Even though it is a long drive to the city, its worth it with the outdoor experience: surfing and beach swimming; thus providing a good relaxation time.
San Fernando City is a progressive city and is a nice place where you can buy everything you need. San Juan is where the surfing capital is.
If you love surfing then this is a place to be. Good food, good place to relax and nice and friendly people to talk to.
San Juan is a nice place to spend weekend on the beach or surf. It is quiet. Water is shallow and warm.
La Union is a rich place for agriculture, nature and history. It is not highly urbanised and still underdeveloped, but, has many areas of interests for tourists, foreign and local alike.
you need to know the place like san juan is for surfing, diving, waves are high and strong not suitable for family or children swimming while san fernando is suitable for family swimming,get together,but not so many good hotels most are publics,many gardens and sites tovisit other than sun and beach, people are friendly
Depending if you wanna live the surfer lifestyle you could stay longer than 2 nights, me, my wife and daughter really enjoyed our 1 night stay with all morning and afternoon surfing.
La Union is indeed the surfing capital of the Philippines. The Ilocano food is superb too! Going there is easier now because of the NLEX-SCTEX-TPLEX links.
You can reach the place in 3-4 hours! It is safer too because you don't need to travel between towns. The new express ways are BIG!
not much attractive place in here, but only have explor somewhere especially philliphines, its good here.
This is primarily a surf town. There are surf competitions here so many instructors if you need some lessons.
It is not much of a place to do anything else. If you are not a surfer bring a book and sit on the beach.
La union has beaches with strong waves which makes it ideal for surfers. They also have good restaurants to try local food.
traffic is horrid, there is no easy way to through San Fernando. Travel time is increased at least 1 - 1- 1/2 hrs because of this.
Tip - if you want to have snacks, treats or special drink and food items, bring them with you and skip the hassle of the traffic
It's 6 hours away from Manila and 3 hours away from Vigan, Ilocos Sur...quiet far, but definitely worth to visit.
I like Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point and I recommend you to visit Vigan after La Union. Very good place.
lots of delicacies to buy such as dried fish, tupig, fruits also. you can go to manaoag after your swimming at the beach.
It's a place where you can find many small resorts which can cater to your needs. It's a relaxing place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
People are very friendly and helpful. The locals sell a lot of dried fish, fish sauce "bagoong", garlic, and other local delicacies by the roadside which travellers can buy to bring home. Surfing is a growing sport in the area, so some resorts offer surfing lessons to its guests.
The San Juan area has quite improved and really good to have more events in surfing to attract visitors.
La Union has to think about what unique industry or products they can best attract visitors. Fresh large seafoods should be developed and means of developing corals in the sea has to be done to protect the seashore and the fish. Fishfeeding area is one attraction for holidayers particularly for families. Fresh dried seafoods will be good source of income. Local residents have to be given trainings in developing small businesss, eg., manufacturing of canned goods, cattle industry to supply local markets, etc. Wavepools will be safer and more fun for children for resorts that lost their beachfronts.
Seems like quite a good place for surfing, or learning surfing, but it's also a nice place to just come and relax.
Plenty of restaurants, ATM's, a variety of bars, possible boating, snorkeling, swimming. And it's a pretty big town if you want to go downtown. Not too touristy either.