From being an oft overlooked destination, La Union has become the hottest weekend getaway of the year.
It’s the most accessible surf site to Metro Manila urbanites and is suitable for both beginner and advanced surfers. La Union sees the best waves during the wet season — from October to March — when these can reach up to 10 feet high. You can check this website to find out whether the waves for the week are conducive for surfing.
Those who don’t necessarily want to stay in the water for too long can enjoy beach bumming or attending various festivals and events that take place in the area throughout the year.
But no trip to La Union is complete without indulging in some of the famous local eats, most especially the sinful yet highly sought-after bagnet (crispy pork belly) — always best with a bottle of good, local beer.
Beyond the beach, there are various other things to do and places to visit. Reflect at the Ma-Cho Temple, a Taoist temple in San Fernando City; trek to the Tangadan Falls; take up pottery classes in Taboc; or go grape-picking at Gapuz Grape Farms at Bauang.
If you’re thinking of driving all the way to Baguio or Vigan City, consider making a stop at La Union. You won’t have to break the bank to have a worthwhile trip, too.