15+ San Fernando La Union Tourist Spots (Top Places to See)

Here is a comprehensive list of tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union! We also include tourist destinations near it.

San Fernando is the capital city of La Union, a famous surfing province in the north. It is the province’s jump-off point to various eco-cultural destinations. Most tourists visiting La Union, however, head straight to other municipalities, particularly San Juan, to catch the waves or chase Tangadan Falls. 

Little do they know that the city itself is home to fascinating spots such as scenic beaches, cascading waterfalls, and historical landmarks. 

In this article, we’ll show you some of the best tourist attractions in San Fernando, La Union. Here we go!

Behold San Fernando, La Union Tourist Spots

1. Occalong Falls

Occalong Falls is one of the tourist spots in San Fernando La Union.

When San Fernando City comes to mind, we usually associate it with buildings and other features of an urban jungle. Sure it is. But on its outskirts, you’ll find natural wonders hidden amidst lush foliage. One of these is Occalong Falls, one of the off-beaten tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union.

It’s a mini-waterfall measuring just about 10 feet high. It cascades on sedimentary rock formations towards a beautiful catch basin. Occalong Falls has crystal-clear waters that will surely tempt you to try a refreshing swim. 

To enjoy the falls at its finest, try swimming to the base and let the cascading waters give you a caressing massage. Ah, what a soothing way to escape the lowland heat as you relish the sights of lush forests and hear the wildlife beat.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Cabalitocan, San Fernando, La Union

2. Christ the Redeemer Statue

Christ the Redeemer Statue is one of the tourist spots in San Fernando La Union.

Christ, the Redeemer Statue, is one of the most frequented tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union, especially for devout Catholics. Coming here will make you experience the famous statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. 

Since the statue is on top of a hill, expect to catch spectacular views of the urban areas and outskirts of the city. You’ll also love the tranquil and lush setting here. It’s an ideal respite from the bustles and hustles of city life. 

It’s best to come here during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the simmering midday heat. Take note. There’s quite a long way before reaching the peak.

  • Location/Jump-off: Barangay, Reservoir Hill, San Fernando City, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: None

3. Poro Point

Poro Point is one of the top tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union. A popular site here is the Poro Point Baywalk, where locals love to hang out or jog during the early morning and late afternoon. 

Not just that, the spot offers a mesmerizing view of the endless ocean with its crashing waves. It’s also a good vantage point for viewing the sunrise and sunset. 

The spot plays an important historical role in the province and has long been associated as a military camp. Thankfully, the local authorities are now promoting its attractions for ecotourism development.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lighthouse Road, San Fernando, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • How to Get There: Ride tricycle from the town center. Fare is less than Php 20 per person.

4. Poro Point Lighthouse

Poro Point Lighthouse is one of the tourist spots in San Fernando La Union.

The Lighthouse is another attraction you should not miss when visiting Poro Point. It’s one of the historical tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union, dating back to the American regime. It’s 30 meters tall and has a museum inside. For many years, it guided ships passing on the nearby sea.

A few meters away, you’ll find another rusty lighthouse built during the Spanish times. It is made entirely out of steel imported from France. It stands at 6 meters high and is now non-functional.

Walk again for a few meters from these two lighthouses, and you’ll reach the edge of a cliff. That gives you a breathtaking view of the ocean, and below, you can see the roaring waves crashing on the rocky shore. It’s also an ideal spot for viewing the sunrise and sunset.

  • Location/Jump-off: Poro Point Special Economic and Freeport Zone, San Fernando City, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Travel Time: 10 minutes from city proper via tricycle or jeep
  • Fare: Php 10 per person

5. Pagoda Hill

Pagodal Hill is one of the tourist spots in San Fernando La Union.

Despite what we hear from mainstream media portraying Filipinos versus the Chinese, good relationships between these two exist in some parts of the country. One proof of that is the Pagoda Hill, which features a Chinese-inspired landmark. That signifies that centuries-old relationship between the locals of La Union and the Chinese.

Even before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Chinese and La Union people have been trading goods and exchange vows. It’s no surprise then that some locals of La Union trace Chinese ancestry. 

Aside from its historical value, Pagoda Hill is also a vantage point for viewing the landscapes of the city. Couples usually come here to have a romantic escapade. It’s an ideal spot, especially during the setting of the sun.

  • Location/Jump-off: National Highway in Pagdaraoan, San Fernando City, La Union

6. Canaoay Beach

Canaoay Beach is more popularly known for its magnificent view of the sunset. That is why lovers or couples usually come here late afternoon to enjoy the romantic setting. Aside from that, you can enjoy feeling the powdery sands or immersing yourself in the shallow waters that extend for meters.

You can also have a side trip to neighboring Pindangan Ruins, one of the historical tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union. The Spaniards built it in 1764 but gradually deteriorated due to attacks from Moro warriors and pirates.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Fernando City, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: None

7. Acapulco Beach

Acapulco Beach

If you’re after merrymaking with the locals or just immerse to their lively culture, check out Acapulco Beach. It is a public beach with a long stretch of powdery sands. 

Although it’s a famous beach among the locals, there is less development here. You’ll only find traditional cottages lining the shore. Rent for these ranges from Php 250 to Php 500, depending on the size. 

To reach the place, ride a tricycle from the city proper. Fare for a one-way trip is Php 200, and travel time is 15 minutes or less. A tricycle can accommodate four persons.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Fernando City, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: None

8. Ma-cho Temple

Ma-Cho Temple is one of the tourist spots in San Fernando La Union.

Ma-cho Temple is one of the iconic tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union. What makes this is even more interesting is the fact that it’s the biggest of its kind in the world. Although the majority of the population are Catholics, many families troop here to relish tranquility and enjoy the unique architecture.

You can also try traditional Taoist ceremonies such as burning candles and offering prayer. From the temple, you’ll also get reminiscing views of the vast ocean. 

You’re lucky if you come here during the fruiting season as you can pick some for yourself as you stroll around the nearby garden.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ma-cho Temple Driveway, San Fernando City, La Union

9. Carlatan Beach

This section of the city is known for its vast plantations. If you’re planning to visit them, you can have a side trip to Carlatan Beach. It features a small strip of powdery and creamy-white sands. It makes up a good camping site for families or friends. 

Enjoy strolling on the sands, swimming the cool waters, or climbing the limestone rock formations on one end of the beach. If you a thrill-seeker, try jumping or diving from these rocks towards the deep part of the sea. Do that only if you’re an expert swimmer.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Carlatan, San Fernando City, La Union

10. Wallace Air Station

Wallace Air Station also lies at the Poro Point, inside a military base. You can enter it, however, and express your intent just to explore the views. From here, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the ocean. Enjoy strolling by as the cold breeze caresses you and relieve you from daily bustles.

Since you’re in a military base, just follow the public trails. Don’t go off wandering anywhere; otherwise, you might be scolded for breaching private sites. This has happened to some visitors.

  • Location/Jump-off: Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

11. La Union Botanical Garden

Imagine strolling on a place surrounded by different gardens. Would you feel like Alice lost in the Wonder Land? Hmmm. Check out La Union Botanical Garden, home to a stunning variety of flora species, especially ornamentals. You’ll surely feel like you’re in Baguio City when you come here because of the rustic setting. 

If you’re chasing adventure, climb your way to the summit of a mountain where another beautiful garden lies. Add to that the fascinating views of the surrounding landscapes and the seas.

There is also what they call the Children’s Park and Japanese Park, each offering unique features including various kinds of flowers, plants, and trees. Locals, especially families, love coming here to hold picnics or teambuilding activities.

  • Location/Jump-off: Cadaclan, San Fernando, La Union

12. Pindangan Ruins

Despite its distance from the Islamic strongholds during the Spanish times, La Union was a frequent site for Moro attacks. Add to that the pirate raiders who came to ransack the town’s riches. A standing proof of that is the Pindangan Ruins.

It’s a remnant of a once majestic church that has been burned and looted many times during Moro and pirate attacks. Many people, including priests, lost their lives during these onslaughts. It’s no wonder why there are apparitions of headless priests roaming around the site. These are local stories. Maybe true. Maybe not. 

So if you’re a faint-hearted person, better watch out. At a turn, you might see a headless priest following your steps. Just kidding. 

  • Location/Jump-off: San Fernando City, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: Php 120 per person

13. William the Hermit Cathedral

If you’re a Catholic, don’t miss out visiting William the Hermit Cathedral, one of the historical tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union. It also boasts of Spanish-style architecture, and it has been a witness to the rich history of the province.

Whenever I visit La Union, I come here to reconnect with myself and my Creator. There’s just that sense of peace and fulfillment when you surrender everything to Christ. Now, I am being too spiritual here. But that’s on me and billions of others as well.

If you’re non-religious, you can always come here to just glimpse of the amazing architecture or perhaps, do a soul-searching pursuit yourself. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy II (Poblacion), San Fernando City, La Union
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Tip: Don’t wear shorts or revealing clothes when you enter it, please.

14. Ruel’s Farm La Union

Want to learn the basics of farming and experience it yourself? Don’t miss visiting Ruel’s Farm, one of the recognized agri-tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union. You’ll find a variety of fruits and vegetables here.

But what makes this place more ideal for a visit is the surrounding forest. Different kinds of trees and wildlife thrive on these remaining natural ecosystems. Primary, dipterocarp species dominate, giving way for other secondary species that complement to make up a thriving forest ecosystem. 

Mind you. Don’t just go wandering in the forest. Ask for local staff to guide you as they are familiar with the trails. Keep watch on every step and take it slowly so you’ll get a better chance of seeing birds and other wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll glimpse of blooming orchids.

Hopefully, the local authorities will revitalize their efforts to protect and sustainably manage the forest resources here. Not only does it serve as an eco-tourism spot, but it also provides vital ecological services for the communities of the city and the province.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Fernando City, La Union

15. Thunderbird Resort & Casinos

Although this is among the famous tourist spots in San Fernando, La Union, I placed it at the bottom of this list since I’m focused on promoting off-beaten destinations. This attraction is usually for those with a hefty budget. 

It offers modern tourism amenities and luxuries plus an incredible view of the ocean. It has a beach nearby with powdery sands.

They also have a casino which I’m not fond of. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union

For Your Information

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