Tagaytay

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Tagaytay is part of the island of Luzon, Philippines.

Understand[edit]

Tagaytay has a mild climate and dramatic scenery, which makes it popular with residents of Manila. Average temperatures range from 22 °C (71 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F). There are only two 'seasons', wet and dry.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Lake Taal caldera lake

[The following tips are taken from Backpacking Philippines website c/o "Tutubi")

Option 1: via SLEX Sta. Rosa Exit, the most popular and easiest, is a straight drive all the way to Tagaytay Public Market (and right smack into Tagaytay Econo Inn) where you turn right going to Tagaytay city proper and Nasugbu/Balayan/Lemery Batangas or left going to People's Park in the Sky. Usual travel time from Makati CBD is 1.5 hours.

Option 2: SLEX Greenfields Exit, an alternate route to Tagaytay that pass by Pramana, Nuvali, Eton City and Paseo de Sta. Rosa, ideal to avoid traffic buildup on Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay National Road on Saturday mornings thus making it the fastest route to Tagaytay on weekends.

Option 3: SLEX Southwoods exit then Governor's Drive in Carmona going to Dasmarinas. Turn left on Maguyam Road just before the Shell Station to your left.

Option 4: Roxas Boulevard, Baclaran, Coastal Road, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas via Aguinaldo Highway. Not recommended due to presence of heavy traffic made worse by SM Dasmarinas and Robinsons Palapala. At the end of Aguinaldo Highway is the Tagaytay Rotonda (roundabout) where a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a BPI with ATM, Days Inn, Max's Restaurant and 7-Eleven store as landmarks.

Option 5: Another route for the adventurous to Tagaytay is via Daang Hari that passes by Molino, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas and Silang. It bypasses the traffic chokepoint of Bacoor rotonda but not SM Dasma and Robinsons.

Option 6: From SLEX Toll Road 3/Sto. Tomas, Batangas via STAR Tollway in going to Lipa City, take Sambat exit and follow the national road to Talisay then go up Ligaya Drive, the zigzag road to Tagaytay (sometimes called Bitukang Manok, not for the faint of heart and newbie drivers)

Some taxi drivers charge a fixed rate or double the meter fare plus toll fees.

By bus[edit]

Information from "Tagaytay blog" [1]

Take one of the following buses from the Cubao bus terminus (in order of priority and frequency) 1) San Agustin 2) Erjohn & Almark 3) Golden dragon

The buses go to Nusugbu (final destination), but have “via Tagaytay” written on the signboard next to the driver. Frequency = one bus every about 30 minutes.

Travel time = 2 hours

Disembark at a crossroad called Olivarez square (now shown on google maps). Easily spottable due to the large KFC restaurant / Andok's / Jollybee (if you are on the right side of the bus) and “Pure Gold” and McDonalds” signs if you are on the left side of the bus. After this stop lies the Rotunda (with a statue in the center and colourful lights at night) - this forms the center of the town of Tagaytay.

Tagaytay does not have a dedicated bus terminus – buses just stop at this part of the road. Ask the bus conductor to tell you when the stop for "Tagaytay" or "Olivarez plaza" comes.

Avoid taking buses going to Batangas or Balibago. Avoid JAM transit.

From Manila Airport to Tagaytay City: the cheapest way is to ride the shuttle service from all terminals that pass by MRT-3 Taft Avenue Station and ride BLTB or Crow Transit Buses to Tagaytay. Alternatively, hire a taxi to take you directly to Tagaytay.

From Mandaluyong to Tagaytay: Ride vans (V-Hires) bound for Batangas and Tagaytay in front of Starmall at the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard (walking distance from MRT-3 Shaw Boulevard station). Fare as of posting time is PhP150.00 (this is the best option for those living in Rizal province)

From Laguna to Tagaytay: In Pagsanjan Public Market, there are vans/fx/V-Hires going to Palapala in Dasmarinas Cavite. On reaching Pala-pala transport terminal (near Robinsons Dasmarinas and SM Dasma), transfer to a bus going to Tagaytay where it's less than an hour away.

Calamba to Tagaytay: ride shuttle service at the public market beside Waltermart Calamba or at the Calamba Central Terminal. Cheaper alternative, ride a jeepney going to Balibago complex in Sta. Rosa then transfer to Tagaytay-bound jeepneys.

Balibago to Tagaytay Public Market: Regular jeepneys plying the route to/from Balibago Transport terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna to Tagaytay Public Market route.

From Alabang: ride the van/fx at the terminal at the corner of SLEX and Alabang-Zapote Road, Filinvest Festival Mall, or still another at Starmall (formerly Metropolis Mall Alabang)

From Cubao, Quezon City: ride buses going to Nasugbu, Lemery or Calatagan at Cubao Bus Terminal in front of Ali Mall.

Shuttle service (vans, FX, V-Hires) in front of EGI Mall (Jollibee) at the corner of Taft Avenue and Sen. Gil Puyat Ave (Buendia) going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery, Batangas that all pass by Tagaytay.

Shuttle service (vans, FX, V-Hires) going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery at Metropoint mall basement at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue (accessible from LRT-1 EDSA Station or MRT-3 Taft Avenue station, this is also the so-called EDSA Rotonda though there's really no rotunda there). Current fare is PhP160.00 (regardless of where you're going since it's a derecho trip...information provided by Tutubi's officemate who lives in Balayan, Batangas)

Buses to Tagaytay:

JAM Transit has trips to Tagaytay, Balayan, Batangas, Lemery. Jam Transit terminal is at Taft Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue accessible from LRT-1 Gil Puyat station.

Crow Transit (Crow bus terminal at the corner Taft Ave & EDSA right below MRT-3 Taft Avenue station and walking distance from LRT-1 EDSA station, same terminal as Erjohn & Almark and Genesis behind Sogo Hotel and MacDonalds) has buses to Nasugbu/Calatagan/Balayan in regular schedules.

Kirby Bus to Tagaytay from Lawton

San Agustin bus with signboard "Mendez-Tagaytay" from Harrison Plaza on Vito Cruz (Pablo Ocampo) or Baclaran via Coastal Road, Aguinaldo Highway to the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas and Silang before reaching Tagaytay. (note this is a slow route due to lots of chokepoints in Cavite)

Celyrosa Bus Lines, in Pasay City (note this is a slow route due to lots of checkpoints in Cavite)

Just put in mind that traveling via Coastal Road and Aguinaldo/Tirona highways requires a lot of patience since grave traffic problems takes place along this roads which can waste your time for 1 to 4 hours.

By boat[edit]

Get around[edit]

Jeepney[edit]

Jeepneys are common. Fares are usually around 20-50 pesos, sometimes a little more depending on the distance.

Walking[edit]

At the Tagaytay visitor's center and near the zip line is quite easy to walk and explore.

See[edit]

Mabini Shrine The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the late revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan," Apolinario Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who, despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the Filipinos and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his writings. He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities in revolutionary papers. His writings and memorabilia are kept here. His tomb lies at the middle of the site where a replica of the house where he was born also stands. Location : Barrio Talaga, Tanauan How to get there : Located about seven kilometers from the town proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area, one can turn to A. Mabini avenue leading to Barangay Talaga. The Shrine is open daily from 8PM to 5PM, except during holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Travel Time : Approximately 15 minutes from the town proper.

Casa de Segunda Katigbak The ancestral home of prominent Batangas family, the Casa is a typical "Bahay na Bato" (stone house). It is Spanish Colonial in style, yet tropical in ambiance. It was named after Segunda Katigbak, reputed to be the first love of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippines' national hero. Casa segunda is declared by the National Historical Commission as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists, poets and persons of learning and distinction. Location : 198 Calle Rizal, Lipa City

Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library The personal property of the family of the late President Jose P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical site and public library. The library is open everyday from 8AM to 5PM Location : A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan How to get there : The place is in the town proper and can be reached by land. Upon reaching the town, turn to A. Mabini Road. The library is about 100 meters from the national road, jeepneys and tricycles service the area. Travel time : About 5 to 10 minutes' drive from the town proper depending on traffic. The library is located near the St. John Evangelist Parish, a gymnasium, Lo Consolacion College and some other schools, so traffic would be tight during the rush hours.

Marcela N. Agoncillo Historical Landmark (National Landmark) The birthplace of Marcela N. Agoncillo who was known as the maker of the first official Filipino Flag during the Philippine revolution against the Spanish authorities. The different flags of the revolution are also prominently displayed at the site. Location : Marcela Agoncillo St., Taal How to get there : One can take a bus or rented car from Manila to the town of Taal. Once at the town proper, one may take a tricycle to reach the place. Travel time : About 1 1/2 hours by car from Manila.

Punta de Santiago Lighthouse Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that remain functional up to this date. Since its construction, no ship has ever ran aground within its vicinity. Location : Calatagan How to get there : The lighthouse can be reached by taking a jeepney from the town proper of Calatagan. Travel time : 40 minutes through semi-rough road.

Palace In The Sky Originally designed to be the presidential guest house of former president Ferdinand Marcos, this complex was never completed. It is, however, now open to the public as a vantage area for viewing the Taal Volcano. Location : Tagaytay City. How to get there : The place is a short drive from the Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City. Travel time : 15 minutes' drive from Aguinaldo Highway.

The Flower Farm On a windy slope of a hill in Tagaytay City sprawls a flower farm that keeps Manila abloom whole year round. The five-hectare flower farm has many varieties of flowers, such as chrysanthemums with assorted colors, gerberas, carnations, roses, and anthuriums. Location : Barangay Guinhawa, Tagaytay City. How to get there : From Tagaytay City, the farm is a brief 10-minute drive from the Aguinaldo Highway.

St. Anne's Shrine The shrine is a small garden where a grotto of the Virgin Mary stands, surrounded by well maintained shrubbery and flower garden. In front of the grotto is a small grass clearing, which is conducive to quiet reflection. Location : Barangay Sungay, Tagaytay City How to get there : From Manila, take BLTB buses that pass by Barangay Silang Crossing to the Tagaytay Marker. At Tagaytay Marker, alight to take a utility jeep leading to Barangay Sungay where the gate of the Shrine can be spotted from the road. Travel time : About 2 hours' drive from Manila.

  • The Taal volcano is an active volcano with a large crater lake with a small cone rising in the middle. Tagatay is built on the rim of the larger crater.

There is a park at the overlook area above the Taal volcano. Worth the effort! About an hour from Manila, it is accessible by taxi, bus or privately owned vehicle. You can take a Jeepney to the Olivarez, then take a tricycle to the lake and hire a boat. It's also possible to negotiate with the tricycle driver "full package" including tricycle, boat, and horse on the volcano - everything depends on your negotiation skills.

The park is well kept and there are numerous picnic seats, tables or covered huts for daily hire.

Do[edit]

Taal Volanco[edit]

You can take a 15 min outrigger boat ride to the volcano that is within the lake. As you head from Tagaytay city toward the lake, many touts may jump in front of your vehicle offering boat rides - they take a commission. If you know where to go, however, you can catch a boat directly from the boat owners.

Once on the island, the boat guides will heard you to a point where you can go horseback riding to the volcano. It takes about 30-45 minutes and is quite bumpy. The guides with the horses take you to the top which is very spectacular and you can explore the top for as long as you want.

Another option is hiking which will take 50 to 90 minutes, though the hills and terrain may put some people off.

When up at the volcano, watch out for guides trying to show groups of tourists heating tricks. These consist of getting a can of soft drink or water, cutting the can or bottle in half and watching the ground heat boil the water or liquid which is pretty cool to see, and you can boil an egg if you bring one with you!

Buy[edit]

Small shops line the roadway as you come into the area, the vegetables and fruits are fresh and good quality.

The area is also famous for its Buko Pie.

There is also the Good Shepherd Convent (like the one in Baguio) and you can get your favorite Ube jam, pili, etc. In addition to that you can also get their buko pie for which Laguna/Cavite is known.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mushroomburger in Aguinaldo Highway.

Josephine's Restaurant has a scenic view at the back. They also cater events like Weddings, Birthdays, etc. The ambiance is good especially for lovers and families too. A very cool place specially starting the Ber Month, from September.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Antonio'sFrom Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway. Exit at Santa Rosa. Follow the long road until you reach Tagaytay. At the rotonda, turn right. Take the road that will lead you to the Taal Vista Lodge. Antonio's is farther up the road. Turn right when you see the Antonio's sign. Follow the signs leading to Antonio's. At the intersection, take the road with the arch (Bo. Neogan, Purok 7). After a few hundred meters, turn left to find Antonio's. +63-917-899-2866. Antonio's is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. Lunch is served from 11:30AM to 1:30PM while dinner is from 5:30-7:30PM.. $20-$40 per person.

Drink[edit]

Coffee - Coffee shops are abundant in the city proper, some of the noted ones are Starbucks Coffee and Bag of Beans.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Amora’s HomeKaykulot Rd. Sungay East (Near Tagaytay Picnic Grove exit),  (+63) 046 860 0221. Modern well maintained facilities, air-conditioned rooms with cable TV Rates start at 1,500.
  • Fat Bill’s Bed and BreakfastBarangay Sungay East, Tagaytay City, Philippines 046 695 6349. Double and Family Rooms with TV and DVD player, and their bathroom has a hot and cold shower.
  • Keni Po. Rooms is in the heart of Tagaytay. Fri-Sun=php1500 php1200.
  • Mi-jo Hotel Tagaytay. Provides all the comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel. Filipino and American dishes are served in the Restaurant and for guests preferring a less formal start to the day, a breakfast selection can be served in the room. Prices starts at approximately $40..
  • Starflower Tourist LodgeKm 62 Barangay Mendez West, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Philippines +63 (02) 8684579. Check-in: 9/12, check-out: 9/13. Starflower Tourist Lodge in Tagaytay provides you with expansive views of Taal Volcano and Lake, and surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery. It is an affordable retreat for any traveler. The lodge's low-priced accommodations are a place where you can put your feet up and enjoy the mountain breeze coming in from the balcony. Room rates starts at Php 1800. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1800.
  • Tagaytay Econo Inn 046 413-4284. Tagaytay Econo Inn (TEI) is your gateway to the beautiful City of Tagaytay. With unbelievably warm hospitality, inviting interiors and a magnificent view, TEI offers 17 comfortable and quality rooms, fully serviced and furnished to international standards. Tourism Ave. Hollywood Subd., Brgy. Francisco, Tagaytay City, Philippines. Rates start at PHP 2,000.
  • Gloria De Castros Store.Leynes Talisay. 773-0138. Single/Double Fan room with own bathroom =php800. has a Restaurant. php800..

Mid-range[edit]

  • Alfonso Hotel#4 Washington Ave., Royale Tagaytay Estates, Alfonso, Cavite (046)413-0770 / (046)413-4077. Each accommodation is air-conditioned and has cable TV and a private toilet and shower. Rates start at PHP 2,575.
  • Days Hotel Tagaytay (Days Hotel Tagaytay), Aguinaldo Hwy (Located about 60 km, Southwest Manila, and is 75 kilometers away from the nearest airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.),  +63-46-4132400. Resorts sit on a ridge 2500 ft above sea level and overlooks Taal Volcano.
  • Hotel DominiqueKm. 55 Aguinaldo Hi-way, Brgy. Maitim II East (02) 5298173. Hotel Dominique is located along Aguinaldo Hi-way, a few meters away from the Tagaytay Rotonda. All of their rooms are fully air-conditioned, have a cable tv, telephone with NDD/IDD, and refrigerator. For suites, a bath tub is available. Some of their facilities include swimming pool, spa, game room, bar and restaurant, and a souvenir shop. Best rates on official website start at Php 4,000.00++.
  • Emiramona Garden Hotel (near Pink Sisters Convent and Angels Hills),  (046) 4134661. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12:00 noon. Emiramona Garden Hotel is located along Aguinaldo Highway. They have 48 rooms and 2 villas, each has a cable television, DVD Player, night table with lampshade, wardrobe closet with a full-length mirror, refrigerator, safety deposit box, and a balcony.It offers a wide range of amenities/ facilities. Among them is the only glass-enclosed indoor pool in Tagaytay, also an indoor jacuzzi with its gardens and waterfall as a background. Best rates on official website start at Php 3,000.00++.
  • Fernandina Tagaytay Villa#2 Hollywood Subdivision, Brgy. Tolentino East 438-6686. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, tv with cable channels, dvd player, breakfast, hot and cold shower with hygiene kit. Some of its facilities and services are mini-gym, mini-garden, kitchen facilities and housekeeping service. Rates start at 1750.00 PHP.
  • Golden Jade Hotel and RestaurantCalamba Road, Brgy. San Jose (046) 413-0055. This hotel and restaurant offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, television, private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are bar, restaurant, fitness room/gym, parking and Wi-Fi. 3,000.00 PHP.
  • MC Mountain Home ApartelleKm. 68.9 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway (Aguinaldo Highway), Buck Estate, Alfonso +63 464132232. MC Mountain Hotel is in Buck Estate, along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway (Aguinaldo Highway) in Cavite Province. Each room at MC Mountain Apartelle has air-conditioning, a television, deck/ balcony, and private toilet and bath with shower. Rates are inclusive of daily breakfast. Rates start at PHP 2500.
  • One Tagaytay Place HotelBarrio Sungay +(63 922) 834 8874fax: +(63 2) 818 8319. 120 air-conditioned rooms with LCD TV & DVD player, Wi-Fi, minibar, microwave ovens and free morning newspaper. PHP 3,200.00.
  • Tagaytay Wingate Manor (info@wingatemanor.ph), Magallanes Drive, Maitim II West (0917)5688861. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12PM. It offers 24 rooms, all of which have an air-conditioner, cable LCD television, and a mini-bar. Some of its amenities are 24/7 staffed reception area, swimming pool, and ample free parking. While staying here you can do some leisure activities like picnics, horseback riding, camping, golfing, and zip lining. Best rates on official website start at PHP 2,500.00.

Splurge[edit]

  • 8 Suites By Fat Jimmy’s (046) 697-70-48. 8 Suites By Fat Jimmy’s offers an exquisite organic modern architecture setting that provides a welcoming atmosphere. It provides eight uniquely designed chocolate themed rooms, spacious lobby, dining area, seminar rooms, infinity spa and a sprawling garden overlooking the Taal Lake. It is a perfect hideaway where you enjoy comfort, nature and privacy. Lot 7, Ridge View Subdivision, Barangay Iruhin, Tagaytay City, Philippines. Rates start at PHP 4,000.
  • Lee Boutique Hotel +63 (46) 483 0379. It offers rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, Private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are Oui Drink Tea Eat Rice Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi Internet access ,Massage service on request. Rates start at PHP 4,296.25.
  • Summit Ridge HotelKm 58 Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City (632) 240 6888, e-mail: . Experience the best view of Taal Volcano and go cloud-watching at the coldest spot in Tagaytay City. Summit Ridge Hotel and Promenade features within it several shopping, dining, and recreational facilities. Summit Ridge is also an ideal venue for meetings and banquets with its best-in-class rooms and amenities.
  • Taal Vista HotelKm 60 Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay City Philippines (632)8864325. The preferred hotel in the area considering its proximity to Manila, the CALABARZON and to the historical and cultural spots in the area. Picturesque sights, clean, cool mountain air and gracious amenities blend to sustain the enchantment of Taal as relished from the site of Taal Vista Hotel. $100-$360.
  • The Theodore HotelKm. 54, Silang Crossing East Aguinaldo (046) 483-0350. It offers accommodation rooms namely The Cherry Blossom, The Neo Baroque, The Skyline, The Moorish, The Farm, The Whimsical Garden, The Modern Filipino, The Geometric Room, and The Theodore. It has a lounge area, which is an exclusive recreational and dining area for checked-in guests. It consists of the patio where Chess and other board games are available for guest use. It also has a garden that has a splendid view of the Taal Lake. Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,000.00.

Stay Safe[edit]

Tagaytay is a safe place to visit, and the locals are very nice, just beware of the usual things in Tagaytay such as scammers and pickpockets; in short exercise the usual level of common sense when travelling.

Beware of the obvious scams and ensure that if you are visiting Taal volcano or any other attractions with guides that they have the proper identification usually administered by the Philippine Tourist Board.

As with all tourist destinations, they like to "plus plus" everything, that is add the taxes and the tourist fee on later, so make sure that you ask for the complete price inclusive of tourist fee. It is recommended that if you visit Taal Volcano and you go horseback riding, that you demand to pay your guide a tip and forego paying 500 pesos as a tour guide fee at the ticket office as this ensures that your working guide actually gets paid as they get undercut from the ticket office; a tip of 200 pesos usually suffices.

Connect[edit]

Police, Medical and Fire: 117/112/911. 117 may also be texted from cellphones. Tourist hotline: (+63)2-5241728;5241660 Immigration hotline: 527 Directory assistance: 187 (fee applies)

Mobile Phone reception is good in the area.

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