A few weeks ago, I met one of the country’s top bloggers, Yoshke Dimen. We had a meeting for a little project we’re brewing and then the discussion landed on why Batangas seem to struggle in promoting tour packages.
Is there really a struggle?
Yoshke is a native of Lemery but is currently based in Manila. In his blog, he did a feature on the must-visit places of Batangas and a few chunks on what to eat and what to do here. He pointed out that the reason why Batangas is hard to conquer for a day tour is because the most interesting places are scattered all over the province and when you try to see all of them, you have to spend at least three days and that could be pretty exhausting.
Batangas could cater religious tours as Lipa City alone has a number of religious sites to visit, being the “Little Rome of the Philippines”.
The province is most popular for its beaches located in San Juan, Lobo, Mabini, Lemery, Calatagan, Lian, and Nasugbu. Batangas is also known for a great number of swimming pool resorts. You can never run out of destinations if swimming is your thing.
If you’re up for a gastronomical adventure, there are a lot of local restaurants you can try. Popular for non-Batangueños are Casa Rap in San Jose, Rose and Grace in Sto. Tomas for the famous Batangas bulalo, Gotohan sa Barangay in Lipa City, and Kainan sa Dalampasigan in Nasugbu.
For historical sites, there are several of them located far apart from each other — Casa de Segunda in Lipa City, Mabini Shrine in Tanauan City, and Punta de Santiago in Calatagan, among many others.
Now if you want to relax and spa services make your spirit happy, you can visit Villa Crisanta Garden Resort in Rosario (they have a lovely Bali-inspired spa), Valentino Resort and Spa in San Jose, or for a luxurious and holistic spa treatment, go to The Farm at San Benito also in Lipa City.
True to its tagline, “It’s all here. It’s so near.”, everything you need to complete an excursion or a vacation is all here. The thing is, these destinations are located away from each other. That means you have to traverse the province if you want to experience all these destinations.
Don’t you think that’s kind of exciting? Road-tripping all the way! Haha. Tiring, it is. But that’s what will keep you coming back to Batangas. On second thought, it’s a nice advantage.
TRAVEL TIP? Get a map of Batangas and check out the towns I’ve mentioned earlier. Point out how many towns or cities you can go to for a day tour or for a weekend getaway. You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with too many things, just take it easy.