During my second week in the Philippines, my friend George and I went on a trip from Manila to Tagaytay. The first stop we went to was the picnic grove, which is just a little ways down the road from Tagaytay city proper. This is a wide open picnic area with tables, thatched roofs, and a scenic view of Taal Lake and the volcano.
The staff will also give a printed photo to keep as a souvenir.
Next up, we went to the region south of Tagaytay, in Batangas near Nasugbu features some of the nicest beaches close to Manila.
If you want to go to the beaches in Nasugbu, there is a bus that stops near the OMP Tagaytay hostel that will take you. The fare is 73 pesos each way (less than $2 USD). To find this particular beach, look up “Terrazas de Punta Fuego,” that’s the name of the glamorous resort that straddles the coastline above the beach.
Overall, it was really nice to get out of the craziness of crowded, hectic Manila. This trip to Tagaytay and the nearby beach was just the respite I needed to recharge my batteries. Tagaytay is a nice small town with a totally different feel from Metro Manila. Additionally, it’s located up in the mountains with a much more cool and pleasant climate. I definitely hope to return soon.
What else? If you want to see everything and do everything in this area, the OMP hostel in Tagaytay is a good central location to use as a base. You can ask the hostel staff for directions to any where you want to go. It is also a good staging point if you want to visit Taal volcano, which is just a short tricycle ride (and boat trip) away.