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Burot Beach: Unspoiled Public Beach in Batangas

As soon as I graduated from college, I always look forward to traveling wherever, however, whenever I have the funds. And surely, it was the right timing when I heard of this beach. My work friends and I were aching for a quick weekend getaway to feel the sands on our toes and Burot Beach was the perfect place for our budget. Since then, I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts and reviews about Burot Beach so I already knew what to expect once we got there – the beauty of secluded nature.

While planning a trip to Burot Beach, it is important to know that it is undeveloped. Therefore, water is scarce and there is no electricity in here, so better be equipped with lots of batteries and a handy power bank to survive the weekend.

March 7, 2015 — The long stretch of fine sand was a delight to walk on, and just beyond it is the serene color of the ocean. When we first had the sight of the water, we were swearing, cursing under our breath seeing all this clear crystal blue. There were urchins, sea snakes, and starfish laying just by the shore. No doubt, the ocean was definitely alive.

 

 

The place is blessed with a breathtaking view. Every angle is instagram-worthy. Although Burot Beach is not ideal for swimming (mainly because you will encounter lots of underwater creatures), Burot allowed us to take time away from the city – to enjoy the sun, relax, and just be ourselves.

There are no resorts and hotels available in this area, so yes, it was our first time to go camping. We rented a tent good for 3-4 persons for ₱400.00. The tent we stayed in had tiny holes and the zipper was starting to give up. That night, different kinds of bugs crawled on our bodies that we had no choice but to sleep with them. Hah! To those who have their own tent, I recommend that you bring it because the tents for rent here are not in their best condition. (cries)

 

 

With the sun up so high that day, we thank goodness that Burot was shaded with lots of trees, and indeed was the perfect site for camping, setting up bonfires, burning marshmallows and jamming all night long with friends.

There are no resorts and hotels available in this area, so yes, it was our first time to go camping. We rented a tent good for 3-4 persons for ₱400.00. The tent we stayed in had tiny holes and the zipper was starting to give up. That night, different kinds of bugs crawled on our bodies that we had no choice but to sleep with them. Hah! To those who have their own tent, I recommend that you bring it because the tents for rent here are not in their best condition. (cries)

With the sun up so high that day, we thank goodness that Burot was shaded with lots of trees, and indeed was the perfect site for camping, setting up bonfires, burning marshmallows and jamming all night long with friends.

 

 

Despite being undeveloped, fortunately for beachgoers and campers, a few makeshift restrooms were set up for quick showers and for relieving oneself. Also, there is a sari-sari store located at the entrance of the beach, which by the way, could get as pricey as 7-Eleven. You can buy cooked meals in the sari-sari store for less hassle, but if you can, I still suggest you bring or prepare your own. Cooking will add up to the camping experience! Since we cannot really enjoy the swim, my friends and I took the opportunity to make the most out of the beautiful scenery that Burot Beach offers.

 

Glorious sunrise

 

 

 


Guide to Burot Beach

 Learn to say “no”. Before we can even roam around the market, we encountered a group of tricycle drivers who were insistent on offering us a ride to Burot Beach. One guy even grabbed my friend’s bag and started putting it on the tricycle. Do not let them overwhelm you! Tricycle drivers see opportunity whenever tourists and vacationists arrive without a hired tricycle to get them to the beach.

Eat your lunch in the Public Market for less hassle. I recommend Mama Fe’s Eatery. Price of food was cheap and delicious. We had Tortang Talong and half-cup Rice for ₱25.00. Ate Ochy and Ate Amor of Mama Fe’s Eatery even gave us ice candies for free!

Do not go on weekends. The beach gets crowded on weekends, especially now that Burot Beach is becoming more known to the public.

Secure the mobile number of the tricycle driver. Although there was one tricycle driver who kept following us wherever we went, we still returned to the group of guys who first offered us the tricycle ride and we were lucky enough to have Kuya Mervin accompany us to the beach. He did not leave us until we have secured the tent and settled down. In fact, when we needed a ride back to the Public Market the next day, Kuya Mervin was just a text away. He came to pick us up on time and even helped us clean up. You can text/call him at 09367074495.

Don’t leave any trace of your trash on the beach!

 


How to get there

Via Bus:
Take Celyrosa Bus going to Calatagan along Pasay Rotonda | 3-4 hrs.
From Calatagan Bus Terminal, get a tricycle going to the beach. | 15-20 mins.

Via Van:
Go to Van Terminal near Kabayan Hotel and Metropoint Mall.
Take Van going to Calatagan. Van needs to be full before departing. | 3-4 hrs.
From Calatagan Public Market, get a tricycle going to Burot Beach | 15-20 mins.

 


Itinerary and Budget

Note: This itinerary was based on a group of 3 persons during a 2015 trip.

Day 1
Meet up Time (Jollibee MRT Pasay)
Calatagan via Van terminal beside Kabayan Hotel going to Calatagan Public Market ₱180/head (van fare)
ETD from Manila to Calatagan via Tagaytay
Arrival at Calatagan Public Market/ Eat brunch / Buy stuff from the market ₱50/head (average meal at market)
Tricycle to Burot Beach. ₱150/tricycle (from public market to beach)
Arrival at Burot Beach. Secure Tent. ₱30/head (environmental fee);
₱130/head (overnight stay with incl. entrance fee);
₱65/head (entrance fee for day); ₱400/tent (tent rental)
Free time, swim, siesta
Prepare dinner, eat
Bonfire, socials ₱100/bonfire
Sleep
DAY 2
Wake up, sunrise walk, breakfast
Free time
Pack up
Tricycle to Public Market. ₱150/tricycle (to public market from beach)
Arrival at market, eat lunch ₱50/head (average meal at market)
Go to Bus Terminal (walking distance) to Pasay / Coastal Mall ₱180/head (van fare)
Departure from Calatagan Public Market to Manila
Arrival at Manila

Last Update: March 7, 2015

 


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