Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sunset Bay Beach Resort, La Union -- Caught between the Tarmac and the Sea

Just as we do on the first leg of our Northern Road Trip,  we break the journey to give rest 
to my (by now) road weary husband. The 630 kilometers from Pagudpud to United Paranaque 2
is a bit much for one stretch.  Previous years saw us stopping and staying the night 
inVigan, Ilocos Sur.   However, Jay said that since it was a scant 2.5 hour drive from Pagudpud, 
it was too soon and  too near for a rest stop.  We also used to drive up to Baguio taking 
Naguilian Road or Marcos Highway but this time, we wanted to try a La Union stop over. 
San Fernando, L.U. is exactly the midway point between Pagudpud and home.

And so, I found Sunset Bay Beach Resort on the web.  It is located between San Fernando and Bauang, La Union and  we had to ask for directions as it's pretty well off the main highway.
Where it is, is right in between the runway of the San Fernando airport  and a stretch of sandy seashore.
Thankfully, the airport is not used as much so there wasn't any
noise from airplanes landing and taking off that day.
A long way across from the resort, you can see the headlands of Poro Point, where
the old US base has been converted to the
Thunderbird Resort and Casino.
Sunset Bay resort is owned by a foreigner (as most
resorts in La Union are) and has bungalow rooms around the resort
set amidst a charming, nicely laid out garden.

Pricier accommodations are on the second floor of an apartment style building with balconies that overlook the small pool.  There is a separate open air cafe where you can  eat al fresco, under the trees and overlooking the sea.

The rooms though have seen better days but at least, the air-conditioning
worked well and there was cable t.v.  And the view of sea and sand was worth looking at.
And after all, we were only staying for that one night.

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