Love to surf? Then you should definitely visit the Philippines. In a country made up of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines offers surfing spots for all levels. For the experienced surfer, a trip to Siargao to surf the legendary Cloud 9 is a must. Or, if you want to channel your inner movie star, you can visit the province of Aurora to surf the spots made famous in Apocalypse Now. After the movie wrapped, the crew left the surfboards behind for the locals and they quickly mastered the sport.
Just starting out and not yet ready to compete with the Kelly Slaters of the world? Then, we recommend you begin your surf adventure in San Juan, La Union. Located about 15 minutes past La Union’s capital city of San Fernando, San Juan boasts beautiful white beaches and perfect waves for both beginners and experienced surfers.
San Juan is a friendly resort area with a good mix of locals and expats looking for a relaxed lifestyle. There are several resorts all over the coastline catering specifically to surfers and Billabong has even set up its own surfing school led by the best La Union locals.
When you arrive, you’ll find several people renting boards or offering surf lessons all up and down the beach. However, we recommend parking at Sebay Surf Resort. The resort has a decent selection of boards to rent and their staff is always ready to give you a lesson. After going through the lesson, you can jump into the water and give it a try. The beach right in front of the resort features a beach break, perfect for beginners.
The great thing about San Juan is that the local surfers are super friendly and will usually yell out a helpful tip or two. After a long day of having fun in the water, our favorite thing to do is run back to the Sebay resort and relax at their Beachside restaurant. A pot of bulalo and a plate of crispy pata is a great way to end your first surf session!