Provinces

La Union Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

La Union is a province in the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the city of San Fernando. Nicknamed as the surfing capital of the Northern Philippines, La Union is also known as the “Garden Coast” due to its bountiful botanical gardens.

LOCATION

La Union

Coordinates: 14°16′N 120°52′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
La Union
Location:
16°30′N 120°25′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1850
Capital:
San Fernando
Area:
1,497.70 km2 (578.27 sq mi)
Population:
822,400
Density:
530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
I
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 19 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
La Ueño/a
Elevation:
1,888 m (6,194 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
2500–2520
Area code:
+63 -(072)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
90% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Ilocano, Pangasinan, Kankanaey, Ibaloi, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Botanical Gardens | Surfing
Major Industries:
Service, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Handicraft
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
July to October, November to March
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate is tropical in La Union. The summers are much rainier than the winters in La Union. The climate here is classified as Aw by the Köppen-Geiger system. The average temperature in La Union is 22.8 °C.

Since the main reason tourists go to La Union is surfing, the best time to visit is during the surf season in La Union – July to October due to the South Swell and November to March due to the North Swell.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

La Union Province Map

The La Union provinceis divided into 19 Municipalities, 1 Component City:

  • Agoo
  • Aringay
  • Bacnotan
  • Bagulin
  • Balaoan
  • Bangar
  • Bauang
  • Burgos
  • Caba
  • Luna
  • Naguilian
  • Pugo
  • Rosario
  • San Fernando
  • San Gabriel
  • San Juan
  • Santo Tomas
  • Santol
  • Sudipen
  • Tubao
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of La Union which is under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Sungyot Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the La Union province:

  • Acapulco Beach
  • Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Charity
  • Bauang Beach
  • Bulalakaw Falls
  • Centennial Tree
  • Christ The Redeemer Statue
  • Csi Mall La Union
  • Dupag Rock Formation
  • Gapuz Grapes Farm
  • Kamay na Bato
  • Kultura Splash Wave Mountain Resort
  • La Union Botanical Garden
  • Lomboy Farms
  • Lussok Crystal Cave
  • Ma-Cho Temple
  • Manna Mall
  • Namacpacan Church
  • Night Market SFC
  • Occalong Falls
  • Orpilla-Estigoy Grapes Farm
  • Pagoda Hill
  • Pindangan Ruins
  • Poro Point Baywalk
  • Poro Point Lighthouse
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Charity
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. William The Hermit Cathedral
  • Sts Peter and Paul Parish
  • Tangadan Falls
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in La Union throughout the year:

  • Dinengdeng Festival (Last week of April to 1st week o May) – Agoo

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the La Union province.

Where in the Philippines is La Union located?
La Union is located on the southwestern Ilocos Region in Northern Luzon.

Is La Union a city or province?
La Union is a province.

What is the Capital of La Union?
The capital of La Union is San Fernandao.

What is La Union famous for?
La Union is famous for surfing and botanical gardens.

How do I get to La Union?
There are several ways to get to La Union, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 6-7 hours | $9-$12
  • Taxi | 4-6 hours | $80-$96
  • Drive | 4-6 hours | $22-$32
  • You can fly to an alternate airport (Clark), however the time will be approximately the same, but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in La Union?
There is 1 island in La Union province.

What does La Union mean?
La Union means “the union” in English.

How Safe is Traveling in La Union?
La Union is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in La Union the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in La Union is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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