Lakwatseros and lakwatseras can’t get enough of travel; they use all their paid leaves to go wherever. Once their leaves run out or are just waiting for their next trip, they travel over the weekend. Batangas is often the go-to choice because of its accessibility not just from Manila but also from the surrounding provinces. The province has places of interest and things to do that will satisfy your need for wanderlust, making it a popular weekend travel destination because of its many beaches, mountains, and historic attractions. If you are a weekend warrior, here are some destinations to consider for your trip.
If light-sand shores are what you are looking for, look no further than a trip to Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. This area’s nearness and accessibility from Metro Manila make it a popular choice for weekend warriors who love the beach. There are many beachfront (or at least a short walk or drive away from one) resorts where you can relax and unwind. Spend the weekend just hanging out, taking leisurely walks along the shore, wading or swimming in the waters.
Other than Laiya, Nasugbu is another popular beach destination in Batangas. The beaches are developed with resorts that offer comfortable rooms and quality facilities for weekend warriors who want a chill time after a week of work. Book online and ahead of your trip because rooms may sell out especially o Saturday and Sunday.
See detailed Nasugbu article here: NASUGBU Travel Guide
Fortune Island became a famous destination for the “Greek” vibe it provides visitors. The columns and statues left in ruins have given the island an exotic feel. It also has a light-colored sand shore and cerulean waters that will entice you to take a dip. Its Instagram-able appeal has made it a popular destination for weekend warriors. Go up the hill to get a stunning bird’s eye views of the sea and the beach.
Taal Heritage Town
Other than beaches and mountains, Batangas is also a place to get a glimpse of the past. Taal Heritage Town is the destination to visit for a nostalgic look into a bygone era. Here you’ll find the beautiful Taal Basilica with its stunning exteriors and interiors. It is massive; in fact, it is one of the biggest churches in Asia. Other than the church the town is home to a handful of heritage houses turned into museums.
Pristine beaches are the main reason weekend warriors make their way to Calatagan, Batangas. This area has a history dating back to pre-Spanish times, it was a trading port for locals centuries ago. Fast forward to today, it is now a laid back beach destination for those who want to disappear and forget the frenetic pace of the city. The sunsets here are simply stunning and picture-perfect. Calatagan is also an ideal place to go bird watching.
See detailed Calatagan article here: CALATAGAN Travel Guide
Located in Mabini, Anilao doesn’t have the beautiful shores of some destinations in the province, but it more than makes up for it with a stunning underwater ecosystem. The main reason visitors go here is to go scuba diving. Many first-timers get their license here while more experienced divers just want an accessible dive destination over the weekend. Once you submerge into its crystalline waters, you’ll be greeted by a variety of fish and colorful corals of varying shapes and sizes.
See detailed Anilao article here: ANILAO Travel Guide
Masasa Beach is a beautiful beach destination worth including for your weekend getaway. Located on the island municipality of Tingloy, Masasa Beach offers white sand and turquoise waters to those that have the patience to reach it. The usual jump-off point to Tingloy is Anilao in Mabini.
If privacy is what you’re looking for, then Sepoc Beach is the place just for it. Eagle Point Resort operates the beach and provides visitors with top-notch facilities for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Take leisurely strolls, breathe in the fresh air, go swimming and enjoy the views.
Mount Gulugod Baboy
Nature lovers often go to Batangas over the weekend because of its proximity to Metro Manila. One of their go-to places is Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Anilao, Mabini. The trail is relatively easy that’s why this mountain is often atop the list of first-timers who want to try hiking. The views are fetching and the air fresh, making for a good whole day or half-day out. If a day isn’t enough for you, you can also camp in designated areas to watch the stunning sunset.
Mount Lobo has rolling slopes that are manageable even for beginners. The jump-off point is Barangay Nagtaluntong in Lobo. The views are simply beautiful and will make you stop and stare every now and then. If a day hike during a Saturday or Sunday isn’t enough, you can pitch a tent in the camping grounds and spend the night to watch the sunset or sunrise from the mountain.