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(now owned by SM) with entrance fee for day tours and overnight camping
How to get to Calatagan, Batangas:
Planning to go to Calatagan by commute (public transport), take a bus to Calatagan in Pasay City near MRT EDSA Taft station (Crow Bus) or Erjohn/ Kirby bus at Liwasang Bonifacio (Lawton) in Manila (bus will pass by Tagaytay, bus trips at 4am to 11pm and takes about 2 hours) or at the Ali Mall bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City and lastly in Alabang, Muntinlupa. In Calatagan, get a tricycle to take you the beach resorts in the Sta Ana area.
Driving Directions by private car, take the south super highway (SLEX) exit at Sta. Rosa then turn right to Silang- Tagaytay. At the ridge turn right towards the rotonda. At Tagaytay rotonda (roundabout), look for 7-11 then drive straight ahead to Tagaytay-Nasugbu highway. At Palico intersection you may choose left turn to Balayan-Calatagan or right to Nasugbu, then turn towards Calatagan.
Other interesting places to see in Calatagan, Batangas:
Calatagan Lighthouse or Faro de Punta de Santiago (Santiago Point) or Cape Santiago
Museum at Golden Sunset (where you can find artifacts, resort is owned by Ricky Reyes)
UPDATED April 2013
No reviews and recommendations on the best and cheapest yet. Pictures/photos to follow. You may call the resort contact number or visit their official website for updated room rates, promos, summer outing, sample menu prices and other inquiries
Ive been to Ronco and it's a nice place but it's quite far and the roads are rough, so better bring a four-wheel drive. Don't expect luxury but it's a nice, romantic place to stay for people who want to take a break from the bustling city.