Imagine waking up seeing a long coastline accentuated by clear sky replacing your usual view of the city’s skyscrapers and smog. Think about hearing sounds of crushing waves instead of deafening honks of cars rushing towards work. Let’s face it, we need a breather from this fast-paced life brought to us by the so-called city living.

In one way or the other, you have to book yourself for a treat, at least once a month, to take a breather and enjoy the fruits of your hard-earned labor. We have given you ways on how to sneak a short getaway, right? This time we name one possible destination for you to take your long forgotten break, a shore for surfers, a nook for sumptuous delicacies and a peaceful sanctuary for travelers called, La Union.

La Union is a province located in the Ilocos Region. The province is bordered by Ilocos Sur to the north, Benguet to the east, Pangasinan to the south, and to the west by the shores of the South China Sea. La Union is a very strategic place few hours away from Metro Manila where everything is within reach — from nice beaches, freshly prepared food, and inviting night life.

Check out our list on how you can make the most out of your stay in La Union below!

Surf’s Up


San Juan is known as the surfing capital of the North, hence you must not miss any chance of riding the waves. They offer surfing lessons for Php 400 good for an hour. It’s a refreshing and exhilarating activity to try.


Eat Fresh



Satisfy your hunger by dining on a floating restaurant in Bacnotan called River Farm. The ambiance is laid-back and you can get that homey feeling with their freshly prepared food.

Grab a Cup

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Who doesn’t want a great cup of coffee after eating a sumptuous meal? El Union Coffee is not your usual coffee shop nesting road side of Urbiztondo.

Aside from the rustic atmosphere surrounding the place, it offers a uniquely satisfying handcrafted coffee selections which will definitely give you a caffeine punch for another round of surf.

Watch the Nature’s Show


Being situated in west side of The Philippines, La Union coastline will always be a home for many glorious sunsets.

And yes, we can’t get enough of breathtaking sunsets.

Enjoy a Night life

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To celebrate your short but awesome city escape, your go-to place should be Flotsam and Jetsam. This is where surfers and tourists usually hang out after a long day at the beach.

The place have this undeniable modern-hippie-chill vibe, perfect for after dinner drinks.

With this simple list, better pack up and have a break. As we’ve mentioned, there’s no need for you to travel that far to enjoy a short vacay, take La Union on your list and start that Northern trip.

Pamela Malaya-Regalado

About the Author

Pamela Malaya-Regalado is a traveler who loves to write about music, movies and current events. Pam is a mother of two. She's been in the business of Distribution and Sales for almost 11 years.

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