La Union is recognized as the gateway to the Ilocos Region. Anybody venturing into the region more often than not has to pass through this place before reaching the surrounding areas. But for surfers, La Union serves as a different gateway. It’s the gateway to that feeling called stoke.
Established in 1850 by the Spaniards, the province is actually a mish-mash of different towns in the area. It consists of the southern towns of Ilocos Sur, the northern towns of Pangasinan, and the western towns of Benguet. Despite being an eclectic mix of different areas, the province has been able to set itself as the business district of the Ilocos Region. It’s been able to set up both government and educational institutions which has helped the place becoming a thriving area. Not only that, La Union has also established itself as a region where trading happens.
But what has helped the province gain fame among tourists is the beaches located in the area. Not only do they have a wonderful coastline, these beaches are conducive for various activities. Aside from swimming, tourists can get the chance to go scuba diving. What’s great about this activity is that on top of getting to see the underwater life of the province, it gives you the chance to get a glimpse of some wreckage from World War II. It may not be like seeing the wreckage of the Titanic, but it could be the next best thing.
Aside from diving, the beaches of La Union are great for surfing particularly Urbiztondo beach in San Juan. With their abilities to produce high waves, surfers not just from the Philippines but all over the world have flocked this province just to enjoy conquering its beaches. The perfect time to drop by would be between the months of November to February, which is considered the province’s dry season. But during good swells, waves form consistently in many days all year round.
So if you’ve been dying to conquer some waves, La Union is one of the places you need to visit. Trust us – it’s going to be worth your time.
Want to go now? Please read out entry on surfing in La Union: how to get there.