DIY Travel Guide Series: Overnight camping in Burot Beach, Batangas
Burot Beach is a relatively calm and peaceful place. It’s remote and entirely undeveloped with hardly any amenities save a few outhouses constructed from bamboo.How about a Camping in Burot Beach?
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I believe that’s all part of Burot’s rugged charm, which I confess I immediately fell in love with.
Since the beach is generally for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, unwind and recharge, there are plenty of ways to do that here and most of them for free!
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- Nap on the beach. Just make sure to put on sunblock or sit in the shade!2
- Play Frisbee, volleyball, or other beach sports.
- Grill burgers or hotdogs (you’ll have to bring your own grill and charcoal for this one, though the locals can maybe assist you with lighting it).
- Swim! The current is virtually non-existent so it’s safe to go far out into the water. But be sure to tell your companions where you’ll be going, and be careful!
- Explore the nearby rock formations.
- Watch the sunset! Calatagan faces the west, so the sunset views are extraordinary. Take lots of photos. The views are Facebook cover photo worthy, I promise.
- Boatmen also offer to take you out to a sandbar for PHP 130 per head.
- Build a bonfire! The locals sell bundles of firewood at PHP 200 a pop.
- There’s nothing quite like looking up at the night sky to make you realize how small and insignificant you really are, and how grateful you should be for your life and all your blessings.
- For the over-eighteens – sitting around a bonfire is the perfect time to break out a beer or two. (Or three…)
- If it’s not too cold, spread out a blanket on the sand and go to sleep right on the beach instead of in your tent!
Travel Tips/ Things to Remember
- Burot Beach is pretty isolated. The nearest place you can buy – well, anything – is the Calatagan town proper, which is a bit of a drive from the beach. So buy everything you need beforehand.
- There is, however, a market in the town proper. I suggest buying fruits, vegetables, fish, or meat from the market so they’re as fresh as can be.
- Stay hydrated and re-apply sunblock! There’s not a lot of shaded areas, so this is very important. Sunburn is the worst.
- Bring some reading materials (books, magazines etc.), cards, music, a ball or Frisbee to toss around, etc.
- Bawal maarte! Putting on airs or being finicky or pretentious will get you nowhere. The bathrooms are simple bamboo outhouses, there are no cottages or resorts, and the sand will get everywhere (and I do mean everywhere).
- Like I said, there are no cottages or resorts, but you can rent a tent for just PHP 300. The locals will even put it up for you! 3 to 4 people can fit in one tent.
- Parking is free!
- Take lots and lots of pictures. Burot is breathtakingly beautiful! And, as I mentioned, Calatagan faces west, so the sunset is nothing short of magnificent.
Things to Bring to Burot Beach:
- A GRILL (plus charcoal, lighter fluid, aluminium foil, and matches). We brought along a portable grill and it pretty much saved us from having to eat cold leftovers or uncooked canned food for the whole trip.
- You can bring chips if you’d like, but we also bought fresh fruits at the Calatagan market (nothing like fresh cold pears while you’re hot and sweaty from sunning on the beach). You can also bring crackers, power bars, or pre-cooked food packed in plastic containers.
- Garbage bags! Remember, leave no trace!
- Personal effects – wallet, phone, camera, etc.
- There is absolutely no electricity at Burot.
- Battery-operated lamps or flashlights, or candles. Other than your bonfire, there will be no other source of light.
- Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, moisturizer, SUNBLOCK (very, very important!).
- Again, for the over-eighteens, alcohol!
- We brought 2 five-gallon water containers with spigots, which we set up on a low-hanging tree branch so the water would flow freely.
- Clothing – extra clothes, swimsuits, cover-ups, towels (I suggest something like those Aquazorb towels which dry quickly). I also highly recommend bringing along sarongs or pashminas. Those things are magic – they can serve as a cover-up, an extra towel, you can put them on the sand so you can lie down, wear it as a skirt, hang it up and you can change behind it.
- Volleyball, Frisbee, cards, portable music player, light books or magazines, etc.
How to Go to Burot Beach from Manila
By private vehicle:
- Take the SLEX until the Sta. Rosa Exit, passing Tagaytay. Take the Nasugbu-Tagaytay Road.
- Upon arriving at the Nasugbu-Lian intersection, turn right heading for Lian.
- You will pass the Central Azucarera Don Pedro Sugar Refinery. Take a left at the intersection. Drive straight towards the Sto. Domingo church, then turn right towards the town market.
- Pass the market and turn left at M. Apacible Street and you should see signs directing you to Burot Beach.
- After M. Apacible, it’s all tiny one-way dirt roads. There’s even a sliver of a land bridge passing through mangroves that leads to the beach (be very careful here, as one wrong turn can send your car careening into the water). Number one tip to not get lost: ask locals for directions.
By commuting (van):
- Take a van going to Calatagan. The terminal is near the Kabayan Hotel at the EDSA-Taft MRT Station. Fare is Php 180 per person.
- Ask to be let down at the Calatagan market. Take a tricycle to Burot Beach. Fare is PHP 50 per person.
By commuting (bus):
- Take a Celyrosa bus going to Calatagan at the Pasay Rotonda terminal.
- From the Calatagan Bus Terminal, get a tricycle going to Burot Beach
About the Contributor:
A law student struggling to balance the daily grind with wanting to see the world. She can often be found with her nose in a book. She likes Spanish poetry, red lipstick, horror movies, and food. People often tell her she’s too loud for her own good. Sometimes she takes it as a compliment.
Name of the Place: Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas, Philippines
Date/s of your Travel: October 26 to 27 2015
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