Known as a hotspot for surfers, La Union boasts idyllic beach landscapes that attract outdoor enthusiasts. Embrace the laid-back coastal setting while exploring its vibrant cultural attractions, picturesque vineyards and natural wonders.
Things to do in La Union
Considered the surfing capital of the North, La Union lures in surfers from around the world. You don’t have to be a pro surfer to enjoy the waves, as San Juan is great for beginners with plenty of shops offering quick lessons. If you’re an experienced surfer, head to Urbiztondo Beach to find big swells.
The majestic Tangadan Falls offers you a chance to admire the region’s natural beauty. Make a 30-minute trek through a forest to reach the falls, then take a dip in the sparkling waters, cruise up to the waterfall on a bamboo raft or try your hand with an adrenalin-pumping cliff dive.
For a dose of culture, visit the Taoist Ma-Cho Temple to walk through its peaceful garden and marvel at its intricate features. Overlooking San Fernando, it’s dedicated to the sea-goddess Mazu and boasts a spider-type dome, a Five Door Gate and colorful Chinese architecture.
If you’re a fan of wine, drop by the grape farms in Bauang to go on a grape-picking adventure. After you’ve meandered through the vineyards and learned about harvesting the grapes, enjoy wine tasting or purchase a bottle.
Getting around La Union
The most convenient way to get around La Union is by Jeepney and mini-bus, while tricycles are popular for reaching remote areas. Frequent buses make the five-hour journey from Manila, while San Fernando Airport offers direct 1.5-hour flights to the capital.