Batangas, Philippines · 4 hotels available
Sit back and relax as you enjoy the pristine white sand beaches of Calatagan, Batangas. This is a great travel destination for beach lovers who constantly need some vitamin sea to unwind and take in some refreshing sceneries away from the concrete jungle.
Calatagan enjoys a prime location in Batangas and a few hours’ drive from Metro Manila, making it a top destination travel on almost any day of the week. The area is home to numerous near white sand beaches and is perfect for those who love going to the beach and soak in some sun. Whether you’re a family planning some quality time together, newlyweds on a romantic holiday, or a group of friends seeking adventure and nonstop water activities, Calatagan is the place for you.
There are many options on how to get to Calatagan. If you are commuting, you can take a bus in Edsa Taft Pasay, Lawton in Manila, and Ali Mall bus terminal in Cubao or in Alabang. Once in Calatagan, ride a tricycle to take you to one of the beach resorts in the area. Travel time is approximately three to four hours and the fare is around P180 to P200.
If you have your own car, there are two entry points depending on your location: you can take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) or the Aguinaldo-Tagaytay Highway. If you opt to take the road via SLEX, make sure to exit at Sta. Rosa then turn right to Silang- Tagaytay then turn right again towards the rotunda. Follow the directions going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Through the Aguinaldo-Tagaytay Highway, go straight ahead until you reach Tagaytay Rotonda then turn right.
Just like any other provinces in the Philippines, the commonly used transportation in Calatagan is the tricycle. Tricycles are powered by a motorcycle and can comfortably accommodate up to four passengers. You can rent a tricycle for easy navigation since the local drivers know where the best beach resorts around the area are.
When you search for a quick getaway in Calatagan on a budget, Burot Beach is the top pick. This hidden gem in Batangas is adorned with white sand and clean water that is home to a lot of sea creatures. Here you get to disconnect from the city’s hustle and bustle as well as technology since it is still underdeveloped and there is no electricity yet. It is ideal for those who’re up for an adventure since camping is the only accommodation available.
Aside from the many pristine beaches that Calatagan has to offer, another must-visit attraction is the century old Cape Santiago Lighthouse. This is also known as Punta de Santiago or simply Calatagan Lighthouse. Built in 1980, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines that still continues to function. It is located on top of a cliff giving you a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape – the beaches, coastline of Calatagan, mountains and hills and the South China Sea.
If you want to know more about Calatagan, visit the Museo de Enrique Zobel and learn about the life and legacy of Don Enrique Zobel as well as the history of Calatagan. The Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday and entrance fee is free.
Bring your own tents, flashlight, water and food and go camping in Burot Beach. If you do not own a tent, you may rent one for P400. There is also an entrance fee of P65 for day trip and P130 for an overnight stay.
Since Calatagan is famous for its pristine beaches, activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, island hopping, kayaking, speedboat and banana boat ride should be on your bucket list. If you are more of a nature lover and want to learn more about mangroves, visit Calatagan Mangrove Forest Conservation Forest Park and do some mangrove planting, mangrove tour, bird watching and kite flying.
Meanwhile, you can also go cable wakeboarding at Lago de Oro to experience action and thrill. A newbie to wakeboarding but still want to try it? No need to worry as Lago de Oro offers Little Bro Easy Start System for P280 for 1 hour and 1,250 for the whole day.
Batangas, in general, offers a long list of delicacies and comfort foods. First in the list is bulalo or bone marrow soup. There’s also the thick, gooey Batangas lomi or noodle soup, which you can find in just about any restaurant in the province. Another must-try dish is goto, which is a thin soup with beef tripe and innards. However, there are very few commercial establishments in Calatagan except for the resort restaurants. But you can opt to try the Mama Mia Pizzeria, wherein they serve brick-oven pizzas.
There are a few bars in the area, but most of these are affiliated with hotels and resorts. While this can be a setback for some, the absence of evening entertainment in Calatagan is an assurance that visitors can look forward to quiet, restful nights by the sea.
A stay in Stilts Calatagan is highly recommended if you want the ultimate comfort. Stilts is a 24 hectares of hills and white sand beaches where you can enjoy and appreciate life’s simple pleasure – beautiful beaches, comfortable cottages, flower-filled gardens and lush green trees. They also have floating cottages like Miniloc Island’s El Nido Resort. Stilts also offer various water activities that the whole family will surely enjoy.
Another top accommodation in Calatagan is Lago de Oro, a pioneer in cable wakeboarding in the country. Room rates starts at P4,000 where it includes accommodation, breakfast for two, unlimited wakeboarding, welcome drinks, free wifi and free use of facilities. You may want to check also Cortijo del Charro, also known as the playground of the rich and famous. This place features Moorish, Mexican, and Mediterranean design influences that will give you laid-back atmosphere with a sophisticated edge.
Other beach resorts wherein you can stay in a budget includes Banak House Calatagan, Ronco Beach, Villa Agustina and Playa Calatagan.
Always bring sun screen lotion with you and reapply to prevent sunburn.
If you’re going camping, make sure to bring your own water, food, flashlight, toiletries and mosquito repellent.
Bring proper swimwear attire (e.g. swimsuit, rashguard, cycling shorts or swim shorts).
Do not leave your trash anywhere or throw your garbage in the trashcan to help preserve nature.
Avoid loud music as Calatagan is a very quiet municipality due to its few commercial establishment and population.