-release events.
The group also conducts information and education campaigns and other advocacies like the “No Plastic” campaign. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, you can check out the headquarters or the official web site to learn more.
Address: SIFCare-CURMA Hatchery, 374 Saint Jude Subdivison, Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union
Contact Details: 0942 366 4519 (Mobile Number); email@example.com (E-Mail Address); http://sifcare.org/curma (Official Website)
SAN FERNANDO vacationer Spots
Ma Cho Temple
The Ma Cho temple is an famous cultural landmark in San Fernando. constructed in 1977, this is said to be the first Taoist temple in the Philippines and is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu (Ma Cho).
Resting atop a hill, it affords a panoramic view of the San Fernando Harbor and the West Philippine Sea. It features the Altar of the Goddess of Ma Cho, the Altar of Our Heavenly Father, the Statues of the 18 Taoist Disciples, the Majestic Five-Door Gate, the Bamboo Garden, the Lian thing Pagoda, The Goddess of Mercy (Kwan Yen), the Bell and Drum Tower, and its distinguished Spider-Type Dome. The temple is open to both worshipers and non-worshipers.
There’s an annual pilgrimage wherein the image of Ma Cho travels from San Fernando to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our lady of Caysasay in Taal, Batangas during the 5th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar because lots of followers believe that Ma Cho and Our lady of Caysasay are one and the same.
Address: Ma Cho Temple, Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Daily). note that the schedule may change, so check the official web site or Facebook page before going.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Filipino-Chinese friendship Pagoda
Also sitting on top of a hill, this friendship Pagoda is a commemoration of the neighborly relations between the Filipinos and the Chinese people. It supplies a picturesque view of the city of San Fernando and the sea beyond.
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