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Introduction

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

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Perched on a plateau, Tagaytay is one of the Philippines' colder places, located about an hour drive south of Manila. The city enjoys a view of one of the most scenic places in the country: Taal, an active volcano situated in the middle of a lake.

With tropical heat that can reach to 38 °C plus humidity, Tagaytay provides a cooler weather and serves as the nearest rest and relaxation destination for Manilans or Manileños as they are known locally. The city also prides itself on its bountiful fruit and flower produce, which blooms and flourishes due to its cool weather.

And with the cities beautiful scenery, cool temperature and low pollution, it has become a common destination for picnics, conferences, retreats, and honeymoons.

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Sights and Activities

  • Taal Volcano. One of the most active volcanoes in the country but with its very scenic view for having a unique geography, it was known as a 'lake within a volcano within a lake within an island.'
  • Tagaytay Picnic Grove. A famous spot in Tagaytay for picnics with a good view of the Taal Lake and Volcano.
  • Trip to Taal's Crater Lake. Along the main street of Tagaytay, a number of boat men offer services to ferry tourists to Taal Volcano. On the volcano itself horse rides are availble to bring tourists to the crater lake itself. The crater lake with its sulfuric water is famous for cleansing skin impurities.
  • Spa treatments. Due to Tagaytay's image for a go-to place for relaxation, numerous spa establishments are available within the city. These spa facilities are usually in a garden setup and serve organic produce. A famous Spa facility is Sonya's Garden.
  • Golfing. A number of golf clubs abound the city and most offer views of the lake. A noteable golf club in the city is Tagaytay Highlands. It also has a funicular and a cable car within.

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Weather

Tagaytay enjoy an average temperature of 22 °C which makes it an ideal spot for people of Manila to escape the tropical heat specially during summer.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airport to Tagaytay is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and the Manila Domestic Airport in Manila which is about 1.5 hours north of the city.

By Car

The quickest means to get to Tagaytay is by car. From Manila, one has to take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) going south to Laguna. Take the Santa Rosa Exit. Then take a right after the toll plaza and head straight to Tagaytay City. This route is a scenic route where various farms may be passed including a pineapple farm. At the top of the road, take a right turn to get to the city proper, the casinos, and other commercial establishments offering the view of Taal.

By Bus

From Pasay City, a city within Metro Manila adjacent to Manila, there are buses that may be taken to bring one to Tagaytay City. Buses that has destinations like Nasugbu would pass by the city. Crown Bus is one bus line that can take one to Tagaytay.

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Getting Around

By Car

Bringing a car or renting one is the best way to get around the city. Basically most points of interest in the city is connected in a single main road but some establishments especially those that offer spa treatments, massages, and garden fresh dishes are off the main road and not traversed by jeepneys.

By Public Transport

Jeepneys may be used to take passengers around the city. A jeepney ride will cost only P7.50 per person. Tricycles may also be used to take passengers into the side streets not reached by jeepneys.

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Eat

  • Bulalo - A famous dish served in a number of restaurants in the city. The soup dish bulalo is simply boiled bone-in beef shank served with a variety of vegetables. Bulalo is basically the bone marrow of the beef shank.

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Drink

  • Coffee - With Tagaytay's proximity to the province of Batangas which is famous for coffee beans, coffee bean shops may be found around the city. Some famous coffee beans are the Barako, a very strong coffee from Batangas, and the Alamid Coffee, made from civet droppings.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
MC Mountain Home Apartelle Tagaytaykm 68.9 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway Buck Estate, Alfonso, CaviteHotel69
Hotel Kimberly TagaytayBrgy. Kaybagal Amadeo RoadHotel-

Mid-Range

  • Days Inn. Located along the main road of Tagaytay (Aguinaldo Highway) offering a direct view of the lake.

Upscale

  • Taal Vista Hotel. Also located on Aguinaldo Highway offering a view of the lake.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).

Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.

Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.

Post

The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 10.80191
  • Longitude: 123.999496

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