City on a Ridge
by Lucinda Domiguez
When you feel the climate change's greenhouse effect, you will definitely put Tagaytay on your list as a place to visit during the summer. Tagaytay experiences a much cooler climate than most locations in Luzon, with a record low of below 16 degrees. The temperature ranges from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius during the summer months, and one may expect low temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius during the holiday season until February.
The charming city of Tagaytay is the Philippines' Second Summer Capital, with Baguio being the first. The unofficial title of Tagaytay was bestowed based on the recorded average lowest temperatures in the country.
According to a report, when Tagaytay became a chartered city on June 21, 1938, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo desired to make Tagaytay the Philippines' capital and the summer capital, citing the area's potential and strategic value. When you travel to Tagaytay, you will understand why General Aguinaldo wanted this Cavite city to become the country's capital based on its potential, as recent developments have progressively changed the landscape while retaining its inimitable charm.
Easily accessible from Metro Manila, Tagaytay City in Cavite is the place to go to and 'be chill' year-round in more ways than to enjoy the cool mountain air. Approximately 56 kilometers from Manila, Tagaytay's land area averages 2,000 feet above sea level, covering a stretch of 6,500 hectares along the rim of the Taal Caldera. The high altitude and the open regions, unhampered by natural and artificial barriers, and the profusion of plants, provides this lovely city with wonderfully crisp mountain fresh air.
The air itself is therapeutic, with a combination of mountain air, high humidity from its nearness to the clouds, and the balneotheraputic properties coming from the presence of the sulfur from Taal volcano. This combination makes Tagaytay air rejuvenating and distinct from that of other mountain areas.
View of Taal Volcano
Tagaytay ridge provides perfect viewpoints for the mystical Taal lake surrounding the Taal volcano, also known as the 'World's Smallest Volcano." The view of Taal Volcano from Tagaytay provides the country's most dramatic and breathtaking sights. The Taal Volcano, located at the center of Lake Taal, is famous for its azure blue water reflecting the volcano's crater and surrounding rainforest-covered hillsides.
Al Fresco Experience
From many recreational places and restaurants along the Tagaytay ridge, you may gaze down to be enthralled by the enchanting sight. Al fresco is the ideal way to dine and chill with a few drinks when visiting Tagaytay. Hardly anything can compare with the cool breeze as you indulge in this fair city's various local and international dishes.
Stay a While
The fresh cool air is rejuvenating and relaxing, soothing away the stress while hanging out at this beautiful place that is without the sad sight of impoverished shanties. You'll love to linger and might want to stay longer, even consider living in Tagaytay to enjoy cool weather throughout the year.
Stopover in Cavite
However, Tagaytay is more than just a perfectly cool destination to beat the summer heat. It is also the perfect stopover for those who head out to enjoy the summer with water activities. For those going to white sand Batangas beaches, the route passes by this city. There are also roads from Tagaytay to Taal lake.
The serenity of the second Summer Capital of the Philippines awaits your visit to envelop you with warm hospitality and to feel safe due to its honesty policy. Take a break and escape the heat of the lowlands. Make it a point to place Tagaytay as a destination on your driving map; as for all you know, you'll love it so much you might never want to leave.
A Haven of Hotels for the Discerning Traveler
by Bryce Reyes
Awesome views from the ridge––of rolling hills, the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano down below––make the city of Tagaytay stand as a captivating jewel in the crown of the Philippines. It isn’t referred to as “the country’s second summer capital” for nothing.
Tagaytay is an idyllic destination for both international and local tourists. It beckons weary souls from the bustling metropolis of Manila and other sweltering regions, promising respite and rejuvenation almost in superfluous doses. And the abundance of hotels nestled in this picturesque city provide an assortment of accommodations for tourists, coaxing for an overnight stay or longer.
The city boasts a remarkable array of hotels, each with its unique charm and character. Many of these establishments have stood the test of time, their hospitality woven into the very fabric of Tagaytay's rich history. Step into these venerable establishments, and you'll be transported to a bygone era of elegance and grace where tradition is cherished, and guests are enveloped in a warm embrace of nostalgia.
Yet, Tagaytay is not one to rest on its laurels. In recent years, a wave of new and chic hotels has emerged, infusing the city's hospitality scene with a fresh and contemporary allure. These modern hotels seamlessly blend stylish aesthetics with state-of-the-art amenities, captivating the hearts of even the most traditional travelers. Novel themes, were innovation meets comfort, elevates Tagaytay’s hospitality scene to new heights.
Whether you are a traveler with a penchant for timeless elegance or a connoisseur of modern chic, here are Tagaytay’s better known hotels for your reference: