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5 Things That Makes San Juan, La Union Enjoyable

Last October 4 was our second visit to Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. The first was last June as our last adventure before the school finally starts.

This time is for the annual trip of our daughter, Daniz, for her 9th birthday (October 10). It's still a week early but we took advantage of the long weekend, a 3-day vacation from Saturday to Monday. We also invited my mother-in-law, Mommy Lydia, to join us on this trip

The highlights of our trip to San Juan:
  1. Stay and Dine at San Juan Surf Resort
  2. Surfing the Waves of Brgy. Urbiztondo
  3. Sights and Sounds of the Waves
  4. Beautiful Sunset
  5. Early Morning Walk at the Beach
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1. Stay and Dine at San Juan Surf Resort

San Juan Surf Resort is one of the prime resort in the area. We decided to stay here again...our second time...because the place is well maintained and the staff are friendly and very accommodating. The bedding and towels are also clean. And though the room is small, Standard Room only, but the comfort room is large enough to move comfortably.

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Our room is situated at the first floor of the white building in front...the first from right.
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The resort is fully booked but we were lucky enough to secure this Standard Room...an extra bed was added.
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We had a long day, so our plan of trying out one of the local restaurant in the area was shelved in favor of San Juan Surf Resort's Restaurant.

We ordered their Sal-Salo Meal 1, good for 4 persons consisting of: Inihaw na Liempo, Sinigang na Hipon, Lechon Kawali, Pakbet Iloko, Rice, Iced Tea.

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Picture...picture...while waiting for our order. Daniz tried their Strawberry Oreo Milk Shake

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2. Surfing the Waves of Brgy. Urbiztondo


The joy on the surfers’ face, the big smile that light up their faces every time they conquered the wave is a sight to behold. 

What more if one of the surfers rushing to the shore and flashing the surfers hand sign is your 8-year old daughter...it was breathtaking, I tell you.

She is the reason why three adults, Jonjie and I, the parents who never like any water activities and her grandmother, Lola Lydia, who would rather be inside the room and rest while watching TV found ourselves at the beach. Because she like surfing and so we included it in her annual birthday trip itinerary.

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3. Sights and Sounds of the Waves


I may never be a water person but the sights and sounds of the waves calm my senses...it relaxes my being.

I took a short video of the early morning waves of San Juan...no surfers...no other sound...just the waves. Please click here to watch it.

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4. Beautiful Sunset


I love sunset in all its form. I will never get tired of its sight and the ever changing colors that paint the afternoon sky and gives it a golden glow. And I will always be mesmerized with its reflection on the ocean and on the wet sand.

For me, sunset is the culminating event of the day. The setting of the sun at the end of the day is a silent promise that a new day will begin and the sun will set again…an unending cycle.

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5. Early Morning Walk at the Beach

Jonjie and I woke up early to enjoy the beach while everybody is asleep…so we thought.

The surfers’ instructors are already up and about, setting up the tents and the surfboards. Some are picking up the seaweeds left by the waves on the shore…basically the beach is clean except for a few trashes from the day before.

Not for long before the other guests from our resorts and from the neighboring ones started coming in with the same intent as we…to just enjoy the morning and to take photographs.

I love the afternoon glow brought about by the setting of the sun. But morning, before the sun even peek into the horizon, has its own charm and brings a different glow. As if sending an invitation to take some time to savor the moment and enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings.

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Though we plan to leave the resort early to head for the next league of Daniz Birthday Trip but Jonjie and I took a little more time…enjoying our togetherness, just the two of us…taking more photographs of the sea, sky, sand and the resort.

Our second visit to La Union is finally over and it may take a while for us to return again. And I could say that La Union is much more fun the second time around.

Below are some of photos taken at the beach

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"The Philippine Military Helicopter" and Jonjie waving to the men in uniform
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"The Go Back Signal". Jonjie trying to signal Daniz and her coach to go back
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"The Sand Castle Builders". Father and daughter tandem
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"The Little Girl and the Waves"
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"Colorful Arrays of Surfboards". Already arrange...waiting for the surfers...
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"Yoga by the Beach"...even before the sun is up