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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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)
- Alighted in Lian, went to palengke where the jeep to Calatagan is.
- Told the driver to drop us off in the new palengke where our contact tricycle driver was waiting for us. That was it! :)
- 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.
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.
- 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.
"I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior." ~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990