Living in a city, with the daily traffic confrontations and hustle and bustle, just burn us out. Life is just but a short journey, too short to just focus on making a living. A pleasurable break from life’s monotony is always a great idea. Water has always been an element of calmness, peace, and tranquility. This article will feature the most beautiful beaches that one can visit for a private or group escape to Nasugbu, Batangas.
Read on to find out about the best things to do in Nasugbu, Batangas.
1. Check out the Hamilo Coast: Amazon Rainforest of the seas
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The scorching heat of the city can eventually be distracting for those whose main purpose in life is to simply enjoy what the surroundings can offer. We can make a balance by visiting a different place. This climb, with its naturally concave arch, showcases the turquoise-emerald-blue shades of the water, while the mountain ranges on the East neutralize the heat of the city life. It brings through that cool refreshing scent of the evergreens and the calming breeze that comes from the sea. Hamilo Coast presents three mountain peaks on the East and comprises thirteen coves outstretched within its scope. And having three of them declared as Marine Protected Areas, diving is a common activity within this site.
Varied activities such as billiards, tennis, squash, and others, are quite possible in the area at a good price if you are a member. Nonetheless, one can still enjoy this place as a guest. Getting here will take about 3 hours from Manila in a bus via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu route. An alternative land route via the Ternate-Nasugbu tourism highway is also viable, enabling residents to bypass the narrow Tagaytay Ridge and arrive at the cove in an hour and a half. But if you want to make full use of your time enjoying the coast, you can take the 90-minute ferry ride from the pier at the Mall of Asia Complex, docking at Papaya Cove, which is just nearby Pico de Loro.
Hamilo Coast boasts of its 25 kilometer (15.53 mi) coastline and is a seaside development project of the SM Group. As it works with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Philippines), the community practices environmental and social sustainability in all its operations. So if you want to have literally clean fun in a great place, head to the southwestern tip of Luzon!
Address: Nasugbu, Batangas
Website: Hamilo Coast
2. Jump off at Tali Beach
Excitement is an element which one might always look for in anything, be it in a person, relationship, food or a place. Tali gives you a nerve-racking experience on the beach. The site doesn’t give you that much if you are looking for things like beaches with white sand, but the emerald-colored waters right before the khaki brown colored boulders of stones invite you to take a leap.
Cliff-diving is a must-try here. The swimming pool can also be as enticing for a dip, as it is the largest lap pool within the area. People who love long walks, scenery, and talks can enjoy what this place has to offer. The beach is a private resort, so if you want some private challenges in a quiet spot, this place is about a 2.5 hour drive from Manila via Tagaytay. A quiet resort that feels like home is a perfect description of Tali Beach.
Address: Nasugbu, Batangas
Website: Tali Beach
3. Feel the glow of a bonfire on Munting Buhangin Beach
Being busy bodies in the prime of our years, the family often has to be second, if not last, in our priorities. By experience, our parents and grandparents know that precious moments with children and loved ones are invaluable. Munting Buhangin gives you that chance to turn back time and renew those younger days when you used to play ball at the beach.
This place proposes adventures in the trees with its roomy tree houses, that can accommodate up to 10 people. Perhaps you can have that exchange of scary stories on the beach, while making a bonfire and roasting your hotdogs or marshmallows on sticks as you camp beside the cool waters in the refreshing sea breeze at night. And don’t forget to book for that trail inside the forest, learning survival skills as you keep aglow family bonds and ties. Enjoy the warmth of relationships amidst the kindled light of the campfire at Munting Buhangin Beach.
Munting Buhangin Beach
Address: Nasugbu, Batangas
Website: Munting Buhangin Beach Camp
4. A feast at the Peninsula de Punta Fuego
Peninsula de Punta Fuego is the place you’re looking for if you’re in for a gratifying stroll on the seaside with the waters brushing your feet, want to build sand castles, or have a refreshing swim in the water. Here you will have a view of the constellations and the beauty of the colors surrounding the lands, seas and the horizon as it changes during sunrise and sunset. Like any other travel destination, one must take precautionary measures; sand fleas are common in floating seaweeds and decaying woods or logs. So keep away from these and keep on hand a first aid kit that includes ointments for rashes caused by insects and other animals.
This should not prevent you from seeing the beautiful sight that awaits you in Punta Fuego. A dip in the infinity pool would be a great alternative to the beach, and to fully enjoy your stay, make sure to drop by the lower beach club where you can find Il Jardineto, an Italian restaurant, which offers the best pizzas within the vicinity. The two cheese pizza with mushrooms and vegetables are recommended, and comfort plates of pasta come in at 220-350 PHP (4-7 USD). As Punta Fuego offers you high-end seaside villas that allow your sights to feast on nature, it equally allows you to satisfy that gastronomical craving as you feast on the best of Italian cuisine. It surely is the peninsula’s “point of fire” (Punta Fuego).
Peninsula de Punta Fuego
Address: Nasugbu, Batangas
Website: Peninsula de Punta Fuego
5. Sea through the Glass House in Forest Cove
While security is a vital consideration for any place you wish to relax, the sense of an unperturbed environment with the green luscious vegetation, the chirping birds that rest on the green canopies, the transitioning blue and green color hues of the seas, and the changing aura in each hour of the day, is quite a thing to behold and a magnificent vision that one would revel in. Forest Cove gives you the luxury of the unconcealed beauty of Nasugbu, with a sense of security. As most of these properties are contained in private villas, you get to enjoy your stay without any worries. So get booked and enjoy your most needed getaway in Forest Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas.
Forest Cove Beach House
Price: 2-4pax (1 room only) - 7000 PHP (139 USD), 5-10pax (2 rooms) - 12000 PHP (239 USD), 11-16pax (3 rooms) - 17000 PHP (339 USD)
6. From the seaside, take a climb at Mt. Batulao
The accessibility of Batangas is a pretext to it being one of the most visited places at any time of the year, just to take a break from the metro. This place is known to be a good start for the neophytes in mountain climbing and trekking. As to safety, there is not much to worry about since the scope is inhabited with so much of the most friendly locals in the area.
The track to Mt. Batulao’s peak is not as demanding. Within two to three hours of wandering through the paths, the sight of the striking land formations, the vast grasslands and the crisp scent of the breeze atop the summit awaits you. So take someone and share the fun and wonderful experience at Mt. Batulao, with that 360 degree view of the province of Batangas!
Address: Nasugbu, Batangas
Website: Mt. Batulao
7. Visit Greece in the Philippines
This once exclusive island owned by former Governor Jose Antonio Leviste, who built a vacation spot designed for the upper class, was drafted as a luxurious beach resort that resembles the Acropolis of Athens in Greece. At the summit of a limestone rock overlooking the vast ocean, this was in operation for several years until it closed in 2006, due to lack of freshwater sources and its location, exposed to typhoons and in constant need of restoration. The former governor then thought this was a bad investment, deserting the place. After years of being jilted, a Korean businessman, interested in the island, reopened it in 2013.
This little island amidst the ocean, with the remnants of what seemed to be a view of Greece, is outlined by the white sand and light colored stones. The clear turquoise blue waters reveal the sight of what is underneath it. Giving one an estimation of its depth, the site is ideal for diving. However ironic its name would be to its history, this island is said to have gotten its name from the Spanish galleon-turned-warship San Diego, which sank near the island in the 17th-century, from which precious artifacts and treasures were discovered by a French archaeologist in 1992. Hence, the name “Fortune Island”. Getting here may take about 2-3 hours from the resort by an outrigger boat. The journey may be long but a trek to the lighthouse, exploring a Bat cave by kayaking, cliff diving and a visit to the shipwreck site are experiences you would not want to miss.
Website: Fortune Island
8. Take a road trip to Tagaytag
Nasugbu is an amazing city. Best of all there is a direct highway that can take you to Tagaytay. Tagaytay is one of the Philippines’ most popular tourist cities and for good reason. The landscape is absolutely breathtaking. Between the misty Taal Lake and Taal volcano, the city seems magical. Its rich history, amusement parks, landmarks and tons of other day and nighttime activities make it a wonderful place to visit. It is definitely worth the one hour, 46km drive from Nasugbu to experience this.
9. Climb Mount Pico de Loro
Mount Pico de Loro is a dormant volcano whose name is Spanish for “Parrot’s Beak”. Not surprisingly, it has an interesting shape that resembles a bird’s beak. It is well known among mountain climbers or general adventure seekers. The climb is certainly challenging. However, it is well known that the awe-inspiring view of the Mount Palay-Palay Range. If you are able to hike and/or rock climb, you should definitely visit Mount Pico de Loro!
10. Visit the Caleruega Church
Calereuga is a small picturesque town that is known for filing its many visitors with peace, serenity, and an appreciation of nature. The town’s main attraction is the Calereuga Church. The church was built by pirests of the Dominican Order to as a replica of the Calereuga Church in Castille- Leon Spain. It is simple, elegant, and historic, with gorgeous stain glass windows and architectural style that tells centuries-old tales. After touring the actual church visitors enjoy the lush, colorful plants, expertly landscaped church grounds as well as the picnic areas, mountains, hiking trails that surround it. Many find it a wonderful place to reflect and admire nature.
Address: Brgy. Kaylaway, Nasugbu, Luzon, Philippines
Website: Caleruega Church
Cool down at Nasugbu, Batangas
After life takes it toll on you in the metropolis, an easy getaway from it all is waiting for you. Grab the opportunity to wind down at Nasugbu, Batangas.
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