Only an hour away from Manila is the province of Cavite, which enjoys the perks of being a peaceful area and having access to Manila’s commercial and business centers. Located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in Luzon Island, Cavite has numerous historical landmarks, beaches, hills, and mountains that await you.
Cavite is one of the most industrialized and fastest growing provinces in the country. But aside from being home to top industrial and commercial companies, Cavite is widely known as the cradle of the Philippine revolution and the Historical Capital of the Philippines.
Travel back in time and explore famous landmarks like the Aguinaldo Shrine, Andres Bonifacio’s House, and Corregidor Island. Cavite is also famous for the cool climate and beautiful views of one of its cities, Tagaytay City.
If you’re coming from a different country or a province from Visayas and Mindanao, the easiest transportation method would be to fly. There are no direct flights to Cavite but you can book a flight to Manila, which is only an hour or two away from the province.
Prefer something cheaper? Going to Manila by boat is also another option if you’re coming from provinces down south. Choose from ferries like 2go, Sulpicio Lines, or Negros Navigation and check out their schedule. Once you arrive in Manila, ride a taxi, a van, or a bus going to Cavite.
Once you’re in Manila, you can easily ride a taxi, a bus, or a van going to Cavite. A taxi will be a bit more expensive so if you want something cheaper, go for the buses or vans instead. There are several van terminals in places like Makati, Pasay, and Alabang that have routes going to Cavite. If you want to ride a bus, you can either wait for one passing along EDSA or go to the South West Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal in Coastal Mall.
There are many modes of transportation in Cavite that you can access but mostly you’ll be using jeepneys, buses, and tricycles. Because of the large area covered by the province, getting from one town to another usually involves riding a bus or a jeepney. Tricycles are color coded depending on the town or barangay they operate in.
A lot of the tourist attractions in Cavite are historical sites because of the province’s huge part in the Philippine revolution. If you want to learn about our heroes and the events that took place here, it would be best to visit places like Corregidor Island, Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, Andres Bonifacio’s House, Imus Historical Museum, Belfry of Recoletos Church, Cavite City Hall, Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine, and Imus Cathedral.
Many don’t know that there are also many beaches in Cavite’s Naic, Tanza, and Ternate areas. Some great beach resorts to check out include Boracay de Cavite Beach Resort, Caylabne Bay Resort, Marine Base Ternate Beach, and Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club.
A top tourist attraction in Cavite is Tagaytay City. Known for its stunning views of Taal Lake and cool climate, many people visit the area as an easy staycation destination or to enjoy a quick cool down from the heat of Metro Manila.
Why not try something challenging and hike up to Mt. Pico de Loro in Maragondon, Cavite? For the adventurers out there, try and brave the climb up Pico de Loro’s monolith.
If you’re more into relaxation and wellness, maybe a trip to the spa would be better. Some great spas that you must try out include The Bathhouse at Qiwellness Living, Sonya’s Garden Spa, and Nurture Wellness Village. Some of these spas even have their own restaurants, which are must tries as well.
Go for a picnic with your family at Tagaytay’s picnic grove or feel like a kid again with rides at the Tagaytay Sky Ranch.
If Tagaytay’s cold weather gets to you, warm up with tasty Bulalo meals in different Bulalo restaurants along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. If you wanna pig out, check out some of Tagaytay’s best restaurants while you’re there. Bag of Beans Cafe and Restaurant is always a great place for a meal and some good coffee. Also, the restaurant’s ambiance is always spot on.
For fine dining options, you can try out Antonio’s Garden or Sonya’s Secret Garden. Other unique food stops you might like are Dreamland Arts and Crafts Cafe, Cafe Voi La, The Red Bus Mobile Diner, The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms, Don Limone Grill, and Buffy’s.
If you want to relax, grab a bite, and get some coffee after a long day of touring historical sites, Cavite City also offers must try coffee shops like Cafe Antix and Cafe San Antonio.
Unlike its neighbor Metro Manila, Cavite has fewer options when it comes to bars, pubs, and lounges. But if you look hard enough, you will find that there are actually quite a few hidden gems. Some pubs and bars that you might want to try out in Tagaytay are the British Bulldog Pizza Pub and Sports Bar, Ano? Bar and Grill, and Hellenic Bar and Restaurant.
If you want to stay near the Cavite City, General Trias, Tanza, or Kawit area of Cavite, some hotels that you could look at are The Bayleaf Cavite, Tanza Oasis Hotel and Resort, Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Eagle Ridge or Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park.
If you would prefer staying in the Tagaytay area, check out hotels like Taal Vista Hotel, Summit Ridge Tagaytay, Discovery Country Suites, The Lake Hotel Tagaytay, Hotel Montecillo, and Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay.