Weekends well spent are weekends spent without worry, stress, and noise brought by our jobs during the weekdays and the busyness of the jungle that we call Manila. Being just a few hours away from the Metro, Tagaytay has become a famous go-to to unwind and relax. And why not? It is the nearest place where we get to experience a ‘Baguio’ kind of mild climate.
We went with two kids in tow a few weeks back so we tried to keep the itinerary child-friendly. Read on to learn how we spent our weekend in Tagaytay.
Things to do
For a limited time, the entrance tickets to Skyranch are selling at P80 ($2) per adult from the regular rate of P100. However, the rides inside the park are paid individually if you wish to try it.
If going with kids then it is okay to visit the farm. The place is huge and the areas are divided into three sections: the Farm Animals, Flower Garden and Vegetable Farm. There were not a lot of animals to see here and you are on your own when you visit. I would have appreciated it much better if there were somebody to accompany us as a tour guide when we went around.
The Cafe doubles as the main reception area where guests have to pay P149 ($3) for the entrance fee. This gives you access to the farm for the whole day. We went there under not so favorable weather conditions but have nonetheless enjoyed the place.
Caleruega Church in Nasugbu
Drop by to say a short prayer at Caleruega church in Nasugbu. You won’t regret this because the old church, a famous favorite for weddings is gorgeous and the whole place is amazing. Their regular Sunday mass schedule is at 11 in the morning.
Where to eat?
Bag of Beans
If you drive the long stretch of the main road you will see that there are several Bag of Beans branches in the area. Finding a table won’t be that difficult for a small or big group. In our case, we tried that one that was nearest Tagaytay Rotunda and found a table outdoor. It was early morning and was raining so we were ushered to a covered table outside.
Meal prices start at P200 ($4) but servings are big. A serving of pancake for breakfast comes with 3 regular sized pancakes and a few slices of fruits.
Where to stay in Tagaytay?
Cityland Prime Residences/Destination Hotel
We booked 2 rooms that we found online. The rooms were fully furnished with a queen size bed and with a separate toilet and bath. Both have a mini fridge, a microwave, a flat-screen TV and an extra mattress.
Our accommodation was near Tagaytay Rotunda so it was very convenient. There are restaurants and a mall nearby and it is also very near some attractions like Skyranch. What we liked about it more was the fact that we had access to the building facilities including a pool, a parking lot and a children’s playground at no extra cost. We rented the place overnight for about P2000 ($43) each room.
Mountain Breeze Hostel
We also considered staying at Mountain Breeze hostel because of its cozy ambiance and excellent ratings online. Unfortunately, they don’t entertain reservations made over the phone or email. Room rates here start at P1400 ($30). Unfortunately, they don’t entertain reservations made over the phone or email. Room rates here start at P1400 ($30).
How to get there
There are bus terminals in Pasay and Cubao the routes are usually bound for Batangas but it will pass by Tagaytay. If you take these route, you can alight at Olivares or anywhere Tagaytay city proper. We rode the bus from Pasay terminal and alighted at Tagaytay police station going toward Skyranch. We only spent 178 pesos for the fare.
If you are looking for a more convenient mode of transportation, you can try the UV Express vans at Alabang Festival Mall terminal. The fare is at 80 pesos. If you take the van the travel time may be cut shorter because there are fewer stops along the way. If you prefer this, I suggest you adjust your schedule and be at the terminal earlier because filling up the van may take a while. This is a good option if you are a big group traveling together.
Of course, driving a private car to get there is still the best option. Have fun on your next visit!
Thank you for reading.