Calatagan Beach Guide: Everything to Know for a Blissful Getaway

Stunning beaches and resort in calatagan batangas

Having an idyllic getaway doesn’t always mean you have to hop on a plane to reach the beach destination of your dreams. You see, not all of us have the luxury of time (and budget) to go on a lavish trip. So, if you don’t want to go too far, you can just head to places near Manila like Batangas where you could go on a spontaneous getaway, say a Calatagan Beach trip? 

With its proximity to Manila, Calatagan resorts are becoming more and more popular. But before you get all excited to pack your travel essentials, make sure to read this travel guide for a blissful getaway.

*Cover photo credits (Left photo from Sunrise Cove | Right photo from Crusoe Cabins

Top Calatagan Beach Resorts

From Stilts Calatagan to Lago de Oro Calatagan, we’ll help find the best Calatagan beach resort perfect for your preference and budget. Check out the list of Calatagan resorts we made below.

  1. Stilts Calatagan
  2. Manuel Uy Beach Resort
  3. Lago De Oro Batangas
  4. White Castle Resort & Hotel
  5. Sunrise Cove Calatagan Beach Resort
  6. Playa Calatagan
  7. Crusoe Cabins Batangas
  8. The Boathouse

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About Calatagan

The municipality of Calatagan in Batangas comprises the Calatagan Peninsula between the South China Sea and Balayan Bay. This town has become a go-to destination of weekend travelers who are looking for a getaway near Metro Manila. Calatagan offers beige and enar white sand beaches that are always on a traveler’s radar.


Where to Stay in Calatagan Batangas

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Whether you’re looking for a Calatagan Batangas beach resort or a Calatagan beach house for a more private vacation, we got you covered. From Stilts Batangas to Lago de Oro Calatagan, we’ve listed all you need to know.

1. Stilts Calatagan

Room at Stilts Calatagan beaches in batangas

Photo credits to Stilts Batangas

Address: Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP 5,000/night

DAY TOURS

Entrance Fee (per person)

Peak season: P500
Off-peak season: P450

Want to experience Maldives on a budget? Try the floating cottages in Batangas by Stilts Calatagan. This Calatagan beach resort is a huge area popular for its floating cottages. If you want to do more than beach lounging, Stilts Batangas also offers adventure packages fit for every type of traveler.

2. Manuel Uy Beach Resort

Manuel Uy Beach Resort beaches in batangas

Photo credits to Manuel Uy Beach Resort in Calatagan Batangas

Address: Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP /night

Another popular Calatagan beach resort is Manuel Uy Resort. It is said to be named after its former owner who was a wealthy Filipino businessman in the US. This Calatagan Batangas beach resort is one of the most beautiful even if it’s not white sand. It features a long, wide strip of cream-colored sand meeting Calatagan’s signature shallow waters. Manuel Uy Beach is also surrounded by Calatagan sandbars and snorkeling sites that are easily accessible from the beach.

3. Lago De Oro Batangas

Lago De Oro Batangas Calatagan Beach

Photo credits to Lago De Oro Batangas

Address: Lago de Oro, Barrio Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP 2,625/night

Just two hours from the metro, Lago De Oro Batangas is your home away from home giving you a scenic view of the ocean and lush landscape. Known as the pioneer wakepark in the Philippines, this Calatagan beach resort boasts its huge lake where you can unleash the wakeboarder in you.

4. White Castle Resort & Hotel

White Castle Resort & Hotel Batangas Calatagan Beach

Photo credits to White Castle Resort & Hotel

Address: Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP 2,700/night

Feel like a royalty while staying at a Calatagan beach house where all that surrounds you are white castle-like structures and the sea. White Castle Resort & Hotel is an affordable Calatagan Batangas beach resort that will let you experience fun without breaking the bank.

5. Sunrise Cove Calatagan Beach Resort

Sunrise Cove Calatagan Beach Resort Calatagan Beach

Photo credits to Sunrise Cove Calatagan Beach Resort

Address: Brgy. Bagong Silang 4215 Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP 2,500/head

Sunrise Cove Calatagan Beach Resort is a private beach resort located in Bgy. Bagong Silang in Calatagan. What makes this resort in Calatagan Batangas stand out from the rest is its offers of serenity and tranquility. Here, the best amenities are provided by nature.

6. Playa Calatagan

Playa Calatagan Calatagan Beach

Photo credits to Playa Calatagan

Experience seaside living at its finest at Playa Calatagan Village! Their top attraction inside the village is The Aquaria Waterpark. However, its amenities are only allowed to property owners and their guests. So if you know someone inside, you can contact them or just look for a beach house for rent in Calatagan Batangas.

7. Crusoe Cabins Batangas

Crusoe Cabins Calatagan Beach

Photo credits to Crusoe Cabins Batangas

Address: Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP 6,900/night

Crusoe Cabins is a seafront Calatagan beach resort that’s perfect for those who want to embark on the most entertaining vacation. This resort beach in Calatagan Batangas features 22 rooms giving you a cabin in the woods vibe.

8. The Boathouse

The Boathouse at Calatagan Batangas

Photo credits to The Boathouse at Calatagan

Address: Calatagan, Batangas
Price from PHP 16,900/night (16 pax)

If you’re looking for a Calatagan beach house for rent, check out The Boathouse. It features an air-conditioned room and a backyard where you can pitch a tent. Whichever spot you choose, you and your 15 other travel buddies can make the most of this Calatagan beach house for rent. 


How to get to Calatagan, Batangas

Traveling from Manila to Calatagan won’t be too complicated whether you’re commuting or driving your own car. 

Manila to Calatagan by Private Car

If you’re driving your own car from Manila to Calatagan Batangas, the best route to take is via South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Travel time is around 3 to 4 hours, depending on which part of Manila you’re coming from and the traffic.

  1. Drive through SLEX and take Santa Rosa Exit. to avoid traffic jams, you can also take Eton City or Greenfield City Exits in Sta. Rosa.
  2. Stay on Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road until you reach the Silang Junction.
  3. At the Silang junction, turn right to Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road and drive across Tagaytay and Alfonso.
  4. When you reach the Batangas-Cavite boundary, turn right to Nasugbu. Keep driving until you reach Palico junction.
  5. Turn left when you see another junction with Shakey’s (right in front of you) or Shell Gas Station (to your left).
  6. Once you’re on Calatagan-Lian Highway, drive through Lian town proper until you reach Calatagan town proper.
  7. From the town proper, you can easily access most Calatagan resorts.

Manila to Calatagan by Public Transportation

Traveling by public transport won’t be a problem, too. From Pasay/MRT Taft Station, ride a bus or van bound for Calatagan. Alight near Calatagan Public Market or anywhere in the town proper. Once you’re there, ride a tricycle going to the Calatagan Batangas beach resort or Calatagan beach house you booked.


Calatagan Tourist Spots

While Calatagan has a lot of pristine beaches, there are other Batangas tourist spots you can explore.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

One of the 24 lighthouses that were built during the Spanish era along with the Malabrigo Lighthouse, Cape Santiago Lighthouse held an important role in the maritime history of the Philippines, making it among the most historical places in Batangas. Built in 1887, this Calatagan lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in Batangas and one of the oldest working lighthouses in the country.

Burot Beach

One of the most popular coves in Calatagan is the Burot Beach. This beach in Calatagan Batangas is among the many coves in the western coast of Punta de Santiago. However, as of writing, Burot Beach is currently closed.

Starfish Island Calatagan

Starfish Island Calatagan is a famous tourist spot in town. It only appears during low tide. The most affordable jumpoff point going here is at Manuel Uy Beach Resort.

Little Boracay in Batangas

Yes, there is a Little Boracay in Batangas. It’s called such because its sand is white almost looking like the one in Boracay. Though this beach in Calatagan Batangas is smaller than other beaches, you’d still have fun here especially when you try the floating cottages in Batangas here. This Calatagan White Beach is definitely a must-visit.

Aquaria Water Park

Aquaria Water Park is perfect for the kids and kids-at-heart who want to experience a different kind of water fun. Here you can go on a jet ski or banana boat.


Sample Calatagan Batangas Itineraries

To help you plan your trip, here’s a sample itinerary for both day tour and overnight stay. 

Day tour

06:00 am – Depart for Calatagan
09:30 am – Arrival at Calatagan Public Market
10:00 am – Tricycle to Manuel Uy Beach
10:35 am – Arrival at Manuel Uy Beach
11:00 am – Island hopping
12:30 pm – Lunch
01:30 pm – Swim
03:00 pm – Pack up
04:00 pm – Depart for Manila

Overnight stay

DAY 1

06:00 am – Depart for Calatagan
09:30 am – Arrival at Calatagan Public Market
10:00 am – Tricycle to Manuel Uy Beach
10:35 am – Arrival at Manuel Uy Beach
10:50 am – Pitch tent, Camp Fee
11:00 am – Lunch
01:30 pm – Island hopping
03:30 pm – Rest at your booked Calatagan affordable beach resort
05:30 pm – Watch the sunset
07:00 pm – Dinner

DAY 2

06:30 am – Morning swim
09:00 am – Check out from your booked Calatagan affordable beach resort
10:00 am – Tricycle to Lighthouse
10:30 am – Tricycle to town proper
11:00 am –  Depart for Manila


Travel Tips for Your Calatagan Beach Trip

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  • Wear sunscreen especially when going out. If possible, use coral reef-friendly sunscreen.
  • Bring insect-repellent lotion.
  • Leave nothing but footprints.
  • Support local tourism. 
  • Haggle only when needed. Now that everyone’s affected by the pandemic, more people have lost their source of income especially those in the travel industry so if you can, don’t haggle too much. But if you think they are pricing you way too much, negotiate.

COVID-19 Travel Update

As of writing, Batangas is open to residents and domestic tourists aged 15-65 years old. Travelers under GCQ and MGCQ areas who want to dive in Anilao must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to traveling. For more updates about Batangas tourism, check out their Facebook page.


Frequently Asked Questions About Calatagan Beach

Q: Where to stay in Calatagan Batangas?
A: From Stilts Calatagan to Lago de Oro Calatagan, we’ll help find the best Calatagan beach resort perfect for your preference and budget. Check out the list of Calatagan resorts we made below.

  1. Stilts Calatagan
  2. Manuel Uy Beach Resort
  3. Lago De Oro Batangas
  4. White Castle Resort & Hotel
  5. Sunrise Cove Calatagan Beach Resort
  6. Playa Calatagan
  7. Crusoe Cabins Batangas
  8. The Boathouse

Q: How far is Calatagan Batangas from Manila?
A: Manila to Calatagan is 135.7 km and takes around 3-4 hours of travel time.

Q: Is Stilts Calatagan open?
A: In line with the latest rules of the IATF, Province of Batangas and the Municipality of Calatagan which only allow essential travel in and out of Batangas, Stilts will be closed until further notice. You can check their page for updates.

Q: Where can I swim in Batangas?
A: There are many beach Batangas tourist spots perfect for swimming and these include:

  1. Laiya, San Juan
  2. Verde Island, Batangas City
  3. Manuel Uy Beach
  4. Sombrero Island
  5. Sepoc Beach
  6. Fortune Island
  7. Malabrigo Point
  8. Matabungkay Beach
  9. Burot Beach
  10. Calayo Beach
  11. Pulo Island

Q: Can we go to Batangas now?
A: As of writing, Batangas is open to residents and domestic tourists aged 15-65 years old. Travelers under GCQ and MGCQ areas who want to dive in Anilao must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to traveling.

Q: How much budget should I prepare for the Calatagan Beach trip?
A: Your budget depends on how long you’ll stay in Calatagan. If you’re only going on a day tour, prepare at least 2,000 while if you’re staying overnight, P3,000 is good. It would be more affordable if you’re traveling with a group.

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