By Marjorie Gorospe
CALATAGAN, BATANGAS — Far from the city and separated from the sea by rocky, unpaved roads is a little-known and underdeveloped beach that may well be the most pristine in Batangas.
Hidden in Barangay Burot, the Elizalde Beach (sometimes referred to as Burot Beach) gives its visitors a total escape from the noise of the city. It possesses fine white sand and clear, rejuvenating water like Panglao Beach without the commercial hotels and resorts typically found in places like Boracay.
No, there are no party crowds nor loud disco music here at night because the beach is underdeveloped — and is probably better off that way. In fact, Burot is a private beach of the Elizaldes but it now welcomes guests with a minimal fee for the maintenance of the area. But the good thing about it is that it gives you a serene ambiance to relax.
We were able to chat with Mang Andy Fernando, one of the caretakers of the area. During our short conversation, he said that the beach area does not yet have electrical power supply. “That is why it’s hard to accommodate an overnight stay,” he said.
Some people have stayed there overnight, however, binging their own tents and supplies.
Mang Andy said the entrance fee before peak season (April and May) is P60 but it increases to P100 during summer. The small beach has five to seven cottages which visitors can rent at P300 during off-peak season, but this increases to P500 every summer.
Although the place is not as developed compared to tourist destination spots in the country, Mang Andy said they are trying to give more options for visitors like their floating cottage and boat ride. They can rent the floating cottage for P1500 while the boat ride costs P20 per person.
They used to offer rooms for overnight accommodation but they don’t have much funds for maintenance so they opted not to pursue it. As an alternative, Fernando suggested that visitors bring their own tent and food as well. They don’t have a store so make sure you have all you need, except for beer which is available at the beach.
A blogger named Sheen shares that the place does not offer much activities but it’s a best place for relaxation with friends.
Blogger Brutalgrace, meanwhile, enjoyed taking photos of the wonderful view of Burot Beach.
To get to this paradise, make your way to the Calatagan Municipal Hall. From there, go to Tanagan and start asking the locals because the unpaved road has two forks which ultimately lead to the beach. There is no public transportation that goes directly to the place. So if you want a hassle-free travel going to the serene beach, I suggest you rent a private vehicle or bring your own.
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