San Juan, La Union, has been making big waves. It is a hip surfing destination with hidden cultural gems aside from the beauty of its waves. The buzz about the location has been around for a while. It has been making waves for a few years now. Although San Juan is primarily known for its surfing, it has plenty to offer to tourists who are not into it. These offerings include good food, a cultural scene, and a booming hospitality industry.
What are the reasons why you should go to La Union? There are many reasons to check out La Union. Its surf, food offerings, charming people, and booming nightlife are some of them. They also include:
In La Union, there are two (2) surfing seasons. The first surfing season is the South Swell. The South Swells spans from July until October. Meanwhile, the North Swell lasts from November until March. The Swell periods are deemed the best weather and time for surfing. Between the two of them, more prefer the North Swell because it has less rain.
The habagat is more officially deemed and known as the southwest monsoon. The habagat produces the ideal waves despite the season being the height of the Filipino rainy season. Despite the bad weather, the waves make it an ideal setting to surf.
On the other hand, the North Swell is created by the amihan, which is the northeast trade winds. During the North Swell season, there is less chance of rain. In addition, the waves are great.
If you are a beginner at surfing, the waves and seasons do not matter. Some beginners have gone during June and have fared well.
The Hospitality Industry
Another reason you should check out and stay in La Union is its booming hospitality industry. La Union boasts plenty of inns and hotels that you can stay in. By staying in one of the hotels there, it becomes more convenient for you to travel around the area because the hotel is your starting point.
Awesome Hotel is one of the best hotels around. Awesome Hotel boasts a world-class chef and a well-rounded cuisine that spans Japanese, Filipino, and fusion. In addition, it offers the standard amenities of a hotel: comfortable, well-ventilated rooms with cable television, a swimming pool, and a hot tub. Both its car parking and WiFi are free, too!
On the other hand, there is also Flotsam and Jetsam Hotel. Flotsam and Jetsam Hotel is one of the most prominent hotels in the area. It positions itself as an artist hostel with its hip, zesty and youthful ambience.
Plaza de Castiel Hotel is a good choice for those older who are okay with being a little further away from the beach. It is only a 10-15 minute walk from the central hub of restaurants.
Lastly, you should check out the food crawl in La Union! La Union is teeming with great food eateries. There is no fast food here. Instead, you’re more exposed to local eats and hidden gems. There are also cafes around.
Some eateries, cafes/food establishments here have also gotten a following. One of the most popular ones includes El Union Coffee, Tagpuan, and Masa Bake House.
La Union has plenty of things to keep people interested, from the food to the surf – and the hospitality.
Ferona Jose is a passionate travel writer and blogger at Travelistia. She has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Her writing focuses on cheap travel destinations, travel experiences, cultural insights, and travel hacks.