La Union's Beach Resorts Are Now Open Again

( La Union, dubbed the "Surfing Capital of the North" for the amazing waves along the coast of San Juan, is finally reopening its tourist spots—to locals, at least. Along with the rest of Region I, the province was eased into the modified community quarantine on June 1. This status was extended on June 15, and is expected to continue until June 30. This means that leisure travel is allowed, as long as you're a resident of La Union or any Region I province. The hotel or resort where you'll be staying should also be accredited by the Department of Tourism.

Pre-quarantine, Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan, La Union was perennially crowded on the weekends.
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

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It's a popular surfing spot thanks to a beach break that's ideal for beginners.
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

As of writing, there are 45 accommodation options—starting from the north in Luna all the way to Rosario—that have received their Certificate of Authority to Operate. San Juan, La Union's popular surf town, is also starting to open its doors to beach-lovers and surfers within the province. Some of the accredited resorts include: Charlie's Hangar Surf Hostel, Kahel Resort, Kahuna Hotel Cafe and Restaurant, Puerto de San Juan Beach Resort and Hotel, and San Juan Surf Resort.

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Bookings are required in advance. And if you're coming from other provinces in the region (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Pangasinan), you will be required to present travel authority from your local government, a medical clearance certificate issued at most three days before your travel date, and booking confirmation before crossing the border. Stringent measures, such as regular disinfection and physical distancing, are also expected from the tourism-related establishments.

For more information, follow Provincial Government of La Union on Facebook.

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