Answering Questions About Tagaytay City

By: Ylysa Manalo

As time passes, Tagaytay is gradually becoming a major national tourist destination for many reasons. Many tourists and even locals visit the city to unwind and take on various adventures tourist spots the city can offer and eat in restaurants around the city. But why is Tagaytay so popular? Is Tagaytay part of Laguna? Is Tagaytay safe to visit now? What sets it apart from other regions in the country? Well, if you are one of those people who are just as curious about Tagaytay, then this article will provide you with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the city that you may want to know as well. So read on and enjoy a few facts about Tagaytay City.

Question 1: Is Tagaytay Part of Cavite or Batangas?

Tagaytay City is a part of Cavite. It is a component city of the province that overlooks Taal Volcano in Batangas. Hence, it can be quite confusing to some as Batangas is very close by, but the city is near Batangas and its prime cities like Batangas City and Lipa City.

Question 2: Why Do People Love to Go to Tagaytay?

The city is famous for various reasons. Here are some of them:

1. The cold climate in Tagaytay

Known as the second summer capital in the Philippines, Tagaytay City is easily one of the top tourist destinations if you want to escape the humid country and experience colder weather that is not so far from the Metro. Due to its high elevation, mornings are welcomed by misty weather and the cold breeze as it has a cooler climate and better air quality compared to the average temperature and air index in the surrounding areas. This also makes Tagaytay ideal for real estate investment as more people are flocking to the area and it is a desirable spot to have a vacation house.

2. Its close proximity to Metro Manila

Being just about 59 kilometers away from the Metro with 1 to 2 hours of travel time to get to depending on the traffic, Tagaytay City is a famous getaway spot and home to must visit tourist destinations for Manila residents and other neighboring provinces such as Laguna and Batangas. The fast-paced cities of Metro Manila can be quite exhausting, therefore people residing in Manila crave a quick break from the city to a care-free, relaxing environment–and where else could they go than Tagaytay, with colder weather that can comfort the tired souls, good food that can boost one’s drained energy, and pleasant ambiance that can cure the restless mind?

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3. Lots of food options from fast food to fine dining

Since the tourism development in Tagaytay City, it will not be such a perfect destination if there are not many food options, right? Well, you guessed it! There are also a lot of food establishments around the city from fast food to fine dining. Bonus points if the place comes with a view, which most of the time, it does. If you want to learn more, here are hidden restaurants you can try near Tagaytay.

4. Perfect real estate investment spot

As the city’s economy progresses, Tagaytay can be one of the smart places to invest in real estate. As more tourists and locals visit, more and more people look for places to stay at. Especially during peak season, it can be challenging to book accommodations. This economic development in the area opens up more opportunities for investors to invest in a house and lot for sale in Cavite or a condo for sale in Tagaytay and turn it into Airbnb or accommodations that tourists or Tagaytay visitors can book during their getaway. Furthermore, this also provides you with a space that you can always settle in whenever you are in the province if you do not plan on staying in Tagaytay for long. In conclusion: it can both be an investment vehicle or your vacation space.

5. Easy access to roads and landmarks

Traveling to Tagaytay is nothing but a breeze. With easily accessible main roads, secondary roads, and national highways-using any type of vehicle as a mode of transport-getting lost is not an issue as the city’s major sights are recognized in online and offline maps such as Google Maps and Waze. Moreover, asking locals is also a reliable option as they usually know the famous viewpoints in the area such as Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Sky Ranch, Puzzle Mansion, People’s Park, a good view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake, and so on.

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Going to Tagaytay

Speaking of easily accessible roads, how can you go to the “summer capital” in the South? It can be as simple as riding a car and entering your specific Tagaytay destination on the map. But aside from taking a personal vehicle, you can also ride a bus, taxi, or van. But basically, here are the different ways how to travel from Metro Manila to Tagaytay City.

By Car

If you are using a private vehicle, you can either pass through South Luzon ExpresswayCavite-Laguna Expressway, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, or Emilio Aguinaldo Highway. The former is much faster than the latter, however, there will be tolls ahead. Once you reach the Tagaytay Rotunda, you’ll know that you’re in Tagaytay.

By Bus

If you are traveling by bus, you can either go to Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) where there are buses bound directly to Tagaytay, or start from the Buendia Bus Terminal which will pass by the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and you will have to ride a bus that is bound for Nasugbu or Calatagan, Batangas.

By Van

There are several terminals for vans going to Tagaytay. One is in Alabang Terminal near Festival Mall, Calatagan Van Terminal, and at Starmall EDSA–Shaw across SM Megamall. 

What Is the Main Product of Tagaytay?

Tagaytay’s main products are pineapple, coffee, banana, cocoa, camote, cassava, and root crops.

Tagaytay’s soil is rich in volcanic components, making it suitable for farming. Pineapple, coffee, banana, cocoa, camote, cassava, and root crops are its main agricultural products. Pineapple, in particular, is a signature fruit of Tagaytay, with pineapple farms covering the majority of the area. Fresh produce sold in Tagaytay has outstanding quality and flavor due to the city’s crisp chilly temperature. There are also many garden plant shops scattered all around Tagaytay.

Why Is It Cold in Tagaytay?

Southwest of Luzon, located on Tagaytay Ridge at about 2,000 feet or 600 meters above sea level, Tagaytay City is colder than most areas in Luzon due to its elevation. With its high altitude situated and year-round cold, Tagaytay living has become ideal for most Filipinos living on a tropical island. As such, condos for sale in Tagaytay became rampant along with various house and lot for sale in Cavite that serves as Airbnb for travelers or vacationers in the city.

Read more: Tagaytay: More Than a Summer Capital

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