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A La Union Staycation: Where to Go and Stay

Summer is just around the corner. You are probably wondering where to go for this year’s summer escapade. La Union, or Elyu, has always been on the list to top staycation destinations in the Philippines. Indeed, a La Union staycation is all you’ll ever need to survive the scorching summer heat in the country.

Why a La Union staycation

Local tourism is starting to open up, including beaches in La Union. But, of course, we all know that Elyu is a surf town wherein people flock to the area to ride its waves. It’s home to some of the most pristine beaches, too, like Urbiztondo Beach.

So, if you are looking for a staycation relatively near Manila but far enough to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city, La Union should be at the top of your list.

Not to mention La Union is not just a surfing haven. The thriving town is also home to several historical sites, natural wonders, and delicious food.

Where to go in La Union

If this is your first time visiting La Union, it is best to explore San Fernando. San Fernando is La Union’s capital and its cultural and industrial hub. It means that there are several historic and modern places of interest.

Aside from the sightseeing attractions, there’s also a great selection of bars, restaurants, and retail establishments, especially surfing aficionados. It bursts with energy and excitement that can make you want to visit other places in Elyu.

Where to stay in La Union

Thunderbird Resort Poro Point is dubbed the best hotel in San Fernando, so you need not look elsewhere. Dubbed as the Santorini of Asia, it is a four-star hotel that offers guests a relaxing environment by the sea.

Many a reasons why this integrated resort is a popular choice among those who want to do a La Union staycation. 

First, this Mediterranean-inspired estate is specifically perched on a cliff overlooking the San Fernando Bay and West Philippine Sea. 

Second, it has complete facilities and amenities, including a swimming pool, private beach, golf course, courts (basketball, volleyball, and tennis), driving range, spa, jogging paths, bars and restaurants, art facilities, function rooms, and many more. 

Third, Thunderbird is near several tourist destinations. Of course, you are on a staycation, but if you wish to go out and explore the area, there are several sightseeing destinations to choose from. What’s more, these are less than an hour of travel away from the comfort of your own villa.

Speaking of Thunderbird Poro Point’s rooms and villas, you also have plenty of choices.

For a unique accommodation experience that radiates the highest standards of luxury and comfort possible, you may opt to stay in any of these rooms.

– Deluxe Room

– Deluxe Suite

– Premiere Deluxe

– 2 Bedroom Villa

– 3 Bedroom Villa

– Santorini Deluxe Room

– Santorini Junior Suite

– Santorini Master Suite

– Executive Suite

– Presidential Suite

Each room has the following amenities:

– TV (HD)

– Coffee and tea

– Welcome fruit/cookies

– In-room safety box

– Wi-Fi access

– Bottled water

– Mini refrigerator

Daily housekeeping is offered to all guests.

More facts about Thunderbird Poro Point

– The premier resort is situated in a 65-hectare estate

– It has 64 spacious rooms and villas

– It has 8 bars and restos offering different cuisines from all over the world

– It has a LED rose and tulip gardens where guests can enjoy photo ops

Things to see and do in La Union

From where you are in San Fernando or Thunderbird Poro Point, these are the things you do when in La Union.

– Learn how Poro Point Lighthouse came into existence

– Climb the Christ the Redeemer statue

– Explore the Pindangan Ruins

– Sample Pinoy street foods at Night Market SFC

– Pick grapes at Gapuz Grapes Farm

– Smell the roses at La Union Botanical Garden

How to go to La Union

If you are going to use your own car or van, you need to traverse North Luzon Expressway. Here’s the direction from Google Maps:

1) Take C-3 to E1/R-8 in Balintawak, Quezon City

2) Follow E1/R-8 and N Luzon W Expy to Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union Expy in Urdaneta

3) Continue on Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union Expy

4) Take MacArthur Hwy/Manila N Rd to San Fernando By-Pass Rd in San Fernando

You can go to La Union through public transportation as well. Several bus lines are bound for San Fernando from various terminals in Manila. From San Fernando, you may ride a jeepney going to San Juan.

Rent a car or van is also available, though this will depend on the budget, company, and availability. If you are five or six in the group, you may split the van rental fee to make it cheaper for everyone.

The total travel time is about 1 hour and 40 minutes depending on traffic.