Living in Tagaytay Luxury homes certainly has its perks; not only do you get to experience the wonderful breeze of the province; you also get access to the swimming pools in the exclusive Tagaytay Highlands. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones residing within this exclusive community, maybe it’s time to check out some great destinations near the metro where you can certainly cool off for the summer. Check them out!

Beauty de Pilipinas

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Tagaytay City, Cavite

Sometimes cooling off does not necessarily mean the need to dive into a body of water, whether it be natural or man-made. Sometimes all you need is to breathe in the cool, mountain air and to savor the cold climate that comes with it. In comes Tagaytay City, aka “The Summer City of the South”. Take the kids horseback riding or on a Ferris wheel ride; if the cold gets to your bones, warm up by sipping some of their signature Bulalo in a nearby restaurant. If you truly want to get away from it all, purchase a home and get a membership in the first class community of Tagaytay Highlands; here you’ll get to experience this all in addition to other perks such as 24/7 security, access to the world class Highlands Steakhouse and being surrounded by imported Araucaria pine trees, which thrive in the cool Tagaytay Climate.

Mike Caballes

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Daranak Falls

Go ahead and chase these waterfalls, because they are most certainly a sight to behold. Located in Taytay Rizal, the 14 meter high, government owned Daranak falls have long been a favorite by both local and foreign tourists alike. It’s also a favored shooting location by numerous films, television series, and pre-nuptial shoots as the place is well maintained by the local government, accessible to all, and near the metro. The environment looks like it came straight out of a storybook, with its lush vegetation, and flowing, clear waters. If you aren’t a swimmer but would still like to experience Daranak falls, there are rubber tubes and life vests available for use. It is open from 8 am to 5 pm daily with an entrance fee of 20 pesos and 15 pesos for children. You can also rent a picnic shed for 300 pesos or a picnic table for 150. It is highly recommended for visitors to bring plastic bags to avoid getting their belongings wet as well as bringing bottled water for consumption.

Eagle Point Resort

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Anilao, Batangas

Summer most certainly won’t be complete without a visit or two to the beach. With acountry boasting 7107 islands and a generous coastline, surely it won’t be hard to find a beach near Metro Manila. Batangas happens to be filled with them and with it being a mere two to three hours away from the Metro, it’s the ideal place to bask in the sun. Head over to Anilao where people flock to learn how to dive since the 60s to earn their diving certificate; in fact, many believe it to be where scuba diving originated in the country. Once you get that certificate, swim around and see the rich marine life in the waters; dive to a spot called “Cathedral Rock, which is teeming with plenty of sea creatures like corals and parrot fishes. If you aren’t a diver, you can always just chill at the beach or go island hopping. There are plenty of resorts near the shoreline, making your stay a lot more convenient. Enjoy your summer and head over to these wonderful sites conveniently located near the metro. Don’t forget to take plenty of photos and to relish the experience.

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Pam De Guzman, a.k.a the kid from the North, is a frustrated writer, event organizer, business owner and an aspiring director and writer of a personal/fashion/movie/book/travel blog. She’ll be writing about pretty much anythingunder the sun.

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