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La Union: Surfing, Sunsets, and Serenity

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

by April Mycenae Living in La Union for almost all my life, I've seen the highs and lows of my beloved Province.

Nestled along the western coast of the Philippines' Luzon Island, La Union is an enticing blend of surf, culture, and nature. Usually, when we say La Union or Elyu, the first thing that comes to mind is surfing. Yes! Elyu is best known for its surfing site in San Juan,

but beyond its famed waves, La Union is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be uncovered.

Ciano Umok Art Gallery in Bauang, La Union, is the first Art Gallery and Cafe in the Province. It is perfect for artists, locals, and tourists looking for a laid-back experience with nature.

UMOK is home to prominent artists from La Union and Baguio City. The art gallery also displays paintings, sculptures, and a collection of antique tables, chairs, beds, burnays and kitchen wares. Also in Bauang is the famous Grapes Farm, where you can pick and taste the sweetest grapes the Province has to offer; along with the grape picking is the wine tasting too.

Farther south in Aringay, La Union, a hidden gem was discovered in the middle of the woods and the river. Farmville River Resort is a haven for nature lovers. The breathtaking river views and lush landscapes blend relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty. The cool breeze from the mountain was a calm whisper that refreshed the soul, leaving all stress from the busy city behind. The Bahay Kubo-inspired cottages are perfect for the resort's aesthetics.

Sunflower farms are a beautiful sight, especially during their peak blooming period. As a sunflower lover, visiting the sunflower farm is my serene escape and a calming experience.

The vibrant yellow sunflowers stretching towards the sky, the gentle sway of their tall green stalks in the wind, and the buzz of bees hopping from one flower to the next are all sights and sounds that delight my heart. The best time to visit Sunflower farms in La Union is between January to April.

Luna's Pebble Beach creates a unique seascape; it is covered in smooth, rounded stones and pebbles. These pebbles come in various sizes and colors, ranging from small ones that can fit in the palm of your hand to much larger ones. The famous Bahay na Bato, a house sculpted intricately with stones, showcases the area's abundant natural resources.

San Juan, the heartbeat of La Union's surf scene, has become a favorite destination for local and international tourists because of its beautiful beaches, waves ideal for surfing, and vibrant local scene. Beachfront establishments offer surf lessons and board rentals, making it incredibly accessible for everyone to ride the waves. But there's more to San Juan than surfing; as the sun sets, the beach transforms into a laid-back party ground. Beach bars light up, bonfires illuminate blissful faces, live acoustic music fills the air, and freshly grilled seafood teases the senses.

La Union is more than its waves. It embodies sun, sea, culture, and spirit, making it a must-visit destination in the Philippines. Whether you're a surfer or not, La Union has something for everyone!

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