San Juan, La Union, Philippines

SAN JUAN, LA UNION TRAVEL GUIDE (DIY ITINERARY + BUDGET)

5/04/2019


San Juan, La Union: Province in La Union, Luzon, Philippines
Coordinates: 16.6720° N, 120.3628°
What to do: surfing, beach, island hopping, heritage discovery
Where to stay: Chillin' Hotel
Ideal time to visit: Best time to visit is during summer (may get crowded)
Language: Filipino/English
Currency: Philippine Peso: 53PHP = 1USD (rough estimate)

La Union is called the Surfing Capital of the North.



La Union is a crowd favorite when it comes to weekend getaways, beach trips, or just wanting an escape from the busy jungle of Manila. Aside from Baler, this province is a surfers' haven whether you're a beginner or a pro. 

BUS COMPANIES EN ROUTE TO SAN JUAN, LA UNION:
You may opt to get a direct bus to San Juan or a bus heading to Laoag and tell the conductor to drop you off at San Juan, La Union. 
Via Partas Bus, Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
Via Dominion, EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City
Via Farinas Bus, Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila


WHAT TO SEE IN SAN JUAN, LA UNION
URBIZTONDO BEACH
San Juan's famous Urbiztondo Beach is packed with millenial. You'll never go hungry with the variety of food options within the area, not to mention the artsy ambiance of each restaurants and coffee shops which are perfect for your group photos!




TANGADAN FALLS
This place is a must-visit in La Union. Tangadan Falls is located in San Gabriel, San Juan's neighboring town. If you're in a group, hailing a tricycle from San Juan to San Gabriel would be the convenient option to get to its jump-off point. Once you arrive, a mandatory guide will accompany you through out the 40-minute beginner-friendly trail to get to the Falls.  





NIGHTLIFE
There is no shortage when it comes to nightlife in San Juan. Most food parks or restaurants serve beers and alcoholic drinks. It's just a matter of which bar you and your friends prefer! A crowd favorite is Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel.




ITINERARY
We took a night bus to San Juan. Expenses for 5 PAX and above.

Manila to San Juan, La Union: 5 hours via bus | 430PHP | Farinas Bus Terminal at Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila. Ride a bus heading to Laoag and tell the conductor to drop you off at San Juan.
↠ Breakfast: 50-100PHP |  Rice meal at Mami King (Typical food ranges from 30-250PHP)
San Juan to Tangadan Falls Jump Off: 30 mins via tricycle | 100PHP roundtrip | The tricycle tour costs 500PHP. They will wait for you. Contact Kuya Edward: 09095543621
Tour Guide Fee: 150PHP | Our tricycle driver suggested his friend as our tour guide. The original guide fee is 200PHP and we got it for 150PHP per person. Contact Kuya Edward: 09095543621
Tangadan Falls entrance fee: 30PHP
↠ Merienda at the Tangadan Falls: 50PHP | Typical sari sari store prices
↠ Lunch: 20-50PHP | Rice meal at a local Karinderia
↠ Merienda: 100-300PHP | El Union Coffee
Free time at Urbiztondo beach
↠ Dinner: 180PHP | Pizza wotth 360PHP good for two at Flotsam and Jetsam.
Nightlife: Beer starts at 50PHP, cocktails at 250PHP
Hotel: 700PHP | 2100PHP good for 3 pax, additional 500PHP for extra bed at Chill'n Hotel.
↠ Breakfast: inclusive
Surfing: Board costs 250PHP per hour, board with instructor costs 400PHP
↠ Lunch: 180PHP | Rice meal at Sabong Friend Chicken
San Juan to San Fernando: 9PHP | Take a jeepney to San Fernando
San Fernando to Cubao: 378PHP | 5-7 hours via bus |  Dominion Bus Terminal

Optional activities/places to visit:
- Bahay na Bato
San Fernando, La Union
- Ma-Cho Temple: free
- Grape Farm: Entrance fee of 100PHP





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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan. Credits to Leandro Lacsamana, Ryee Malonzo, Evette Cabangon, Kai Delos Reyes, Katrina Rinon, Alyssa Manrique, Iaian Tyapon, Julius Caballero, Ela Zabayle, Pam Ortiz, Jamscott Manalo | San Juan, La Union | Created May 2018, Updated April 2019

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