|Ease to Reach||Easy|
|How to get there from Manila||Bus/Car|
|Est. Travel time from Manila via Bus||6 Hours|
|Est. Travel cost from Manila via Bus||Php380 (<US$10)|
SURF SPOT INFO
|Break Direction||Left – Right|
|Best Season||October – April (North Swell)|
|Consistency||Surfing all year round but most consistent during season|
|Wave Quality||Good – Barreling on occasion|
|Suitable for||Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced|
|Length of ride|
|Crowds||Regular Line Up|
La Union is Philippine surf’s best kept secret, with clean waves reaching 8-10ft on a good swell, it is perfect from beginners to advanced surfers. It is located in the north Luzon, roughly 5 hours travel time by car from Manila. Accessible by public bus for tourists.
See – HOW TO GET TO LA UNION
La Union has good waves 10 months a year from May until March. The most consistent waves come from the north swell from October until March, peaking in December and January where the beach becomes a tourist hot spot attracting surfers and tourists from all over the globe.
SURF SPOTS INFORMATION
San Juan is the heart and primary surf beach in La Union. Large good quality waves are brought in on good swells. On the beachfront are many affordable surf resorts and hotels, bars, restaurants, surf shops and surf schools where board rental is also available.
San Juan Beach although is only one strip of beach has three spots as identified by the locals.
Beach break, the bowl and the point.
– Beach Break – located at the left of the strip is a great spot which provides both lefts and rights.
– The Bowl – the mid point of the beach.
– The Point – Located at the very right of the strip, the point is a beautiful point/reef break that provides a beautiful and long right hander and also a short left. During the north swell this is the spot to be.
Sunset a 2 minute drive north from San Juan, can provide medium to large, good quality, left and right hand breaks, depending on the direction of the swell. Sunset is a great place to surf on a busy day.
Carille, a 5 minute Jeepney ride south from San Juan, is a famous 300m right hand point break that seems to go on forever.
Located near the cement factory in La Union, 10 minutes drive from San Juan Surf Beach is Bacnotan a beautiful wave that provides good and long rides. It works best here during North Swell (October-April).
Darigayos is a 30 minute Jeepney ride further north of San Juan, it can also provide for clean waves with both left and right hand breaks depending on the swell. Darigayos works best during south swell (May-September).