A Traveler’s Guide to Burot Beach

As of this writing, Burot Beach is one of the hidden treasures of Calatagan, Batangas. It’s an undeveloped beach situated about 20-30 minutes away from the town proper. It’s sand, though not as fine as the sands of Boracay, is white and adorned by white seashells.

It’s cool blue waters is a sight for the sore eyes and would captivate anyone who loves to be outdoors. However, it’s not for the extreme sportsman. The water remained calm and shallow during our stay. It’s so shallow that kids can be said wading about at least 10 meters from the shore. So while it may not be perfect for those who like to swim, it’s definitely ideal for those who just want to submerge themselves in water and bask in the blazing glory of the sun.

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How to get there

Burot Beach is about 2 to 3 hours from the Pasay terminal, depending on the traffic.Though it would definitely be less stressful to bring your own vehicle, it would take you far longer to get to the this place since I noticed that the driver passed by subdivisions on our way there. Thus, I really think that we made a good decision to commute.

If you would like to commute too, make your way to the terminal station near Metropoint Mall. It’s not actually in the mall itself but beside the 24-hour McDonald’s. The vans going to Calatagan and Balayan are in the back of the terminal so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see them parked at front. The fare to Calatagan is P180 each.

TIP #1: Be there as early as 4:00. According to barker and the drivers, the first trip to Calatagan leaves a little after four during the weekends. Apparently, a lot of tired city dwellers make their way to this beach destination every weekend.

You will alight at the Calatagan public market. It’s a small market but it’s very clean. If you suddenly realized that you don’t have plastic cups or that you have an inadequate food supply, you can definitely do your shopping in here. I recommend checking out their fresh produce section. We were able to buy a half kilo of fresh squid for only 50 pesos.

Once you’re done with your shopping, you can hire one of the tricycles to take you to Burot Beach. A tricycle can hold only five people, including the driver, but you can squeeze in five if one is small enough to fit into the seat usually reserved for kids. The driver charged us P35 each for the trip to Burot Beach.

Tip#2 Ask your driver to pick you up at a certain time so you don’t have to worry about going back to the town. We asked ours to pick us between 3:30 to 4:00AM so we can catch the first trip to Manila. Because of the hour, he charged us an extra P15 each person for the trip.


If you’re looking for a leisurely beach experience, this is not the place to go. There are no rooms  available in the beach though there are rundown room-like structures near the entrance.  You will have to rent one of the tables for P300 and one of the nipa huts for P500. This is mighty expensive if you ask me since what you get is basically a table with benches and a roof. There are no walls of any form and if you want to stay overnight, you will have to suffer sleeping one of the benches.

For the happy camper, you can pitch a tent and spend the night here. They also rent out tents for P300 in case you decided to stay overnight and had nothing to sleep on. We decided not to rent though and just risk getting bitten by mosquitoes. Fortunately, our small camp fire kept the bugs away and we enjoyed sleeping outdoors… except for one who’s afraid of geckos. We had one noisy gecko in our hut and it sung to us the whole night.

Tip#3: Bring a malong or sleeping bag and sleep on the beach. You will have the pleasure of having the stars as your lampshade.

By the way, don’t forget that you will still have to pay an entrance fee to the beach. We paid P150 per head to be able to stay in Burot Beach. Again, this is a holdup considering that there was barely any maintenance done on the place and there wasn’t electricity. The sole functioning bathroom is too small and dirty so I suggest that you don’t take sensa or any other weight loss product when you go there. Otherwise, you’d have a terrible time trying to do your thing in the bathroom, which we know to be a side effect of taking dietary supplements.

Flora and Fauna

There aren’t any ostentatious flower, tree or animal in Burot Beach. In fact, the only land animals I saw were the guard dogs of the caretaker. There was  gecko in our hut but I never saw it.

Be careful though when you start to wade in the water. There are small and large starfishes that you might step on. But consider yourself lucky if you stepped on a starfish because there are sea urchins around! Ouch!

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The Future of Burot Beach

According to the caretaker, someone bought the beach and will develop it starting this year. If it’s true that it’s Henry Sy who bought the place, it’s reasonable to expect a high-end, expensive beach resort. Thank goodness I’ve visited this place before it becomes too expensive for my wallet.

I Love Burot Beach!

So, I finally had my beach trip this year and this one is something that I will never forget! For various reasons. First, it was my first outing with U peeps. I was excited to go out with them since they are people who I like chatting with and I feel comfortable being alone with.

Second, Burot Beach was amazing. Though we were unprepared to spend the night in this undeveloped beach in Calatagan, Batangas, we decided to do so after seeing the beach for the first time. It was picture-perfect — clear, blue skies reflected on the water, a yacht docked not far from the shore, kids playing with sand, and people having fun.

Third, it’s probably the most relaxing trip I’ve had in a while. It’s always been the case that every outing was planned down to the last detail. True to my original idea, we sort of winged it this time. We commuted to Calatagan and bought our food and other supplies in the market. I didn’t even bring an extra change of clothes, except  my swimwear.

I Love Bathrooms!!!

As much as I love  Burot Beach, I was ready to go home. I missed taking a shower in a bathroom and I miss  being able to use a clean toilet bowl to do my private thing in. You see, there was only one functioning bathroom in the  beach and it has seen better days. I just couldn’t stand being in it with all the sachets and cigarette butts that other left. Thank goodness I didn’t take colonix the day before or I would have had a terrible time taking a dump in that place and that would have ruined the whole trip for me.

But don’t let my penchant for modern bathrooms keep you from visiting Burot Beach. You can still enjoy it just make sure that you do your thing before you leave home, or in one of the public restrooms in the town market,  and don’t eat anything that would ruin your stomach.

More tips about spending a day at Burot Beach in this post: http://nicamandigma.com/a-travelers-guide-to-burot-beach/

The Summer Dilemma

It’s my personal goal to go to one beach a year. I was able to go White Beach in Puerto Galera last year, to Anawangin, Zambales the year before, and to Sampaguita Beach in Bauan, Batangas the year before that. This year the options seemed plenty but it’s difficult to organize an outing with us having different work schedules and paydays.

Fortunately, I managed to convince five of my friends to visit Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas. I stumbled upon this beach while Googling Calatagan beaches. It’s an undeveloped beach with no amenities at all except makeshift comfort rooms and nipa huts. They don’t even offer overnight accomodations for the simple reason that they can’t offer guests anywhere to stay and they don’t have electricity. Those who do want to stay have to picth their own tents and build a campfire to keep them warm during the night.

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The Beauty of Undeveloped Beaches

I personally like undeveloped beaches because you get to enjoy the beauty of the place instead of showing a parade of people in their adult costumes…. errr… beach wear. You get to enjoy the beauty of the place, relax, and recharge yourself. I am hoping that I will be able to do that in Burot Beach this weekend.