Laid-Back in San Juan

Laid-Back in San Juan

I am no surfer. The cover photo is the closest that I got to that sport last week, but there’s something about their beach culture that drew me in when I attended the #SoulSurf festival 3 years ago. Music aside, I just would like to really experience that kind of lifestyle since I wasn’t able to really chill and rest well when RAC and CLASSIX came here before.

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So, when my friend asked me where to go for the Holy Week, I told her I want to visit La Union. And thanks to NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX, this surf central is accessible for 4-5 hour drive.

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It was a random trip so we didn’t have hotel reservations when we arrived. We were lucky to get the last few available rooms at 2 hotels: Costa Villa and San Juan Surf Resort. The former is Ok and more expensive than the latter but the major difference is the waves and accessibility to the restaurants and events. San Juan Surf Resort has a beach front where surfing and swimming are more safe and allowed, and is near a lot of the beachfront events and new establishments.

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Some surfing history displayed at the rooms

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View from the San Juan Surf Resort room

The weather condition last week was very unpredictable. We came at night, but even at day, it was really cold and the waves were really enormous. I can taste the salt from the sea, from afar and that feeling was really good. I really wanted to learn how to surf (I bought some gears!!) but it was only in our last day that a lot of the surfers appeared and played that sport. It made me appreciate how professional and passionate these people are when some things are dependent on Mother Nature.

So,  just more photos of being a beach bum below =)

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Surf area in front of Costa Villa Resort

A lot has definitely changed since my first visit to this surf central. There are lots of restaurants, bars, and new hotels near the central featuring local talent. My best food experience was at Gefseis Greek Grill which was so instagrammable, great in taste, price and service with an amazing beach view. I also visited Surf Shack where most of the surfer cutires go =) and Planet G, which has an exquisite club in the second-level called Clique.

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At Gefseis Grill, an authentic Greek taste

It’s always a fun and memorable experience in  La Union. I made a short Instagram video to express this and I think I’ll be doing more of this =)

First attempt to create a video for blog. ??? Check out my newest blog post (link in bio) for my visual diary! #launion

A video posted by M I K K I G A L A N G (@mikkigalangdotcom) on

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