Like Thailand and Indonesia, the Philippines is home to an impressive collection of wonderful beaches and islands that visitors look for when thinking of a vacation escaping the freezing cold temperatures of other countries. Though not always on the top of the list for travelers because of its location, going to this place will definitely be worth the trip. We’re here to tell you why.
With more than 7,000 tropical islands and seemingly countless beaches, where is the best place to begin? Staying for few days in Manila, the country’s capital has a lot of fun activities to offer, but the way to really see the Philippines is for you to catch a glimpse of what it has to offer when it comes to its beaches.
You might have already heard of the powdery, white sand in the beaches of Boracay in Kalibo or the awe-inspiring swimming activity with whalesharks in Donsol, Sorsogon. But if you’re pressed for time and coming from Manila, you will really not have enough time to catch a plane to these places.
It will take a 5-hour drive to Manila to get to La Union, a province in the Philippine region of Ilocos. Because you don’t need to take a plane here (unlike other equally amazing island resorts at Boracay or Coron in Palawan), this is a place that is always on the top of the list for visitors. Below are some of the activities and attractions that could be found here:
Surfing – Dubbed as the “surfing capital of the North,” La Union is a place where you can catch great waves. The breathtaking coastline is what keeps visitors coming back, and both locals and visitors from other countries go here to have their dose of good surf. Hang out with the friendly locals if you fancy, they’ll sure be able to provide you with tips on the best spots for surfing, and even share with you some of the early catch of fish and other seafood if you wake up early. The North Swell in La Union usually starts around October, and stretches on until March. The South Swell, on the other hand, starts in May and could stay until August.
Gardens – La Union is also known as the “Garden Coast” because it has some really impressive flora. San Fernando, La Union’s capital, is where you’ll find the wonderful gardens (Evergreen Garden, Shade Garden, Fragrance Garden, Fernery, etc) that have unique plants and flowers that are unique to the country. The La Union Botanical Garden is where you’ll find all these amazing gifts of nature.
Churches and Temples – La Union also has churches that you must not miss. Some of the most important ones include Our Lady of Namacpacan and the Ma-Cho Temple. Also don’t miss the Pindangan Ruins, a vestige of a church built in 1786.
La Union products – you can also head over to Taboc, San Juan to see a well-preserved culture of pottery. Also don’t miss Bangar to learn a thing or two about blanket weaving. Aside from being great pieces of souvenirs, you will also get an idea of lots of unique Philippine traditions.
Do you like surfing or are you always in pursuit of new spots where you can catch great waves? What are the best places you’ve visited that gives the best surfing and beach experience? We’d love to hear from you, for we’re in love with water as well.