Tagaytay City is around 56 kms south of the Manila airport and is about 1 to 1.5hrs by car. It is a city of scenic contrasts and has the best panoramic views of the Taal Volcano nestled in Taal Lake framed by lush mountain.
Located 2,500 feet above sea level where one can enjoy a cool weather, clean balmy winds, foggy mists and breathe taking view... It is a MUST SEE for everyone visiting Manila.
The city is a 20kms stretch along the ridge and has numerous places of interest to visit.
Park in the sky, Picnic groove, Yoki's farm, Flower farm and paradizoo to name a few places that most local visit.. There are more than 40 hotels/ B&B and about 60 restaurants to choose from in Tagaytay. Most of the popular restaurants are full during weekends especially at lunch time and traffic along the main road is quite heavy at late afternoon.
Some well-known restaurants in Tagaytay are Pamana and Josephine's restaurant which serve authentic filipino cuisine. Sonya's secret garden for their best salad dressing. Antonio's farm restaurant was voted one of the top 10 restaurants in Asia. The ambiance is simply breath taking. You need to make a reservation 3 months ahead if you wish to dine on Valentine's Day.
There are lots of touts in Tagaytay city that offers tour guide and boat rides. Most of them will try to jack up the price if they sense that you don't now the right price. The standard rate for the whole boat is 1500pesos maximum 6 passengers only.
A horseback ride to the crater cost 450pesos. You can do a trek to the crater which is about 4kms or 45minutes (depend on your stamina).
A trip to the volcano crater is highly suggested and plan on at least a half day for the sojourn.
Here is a good itinerary for a one day trip:
Leave manila around 8:00am (after having your complimentary breakfast). Take the Sta. Rosa route. First stop is the Park in the Sky for a 360 degree view. If possible, avoid the Picnic Grove not unless you're interested with the zipline ride.
Make your way to a cluster of restaurants for a lunch with a view. After lunch, visit some other sites like the Yoki's farm.
At 2pm, make your way to a resort by the lake for a half hour boat ride to the volcano island. A lot of touts too on the island selling hats, masks, bottled waters, t-shirts, etc.! You can trek or take a horseback ride to the crater... every horse has a guide and when you reach the top, vendors will ask you to buy a drinks for your guide. Spend half hour or more before heading back to the boat.
Back at the resort, refresh before heading back to manila via Tanauan to avoid Sta. Rosa heavy traffic.
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