Tagaytay Travel Guide

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Tagaytay Highlights

  • Pro
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    nimato says…

     classic view of Taal Lake & Volcano; cool weather; fresh air; relaxed atmosphere 

  • Con
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     Relatively expensive, can be very crowded during weekends 

  • In a nutshell
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     Very pretty...lovely weather...wonderful for romantic dinners. 

Tagaytay Things to Do

  • People's Park

    The building here was a project of ex president Marcos, but it was never completed. It is located around 8 kms from the rotunda and is built on the highest of the surrounding hills and offers spectacular views of Lake Taal. Many souvenir shops and fruit stands. Entrance 50 pesos.

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  • Picnic Grove

    For picnic lovers, this is the place in Tagaytay. Picnic Grove offers a variety of recreations for everybody, especially the family. They have picnic cottages and pavilions worth P150-P500 each, a lush 500 meters long eco-adventure trail (with one disgusting sight though - lots of garbage below the hanging bridge midway of the trail -- calling the...

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  • Highlands Complex

    since we got 3 hrs early from the check in time of our hotel, we decided to go to highlands and check out if the revs about it are true. of course you can't do this by spurr of the moment because you have to be with a member or know someone from inside that can fetch you from the gate. we got inside because the wife of mike's friend (thank u ulit!)...

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  • Taal Volcano

    For those of you who are more adventurous and with more time, you should really try acrossing the Taal Lake from Talisay to the island and then go up Taal Volcano either by foot or horseback. The experience and scenery is definitely worth the effort, more photographs and tips of this portion are at my VT Talisay page if you are interested.

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  • Sonya's Garden

    Sonya's Garden has grown over the years. From a restaurant, bed and breakfast (which is accessible to guests only) and herb garden, the Gardens now include a spa, bakery, country store which sells local artisanal products, and a furniture display room. Quite a compact area, we prefer dropping in towards sundown when the place is less busy. Have a...

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  • Ilog Maria Bee Farm

    This farm is about 10-15 minutes drive from Tagaytay. It is actually located in Silang, Cavite. There is a farm store in front where you can get pasalubongs made out of honey and other associated bee products. The prices are reasonable. Everyone likes their products. I used their shampoo and it is very soothing and refreshing! My cousins and aunt...

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Tagaytay Restaurants

  • Great food, ambiance and cultural show

    Cafe on the Ridge is one of my favorite buffet(and a la carte) places in the whole of Luzon. The fresh vegetables and fruits, the entrees, the desserts, the theme of the season, the musicians(and singers), the cultural show and the service is superb.Per Person:Breakfast Buffet (Daily) PhP699.00++Weekday Lunch Buffet (Monday to Friday)...

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  • Tagaytay Specialties

    The restaurant is within the view of the "Taal Volcano."The place is so local with all the wooden chairs, tables and everything. The serenity of the place is what I appreciated most. No modern touch.From the name of the Restaurant "Lutong-Bahay" or Home-cooked foods, all the foods served here are freshly cooked. My favorite dish is the "Bulalo"-...

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  • True legacy of great food and more

    I have been seeing this restaurants during road trips to Tagaytay and Batangas, but I thought it was "just a museum", without food or drink, until I saw it on Travel Time's episode:LOOKING BEYOND THE RIDGE, which was aired a year before my brother crossed over (May 21, 2011).Read this article written by Ricky Lo called "Pamana: A Restaurant with a...

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Tagaytay Nightlife

  • U.S. STYLE VIDEOKE, KARAOKE, AND DANCE...

    Something different! Hellenic has U.S. style karaoke and dancing on Saturday nights. Asides from Videoke, Hellenic uses CDGs which are U.S. made karaoke discs and are better than videoke formatted discs since the music sound like the original. Graphics/lyrics also come out on screen minus the lame videos. Selection of 50, 000 Karaoke songs composed...

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  • favorite Dining and Nitespot

    a favorite hang out of the younger set who loves to have a filipino comfort meal and bar chow plus indilge in what else but alcohol drinking. smart casual

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  • A night of celebration

    Every Saturday night at TAJ of Tagaytay they have a live acoustic band playing. This Indian-Mediterranean Restaurant during weekdays changes into a bar like ambience every Saturday night. The band Acoustic Gravity plays 3 sets of songs and starts at around 9pm. Just right for the mood to party, chat, dine and relax. Enjoying the night while me and...

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Tagaytay Transportation

  • Getting there

    from www.tagaytay.gov.phTagaytay is an hour and 15 minutes drive from Manila via the South Superhighway or through the Coastal Road. If going through the South Superhighway, take the Carmona Exit and drive down through the Governor's Drive and Silang up to the entrance of Tagaytay City. Or through South Superhighway, take Sta. Rosa exit going...

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  • Getting Around Tagaytay

    Tagaytay City is pretty much like a small town than a city. A single road by the ridge, no more than 8 kilometers from end to end (People's Park to Residence Inn), is where almost all the activities are happening. The most convenient mode of getting around is by car. Public transpo (jeepneys and trikes) is likewise convenient.

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  • Driving To Tagaytay

    Getting there by car: If coming from Manila, take this route -- Roxas Boulevard --> Manila-Cavite Expressway (more popularly known as Coastal Road) --> Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.The end of Emilio Aguinaldo Highway is the main rotunda of Tagaytay City, where the statue of Ninoy Aquino is erected and bounded by establishments such as BPI (Bank...

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Tagaytay Shopping

  • Longanisa Shop in Tagaytay

    A variety of longanisas like Lucban and Baguio. Quaint, cute, homey. Many things to buy and taste. The outside of the store reminds me of Baguio. Longanisas and different food and non-food products. Cute and unique for the kitchen things. Depends on what you buy.

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  • best bargain for souvenirs

    they have the most number of t-shirt desigs among any other place i have visited.these places also has the cheapest price among other destinations in tagaytay.they also carry the one with the map of taal volcano on the nape area, which i think is cool souvenir t-shirts P80

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  • Home of the Famous Tagaytay Beefmeat

    Mahogany Public Market is home of the famous Tagaytay beefmeat. Need I say more? Beefmeat, fresh fruits and vegetables, ornamental flowers and grafted fruit-bearing trees [Guimaras mango tree? They got 'em here!]. The beefmeat price is generally the same as anywhere else but the quality is tops. Fresh fruits and vegetables are cheap. A big bunch...

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Tagaytay Local Customs

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    My Titas who took care of me in Philippines. Muax

    by moomoos Written Dec 5, 2002

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    While I was in the Philippines, I realized that I was very well taken care of. The Filipinos are a helpful and chatty lot. They can converse very well in English. Be appreciative of their kind gestures, and you will find that it will take you a long way.

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Tagaytay Warnings and Dangers

  • LITTERING

    Several signs pointed out that littering was not accepted here with a fine of 1000 pesos for an initial transgression, followed up with a 2000 peso fine for a second offence, then 3000 pesos for a third.

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  • mga kawatan

    galing kami ng peoples park kahapon april 14 2012,pag dating namin sa lugar daming nagtitinda ng mga pasalubong.di daw pwede i akyat ang sasakyan dahil may parking daw talaga para sa mga sasakyan,so nagpark kmi at pumasok na.picture picture kmi masaya sana dahil sabi ko nga suli parat kase ganda ng view,bumaba na kmi para lumipat sa picnic groove...

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  • Fog

    Be careful when driving in Tagaytay. The mist and fog comes quite suddenly without much warning. More often than not this can cause severe visibility problems. Take all precautions when you cannot avoid driving when there is fog.

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Tagaytay Tourist Traps

  • Nightmare Hotel!

    We came across this hotel on a day trip. We went down to take a look and liked it's cozy lobby and the view. When we got back to manila we decided to call the hotel and reserved 2 rooms for me, my hubby and our friends (also a couple) to coincide with a tripping we will be having in Nasugbu. That's when it all started to go downhill. First they...

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  • Don't judege a book by it's cover! Its...

    We stayed in a hotel in Tagaytay named Windyridge. It has a nice view and a nice lobby. But the that's it. The service is terrible, food service takes too long and the bathroom stinks. I don't know why, but there's a strong stench emanating out of the bathroom. The room is so so, but what I can't stand, is that we have to hold our breath when we...

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  • Tricycle drivers- Don't be fooled by...

    In one forum, a member told his tale of how a tricycle driver fooled them by telling them that the inn where he intended to stay was already fully booked, so he bought them to this seedy inn with no hot water and busted cable tv. He paid 60+ pesos for fare and to top it all, he found out too late that the hotel he wanted to go to was not really...

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Tagaytay What to Pack

  • mosquito repellent or suffer!

    a jacket is a must especially during the "ber" months until about late february. a light jacket may suffice early in the day but if you're not immune to cold weather best to bring a jacket that's a little heavier to get you through your stay if going to nurture spa its a must to bring mosquito repellent. off lotion would is highly recommended as...

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  • Sunblock and Jackets Do Mix

    Jackets, cardigans or sweatersCaps, hats or bonnetsSneakers or slippers Sunglasses SunblockWaterAlcogel/alcoholLipbalm Extra Batteries Sling bag or backpackChange/coinsPhone cardsMap/mapsMake sure your cellphone battery is fully charged!

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  • Bring a Cardigan or Sweater!

    For going around Tagaytay, keep all of your stuff in a backpack, body bag or sling bag that u can keep close to your body and to bring all that you need inside one bag. jeans, shirts, sneakers or slippers... just in case it gets too cold, bring a sweter, jacket or a cardigan. sunglasses. wear a baseball cap or bonnet. antihistamines (for allergic...

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Tagaytay Off The Beaten Path

  • dnt miss Sonya's Spa

    a very relaxing place.........my husband and i tried the Magnolia Package (aromatherapy steam bath, foot spa, manicure and pedicure, Sonya’s Signature Massage) and all i can say is that the Sonya's signature massage is the best! they will also serve you a basil tea after the massage. i wanna stay here longer next time.

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  • Caleruega: Dominicans' Retreat Camp

    When in Tagaytay, a visit to Caleruega in nearby Nasugbu, Batangas (about 30 minutes drive) is worth the effort. Caleruega is a retreat camp established in 1995 by the dominicans. With its rustic Mexican-style buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens surrounded by naturally beautiful rolling hills and mountains, Caleruega is characterized by...

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  • Fantasy World

    A beautiful fantasy-like castle prominently figures along the road at Lemery, Batangas, about 45 minutes from Tagaytay City proper (15 minutes from Caleruega). It's called Fantasy World and is open for members only.

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Tagaytay Favorites

  • Interesting basin at Leslie's Restaurant

    There is an interesting washing basin at the toilet of Leslie's Restaurant (see photo). It is actually a traditional water pump with a handle as the tap. In order to turn on the tap, the switch is actually at the bottom side, and not by pumping the water pump which I did but later found out it was wrong! Very interesting indeed :)

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  • Photography

    Tagaytay, Taal Lake and Taal Volcano are heaven for photography, especially if the weather is very good. I took a lot of photographs with my digital camera when I was there, and the photos turned out very well. If you really want good photos, I suggest you go for the trek up to Taal Volcano, it is tiring but worth the effort :)

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  • Sunrise at Tagaytay

    I was very fortunate to catch a beautiful sunrise at Tagaytay in May 2006. You need to wake up very early, about 5.45am onwards to be able to catch the sun rising and shinning its rays onto the Taal Lake and volcano. More photographs of the sunrise are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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