Puerto de San Juan, La Union

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - BY DEBB BAUTISTA

ONE of the Girl Scouts of the Philip­pines (GSP) Baguio Coun­cil BOD meet­ing was held at PUERTO DE SAN JUAN (La Union) Beach Re­sorts. A stay at the re­sort can be what­ever you imag­ine it to be – to­tally re­laxed or filled with the most ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

There are two swim­ming pools, bar and grill, sou­venir shop, cot­tages, gar­den, and a great view of the beach. It’s all your choice if you want to make a splash on the seashore or take a dip in the pool, play beach vol­ley­ball dur­ing day­time and bil­liards in the evening, en­joy tour­ing around the spa­cious grounds, or feast at the Bar & Grill Res­tau­rant for sat­is­fy­ing meals and snacks.

Although our group did not stay overnight, we were given VIP treat­ment to use the fa­cil­i­ties and a free room for chang­ing into more com­fort­able out­fits. How­ever, there are two down­sides of the re­sort: there is a beach­front but it is not swimmable and far from the surf­ing gizmo. We learned that man­age­ment can call out for an in­struc­tor for those look­ing for­ward to surf­ing. Your teacher will then lead you to the area lo­cated at Ur­biz­tondo which is min­utes away from PSJ.

Surf­ing is P400 per head per hour, in­clu­sive of board and trainer. Also, it is not a good place for food trip­ping due to lim­ited choice of restau­rants. From the ho­tel, you have to ride ei­ther a tri­cy­cle, jeep or your per­sonal ve­hi­cle to dine out. But over­all, we had a great time with the quiet and sim­ple but en­joy­able and pleas­ant at­mos­phere. Puerto de San Juan is com­mended for fam­ily out­ings and barkada get­aways.

Af­ter our meet­ing, we drove to ARUBAYAN NI YSABELLE where we had an all-you-can-eat buf­fet of au­then­tic Ilo­cano Filipino dishes. The lo­ca­tion is 300-m away from the Diver­sion Road go­ing to Barangay Mameltac, City of San Fer­nando, La Union. It was ef­fi­cient for ev­ery­one to freely get their food on the ta­ble when­ever they like with­out call­ing for a server or or­der­ing ad­di­tional dishes. To our sur­prise, the all-you-can-eat rate was just P150 pe­sos per head and the food they served was grat­i­fy­ing. In ad­di­tion, the lo­ca­tion is re­lax­ing as it is sur­rounded with trees and plants which pro­vided a calm and rest­ful feel­ing.

I would rec­om­mend to friends and fam­ily to visit this place and ex­pe­ri­ence the pic­nic-like-buf­fet.

One of the swim­ming pools was be­ing cleaned.

Mul­ti­ple rooms are lo­cated near the seashore.

There is a wide golden-sands stretch by the sea­coast.

There is a con­ve­nient store at Ysabelle res­tau­rant.

A pic­nic-style lunch at Arubayan ni Ysabelle was re­lax­ing.

Ampy and Pan­sie se­lect food stuff at the ‘eat all you can’ fore at Ysabelle res­tau­rant.

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