Well, it was the long weekend and we had nothing to do so we decided to learn how to surf….in La Union!
With no reserved accommodation, and with no idea that the bus ride would take 7-hours, we found ourselves in the coastline of San Juan, La Union – the surfing capital of the province.
It was so random that it felt so liberating!
How to get there:
Ride Partas bus going to Vigan or Laoag. The Internet will say the bus leaves hourly but nope, it doesn’t. They said the “hourly sched” is still tentative. It will take you 7 hours to get where you’re going.
Bus fare is 450php from Cubao to San Juan. Make sure to tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the surfing area or near Sebay Resort.
Where to stay:
There are a lot of resorts situated beach front and one of the famous ones is Sebay Resort for their cheap rooms and restaurant that it was always almost fully booked.
Try out San Juan Surf Resort just beside Sebay. They have nice rooms in very reasonable prices.
Flotsam and Jetsam was our favorite though. We walked another five minutes from San Juan Surf resort and upon seeing and feeling the vibe in Flotsam and Jetsam, we instantly fell in love with the place. So hippie, so random, so chill. Sadly, they were fully booked so we decided to get a room at a resort beside them called Urbiz Garden Plage.
Urbiz Garden is a gem. It has a very nostalgic feel, like coming back home to your grandmother’s house – very homey and quiet. Their room rates start at 3000php for three people with breakfast, I mean, yummy and heavy breakfast!
Aside from that, you have the beach front all to yourself! It’s away from the crowded Sebay area and as people flock to the beach front of Flotsam to learn surfing, you can sit in quietness to enjoy the sunset or the sunrise, whichever you prefer.
What to do:
Of course, surfing (which by the way costs 400php with surf board and instructor for an hour) is the number one must-do activity in La Union but you could also visit Thunderbird Resort to be instantly transported to Greece. Or you can visit that Chinese temple or that Bahay na Bato.
We never got to see all of the places I mentioned above, lol. We just stayed in one place, learned how to surf and consumed a lot of coffee in El Union located inside Flotsam and Jetsam.
Yes, El Union is located inside Flotsam and Jetsam. The Internet will tell you it’s across Sebay Resort, but they now moved inside F&J. So do walk a little further and try out their brewed coffee, cappucino mocha and smores!
I still can’t get over how awesome F&J is, so let me tell you more. They have events and jam sessions that would make you feel like you are in a different place. The vibe is so cool that you would never want to leave and instead tell yourself I can do this all my life! I mean, this. The F&J family would show you what life would look like if you chase your dreams and commit to it.
I wish I could show you my surfing skills (lol!) but I haven’t had time to take a photo and prove that I was actually able to stand up on a surf board and how my instructor looked so proud… after so many tries! But I got all the bruises and the body pain to actually remind me that, yes, I was able to check one off from my bucketlist!
After surfing, we spent the rest of the day people and sunset watching.
Food for your soul:
I always make sure that wherever I go, I find time to meet the Lord. I feel like the quiet moments I have are divine appointments to talk to Him. Take time to disconnect from the world and connect to heaven. You can start by waking up early, catch the sunrise and just meet Him up in silence – when the world is asleep; when it’s just you, Him and His creation.
We went home the next day and waited for a bus going to Cubao from Vigan just outside Urbiz Garden since it’s already the MacArthur highway.
And yes, there will definitely be a repeat. With a more organized planning, lol. Like getting a room in F&J. Or driving on our own to La Union. And more.