Thursday, May 31, 2012

Burot Beach in Batangas: A Cheap Beach Trip


Dry season in the Philippines can be so stressful. Good thing there are many places near Manila to have a quick splash. One of those is the Burot beach in Calatagan, Batangas. When I heard Calatagan, I immediately thought of Mother Ricky Reyes' resort. Oh well, we don't have much moolah for a stay in that resort but marx organized a cheap and quick beach adventure to Burot beach. 

It was my first time to meet some of the PTB Bagets - marxchinojoan, and elal plus kenny. The call time was 6 a.m. at the 24 hours branch of McDonald's MRT, Pasay Taft station. This is very convenient because it is very accessible to both MRT and LRT. We had a quick breakfast and headed to the bus terminal at the back of the fast food (just follow the path on the side). 

The queue was long and we were puzzled if this is the line we were supposed to take. And then manong taho told us that it is the only line for all Batangas bound bus. And then the Calatagan bus came, we were lucky to score the last few seats - that was around 8:00 am. There are also vans going to Calatagan at the back of Kabayan hotel on the other side of EDSA (which we took when we went back to Manila). The vans can go as early as 4:00 a.m. or until it is occupied.

We paid 193 pesos each for the aircon bus going straight to Calatagan. After 3 hours of sleep bus ride, we reached Calatagan's public market. We were really hungry so we ate on one of the eateries there. After that, we bought some food stuff and some booze for us to bring in the beach. 

We then scouted the perfect tricycle driver to bring us to ze beach. We found Kuya Cesar (09152244206) and another tricycle driver. The going rate to the beach is 150 pesos per way but we haggled up to 120 pesos. We also asked him to pick us up the next morning. It would be really hard to get out of the beach if we didn't do that.


me no touch it
Going to the beach  was a normal barrio scene up until the heavily guarded area. Apparently, it was the gated area of SM properties. So the rumors are true, SM bought the said property (it's really big) and will be developed very soon. Kuya Cesar told the guards that we were tourists and were there to spend the night on the beach. He let us in. We paid an entrance fee of 120 pesos each for our overnight stay.


perfect spot for emo moments
can we please define rocky beach?
We looked for the perfect spot to pitch our tent and then we bummed the whole day. We had a nipa hut-cabana and a bamboo table and bench - they didn't charge us for using that. We had "neighbors" that day. They were in a big group of I guess 20-ish something. There are no cottages or sleeping areas that you can rent so you can either bring a tent (thanks marx) or sleep on the sand under the blanket of stars. The toilet and bathroom? Are there any? Hahaha. It was the most filthy thing I've ever seen. Bleh. And also, they don't provide electricity. Good thing we had flashlight to clearly see the booze. Hmmmm...


high tide or low tide?
thanks marx
Oh, the beach? It was calm and the sunset was beautiful. There are starfishes and other sea creatures. There were not much rocks on the seabed (only seaweeds). As for me, I didn't wait that long to take a dip in the calm beach. It was very refreshing. We saw how great the potential of the beach when we roamed around it. We looked for the perfect spot to capture the nice sunset. For a minute or so, all of us were just in awe while watching the sun kiss the horizon. Solid moment there. 


ano daw?
mukhang bagets pa naman di ba?! hmmm...
solido
Well I guess the best part was when we boozed up. We were covered with millions of stars and the sweet summer night's cold air. We were sharing random stuff about our lives. I was the oldest one in the bunch and they were the happy-go-lucky youngsters who were just there to party - or so I thought. Little by little (and with no hesitations), we got to know more about each other's lives. After that night, I learned that maturity doesn't really come with age. It is subjective.  I admire those kids (oh I mean those yuppies). Basta what happened in Burot, stays in Burot. 


ha?!
oh eh ano?!
We didn't spend more than a thousand pesos on this trip but really, can you put a price on your experience? Nah... 

32 comments:

  1. Anong petsa na? Hahaha!

    Miss you Carla, see you on the beach soon! :D

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    1. sensya, busy lang...

      miss you too marx... lesgow beach! (cheap beach!)

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  2. hi po napuntahan ko din yan last yr,may nasimulan na ba ang SMDC?dami starfish dyn at seaurchin,lucky us kasi malamang mahal na yan pag nadevelop =)

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    1. hi abeng... di pa nagsisimula ang sinasabing "development" which is good.. hehe..

      oh yes! i forgot to mention the sea urchins... wild sa dami noh?

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  3. mukhang mas ok pa to kesa sa golden sunset. i've been there pero ok lang experience considering the price. sana makapunta kami bago madevelop ni SM. hehe!

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  4. goodluck sa toilet..haha..siguro pang day tour lang ang burot :)

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  5. One of the best out of town trips for 2012. Di ko nga rin alam kung bakit ? Laughs =) My shots are hideous. More laughs.....

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  6. Love the sunset photo. We miss beach bumming...

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  7. Sayang hindi kami nakasama ni donnie girl. Pureza mode na lang kasi ako parati. Sabi ni marx mag-surfing daw kayo this June 16-17. Di ako pwede kasi may "mamahaling" lakad ako sa june 9-12. lol!

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  8. Lahat ba ng beaches sa atin may bayad na to access?

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    1. tama ka diyan bert.. may mga free beach pa rin naman..

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  9. OO nga, baka magmahal na talaga yan once developed.. katuwa lang ang name.. Burot means?

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    1. hi mitch..at talagang ginoogle ko..hihi..bubbles daw..ewan ko sa batangas ;p

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    2. still nice the Place Don't expect the toilet is nice coz the Entrance is very chip and you can Bring your own tent For Free we spend our new year here. and we Back again last Friday there 3 nights and 2 days we here now we Plan again to Go back this Place is really Nice my Husband Love it. we Going Fishing. and the People is Friendly.and you are safe here i recommend this Place, if you want to Camp.

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    3. i mean Very Cheap the Entrance there..

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  10. was also here with a group of pexers last may. buti pa kayo naabutan nyo na walang masyadong tao. when we were there, parang palengke sa dami. sikat na sikat na ang burot!

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    1. really vin? medyo marami din nung andun kami pero di naman ganun karami sa inyo..hihi

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  11. burot means bloated in bisaya. haha I find it funny! opps! Mi potential ang beach nato! Maganda. sana nmn mi modest CR :/

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    1. wow! thanks shugah! oh ayan guys... bloated daw..hihi..goodluck sa maayos na banyo.. :(

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    1. uhmm si marx po ang nag-set ng lahat sir christian..hihi

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  13. nadevelop na po kaya to?

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    1. this trip below was on march 1, 2013

      http://poiscapade.blogspot.com/2013/03/burot-beach-calatagan-batangas-march-1.html

      so maybe it's still open to public. but really, im not so sure..

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    2. Nope, not yet. Same old Burot without electricity nor decent CRs. But it's fun to camp out on its beach. :-)

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    3. onga ryan lalo na kung marami kayo noh? i just don't like their toilets talaga...

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  14. hi ms.carla,may banyo ba dun na pwedeng maglabas ng sama ng tiyan at pwedeng pagbanlwan after nming maglublob sa dagat..hehe..dun nmin kasi plano na mag palipas ng mahal na araw next year..sama ka sa amin... :) thanks

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    1. hi amor. meron naman pero don't expect it to be the most convenient one. I had a hard time doing my thing back then, hope naayos na nila yun by now :)

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