La Union

Yearning for the waves? Here is a quick guide for your cheap (!) yet thrilling adventure in La Union (or "LU," as what people now call it).

Thanks to Marian Magturo for photos 1, 3, and 4 (left to right). The rest are taken by, edited, and compiled by me.

How to go:

Take the Partas Bus to La Union. They have trips every hour. All buses are air-conditioned.
- P453 to San Juan, La Union
- Travel time is 6 hours
- The Partas Bus Terminal is located in Cubao, Quezon City (in front of Ali Mall; walking distance from EDSA).
- You may contact them here: 7257303 or 7278278

Where in LU?

The most popular surf spot in La Union is located in Barangay Uzbitondo, San Juan. There are a number of surf resorts lined up along that beach like San Juan Surf Resort ( and Sebay.

They have cheap accommodations, so, good. :D

We headed straight to the San Juan Surf Resort to rent a board for an hour before going to the wedding of our friend in Thunderbird Resorts. Here are their rates:
  • P200/hour for the board
  • P800/day for the board
  • P200/hour for an instructor
There are other surf spots in La Union like The Point, Central, and Bacnotan. You may ask the locals in San Juan about this.

Also, there is this particular resort past Barangay Uzbitondo called Normis Resort. They offer surf lessons too. Best of all, their customer service is beyond excellent. Why? They drove us to beaches with waves more manageable for surfing. You may check out their website here:

Besides from San Juan Surf Resort, Sebay, and Normis, here are some cheap places you may stay at during your surfing trip:

1. Kuya Anthony and Ate Leah's Place (09183400135)
- P300/head/night for a fan room
- communal bathroom
- "barung-barong" style

2. Lola Nanny's (09154184034)
- around P500/head/night
- decent
- along San Juan beach

Enjoy! Most of all, keep safe!

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