Tagaytay

Tagaytay overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas and provides views of Taal Volcano Island in the middle of the lake through various vantage points situated in the city.

Taal lake has many different tour options, but the tour company recommended by many is Taal Yacht Club. If you want to hike, choose the NO horse option. If you want to ride the horse, than choose that option. The regular trail is the most common trail and worth a look. It’s a basic hike with good views. The secret trail is a bit more challenging of a hike as the second half is a little rocky and a bit steep down to the crater/lake edge. Though hiking that second half was more appealing to me than riding the horse down and back up it! The secret trail is less crowded, usually.

The drive up to Tagaytay from Taal isn’t too bad. The road is good, though a little curvy. Great views on the way up!

Here is a website that shows you various ideas and places to go while in Tagaytay.

Tagaytay tourist website

For food, I have three recommendations:

  1. Bag o’Beans (main branch)

It’s great for families and a more relaxed environment. There are 5 different options and each one is a different feel to it. Check out their main website for their other locations. I’m sure each location would be a nice place to visit.

2. Breakfast at Antonio’s

Really beautiful views and good breakfast. Has a great bakery out front and also other good foods for other times of the day. Also good for families, but a bit pricier.

3. Antonio’s

Great for couples and special occasions. It’s higher class and no open toe shoes are allowed, meaning no sandals/flip flops. It’s a 4 or 5 course meal.