A little over a week ago the effects of a strong tropical depression heading for the coast of China manifested in my area as unusually large waves. Well, just up the beach from me about a quarter of a mile is the designated surfing area in La Union. For some reason there are not many surfing areas in the entire Philippines. Perhaps a surfer would know what characteristics create a surf suitable for riding and just several hundred feet away there are no rides available. This is a lovely area. It has been developed somewhat, just private housing, but there area still some areas where the jungle type vegetation goes from the highway to almost the high tide line. The property just adjacent to the one where I shot the photos was being offered at about $100 for a square meter. In my book that is CHEAP for beach side property. In the U.S. an area like this one would be overdeveloped with expensive condos, or tourist type facilities. But, the economy here just would not support a high paying clientele. So, these juicy properties just go to those looking for a nice area to build a home. In the immediate area there are several surfing oriented businesses, one mini resort and another by-the-day surfing establishment, with equipment rentals and instructors but they don’t seem to be doing a fantastic business.
Here are some photos.
Ed Note: I’ll post this in two parts in deference to dial-up users.