The "secret" beach

Burot Beach Batangas: A getaway for just P1000

Read our quick guide here.

UPDATES
  • (11/28/2016) Manuel-Uy Beach is an alternative to Burot beach. Although, we got an email from one of our readers that a man tried to enter their tent while they were at Manuel-Uy Beach (1am). Be extra careful.
  • (7/6/2016) We’ve been getting messages that they have now closed Burot Beach. Please confirm before visiting.
  • (4/5/2016) We added an FAQs Section (Frequently Asked Questions)
  • (4/5/2016) We have been getting updates from fellow travelers that the camping area is not as clean as before. Mainly because of travelers who just leave their trash. Let us be responsible travelers and clean up afterwards!
BUROT BEACH

Batangas is well-known for its beaches and its proximity with Manila makes it one of the most visited beach destinations in the country. The beaches of Laiya and Nasugbu automatically makes the list of weekend warriors looking for a quick beach getaway near the capital. Although, since these towns are now very commercialized, travel to these places are getting more and more expensive.

Getting lost in Burot Beach Calatagan, Batangas

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Burot beach, a hidden gem found in Calatagan, Batangas, is a lot different from its cousins. Compared to other beaches in Batangas, you can visit Burot with just P1000 in your pocket. It is a privately owned beach, still open to the public. No grand accommodations nor electricity available. If you’re looking for a cheap weekend camping experience with your friends, Burot is a must-try.

GETTING THERE
  1. Take a Calatagan-bound bus. Celyrosa transport offers this route at Coastal Mall. Go down at Calatagan Market. Travel time is around 3 – 4 hours. Celyrosa only has three air-conditioned buses for this route. The rest are ordinary buses. Also, make sure to be at the station early since Calatagan-bound buses are limited. Vans bound for Calatagan are also available in Pasay near Kabayan hotel. As back up, you may take a bus to Lian then take another ride to Calatagan. Other routes are also available, you can ask bus conductors in Coastal Mall for help.
  2. Once in Calatagan Market, hire a tricycle going to Burot Beach. Travel time 15 – 20 mins. We advise you to buy your supplies at the market since there’s only one available sari-sari store in Burot.
WHERE TO STAY
The
Clear skies and white sand

Burot is a remote beach. No hotels nor inns are available. There’s no electricity as well. Your tent is your only accommodation. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own tent, you can rent one for just P400.

If you are not into camping there are hotels and resorts in Calatagan. You may just Day-trip Burot instead.

ITINERARY

DAY 1:

  • 0900 Bus departs for Calatagan
  • 1300 Bus arrives at Calatagan. Buy supplies at Calatagan Market.
  • 1330 Hire tricycle to Burot Beach
  • 1350 Arrive at Burot Beach proper
  • 1400 Set-up Camp

We departed late from Manila since Celyrosa buses to Calatagan are very limited. We bought our supplies at Calatagan market as advised by our tricycle driver. We bought our water supply here as well. There’s a water source in Burot but we were not sure if it’s potable. The tricycle ride to the beach didn’t take long. You will be stopped at the guard house where you will pay your entry fees. You can ask them for tent rentals as well.

Don't forget to watch the sunset
Don’t forget to watch the sunset
and watch how the sky changes!
and watch how the sky changes!

DAY 2:

  • 0700 Wake-up Call
  • 1030 Pack-up and Break camp
  • 1100 Freshen up
  • 1200 Take Tricycle back to Calatagan Market
  • 0100 Bus Departs for Manila
  • 1500 Tagaytay Sidetrip
  • 1700 Bus departs for Manila
  • 1900 Arrival at Manila

We woke up early in the morning to prepare breakfast and break camp. We were told that you can do island hopping as well. Just approach some boatmen and ask about it, P150 is a good rate already according to some locals. Just remember, that the last trip back to Manila from Calatagan is at 3pm/4pm. To make sure, kindly confirm with your trike driver the schedule of the last bus back to Manila. You can drop-by Tagaytay if you want! We did!

BUDGET
  • Transportation: P160 Aircon bus. P140 Ordinary bus. P200 Tricycle to Burot.
  • Accommodation: Free. Tent rentals at P400.
  • Food: Free. Only one sari-sari store available. Grilling stations are available for a fee.
  • Entrance fees: Daytour P65. Overnight P130.

Burot beach is definitely one of the cheapest beach getaways we have experienced. We recommend that you to bring your own cook set and tent, it will save you a lot of money! You just need P1000 or probably less if you’re a group!

TIPS
  1. Burot beach is a private property.
  2. Make sure to bring headlamps, flashlights or whatever light source you prefer. There is no electricity in the area.
  3. Again, there are no accommodations in Burot. Toilets and shower rooms are available but don’t expect much.
  4. You will also be charged a fee of P20 on top of the entry rates. They will give you a list of beach guidelines and a trash bag. We think this is a good initiative from the management, so do your part, be a responsible traveler and clean up afterwards.
  5. Find the “secret” beach: People usually set-up camp near the entrance and store, it’s a long stretch with a number of camping spots. But if you are looking for a quiet, serene place to camp, upon entering, go to the far left side of the “main Burot beach”. Go down beyond the rocks, and some trees and you will find another stretch. At that time, we were the only ones there.

The only downside at camping here is the water’s usually low-tide and shade is scarce. If you don’t mind the weekend crowd, the main beach is still a good place to camp!

FAQs
  1. Is the beach still open? It’s now closed.
  2. Is it safe? You will pass by a guard house upon entering. It seemed safe when we visited but you can never be too sure in any place. Just be extra careful always and be mindful of your belongings.
  3. Are there parking spaces? Yes, you may park along the beach itself. When we visited last, there were parked cars along the beach. Some campers set-up camp near their vehicles.
  4. Are there public toilets? Yes but it it’s not well-maintained.
  5. Are there tables for rent? There were picnic tables when we visited. We are not sure if they are for rent or free to use.

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