Things to Do in San Juan La Union Aside from Surfing Beautiful Waves

16 July 2022
Things to do in san juan la union aside from surfing to its beautiful waves

As the North's surfing capital, La Union takes great pleasure in its year-round waves, which have earned it the title of "Surfing Capital of the North."


"Elyu," as locals affectionately refer to it, completes the holy trinity of Philippine surfing with its presence alongside Siargao and Baler. According to numerous newspapers, the province is known for its reputation as a wave rider's playground.


Even though the province is known for its lovely beaches, did you realize there is so much more to see and do here? Surfers and non-surfers alike will have a nice time at La Union because of its magnificent natural beauty, historic monuments, and vibrant cuisine scene!


There's a number of things to see and do in La Union and these additional destinations, activities, and La Union Travel guidelines will help you fall in love with it even more!


Get captivated by the Urbiztondo Beach sunset

This place has a lot to offer those that aren't into surfing, from the beach to the sunset. Restaurants and cafés border the beach, making it a popular destination for sunbathers, foodies, and people watching the sunset. Aside from that, the region is a hotspot for beach parties and other forms of nightlife.


Urbiztondo beach is the ideal place to stay in La Union due to its accessibility to the beach and highway, as well as its broad variety of restaurants. Other sights in La Union may be readily accessed from here as well. Most lodgings may also be found in this location.


Lavish with the food trip and nightlife in San Juan

Visitors to San Juan who aren't into surfing have the option of going on a culinary adventure instead. La Union's meal is enough to keep visitors coming back. There is a thriving cuisine scene in this city. There's so much to learn and explore, and there's always something new to find. You can also hit up a slew of restaurants each time you go, but it never feels like you're even scratching the surface. But that's OK, since it means that you have even more reasons to return to the town in the future.


San Juan provides something for everyone, no matter what your budget or spending preferences may be. The following are the most popular choices by the crowd so far:

  • The mixed seafood in Dampa sa San Juan
  • Chicken souvlaki and moussaka from Gefseis Greek Grill
  • The smoky BBQ bacon burger of Mad Monkeys
  • Surfer's Bowl of Makai Bowls


Besides restaurants, San Juan is also home to a slew of cafés where you can relax with a cup of your preferred beverage and unwind with your group of your closest pals! Some great local coffee shops provide a variety of locally sourced coffees and drinks. El Union Coffee and Clean Beach Coffee are just two of the cafes that you can find here.


Refresh yourself from the summer heat by trying Halo-halo de Iloko

La Union may be rather hot, particularly during the dry summer months. It's no surprise halo-halo is so popular in the area. This dessert/snack is known as Halo-halo de Iloko by everyone in San Fernando, and no other moniker can compete with it in terms of recall. According to the locals, they utilize only locally obtained ingredients to produce their halo-halo.


It's no secret that Halo-Halo de Iloko is La Union's greatest, and it's frequently packed during peak hours. As a tourist attraction, it's popular with residents as well. Try to be there before the busiest times so you can get a seat.


To top it all off, they also offer pritong halo-halo in which foods like bananas and halaya are served hot and stackable before being topped with cheese and cherries.


Experience the grape picking season in Bauang

Several persons with signs reading "Grape Picking" or "Grape Farm/Grape Picking" can be seen along the lengthy stretch of MacArthur Highway from TPLEX to San Fernando and San Juan. Lomboy Grape Farm's Uvas Café is the best place to inquire about grape cultivation in La Union since the farm's founder is credited with bringing the industry to the area.


Following your registration, you will be sent to Danny Ancheta's Grapes Farm, a partner grape farm. Mangosteen, Blueberry, and Guyabano natural fruit juice concentrate, as well as locally crafted grape wine, fruit wine, and natural fruit juice concentrates, may be enjoyed by you and your friends or family members.


Capture the panoramic view of the San Fernando Harbor and the West Philippine Sea in Ma-Cho Temple

San Fernando Harbor and the West Philippine Sea may be seen from its vantage point atop a hill. It includes the Statues of the 18 Taoist Disciples, Altar of the Goddess of Ma Cho, the Majestic Five-Door Gate, the Altar of Our Heavenly Father, the Bamboo Garden, The Goddess of Mercy (Kwan Yen), the Lian Thing Pagoda, the Bell and Drum Tower, and its famed Spider-Type Dome. For both worshippers and non-believers, the temple is open and quite welcoming.


Situated in the heart of San Fernando, the Ma Cho Temple is a well-known cultural monument and national cultural treasure. This temple, dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu (Ma Cho), was built in 1977 and is regarded as the country's first Taoist structure by some sources.


Ride the bamboo raft in Tangadan falls

Taking a break from the waves, go over to Tangadan Falls for a refreshing soak. There is an easy day excursion to San Gabriel and its waterfall. Swimming is permitted in the large plunge pool at Tangadan Falls. You may ride a bamboo raft to the main cascade and get a refreshing waterfalls shower massage. Climbers go to the area's two smaller waterfalls, where the ledges are perfect for cliff diving. On the higher level, one is placed upstream, while the other is positioned farther downstream.


Have a site tripping in Lumina San Juan

Take the chance to invest in this highly income-generating area by buying a house and lot package from Lumina San Juan.


On your visit to the various La Union tourist spots, don't forget to drop by in our Lumina San Juan community located in Brgy. Calincamasan, San Juan, La Union. Our neighborhood is near the National Highway as well as the various tourist spots and popular beach destination in the province such as the San Fernando City's commercial center, Pebble Beach, Gapuz Grapes Farm, Baluarte Watch Tower, the Poro Point Freeport Zone, and other places in La Union.


Apart from this, investing in our community is quite practical and convenient because we also have proximity to the San Juan Public Market, Bauang-Bacnotan Diversion Road, and the Sebay - Partas Terminal.


You can also have our 360 degree virtual tour on our website and make your Lumina San Juan home reservations as early as now!

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