Sunday, October 2, 2016


Location San Juan, La Union, Philippines

San Juan is a second class municipality in the province of La Union, Philippines and as they claimed it, "The Surfing Capital of the North", San Juan is bounded on the north by the municipality of Bacnotan along the Baroro River, and ... (5.0 mi) north of San Fernando City, the capital of La Union and regional center.

Surfing enthusiasts at San Juan surfing ground

This location is only 5 to 6 hours drive for 279.4 kilometers via R-8, Northern Luzon Expressway/R-8 and MacArthur Highway. It is close to its neighboring San Fernando City or just 27 minutes at a distance of 10.7 kilometers via San Juan - San Gabriel Road.

San Juan surfing site is so accessible

Driving along San Juan - San Gabriel Road, one may find San Juan surfing site to be accessible. Various establishments, resorts and hotels are very visible just along the highway. You have an array of choices where to stay and dine.

Such a catchy and cozy company signage

I did not ask the driver where to drop me, I just scanned all the company signage from the stretch of establishments I have seen. I was so impressed how the proud and very much corporate San Juan Surf Resort signage was conceptualized. The location was actually not distant from the beach.

Another good option for accommodation

Well, G Hotel is almost opposite just across the street leading to San Juan Surf Resort. What captured me most is the visibility of Figaro. I love its hot chocolate.

The modern San Juan Surf Resort

San Juan Surf Resort was established in 1992 by an Australian surfer Brian Landrigan who started its operation for only 3 rooms as a surfing resort. Since then, it has grown to 35 rooms and led the industry with an approach to hospitality. Today, it has a restaurant and bar at Coast Call, bar, spa, surf school and surf shop.

The dining hall of Coast Call Kitchen and Bar

Known for its consistent intermediate quality surf, the resort is blessed with two seasons; July to October (South Swell) and November to March (North Swell).
The visible beach from the dining hall

For reservations, you can contact the resort thru: (+63) 917-887-5470 and (+63) (072) 687-9990 or email them at and they can be exactly located in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, Philippines 2514.

The spacious veranda to accommodate more guests during the peak season

For the resort's accommodation rates, information about its restaurant and bar and its surf school, you may find this in their homepage very helpful through this link.

Part of the resort's surf school

The resort's main building

Obviously, a surfing resort

The neighboring resorts conducive for boozing

A last look of the surfing beach scene

The last establishment I saw before boarding the jeepney back to San Fernando City

Well, if you are planning to enjoy more of La Union, this destination is just a tip of the iceberg because if you will read my post on 20 Things To Do in a 3-Day La Union Trip, you will have more things to do other than surfing. More importantly, it will provide you a budget, itinerary and other helpful information.

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