Wednesday, March 12

Burot Beach

It has been months since my last foray on the road and I was excited as a bumble bee when my itchy feet finally took their first step outside on a cool Sunday morning.  I sent my friend a message a week before asking if she wants to hit the beach.  She immediately said yes and suggested we visit Burot Beach upon seeing the nice photos across the web.

Since we are not living within Metro Manila, I found it hard planning our logistics since we hail from Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.  Not wanting to arrive at sunset, we met and left at four in the morning and took the longer route by public transport.




I was beginning to see Jollibee everywhere since I did not have a decent breakfast. When we were in Sta. Rosa, I said to her that we will eat breakfast at Jollibee Calamba. While we were in Calamba, we agreed to just visit Jollibee in Lipa.  However, our desire to know how to visit Calatagan the other way made us skip Jollibee Lipa and instead promised to ourselves to eat at Jollibee Lian.  But lo and behold! We missed the store in Lian and apparently, there is no Jollibee in Calatagan.  
 

Chickenjoy forgotten, we went ahead and bought our lunch and dinner in Lina's fastfood. We were supposed to cook our own food but we did not have the appropriate camp gears yet. We dropped by the small market and bought some fruits too.  Once we alighted from our bus, we heard trike drivers shouting 'Burot, Burot' right away.  For P 150 per trike, we were on our way to this Henry Sy-owned beach in less than 15 minutes.




The roads going to the beach are rough, making it hard for us to concentrate on trying to catch a glimpse of the sea between the mangrove trees.  Since we went there on a Sunday, we met the other campers on their way back.  This made us smile since it means the beach will be less crowded. We hoped to secure a nice camping spot.

We found one near the beach under the shade of a tree. We chose it as it was near the restrooms and sari-sari store. It was beach front and only costs P 20. 




After having our lunch, we spent the late afternoon inside our tent and rested.  We attempted to steal some sleep but the unforgiving sun prevented us from doing so. As it was still too hot to take a dip, we killed time under the shade of some trees.  We were glad to meet Ate Emm and her beau who were also in the area.  Talk about unplanned meet-ups!

As the afternoon dragged on, we felt we were already there for a couple of days. Time seemed so slow.  Staying in Burot Beach definitely made killing time a hard job.  We enjoyed just watching the far seas as several big ships go to and fro.  A handful of small boats lingered in the more shallow parts. A beautiful white sandbar can be seen from the higher parts of the terrain on that sunny morning.  We did not go there as we were planning to return back to Burot Beach later in the summer.



A lone starfish


My desire to see the Cape Santiago Lighthouse was overpowered by my love of sunsets.  Sure enough, the sunset here did not disappoint.  The sun was hidden most of the time but it gave off a romantic feeling.  It was not the perfect sunset I was hoping to see but it still made me look forward to doing stargazing later on.


The magnificent sunset at Burot Beach

The main camping site's shoreline is rather short but secluded.  Seaweeds can be found in some areas but the waters are relatively clean. It is an ideal beach camping experience for families with kids as the seabed gradually deepens. It is just a bit saddening that the beach is now privately owned and may soon be developed.  I just hope it will be turned into a resort which is affordable to the general public.

Twinkling stars began peeking one by one as soon as the sun said goodbye.  Their sight was calming and we truly enjoyed our slow dinner as we exchanged travel stories. We have only been there for six hours but it felt more like six days.


Burot Beach does not have El Nido's intricate rock formation nor Panglao's fine sand. But definitely, its simple beauty is more than enough to sate one's need to unwind, to relax and to forget the hectic city life even for just some time.  


Burot Beach: a convenient and ideal getaway




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Itinerary and Expenses

Day 1

4 AM
P 8    - House to Balibago Complex
P 23  -  Jeep, Balibago to Calamba
P 45   -  Jeep, Calamba to Lipa
P 35   -  Jeep, Lipa to Lemery 
P 80  -  Van, Lemery to Lian
P 30  -   Bus, Lian to Calatagan

9AM 
ETA -  Calatagan Bus Terminal
P 150 - Food for two days (per person)
P 150 - Trike to Burot Beach (2 persons)
P 130 - Entrance fee
P 20  -  Tent fee

11 AM - Set up camp
12 PM  - Lunch
1 PM   - Rest
4 PM   - Swim | Beach-bumming
530 PM - Sunset viewing
6 PM - Dinner

Day 2

7AM - Breakfast | Swim
10 AM - Brunch

11 AM 
P400 - Trike, ETD for Lighthouse | Church | Park | Town Hall | Bus Terminal
        - 2 persons

12 PM 
P60  - Lunch @ Lina's Fastfood

2 PM
ETD for Laguna
P 80 - Bus, Calatagan to Olivarez (Tagaytay City)
P 25 - Trike to Balibago (Sta. Rosa) terminal
P 40 - Jeep, Tagaytay to Balibago (Sta. Rosa) 

Estimated expenses (per person): P 1177



Fees
P 60 -  Entrance Fee (Day tour)
P 130 - Entrance Fee (overnight)
P 20   - Tent fee (if you have your own tent)
P 200 - Bonfire set-up 
P 70  -  Torch rental
P 300 - Tent rental
P 200 - Table rental
P 150 - Trike rental
P 100 -  Per head. Boat rental: sandbar, starfish island, corals
          - For 1-2 pax: P300 minimum payment
P 50  -  Henna tattoo 
P 25 -  Downtown trike fare

Contact Persons
0915.602.8907 - Mang Ramon or Ate Dolly (Caretakers)
0910.701.6812 - Kuya Jay (boatman) 
0947.271.7989 - Kuya Ayet (trike)


Disclaimer:
Please be advised that the above prices were the rates at time of our visit. It may change from the date of posting.


Other Places of Interest

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Sto. Domingo De Silos Church

Town Plaza
Town Hall

Tips
It would have been cheaper if we went via the Tagaytay route.  However, we left at 4 AM so we took the long route via Lipa.  For those coming from the southern provinces, a direct van from Lipa City going to Lian is available at SM City Lipa Grand Terminal. 

The other day I was walking under Gil Puyat LRT station and I saw DLTBCo Bus offering a Nasugbu/Lian route.  I am just not sure if they offer this route permanently.


                                 


For those coming from Manila, you can take buses going to Lian, Batanggas (BSC Bus) near McDonalds in Pasay, near MRT Taft Station,  Alight at 7-11 Lian (located to your left) and take an ordinary bus going to Calatagan (P 30).  Alight at public market and hire/rent a trike going to Burot Beach.


BSC Bus

According to my research, direct vans to Calatagan can also be hailed at the back of Kabayan Hotel in Pasay.

Mang Ramon, the caretaker, said that you can contact them directly for trike rentals since their drivers are also the security guards in the area.  Fee is also the same at P 150.

There are no accommodations in Burot.  Bring lights for there is no electricity. Restrooms have been set-up but do not expect much.  There is also a small store is but prices are a little bit expensive.  

Note that the last trip back to Manila is at 2 in the afternoon.


restrooms
sari-sari store

If you want a more secluded beach getaway, visit Burot beach on weekdays. :-)



You can visit Lina's Fastfood for those who do not have packed food. Rice meals start at around P50 and below.  This is located along Ayala St.  There are no big restaurants in Calatagan.



Lina's Fastfood along Ayala St.
If you want to explore Calatagan Lightouse, it may be better to do so in the late afternoon since you may catch the caretaker lighting up the parola.

Boats plying the Calatagan-Puerto Galera route are located in Balung-Bato Port at P 500 per way.  Travel time is about four hours.

 







FYIs
Please be responsible citizens of this country.  Throw your trash properly.




More Photos Here


114 comments:

  1. I love sandbars! Happy to know there's one relatively near Manila. :) Will keep Burot in mind for next time.

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    1. Yes Claire! I was able to take a glimpse of the sandbar and it was a beautiful sight! :-D

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    2. Hi, pa comment po hehe, yung mga gusto pong pumuntang burot beach sa calatagan batangas, nag papa rent po ako ng van, L300 van fully air conditioned, 12 max pass , 8,500 po ang rate ko overnyt ๐Ÿš nka ilang balik na din po ako sa burot maganda talaga (tanggal stress) lalo na island hopping , sa sand bar, starfish island at corals , salamat po eto po number ko 09176027685 salamat po

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  2. Bring me to Burot Beach please! :)

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    1. Thanks Ate Chie! Let's go back here later in summer!

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  4. nice one dud, as always very informative.. i will be back on this island.. with APO

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    1. Thank you Kit! Apo will enjoy running with the other dogs there ;-)

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  5. Umpisa na talaga ng Summer! We went to Lemery last week and glad to know na okay rin tong Burot Beach. Okay next stop. Hehe. Thanks sa info Pau.

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    1. Yes Arnie! Dami ngang pwedeng mapuntahan sa Batanggas now ko lang nadidiscover. Welcome!

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  7. wow!!! well written and informative article! I cant wait to hit the beach as my birthday gift to myself hehe ;)

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    1. Thank you Jerjer! Advanced Happy birthday too!

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  9. contct dis numbr f u wnt to go 2 burot 09053587083

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    1. Hi male driver po taga san pascual po ko actually zana young para matuwa ang grandma

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  10. 09053587083 contct dis person,trike driver going 2 burot

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  11. Contct ds numbr f u wnt to go to burot 09053587083

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  12. Very informative post, Pao. I got to discover a beach I have never heard of and I should put this on my list of places to visit. =)

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    1. Salamat Aldous! Yeah, I bet you'll love this beach too. :-)

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  13. Nice post! I come from Sta.Rosa too. May ibang way pa ba papunta sa Calatagan? Marami bang sea urchins and jellyfish? I checked other blogs kasi and yun ang sabi nila. Thanks in advance! :)

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    1. Hi Janelle! Yes, we were able to encounter sea urchins (i'm so happy they're thriving so very near the shore!). I was able to see jellyfish too but they're the small ones and not harmful. The fastest way is via Tagaytay-Nasugbu/Lian route Janelle. Take it from me. hehehe!

      So its good to know you're from Sta. Rosa too. Perhaps see you in the vicinity? :-) Shoot me an email if you have any questions.

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  14. ang ganda ng place. taga Batangas ako lang ako, sana mapuntahan ko yan..!!:)

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  15. Ang ganda ng place! I'm from Batangas, sana makapunta din ako dyan!:)

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  16. kahit po ba may dala kaming woods pang bonfire magbabayad pa din kami ng 200?

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    1. Hello Arjane, yung P 200 kasi they provide all the things you need for your bonfire. You may ask the caretakers via their number above if they will allow you to bring yours. :-)

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  17. Kahit po ba may dala kaming woods pang bonfire kailangan pa din kami magbayad ng 200?

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  18. kahit po ba may dala kaming woods pang bonfire magbabayad pa din kami ng 200?

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  19. If you also wanted to try different yet cool and cheap way of vacay. You can try our place near Tagaytay. Thanks and More power..Be safe always. please visit https://http://bulbuc.weebly.com/

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  20. hi~ just wondering if safe mag-stay sa tent dun lalo sa gabi may kids kame.. really excited to go there kaso this is my main concern.. Thanks!

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    1. Hello Sandra! When I went there there were a few families with little kids. It's safe to camp there since the beach is actually fenced since its inside the property of Henry Sy. Security guards roam at night. too. :-)

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    2. great! I so love your blog very helpful.. Thank you for your response! ^^ God bless!

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    3. You're welcome Sandra and thank you! Enjoy your stay there, :-)

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  21. At Sandra I agree w/Pao. It is SAFE there. It has been our Family getaway every summer to visit Burut every year. Cheap and Clean Beach. We usually bring our own woods, tents. Rechargable lamps would do.

    NOTE: Buy everything you need before night time. It would be very hard for you to go back to Calatagan market and look for things your lacking during night time. Don't forget 1st aid kits, meds. my two cents

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    1. Thanks for the tip Tony! We will try to bring our own woods.. tipid mode hehe..

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  22. @Pao. My apology i posted anonymously yesterday..Our place in Tagaytay. If you're tired of Beaches. Try this. But I'm Manila based. thanks and keep safe. God Bless Nature, God Bless Phils. God Bless us all.

    https://bulbuc.weebly.com/

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    1. Hey Tony! Thank you for the comment! Yeah, I am interested to drop by this place. I am a nature lover so any type of environment is special for me. Is it possible to do a collaboration with you regarding this place?

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  23. Absolutely. Let me give you a little bit of idea.

    I named the place rather the site as Bulbuc:(Bukal or spring water). There is a place there called Bulbuc. Though the picture you were looking at are collection of my personal pics mostly from my Smart phone.

    Place: Sta. Theresa, Alfonso Cavite
    How to get there...
    From Pasay Taft. or at South Provincial terminal(Coastal Mall), look for a Bus(Alfonso Liner or bus bound for Alfonso. I'll keep you posted...sorry little busy hehe.

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  24. Hello pwede lang po ba kami mg drop by jan without informing the caretakers? Thanks.

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    1. Hello Julie! Definitely you can just drop by anytime you want. :-)

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  25. Pupunta kami sa burot dahil sa blog nato! heheh..Thanks for sharing your adventures!

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    1. Hello Anonymous! Thank you! Yes, it's great to explore our very own. Hope you will enjoy Burot! :-)

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    2. Kelan po punta nyo?

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  26. Nice post :) I'm from Binan and we're planning to go to Burot Beach. Buti na lang taga-Santa Rosa ka, pareho lang tayo ng ruta

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    1. Hi! Yes, you just take the Tagaytay-Lian route, that's much faster. :-)

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  27. Hi, pa comment po hehe, yung mga gusto pong pumuntang burot beach sa calatagan batangas, nag papa rent po ako ng van, L300 van fully air conditioned, from manila to burot and from burot to manila . 12 max pass , 8,500 po ang rate ko overnyt ๐Ÿš nka ilang balik na din po ako sa burot maganda talaga (tanggal stress) lalo na island hopping , sa sand bar, starfish island at corals , salamat po eto po number ko 09176027685 salamat po :D

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  28. ..i love to be here.. thanks for the great in info.. :)

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  29. Hi,

    Great Post.
    How much rent ng Tent pag overnight? Thank you

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    1. Thank you! P 300 po ang tent rental. paki-read po yung Fees andun po lahat ^_^

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  32. Hi... thank you for your very informative blog..Pwede bang magluto don?

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    1. Hello May thank you! Yes pwde po magluto doon.brinj your own cooking gadgets!

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  33. Hi... 1st tym nmen ng mga friends ko pupunta sa ganitong place... we dont have any ideas what to bring. Can you help us pls? :) pde b mag dala ng car? If wla kme tent and cook sets, meron ba pde irent dun? Thank you in advance ... your blog is very encouraging. :)

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    1. Dylan hello! Sorry for the late reply I was on the road. Anyway, yes they do allow cars inside. May parking space available dun.

      Salamat po sa compliments. :-)

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  34. bakit 20 pesos lang ang tent fee na nakasulat? :) kakatext ko lang kay mang ramon, 400 po ang tent fee. :)

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    1. Hi Anonymous, P20 po ang tent fee na binayaran namin when we visited. We had our own tent then,

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  35. Hi , 7,000 n lang po rate ko papuntang burot beach, balikan na po yun :) yung mga gusto pong pumuntang burot beach sa calatagan batangas, nag papa rent po ako ng van, L300 van fully air conditioned, from manila to burot and from burot to manila . 12 max pass , 7,000 n lang po ang rate ko overnyt ๐Ÿš nka ilang balik na din po ako sa burot maganda talaga (tanggal stress) lalo na island hopping , sa sand bar, starfish island at corals , salamat po eto po number ko 09176027685 eto din po ung facebook account ko, michael_cupcupin@yahoo.com or search ( john michael cupcupin ) salamat po :D

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  36. Hi pondering paodaolei, asked ko lng po, are there any budget hotels near burot beach? We're planning to go there next weekend, it might be crowded at the beach so we plan to find the nearest hotel then byahe n lng going to burot..any suggestions? :) thanks

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    1. Hello anonymous! Calatagan has several hotels but they are on the luxury side. Di pa developed ang place. Might as well go there very early so you can secure a nice camping spot. :-D

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  37. Contct dis numbr 09053587083 for othr questions

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  38. Sorry but this place is overrated.

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    1. So what are you trying to prove? bida ka na jan sa sinabi mo?

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  39. hi ask ko lng po san sa tagaytay may sakayan papuntang CALATAGAN po????

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    1. Hello Allysia! Pwede kang maghantay ng buses papuntang Lian/Calatagan sa Mendez.

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    2. Allysia yes sa may Olivarez (sa crossing)

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  40. hi. san po sa thaytay me skayan papuntang calatagan????

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  41. hi. san po sa tgaytay me sakayan papuntang calatagan po\?

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    1. Magabang lng po kau s olivares ng mga dumadaang bus n celyrosa galing pasay may signboard po n calatagan ung skyan ni txt nio po aq s numbr n2 09422399069

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  42. Txt nio po c kua trike driver ppuntng burot 09422399069

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  43. Is it swimmable there or on some parts lang?

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  44. pls call or text 0949-7411-982 or 0999-3651-026 pra s mga gustong pumunta sa burot beach..and for a tryk ride service,,salamat po..

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  45. call or txt for info to burot beach 09997176599
    tryk ride service kua ruben

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  46. Will definitely consider this as an option to have our mid-year staff team building,,soon ;-) i hope pwde pet dog? We also plan to bring a generator, papayagan po kya kmi? Though weekday nmn nmin plano mgpunta pra wala gaano tao..

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    1. Hello. It would be best to contact the caretaker, Mang Ramon to check if its ok to bring pets and generator in your visit! His number is indicated above.

      Enjoy your stay! :-))

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  47. Hi. Me and my friends are planning to go Burot this September. Just want to ask few questions :)

    * Do we need to contact someone before going to Burot or we can go there without any reservation?
    * Are we allowed to borrow some stuffs like kaldero/kawali and other things needed for cooking from the caretakers?

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  49. Very informative blog....many thanks Pondering Paodaolei.

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  50. very informative blog...many thanks Pondering Paodaolei

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  51. Maganda po b tlga s burot beach?

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  52. Tricycle ride going to burot beach pls contack or text my number...09468433402...

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  55. Comment ko lang po sa mga magpupunta sa burot beach kung kailangan nyo po ng traysikel na maghahatid sa inyo sa burot pwede nyo po ako itxt o tawagan. Ako po si mervin, eto po # ko. 09367074495.

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  56. Hello po, ako po si mervin kung kelangan nyo po ng trickle papuntang burot beach pwde nyo po ako itxt o tawagan. Eto # ko. 09367074495..

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  57. question po meron po bang van going to calatagan from calamba or balibago complex terminal?any suggestion from this 2 areas?

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  58. question po, meron po bang van going to calatagan market from calamba or balibago complex?or any suggestion from this 2 areas goint to calatagan?

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    1. Hello lablab,.to my knowledge there's no direct van from balibago. You can take tagaytay jeepney, go to Mendez and ride buses for Calatagan. If you see no direct buses to Calatagan, you can ride one going to Lian then its just another bus ride to calatagan from there.

      I will check the van terminals in balibago complex (im from sta rosa btw) then i will get back to you.
      : ))

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  59. hi just wanna ask if burot still open,and open kaya sila ng march 27-29? halos holyweek season na kasi yun, so if ever open sila wala kayang holyweek rate entrance fee per person?
    please help to advise,we want to visit burot kasi this summer
    thanks :)

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  60. hi just wanna ask if burot still open,and open kaya sila ng march 27-29? halos holyweek season na kasi yun, so if ever open sila wala kayang holyweek rate entrance fee per person?
    please help to advise,we want to visit burot kasi this summer
    thanks :)

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  61. hi just wanna ask if burot still open,and open kaya sila ng march 27-29? halos holyweek season na kasi yun, so if ever open sila wala kayang holyweek rate entrance fee per person?
    please help to advise,we want to visit burot kasi this summer
    thanks :)

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    1. Hello Sarah, you can try calling the care takers to inquire.

      0915.602.8907 - Mang Ramon or Ate Dolly (Caretakers) it is listed above as well

      Or you can also try contacting the trike numbers provided by trike drivers you can find in the comments section. :)

      Enjoy Burot.

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  62. Thanks for posting this, thinking of going this holy week, and when I saw the tents pitched up in your photo, I'm having second thoughts!! But thanks for the very detailed blog. :)

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  63. thanks for posting this as we're planning to camp this holy week, but when i saw the tents pitched up, we're having second thoughts! i wonder how busy it would be?? haha

    thanks for the detailed breakdown of expenses too. :)

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    1. Hello shobe, expect Burot in holy week to be full. Its best to visit here during weekdays, less crowded. but note that there's another stretch of long beach at the other side. :)

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  67. Hi there! Im from santa rosa laguna din po and we're planning to visit Burot for day tour lang. What would you recommend the best route po to get there? Commuters lang din po kami. Pede po ba yung batangas po bang van sa balibago complex? Will appreciate much your response po!

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