La Union is a province in the Philippines located at the Ilocos Region in Luzon. San Fernando City is the capital and bordered by Ilocos Sur to the North, Benguet to the east and Pangasinan to the South. The west is bounded by South China Sea.
La Union got its name when the southern towns were formed in 1850. La Union is a Spanish collective word for “The Union” or “The Unity”. The merged towns are Ilocos Sur province, the northern towns of Pangasinan and the western towns of Benguet.
La Union, also known as the surfing capital of the north, has year-round waves for those who love this kind of sport. This coastal province has a series of beach breaks for beginners and occasional challenging point breaks for skilled surfers. It is the closest spot from Manila, just a few hours drive and has a pleasant atmosphere even for beach combing. Surfs in La Union have a standard line up of 100m from shore. Waves start at 1-m and can swell up to 4-6ft. Waves can close out after a strong typhoon.
The season which has two parts, quite unique for the Philippines, spans from July to October, waves are not nearly as consistent and from November to February, this is when the waves are bigger and more consistent due to the typhoon season providing bigger waves.
Various bus transports depart from Manila to La Union every hour. San Fernando City is 273 km away which is about 5 hours drive by land if you’re not so much in a hurry or you can take a 30 minute ride by air.
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