My friends and I decided to go to La union for the long weekend (September 1-4).
- 4am meet up at shell sucat
- 6am breakfast at NLEX
- 11:45am arrival at san juan surf resort
- 12noon lunch at coast call
- 2pm – 5pm siesta time
- 5pm dinner at tagpuan
- 7pm coffee at the coffee library
- 7am surfing
- 9:30am breakfast at coast call
- 11am ate smoothie bowls at makai bowls at flotsam and jetsam
- 1pm tried out el union coffee
- 2pm-5pm siesta
- 6pm dinner at surf shack
- 9am breakfast at coast call
- 9:30-11:00am chill at the beach and taking photos
- 12:00noon lunch at seawadeeka
- 1pm pasalubong shopping
- 2-4:30pm siesta time
- 5:15pm mass at st. William
- 7pm dinner at magellan’s restaurant and lounge
- 8pm merienda snack at mad monkeys and tagpuan
- 8am Aqua firma (yoga) at beach hub (2nd floor el union coffee)
- 10:00am brunch at coast call
- 12noon checkout
- 8:30pm arrival in paranaque
We scanned for a nice cozy place with the following criteria:
- Nice bathroom
We picked San Juan Surf Resort because it had all of the criteria.
We had to call them because they do not have online booking and they take time in replying to email.
The room costed around 4600+ pesos. 50% down payment was given and they responded with an email. Remaining balance will be paid upon arrival at the hotel.
San Juan Surf Resort
Resort Contact Details:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Page – San Juan Surf Resort
Call us to book:
(+63) (072) 687-9990
What to do upon arrival:
Check in, pay remaining balance and settle down.
The staff are accomodating and are very helpful. They suggested restaurants for us to try and were very courteous and polite.
We were lucky enough to have a car. We started traveling at around 4am (from sucat, paranaque). You can pick wherever route you want to take but we took c5 and was in NLEX at around 5:30am to 6am.
We had breakfast there before continuing the trip. We arrived at the hotel around 11:30am.
Total travel time (with breakfast and one stop over): 7 hours
Total breakdown of fees:
- Gas: 1580 pesos (back and forth)
- Toll (total): 1114 pesos
We ate in the in house restaurant: coastal call since it was raining. Here’s a copy of the menu.
It tasted pretty standard. It had the sweet salty taste of the marinated beef, the onions weren’t as sweet but still blended well with the beef. It needed a little work to chew. The eggs were organic and tasted good. The serving was enough for one person.
My friend also ordered cheeseburger, tomato & basil pasta and quesadillas
Although I wasn’t able to take photos of the pasta, I highly recommend them. They have big servings and they did not skimp on the ingredients. Their carbonara was creamy and the garlic bread was crunchy.
We rested a little bit before looking for a restaurant for dinner.
This place boasts in having self service with witty signs to remind you to clean as you go.
We chilled and rested for a little bit in coffee library.
Woke up around 6am to check the waves and one of the instructors told me that the waves were good (although it’s big for beginners, figured that out after trying).
Fee: since our hotel also offered lessons, we opted to surf there. It was 400 pesos for an hour lesson with an instructor and equipment. If you want the board only, it’s for 200 pesos.
For me, being a wobbly, far from athletic person, I decided that surfing is not for me but it was fun while it lasted. Patience is key for everything and never panic.
The instructors were helpful and fun to work with. They really know what they’re doing and they are licensed. If anything, go surf in san juan surf resort, in my opinion they have the most trusted surf instructors.
After that we had breakfast at the hotel. Then freshened up and walked around to explore.
We went to flotsam & jetsam next to try out the famous makai bowls.
They have a place to chill with hammocks and I recommend you bring a book when you go here unless you want to sleep, which is also a good idea
We also went to el union coffee to try the infamous smores and grilled cheese sandwich.
I tried the grilled cheese with bacon jam which has gooey cheese and is probably one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches that I’ve tried. The bacon jam was sweet and salty enough to blend but not overpower the cheese.
We went to surf shack for dinner and late night drinking while listening to live music.
The sloppy joe had good caramelized onions but it’s messy to eat.
I ordered their surf shack burger. It’s an off the grill burger with tomato, cheese, lettuce and egg. To be honest, this was disappointing. When it was served to me, I tried to take a few bites but I couldn’t stand it because it felt raw so we had to send it back to the kitchen. When it returned, I felt that it was overcooked and dry already.
What saved the day was their taba ng talangka pasta. It was a little tangy due to the lime but was still creamy and fresh.
This was our last full day and we opted to be chill. We had breakfast at the hotel (recommend you try their daing na bangus 👍🏻) then head to the beach to pass the time while the boys went surfing.
Here’s what it looks like at sunset. Unfortunately, I don’t have sunrise photos.
Afterwards we headed to seawadeeka and this small, quaint place serving thai food. This gets a two thumbs up from me.
We tried their pad thai and pork satay.
They also serve thai iced tea which was really good as well.
Then we headed to the gift shop to buy pasalubong before we had our siesta time.
After our nap time, we went to mass at St. William’s
After that we headed to dinner at Magellan’s restaurant & lounge.
We also had tokwa’t baboy from tagpuan
For day 4, we decided to have alone time and this is what I did.
I reserved a class beforehand with aquanimous yoga and headed to beach hub (2nd floor el union coffee) before 8am.
After that we just freshened up and had brunch before heading back to manila.
Overall, the weekend refreshed us and it was a great trip. Top recommendations are el union coffee, seawadeeka and tagpuan. Don’t expect too much from flotsam and jetsam other than the makai bowls. You can also try the carenderia part which is cheap and has huge servings but the meals on the restaurant themselves are too pricey in my opinion.
I wish there was a lot of seats and an ice cream shop around. Would I go back? Yes, definitely.