Burot: The hidden beach paradise of Calatagan

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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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she says:

nobody warned us even the locals na parang nakakaloko pa that the way going to the beach aside fr being rocky is literally a near death experience.our vehicle parang naging bangka sa gitna ng dagat.may very narrow undeveloped road lang sa gitna ng dagat na dadaanan.i was shocked and we prayed so hard para di kami mahulog kasi may part talaga na very narrow hump sa daan.plus puro locals sa paligid at bangka.no security sa daan so talagang safety is compromised.if ur the type na gusto ng mga ganitong ecperience this is for you.buti. nalang we found a buweltahan so we could back out bago makarating sa.
beach.okay na kahit di kami nakarating lahat ng santo
ttnatawag namin going there.lesson learned.dapat talaga idevelop nalang to esp the way going there

ladylou says:

kagagaling lang namin dun sa burot/elizalde/”SM”… we asked a tryk driver yung direction sa beach from the church, and npka specific nmn ng pagkakaturo nya..nakita din namin yung gate ng lot.. nakakaligaw nga lang pag pasok na sa private lot going to the beach, rough road, taps di mo aakalaing may beach nga talaga sa dulo nun..when we got there sa entrance ng beach, I asked the guard kung yun ba yung “elizalde” sabi ng guard SM na daw yun, (wow, may SM na pala sa calatagan!) kala namin ligaw na naman kami..naalala namin yung previous comments about the new owner,saka lang namin na gets.(entrance is 60 for day swimming and 120 for overnight by the way) andaming tao, nakakagulat na ganun kalayo eh, andami paring tao. good thing di naman sila lahat naka overnight the water is super calm(nkaka praning na calmness ng tubig Ü) yun pala sobrang babaw parin kahit malayo na. You can look for your own spot to peg your tent(dun kami sa mas mataas na part, sa gitna ng mga puno) may isang maliit na tindahan for drinks, a 5-galon water costs 50pesos(keri na rin kung wala kang dalang water ^_^) yung CR, d pwede sa mahihina ang loob(you can resort to fertilizing the sea grasses with uric acid, or magpalutang ng yellow submarine-ewwww!) hehehe..wala nga talagang kuryente so its best to bring a long-lasting source of illumination kung feel mo magbasa ng libro sa gabi..lol.. if not, let the stars guide your path, and the bonfire fill your nose with smoke.
this is a really nice place to get away from the busy city life, where you can actually the SEE constellations,not buildings, hear kuliglig instead of car horns watch the sunset(watch 2GO vessel pass by Ü) a peaceful getaway for your idle moments.. not recommended for someone who has “lysosomal” tendences..hehehe

kim says:

Hi choy, baka may contact num ka ng Peninsula resort? planning to go to Calatagan this month or next…
saan banda yun? malapit lang po ba sa caisip?

choy says:

Yes open parin sa public kaso no electricity so if your planing to come there kailangan umaga…share ko lang last march 26,2012 sinubukan ko hanapin ang burot because I heard from my friends na maganda ang place na yun ang pagkakamali ko nakarating ako ng 11pm sa bayan ng Calatagan so I decided na magtanong sa mga tricycle driver to guide us saan ang way papuntang Burot. Then sabi ng tricycle driver naku Sir walang kuryente dun at desenteng tulugan ang sabi ko ok may alam ka ba na resort na malapit dun kasi kailangan namin ng room dahil may kasama kaming mga bata….Dinala kami ng tricycle driver sa CAISIP beach resort napakaliit ng room bathroom sa labas maingay because may videoke sa labas at amoy na amoy ang piggery nearby sa resort…ok lang naman kasi d naman tau maarte kaso alam nyo ba kung magkano ang rent??? 2500/day!!! wala na akong magawa dahil masyado na malalim ang gabi at mukhang nagkasabwatan na ang driver na nag guide sa amin at yung care taker ng resort…..sabi ko nalang sa sarili ko charge to experience at wala panaman 250AED sa pera namin d2 sa dubai…kaso nung nag swimming na kami around 11am ng umaga nagsimula na magpasukan ang mga outsider na walang ibang balak gawin kundi mag inom mamboso at mang bastos take note hindi sila mga taga malayong lugar karamihan sa kanila naglakad lang….haist hindi ko nalang pinatulan kahit mabubulaklak ang mga bunganga nila sa kabastusan natigil nalang sila sa pang babastos nung nakita nila na kumuha ako ng 45 caliber pistol sa loob ng sasakyan ko then unti unti na silang nag aalisan…Alam ko na out numbered kami so we decided to move sa mas safer na place until na nakalipat kami sa Peninsula beach resort I will recommend this place na napaka peaceful mura ang ganda ng place daming shower fully air condition and 2,400/day only!!! and walang outsider na makakapasok dahil may gate at security sa labas… kagandahan pa sinamahan kami ng staff nila para makita ang kagandahan ng burot beach d na kami nagbayad dahil kinausap nila ang namamahala doon na sa kanila kami naka check inn….

regie saint says:

hi open pa kya till now to public ung burot beach?? kindly text me nmn 09155867704 plano nmin bumalik dun dis april sana

ralph says:

pa update naman kung open pa sya sa public…tsaka baka pwedeng post ang conntact number ng caretaker..salamat..paano pala pumunta dito via public transport…may van ba sa pasay na byaheng calatagan…sensya daming tanong…salamat

erica says:

may alam po ba kayo kung sino contact person at contact no. ng care taker dto sa burot elizalde beach?tgal ko hnanap to kaso hndi natandaan ung name ng beach kc nung 2004 pa aq nakarating dto at na miss ko talga tong beach na to para akong nsa paradise talga tnx!

rhea says:

OPEN PA RIN BA UNG CALATAGAN KC WERE PLANNING TO GO THEIR ON MARCH 17 HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE FEE?

alex says:

Hi again,

Do you guys have any news about Burot? Ive been there last year and the beach was awesome.

Hopefully we still get a chance to go here this year.

alene arboleda says:

hi… we were planning to have a vacation wana ask kung ganun parin kaya yung entrance fee ng resort.? and kung lam mo yung rates ng cottages nila..?

Monay says:

Hello! Open pa po ba sa public? Kasi there were news na dinedevelop na po siya.

kachie says:

hi ask ko lang kung ano mismo yung address nito ?? and kung may contact number po?

Apple Dianne says:

HI ! open pa ba Burot Beach sa public ? planning to be there by 3rd-4th week of August . Any Contact number ? please please do reply . Thanks :)

ff says:

hi! is burot beach still open for public? we’re planning to go there on june 18. tnx!

alex says:

Hi, may alam ba kayong bus from alabang or las pinas going to calatagan? me and my friends are planning to visit this may.. please tell me asap.. thanks :)

eL says:

how can i contact mang andy..?(caretaker)
is it open for public till now..?
we’ve plan to get there on sunday..(may 22,)
help me as i please..
thank you…

james says:

ahm open pa po xa til may last! but i d0nt kn0w f open pa xa fr0m june to future. .Due to development issue! .Tx me f u want. .Im a extra part time worker there. .Heres my digit 09129262455 .

princess says:

open pa rin po ba ang burot sa public this month? we are planning to go there………….
meron po ba kayog alam na contact dun?

gracey says:

kung wala CR or shower room, san pwede? may malapit bang ibang resort dyan na pwede kahit magbayad? plan sana namin magpunta dyan ng buo family this weekend kaya lang baka kawawa ang kids at mga oldies pag walang CR. mahirap pag wiwi at pupu, hehe!

harold says:

same ba sya ng dampalitan at burawan sa quezon? panu pag punta? open pa kya sya ng second week of may?

reniel says:

magkano ppnta sa beach pag tricycle

kit says:

how to get here coming from manila? asap pls. is there a room for overnyt? asap….. tanx

ulyces says:

plan po namin pumunta jan sa calatagan anung bus po ang pwede sakyan papuntang calatagan

abeng says:

hi good day.,and Yes open pa po ang Burot /elizalde beach..kilala naman ng mga locas dun ung beach kaya hindi maliligaw

suggestion:mas ok kung may sasakyan kayo.

here’s my pics

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=1590400285&aid=2097334

Btw … thanks to ms lynne for the info =)

* go na kayo habang hindi pa dinidevelop ugn lugar.

kenon says:

open pa po ba ang burot beach? punta kasi kami sa april 9 2011.

kenon says:

hi all,

open to public pa po ba ang burot? we’re planning to go there this weekend. thanks

Jobz says:

Hi Lynne,

Is Burot still open to the public? I heard rumors that it has been purchased by Henry Sy. We’ll go there on the 21st of April.

Thank you,
Jobe

lynne1228 says:

yes, its still open for public

Dan says:

Is Burot Beach still open to the public now? I heard that it was purchased by a big company and is planned to be developed.

Geobirth says:

Hi,

Is burot island still open to public?? We’re planning to go there next month.

thanks!

lynne says:

hi ren,

Its a hidden wonder of calatagan, super secluded, its like having the beach exclusive for you. No electricity, no stores… If you want to enjoy a relaxing, quiet, private beach ambiance… this is the place.

It has a very good potential to be developed to a fullservice resort! The sand is white, thou its not as fine as the ones in boracay, or potipot island. too many pebbles and small stones

Its also safe for the kids… they enjoyed collecting starfishes. there are also different small fishes swimming around… be carefu lang of sea urchins, the black spiky ones, madami sila near the big rocks.

pero no worries, kita mo naman sila kasi clear yung water

One more thing, there is no good shower facility, no changing room as well, no comfort room… as in hindi sya maayos

entrance is P30/head

here are some photos:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=94785&id=1180821789&l=80dd7bd062

Ren says:

ei lynne, how’s burot now?? thanks

jxer says:

ask q lng po kung open p po till now,pupunta po sana kami s dis saturday tnx po,urgent

daniel jose says:

binili na yan ni Henry Sy, allegedly 900M. sayang, kung di nyo pa napuntahan kasi isasara na nila for public.. from poblacion mag hire na kayo ng tricycle.. dadaan kayo ng two public cemeteries.. kung kasama niyo ko baka papasukin pa kyo ng libre.. maganda yang beach na yan, in fact dami nang nag shooting dun. commercials, movies, teleserye.. sarap jan mag overnight.. baon lang kayo ng beer and cooler for ice, may nagtitinda din ng isda. before the gate may maliit na sari-sari store, mag deposit na lang kayo ng at least P500, for sure di kayo mauubusan ng alak.. and napaka private ng lugar na yun, walang namboboso.. aso lang, aagawan kayo ng inihaw pag iniwan niyo…

lynne1228 says:

yes, open pa ung beach for public. will go there bukas

Ren says:

just wanna ask if open pa kaya ung burot beach for public as of now?? anyone?? thanksss!!

Gian Torres says:

Magpunta na kayo kasi hanggng July 1 n lng cla open. Nabili na ni Henry Sy ung Burot beach resort. Puntahan nyo na syang maganda doon. Kya lng pag nag swimming kau dpat nka slippers kc mraming naka kalat na sea urchin bka matusok kau.

Jesa Quitain says:

Mahihirapan kayo kung 8pm kayo pupunta sa lugar. Walang kuryente sa resort. Better if before sunset magpunta. Kaso low-tide pag ganun oras kaya ndi mo maapreciate ung dagat, except sa golden sunset. :) hahaha! pupunta kayo bruh? =) super ganda jan. kinabog ang Sampaguita.

maryjoyquitain says:

Hi. Kelan k last ngpunta dito my friends and i are planning xe on sat eh kaso mga 8pm pa kame makakarating sa plce ok lang b un? safe ba way ppunta don? :) tnx:)