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San Juan La Union Surfing Beach: 5,000 Pesos Budget Itinerary for 2 Persons

Whether you are an experienced surfer, beginner or just a wanderer, a vacation in San Juan La Union “the surfing capital of the north” is definitely a must. It gives everyone a chance to see just how beautiful the world is and life shouldn’t always be as complicated as it is. The good thing about a vacation in La Union is that it’s not at all expensive! In fact, many would agree that a 5,000 pesos budget for a 3 days 2-night trip is more than enough.

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So without further ado, here is our complete travel itinerary and budget guide for San Juan La Union Urbiztondo Beach experience:

How to Get to La Union

There are two ways to get to La Union, one is through public transport which is the bus or through a private car. If you are traveling in groups of four or less, it’s cheaper to take the bus but groups in five or more, you might want to consider renting your own car. Just by adding a few hundred bucks, you can travel more comfortably.

Traveling by Bus

Depending on where you will come from, the cost of a bus fare from Manila to La Union is somewhere between 382 pesos to 524 pesos for each person. There are bus trips that can lead you straight to San Juan, La Union and the earliest trip usually leaves at 12:00 AM. The travel time is approximately 5 to 7 hours so it is recommended you take the first trip to make the most out of your vacation.

Bus companies that travel to and from La Union are the following:

  • Partas
  • Viron Transit
  • Dominion

Traveling by Car

When renting your own car, you can either rent one from a rent-a-car company OR from a car owner who offers his car for rent. Below are the websites where you can find cars available for rent:


Where to Stay in San Juan La Union near Urbiztondo Beach

If you really want to experience how surfers chill and relax, go for the cheapest accommodation in the area like The Circle Hostel. There’s no aircon, no TV, just a simple hammock or bed to sleep in. Prices start at 379 pesos per person which is really, really cheap.

Now if you prefer a more private place but still on the inexpensive side, you can opt to rent your own room CV Bed n Bath La Union for 576 pesos for 2 persons. if you’re looking for something posher and don’t mind paying a thousand bucks to four thousand bucks a night, you can try:

  • Costa Villa Beach Resort
  • The Little Surfmaid Resort
  • Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
  • Awesome Hotel San Juan

Where to Eat in San Juan La Union

One of the things we really love about San Juan La Union is food there is not very expensive. Restaurants near the beach offer meals from 200 to 300 pesos while nearby eateries cost 120 to 150 pesos per meal. So in a day, your food shouldn’t cost more than 500 pesos to eat 3 times a day.

Some of the well-known restaurants in the area include:

  • Tagpuan – rice meals
  • El Union Coffee – coffee
  • Surf Shack – Pizza, pasta, and quesadillas
  • Gefseis Greek Grill – Greek cuisines
  • Halo Halo de Iloco – Pansit, okoy and of course, halo halo
  • Olas Banditos – Tacos, Burritos, and quesadillas

Things to Do in San Juan La Union


It would be a sin not to try surfing, whether you are a beginner or not the sporty type. You are in the surfing capital of the north, it wouldn’t hurt to just try the sport that makes every surfer in the area very ecstatic.

Trek, Climb, Rappel and Zipline

If you want to do something adventurous, you can opt to trek Tangandan Falls in San Gabriel, climb at Pugad in Pugo or rappel, drive an ATV or even zip line.

Relaxing Activities

If you want something more relaxing, you can visit La Union Grape Farm and pick grapes or visit the Ma-cho Temple. The temple is situated at the top of a hill, Ma-cho Temple in San Fernando city is a Taoist temple dedicated to the goddess of the sea. If you’re looking for another Instagrammable place beside the beach, this is the place to be.

Best Time to Visit La Union

If you really want to experience the surfing vibe in La Union, together with locals and tourist interaction, you should visit during the months of July to October or November to March.

Budget Guide for Two Persons in San Juan La Union for 3D 2N:

Fare: 764 Pesos x 2 (roundtrip fares) = 1528 Pesos
Accommodation: 758 Pesos per person for 2 night  = 1516 Pesos
Food: 900 Pesos per person for 2 days  = 1800 Pesos


1 Comment »

  1. I’ve never been there. La Union looks and sounds beautiful! These tips are extremely useful. I’d love to try surfing! Thanks for sharing.

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