Located just around 60km from Manila, Tagaytay City has always been the go-to destination for those wishing to escape the searing heat of the capital, especially in the summer season. They come here for two reasons: a cooler climate and a breathtaking view of Taal Lake and Volcano
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Located just around 60km from Manila, Tagaytay City has always been the go-to destination for those wishing to escape the searing heat of the capital, especially in the summer season. They come here for two reasons: a cooler climate and a breathtaking view of Taal Lake and Volcano.
Most people think that Taal Volcano is the small cratered hill on one end of the island in the middle of the lake often depicted in postcards and photographs. The truth is, that is Binintiang Malaki, just one of the volcano’s many cones and craters. Taal Lake itself was actually the caldera of an enormous ancient volcano formed after cataclysmic eruptions in the prehistoric times. The only active part now is that island in the middle of the lake called Volcano Island.
Like a giant balcony with a fantastic view, Tagaytay is perched on the northern ridges of Taal Lake, attracting thousands of vacationers and supporting its massive tourism industry. Its highways and inner alleys are lined with a wide array of accommodations, from luxury villas to budget hotels, and restaurants, ranging from fine dining to its homegrown fast food places.
Best Time To Visit Tagaytay
Temperatures do not exceed 30 degree Celsius. The weather relatively less humidity is ideal for those who love to be outside and one with nature and is the best season to visit Tagaytay. Summers last from March to May.
The temperatures do not fall below 18 degree Celsius. Winters in Tagaytay are a wee bit cooler than winters in bigger cities surrounding it. Expect misty breaths and dewy leaves in December, January and February.
Like the rest of the Philippines, Tagaytay to experiences a high amount of rainfall during its wet season. Avoid visiting the city from June to September because these months receive the highest amount of rainfall. October and November are also relatively wet. Tagaytay has a moderate climate as compared to its metropolis neighbor Manila. The temperatures here are relatively milder and the rainfall is abundant. As such, the best time to visit Tagaytay would be in the dry season, namely November to March.
Things to do in Tagaytay & nearby towns
Whether you’re on for an adventure of a lifetime or just want a quick escape from the busy city life, Tagaytay never fails to satisfy your wanderlust cravings. With the many Tagaytay tourist spots to see, delectable dishes to munch on, and fun experiences not to miss out on while enjoying the cool weather, you will definitely have the vacation you’ve been looking for.
Taal Volcano and Lake
This destination is one of the top Tagaytay tourist spots not to miss! Even at its most devastating state, Taal Volcano remains as one of the most remarkable and eye-catching attractions of nature. It has become a must-visit destination for every traveler across the world because of its picturesque features like no other. This Tagaytay tourist spot can also be admired in many restaurants in the city proper in case you don’t want to go near the volcano.
While this volcano is one of the smallest in the world, it’s also among the most dangerous ones.
Picnic Grove is a beautiful place in Tagaytay City, perfect for families and couples to come for a picnic or just enjoy the stunning view.
Aside from having a picnic, there are other activities here that you can enjoy in this Tagaytay tourist spot such as horseback riding, ziplining, swimming, shopping, and cable car riding. Make sure to try all these things to do in Tagaytay for a fun experience.
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People’s Park in the Sky
People’s Park in the Sky, formerly known as the Palace in the Sky, is an incomplete mansion that was converted into an urban park. The view up there is breathtaking offering you a good sight of the Tagaytay landscape.
It is said that then First Lady Imelda Marcos ordered the mansion to be built to accommodate then U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s planned trip to the Philippines during former President and dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ term. But the construction of this tourist spot in Tagaytay stopped when the visit was canceled. Nevertheless, the unfinished business turned out to be a great attraction that you should include in your Tagaytay tourist spots itinerary.
Bring back your childhood with Sky Ranch’s wide variety of rides such as the Sky Eye, the second tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines, Super Viking, and Sky Cruiser, as well as smaller rides fit for kids. This fun tourist spot in Tagaytay does not only offer fun rides but also a good view of the Taal Volcano. You’re hitting two birds with one stone at this Tagaytay tourist spot even if you’re just on a day tour in Tagaytay.
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If you only planned a Tagaytay itinerary 1 day, this place is great to visit. Puzzle Mansion houses one of the largest collections of finished puzzles in the world that earned a Guiness World Record for puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna in 2012. There are various 2D and 3D puzzle sets, pieces of several shapes, sizes, materials, and subject matter. And of course, you shouldn’t miss the puzzle reproductions of paintings by world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Degas, and Gaudi. Make sure you won’t miss Puzzle Mansion as this is one of the best Tagaytay tourist spots.
Tranquil and romantic—these words perfectly describe Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay Philippines. Surrounded by lush greenery and colorful flowers and full of wooden furniture make the place like the ones in fairy tales. It’s a tropical garden, Bed and Breakfast, and Restaurant in one perfect for intimate gatherings, special occasions, and a proposal venue, that’s why Sonya’s Garden is one of the best places to visit in Tagaytay for couples.
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If you’re an animal lover and fancy a safari-kind-of-like trip, then you might want to include Paradizoo and ZooRI (Zoo at Residence Inn) in your Tagaytay tourist spots itinerary. You can see all kinds of lovely animals from farm-raised horses, chickens and wild ones like lions, monkeys to aerial creatures. You can also see reptiles like snakes and iguanas and various sea creatures. So if you’re still asking where to go in Tagaytay, this is the answer.
Caleruega is located in Nasugbu, Batangas, but it is easily accessible from Tagaytay. The place got its name from the municipality of Caleruega in Spain, the birthplace of the father of the Order of the Preachers, Saint Dominic de Guzman. It was built to serve as a venue for contemplation, but has made a name for itself over the years as one of the most well-known wedding venues in the country. It also harbors well-maintained retreat houses and well-manicured gardens.
How to get there: At Olivarez/Rotonda, take the jeepney bound for Nasugbu and tell the driver to drop you off at Hillcrest/Evercrest. Fare: P25. From KC Hillcrest entrance, hail a tricycle to Caleruega Chapel. Fare: P50.
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