Here’s a quick guide on how to get to Burot beach.
The easiest to reach (not so crowded) beach from Manila. If you want to just relax by the beach on a boring weekend, I recommend you bring your backpack and tent with you to this little haven found in Calatagan, Batangas. Thinking about your budget? Worry no more! Here, no hotel accommodation to pay for. No need to book in advance of your plane ticket and if you happen to visit this place on a weekday, you might get the chance to have the whole place solo. I did the last time I visited the place. I got lucky! Just a few hours from Manila by bus and you get yourself in front of a white sand beach, calm water and can witness the beautiful sunset. Let me give you an idea of how much budget do you need to get there.
From Pasay, look for BSC bus station near McDonald’s Taft in front of Metroplitan Mall, MRT Taft station.
Ride a bus going to Calatagan. The fare is about Php290 for an air-conditioned bus. Alight the bus when you reached their Calatagan terminal. Don’t worry, you won’t get lost because that’s their last stop.
Ride a tricycle going to the beach. The drivers are familiar with this beach. Haggle with the price as some drivers would charge you about Php200-Php250. Most of the drivers will only charge Php120-Php150. The first time I went there, in a group of 6, we rented two tricycles we were charged Php60 per head. Do the math.
When you get to the guard house, just ask permission from the guard and inform them that you want to swim. They will then ask you if you want to stay for overnight. There is an entrance fee of Php120. I believe that the beach is owned and I heard that they are going to develop the place. So while it is still unspoiled, pack your bags and head over to Calatagan. Let me know and share with us of your experience once you get back from there.
One way fares*
*Bus fare – Php 290
*Tricycle- Php 150
Overnight fee- Php 120 (optional)
THINGS TO DO
You can do snorkeling, swimming, island hopping and enjoy the sunset, the sand and the view. Please beware of the sea urchins. There is a lot.
Again, no accommodation in this beach so bring your own tent. Also bring a flashlight or lamp as there’s no electricity in the area. Also bring your food and water. There is a store in the beach but expect a much higher price. i don’t think they serve food either. I recommend that you buy your food once you get off the bus in Calatagan. You may ask the tricycle driver to drive you off to the market. Don’t forget your sunblock and most of all your mosquito repellant.
It is also advisable that you get the mobile number of the tricycle driver or ask them to fetch you on the following day.
Warning for girls, their comfort rooms aren’t as good as the ones in a hotel. They have about 3 to 4 comfort rooms already. Running water for taking a bath is available for free.
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