Surfers, look no further. Most travellers heading here are bound for barangay Urbiztondo in San Juan, an unassuming beach town 6km north of San Fernando that gets the country’s most consistent waves from November to March. During the season a legion of bronzed instructors offer beginners some of the world’s cheapest surf lessons (P400 per hour) on perfect learners’ waves that stroke the shore.
Barangay Montemar, 1km north of San Juan is a much quieter stretch of beach, and is isolated from barangay Urbiztondo's restaurants and services. The resorts there are happy to call you a tricycle (P50), however, and it's easy to go back and forth between the two villages.