Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Burot Beach Summer Escapade


Summer has started and I haven't been anywhere since we visited Batanes last February. Beau and I thought of nearby beaches to go to for a quick dip. Batangas of course is always on the list. I've had enough of San Juan (Laiya) so we tried to go a little further. We've been hearing about Burot Beach quite often recently, so we decided to see it for ourselves.


Day 1

We received last minute confirmation from our friends Richard and Kat, that they will be joining us. Wee! We won't be on ourselves. Straight from my work shift the night before, I hurried up to meet them. We all met at Mc Donalds in Edsa-Taft, just a few steps from the bus station.


Burot Beach



There was no more Calatagan-bound bus when we arrived so we just took the one going to Lian. It took us 45 minutes to reach Calatagan Market (palengke) from Lian. There were 2 palengkes, old and new. But you can find a tricycle to bring you to Burot from both markets for the same rate. It is a popular beach destination even for the locals.


dusty road to the beach

We had lunch and bought our water and food supplies before heading to Burot. The road going to the beach is rough and dusty. It reminded me of the road going to Magalawa.


jam-packed!

It was already around 1:00 PM when we made it to the beach. Since it is summer vacation and a weekend, I already expected it to be very crowded. Most of the best camping spots were already occupied. Good thing we still found a spot under a tree. After setting up our tents, we decided to rest. The sun was still too hot for us to go swimming.


beach view from the sea


I don't know how we fell asleep with that heat. We all went for a swim came 4 o'clock. Some parts of the beach have sea grasses which makes it not good for swimming. But if you'll go to the farthest right side, you'll find the perfect spot to swim. No seaweeds, just fine sand. That was where we spent most of our time at the sea.


Kat-Chard-Moi-Beau

It was a total bonding moment for us since the last time we traveled with this couple friend of ours was way back in Holy Week 2012 in Calaguas. We had fun fooling around and taking silly pictures of each other while waiting for the sunset.


what a pleasant surprise


I never expected that this part of Batangas has a spectacular sunset. Look at that.


loving this sunset


Enjoying too much, we've forgotten how crowded the beach was. It resulted to us queuing for almost an hour just to take a bath and the gory details I won't tell anymore.

We went stargazing later that night but I guess I was too tired and sleep deprived that I fell asleep after a few minutes of lying down in the sand. We just went back to the tent and called it a night.


Day 2

The next morning, we were up early to buy some freshly caught fish for lunch. Our driver told us that the local fishermen usually come back from the sea at around 6:00 AM. On our way to the fishermen's port, we were greeted by this beautiful view of the serene river.


such a beautiful sight


What a lovely morning walk. And we found what we were looking for! We bought a big fish weighing 1 kilo. Good enough for the four of us.


fresh catch


Even without a cooking set like real campers have, we were able to cook our food. Just a few big rocks, some dried leaves and old newspaper and we got our charcoal flaming. We cooked our rice and grilled our fish simultaneously. Ha!


our makeshift super stove haha ;)

We bought lomi for our soup, then we had some salted egg with onion and tomato for our side dish and soy sauce with calamansi and chili as the dip for our grilled fish. Yum! For the dessert, we bought ice drops monggo and buko salad flavors from the Manong vendor at the beach hehe. Solb!


and here's our dining area :)

Our friends had to go back to Manila first. They have work come Monday morning. So they left ahead of us, just a few hours after lunch that day.


up for some early morning swim?


It was another clear sunny day at the beach but we don't want to risk getting sunburned so bad. Beau had his siesta while I resorted to reading a book. I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. Naiyak sa beach ang lola nyo haha! :)




I suggested to go swimming much earlier than the previous day because I don't want to have the same bathroom experience. Things went as planned. I was done bathing before sunset. 


it has been another day

We took a long walk by the beach during the sunset and I wasn't disappointed. Another beautiful sunset graced the skies that afternoon.


the sunset lover me

Dinner was cooked and eaten in the dark once again. But I loved our second day the better. Most campers had left already. It was more peaceful, no more drunk people shouting or whatsoever, shorter queue in comfort rooms,  less garbage and no more tents blocking the sea view. I slept sounder that night.


How we made it to Burot Beach:
  1. San Agustin Lines Bus from Pasay Rotonda bound to Lian, Batangas. (If you are from the South or you want a direct trip to Calatagan, head to the Southwest Provincial Terminal located at the back of Coastal Mall)
  2. Alighted in Lian, went to palengke where the jeep to Calatagan is.
  3. Told the driver to drop us off in the new palengke where our contact tricycle driver was waiting for us. That was it! :)
  4. Going back to Manila, we went back to Lian because only Cely Rosa ordinary buses go directly to Manila from Calatagan. From Lian highway, there are already numerous aircon buses bound for Manila that passes by.
Transpo and Resort Expenses:

Php 152.00 - Pasay to Lian Bus
         40.00 - Jeep to Calatagan
         50.00 - Tric to Burot Beach
       130.00 - Resort Entrance Fee
         20.00 - Tent Pitching Fee (if you will be renting a tent, plus 300 or 400)
         50.00 - Tric from Burot Beach to Simbahan
         40.00 - Jeep to Lian
       152.00 - Lian to Pasay Bus

Food budget varies depending on the campers, of course. In our case, we brought our own rice, some canned goods and just bought a few snacks and bread from the local market. I think I only spent just Php 800.00 for this 3D2N beach camping trip. ;)


What I Liked About It:
  • The beach is nice. Fine white sand in Batangas!
  • The lovely sunset
  • Its location. It is only a few hours away from Manila.
  • Its accessibility. Whether you have your own car or just commuting, it is easily accessible.
  • Budget-friendly. You don't have to spend too much to enjoy this beautiful beach.
What I Didn't Like About It:
  • The bathroom and the comfort rooms. And hindi ako maarte nor maselan. But I'm giving them benefit of the doubt. Baka pag hindi ganun karami ang tao, mas okay siguro ang CR situation.
  • They allow vehicle parking at a very close proximity to the beach. Yung iba, sa may beach na mismo. I hate it not only because it's an eyesore but most campers who did that left a lot of rubbish at the beach. Please make it a habit to clean as you go! Wag nyo pong i-expect na sa murang halaga ng Entrance Fee na ibinayad nyo, e trabaho na ng mga caretakers na linisin lahat ng ikinalat nyo. Let us all help in maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of Burot Beach.
  • There are not enough garbage containers in the area. Well, campers should really bring or have their own garbage bags. But for those people who don't really care about the environment, I think had there been more garbage bin visibility in the area, it would somehow made them think to put their trashes there.
These are just my personal opinion. Don't get me wrong, I loved the place. The beach was great. You just probably better go here during off-season to avoid experiencing these things. I would say, give it chance! It's worth it! Oh and please, dispose your rubbish properly! Let's keep it clean! :)


"I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior." ~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

37 comments :

  1. Trickle rent to burot beach. Text or call me. Im mervin. Here is my #. 09367074495.

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  2. call or txt for info to burot beach 09997176599 kua ruben

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  3. ADVENTURE TO BUROT BEACH
    i'm sure you can enjoy the beautiful white sand
    the clean water
    you can relax the beautiful place
    TRY IT BELIEVE IT
    just call or text : kuya Romy
    to guide you any time you want
    contact no: 09266452950

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    1. Is kuya Romy the caretaker? Pwede ba kami pagpunta ng ganung Gabi? Bukas pa ba dun sa entrance?magkano po kung pupounta kami ng march 27

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    2. Hi Juliet. I don't think so. He might be a tric driver who can take you to the beach. As far as I know wala pong contact na kailangan from the resort kase madali lang naman sya puntahan at hindi na kailangan ng reservation. At meron mga dumarating dun ng gabi nung nandun kami so I think pwede po.

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  4. Hello :) Ask ko lang po yung 130 na entrance fee, good na po yun for 3D2N?

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    1. Hi! I replied to your email po. But to answer it again, it's an Entrance Fee not a nightly rate so one-time payment lang po sya. We stayed there 2 nights and wala na kami additional fee na binayaran. Hope it helps! :)

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  5. Hi rough road po ba papunta ng burot mismo? Thanks :)

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    1. Hello April. Yung papasok lang po sa beach and hindi naman ganun kalubak yung daan. Maalikabok lang hehe.

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  6. Ilang oras po byahe Pasay to barut beach?

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  7. hi lizzie hope you could reply through my email rattlesnake19@gmail.com, thanks in advance ^-^
    do they have a safe parking space? how much cost ng tent rental? and since ive been reading alot of negative comments regarding their cr,is it possible to bring our own arinola? hehe

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    1. Hello Mehry! Sorry late reply, just got back from a trip. :)

      The parking space is actually inside the beach vicinity. I would say it is safe because you can actually see your car from the camp site, it is that close to the beach! Bringing your own "arinola" is very possible but still you have to deal with disposing your pees and whatnot sa CR nila hehe.

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  8. Hello to all who wants to go to burot beach. If you have no service, contact me to this #. 09367074495./09215891719.. Thank you..

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  9. Hi.. May mga accessible na kainan po ba dun na malapit sa campsite or its a must na magdala ng pagkaen? Parang mahirap po magluto dun :( At alam nyo po ba kung san dun nakakapagrent ng tent?? Dun na po ba mismo sa campsite meron?

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    1. Hi Everlyn! Wala pong mga resto or karinderya dun, so it it highly advisable to bring your own food. Meron nagtitinda sa loob pero mga merienda at light snacks lang yung nakita namin. Meron naman mga ihawan dun and pwede mag-improvise ng sariling lutuan like ng ginawa namin hehe. About tents, yes meron po sila. Sa entrance pa lang sabihin nyo na kaagad na magrerent kayo ituturo po nila kayo sa nagpaparent. Enjoy! :)

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  10. Hi. ask ko lang kung may sarili kayong sasakyan madadala mo ba yung sasakyan near sa beach? at kaya ba makapasok yung sasakyan malapit sa beach o iiwan sa malapit na bayan yung sasakyan?

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    1. Yes, cars can go near the beach if you really read my post!

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  11. How about po sa safety sa lugar? I mean, paano kung mag sand bar or mag snorkeling, syempre iiwan namin ung gamit sa tent.

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    1. Wala naman nawala sa amin. We just closed our tents and hide our valuables well. If you're not feeling secure, bring padlocks for your tents! ;)

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  12. Hi! Ask ko lang sana kung pwede bang mai-post dito ang cp no. ng local na nag-assist sa inyo sa Burot beach? at ask ko na rin sana kung may idea ka kung open pa rin eto sa public up to now November 2015? Thank you very much! :)

    Camille

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    1. As far as I know, this beach is open all year round. About contact no., I don't have any. Tricycles can be found easily and they have the same/fixed rates. Then yung sa beach naman wala rin kami contact info kase hindi na po kailangan ng reservation doon. You can just walk in and somebody will assist you. Have fun! :)

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  13. Thanks for this article, really helpful, planning to bring my wife and our 10 month old daughter, safe kaya kay baby? ano sa tingin niyo po?

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    1. Hello JV. Kung daytrip lang kayo, I think okay lang po to bring your baby. Just bring everything that will make her comfortable sa beach setting. More of a beach camp kase sya, not a resort with complete facilities. Kung medyo maselan po kayo when it comes to your baby, go somewhere else na lang po muna hehe.

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    2. Thanks po.. sige po.. will plan it muna.. di naman po maselan. inaalala ko lang rin po kasi baka masyadong mainit sa tanghali sa loob ng tent.

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    3. Actually, yun din naiisip ko na mag-cause ng discomfort kay baby. Mainit nga from noon hanggang hapon. You're welcome po.

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  14. Hi! We are planning to go in Burot this Friday.
    Since it is holiday, do you still recommend to go in this place?
    And how much for a tent to rent? is it for person each? thanks :)
    -JILL

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    1. Hello Jill! Based on personal experience, I won't go back there during peak season (like long weekend/holidays). There will be no "comfort" in the comfort rooms haha! Worst toilet situation I've ever experienced. Sobrang dami kase ng tao. Tent rental ranges from Php 300-800 depending on the size po. Mahirap din makipagsapalaran kung may available pa lalo na siguradong maraming tao this coming weekend.

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    2. Hi!, open ba sila even holy week? good friday? thanks!

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    3. Yes, open po sila even Holy Week. But expect a LOT of people and well... garbage. You're welcome!

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    4. hello ask ko lang po safe po ba pag night at may contact po kayo nila dun sa burot beach .thank u po

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    5. bukas po kaya ang beach ng january thanks po

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    6. isa pa ngapala ask ko narin may tubig poba kahit pang banlaw lang pag tapos mag swimming?

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    7. Sa pagkakaalam ko open sila all year round. Yup may tubig po but please don't expect ng magandang CR hehe. Wala po kaming contact doon kase hindi naman kailangan. May staff doon sa beach.

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  15. hello po mam nag hahanp po kami ng camping site nakita kopo itong burot beach maganda sya kaya lang walang info about sa place at salamat at meron katulad mo na pwede kaming guide ask ko lang yung po bang entrace fee nyo 3d and 2 n napo bayon o pernignht po ang bayad at kamusta po ang atmosphere sa gabi dinaman poba nakakatakot balak po naming ngayon this coming january pumunta sa palagay nyo po ba open `pa yon ok lang din po ba kung oner ang dadalin na car? salamat po

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  16. ask ko lang din po kung sa paligid bago makarating sa beach may mga bahay po ba?

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    1. Entrance po yun so ibig sabihin one time fee. Not scary kase laging maraming tao dun. May mga fishing community within the area. Kahit anong sasakyan pwede, may mga jeep pa nga nung punta namin. May mga ibang bloggers po na nagsasabing sarado na ang Burot for public but I'm not so sure. You can try some of those people who left their cell#s above to check kung totoo nga.

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