Travelers to the Philippines cannot disagree on the fact that the country hosts many of the most beautiful and refined beaches in the planet. Some of the many beach paradises that exist in the archipelago are found in the province of La Union. Many tourists and city visitors visit the province to go surfing as it is what the beaches there are known for.
Some of the popular go-to beaches are found in San Fernando and San Juan in La Union. Pro surfers and visitors who want to learn how to surf are often found in these areas. La Union’s waves are appropriate for all levels, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate surfer and advanced professional surfer, the waves won’t disappoint. Surfing seasons in La Union starts in July up until October and from November to March.
The Hipster Hostel
If you’re a traveler and tourist on a budget, then most likely, you are looking to stay in a cheap hotel or a hostel. Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel is one place you will not want to miss when browsing online. This artisanal, hipster and “millennial” hostel hosts several bunks and rooms for people traveling solo or in groups.
The place offers a selection of themed rooms for sharing like the shophouse dorm big enough for 8 people to fit. Each bunk bed also has curtain partitions to get you some privacy while resting and even a reading lamp to get you through a book at night. A great perk of staying in this bunk is the minimization of noise in the area.
The kubo dorm is made like an actual kubo with a great bamboo aesthetic. It is located near the Kitchen Bar for those who easily get hungry or thirsty. This dorm – like bed spaces provide you with free wifi, a single bed each with one bathroom for sharing and individual lockers with locks.
Another type of accommodation is the sea – suite which is great for couples traveling to La Union. The room has a junior queen bed, open closet, bathroom, and a small living room. The room is also air-conditioned with free wifi. This is conducive to those planning to stay for more than just a weekend. It’s definitely tourist friendly since the room’s theme is made up of trinkets and props the owners have collected from their travels across the globe.
Flotsam and Jetsam have a variety of rooms that cater to different types of groups. There are about 9 more rooms that the place carries for friends, families and even those traveling with children. The rooms are guaranteed to fit your practical standards like affordability, comfort, convenient location and cleanliness.
Chilling in the Kitchen Bar
They also have a Kitchen Bar which is surrounded by bean bags for anyone staying to just lounge around and chill. They also serve free breakfast for all borders in the morning. The usual goes in the package, fruits, cereal, milk, coffee and makai bowls among others. This is just perfect before you catch the waves early in the morning.
The Kitchen Bar also serves good food which you can get with a classic pale Pilsen or mojito on the side. It’s affordable and worth every peso of your PHP350. The place is also packed at night for those who like to entertain and jam the night away. If you are game for merrymaking and just having a grand time near the sea, then this beach hostel is the place to be.
Weekend Escape at Flotsam and Jetsam
If Manila or the big cities have taken a toll on you and got you craving for a beach adventure elsewhere, La Union is one definite mark to hit. Learning how to surf or just chilling by the waves are sure to get your R&R on. Travelers are everywhere in La Union to experience the best of the best the province has to offer. Check out this beach hostel if you find yourself in Ilocos province; definitely worth your time and money.