Tagaytay On A Budget – We all know that Tagaytay City is one of the most popular destinations as it is accessible for city dwellers looking for a quick weekend getaway near Manila. Tagaytay City is also known for being a home of the delectable foods places and scenic spots best for couples, friends and especially for families. One of the reasons why tourists love Tagaytay is because of its low nippy temperature due to its high altitude that makes Tagaytay dubbed as the second summer capital of the Philippines. For those who never been to Tagaytay before, here are some of the best must-visit tourist spots in Tagaytay City on a budget.
Our first stop is the Skyranch, Aside from Bulaluhan and popular restaurant around the city, some people tend to visit Tagaytay just to experience Skyranch, this famous amusement park is situated in the highlands of Tagaytay. City dwellers looking for some quick weekend getaway will surely enjoy Tagaytay Skyranch since it has a lot to offer aside from it fun park rides and exciting activities.
One thing that you shouldn’t be missed is “The Sky Eye“, one of the tallest Ferris wheel in the country. From the top of Sky Eye is an incredible view of Taal Volcano along with the provinces and cities surrounding Tagaytay. Not only kids but also kids at heart will surely enjoy Tagaytay Skyranch.
A panoramic view of Taal Lake from Tagaytay Skyranch
Price per ride: PHP 150.00
Php 80.00 – Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Php 100.00 – Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Your Tagaytay trip wouldn’t be complete if you don’t visit this famous spot in Tagaytay. Tagaytay Picnic Grove probably the most visited place in Tagaytay. Aside from People’s park in the Sky, Tagaytay Picnic Grove offer a great view for visitors to see the beauty of Taal Volcano and lake from its vantage point. A spectacular view of Taal will surely make you amazed.
Entrance: P50 pax
Cottage Rentals: PHP 100 – PHP 500
People’s Park in the Sky
Another spot that you could visit if you want to see the whole city from the upper part of Tagaytay is the People’s Park in the Sky. People’s Park in the Sky is the highest point in Tagaytay City located at the summit of Mt. Gonzalez. At the top is an unfinished and rusting structure of the supposed mansion.
It was built during the Marcos era to host the visit of US President Ronald Reagan, but unfortunately, Ronal Reagan canceled his visit here in the Philippines so the said Mansion left unfinished. Even though the mansion looks old and abandoned, it still gives you a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas as far as you can see including the view of Taal Lake and the famous Taal Volcano.
Entrance fee: PHP 30.00
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Did you know that you can also visit the crater of Taal Volcano? Not only seeing it at a far distance through Tagaytay ridge but you can actually experience hiking the second most active volcano in the Philippines. Sounds thrilling right?
If you want to try, you can book a guide through Klook: Taal Guided Day Hike from Manila
Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Have you ever seen a large collection of Jigsaw puzzle? If not, you can take a look at the Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast located at Purok 4, Cuadra St. Barangay Asisan in Tagaytay. One of the reasons why people keep visiting this place is because of its record-breaking collection of a puzzle of Gina Gil Lacuna. For those who didn’t know, she was just awarded by the Guinness Book of Worlds Records for having the largest collection of puzzle beating the previous record of Brazil. Ma’am Gina Gil Lacuna collection of puzzle is very unique and amazing as it comes in different sizes, forms, style, and dimensions. She also has a Jigsaw puzzle version of Mona Lisa, Spiderman, Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr and many more.
Monday to Friday: 7 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm
Entrance Fee: P100
More info: https://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2013/03/puzzle-mansion.html
Located along Maglabe Drive in Mendez, Cavite, Paradizoo is a combination of 10-hectare zoo and theme park which boast of different areas like farm animals, vegetables and flower garden. It has a lot to offer aside from being a farm and theme park, it has educational outdoor programs for nature, flowers, and animal lovers. Paradizoo is perfect for kids and families, it lets you learn not only about farming and animals but also about insects and other living things.
Location: Km. 63 Panungyan Mendez Cavite
Operation hours: 8:00 am – 5pm
Open daily from Monday-Sunday
Rates: P199/ adult
P149 / child 3ft-4ft
Free of Charge 3 ft below
Check more info at https://www.zoomanity.com.ph/themeparks/paradizoo/
Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe
If you are an arts & crafts enthusiast looking for a place where you can enjoy the foods surrounded by different kinds of crafts especially dreamcatchers hangin’ on every corner. I think Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café you might be looking for. This cafe is located in Tagaytay City just a few meters away from the Olivares – Tagaytay Rotonda.
Aside from amazing arts and crafts they were selling, they also offer a combination of classic breakfast such as tapsilog, porksilog, bangusilog and etc. Pasta, frapped, lemonade, team, combo meals, and even squad meals are also available. One of their bestsellers is the tortilla wraps that come in different flavors such as chicken, beef, veggies, and tuna. Dreamland Arts & Cafe will absolutely inspire you to dream and pursue your passion for arts and crafts.
Read our complete blog here: Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café: A Must-Visit Café in Tagaytay
Since you are in Tagaytay, why not pay a visit to Caleruega Church? Caleruega Church is located just across the boundary of Cavite and Batangas, it took us approximately 30 minutes from Tagaytay proper before we reach Caleruega Church.
This church is actually a replica of the original chapel of the Dominica order in Caleruega, Spain. Calueruega Church is also a famous spot for prenup photo shoots and weddings. It is a great destination for a family looking for a quick retreat to nature. Wandering around the church will let you appreciate and love the nature. As one of their slogans says, Close to nature, closer to God.
If you’re planning to hold your wedding in Caleruega you can visit this site for more info:
Where to Stay
There’s a lot of accommodation available in Tagaytay from budget to a luxury hotel. But if you’re planning to stay for a night in Tagaytay, we highly suggest booking a room online. Here’s our suggested hotel you might want to check.
Marcopolo GardenCheck available room at Agoda Check available room at Agoda Check available room at Booking.com
Famous InnCheck available room at Agoda
Vista RealCheck available room at Agoda
One Tagaytay Hotel SuitesCheck available room at Agoda Check available room at Agoda
Cabins By Eco HotelCheck available room at Agoda
Escala, TagaytayCheck available room at Agoda
Taal Vista Hotel
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HOW TO GET IN TAGAYTAY
Via private vehicles
Driving to Tagaytay City via private car is easy enough.
- Drive through SLEX and take the Sta. Rosa Exit.
- From there, it’s a straight drive to Tagaytay City.
- Straight ahead until you reached Oliveres – Tagaytay Rotunda.
- Ride a bus bound to Nasugbu/Olivares Tagaytay at Pasay near MRT Taft Station( at the back of Sogo) – Fare is PHP 87
- Drop off at Olivares/Tagaytay Rotunda
BEST TIME TO VISIT TAGAYTAY
Avoid visiting Tagaytay during the wet season from June – September since these months receive the highest amount of rainfall. If you want to experience the cold temperature of the city, we would recommend visiting Tagaytay from January to February. If you love to go outside to see nature and eyeing for outdoor activities, the best time to visit Tagaytay would be in the dry season, from March-May.
WHAT TO WEAR IN TAGAYTAY
If you are going to Tagaytay during the rainy season, don’t forget to bring an extra jacket as the temperature would hit 18-20 degree Celcius. But if you’re going to Tagaytay during the dry season, casual shirts would be enough.
|6:00 AM||Meet Up at Pasay Bus Station|
|6:30 AM||Ride a bus going to Tagaytay(With Nasugbu or Olivares Signboard|
|9:30 AM||Arrived at Tagaytay / Breakfast at Bag of Beans|
|10:30 AM||Visit Skyranch|
|12:45 PM||Visit Picnic Grove|
|2:00 PM||Check in at Hotel|
|3:00 PM||Visit People’s park in the sky|
|4:30 PM||Puzzle Mansion|
|5:30 PM||Pink Sisters Monastery|
|8:00 AM||Day trip to Taal Vulcano|
|12:00 NN||Check out from hotel / Lunch|
|1:00 PM||Visit Calleruega Church|
|4:30 PM||Buy Pasalubong|
|5:30 PM||Depart to Manila|
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