10 Exciting Things to Do in Calabarzon

Going on an epic road trip through Region 4-A? Make sure to include all these awesome stops in your itinerary!

By Rhea J. Bernardino
September 16, 2016

The provinces of Region 4-A, which are collectively known as Calabarzon, are among the most popular weekend destinations of travelers because of their proximity to Manila. Not only that, they also offer beautiful attractions that are unique from the rest of the Philippines.

If you're going on a road trip here soon but are not sure which spots to visit and which activities to try, here are some of the best things to do in each of the five provinces of Region 4-A, which will hopefully let you decide.


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1. Cool off in Tagaytay.
When it comes to getaways in Cavite, Tagaytay is the top-of-mind choice for urban dwellers. Its cool climate and scenic highland views offer a refreshing change of scenery from the fast-paced life in the metro. Not to mention, Tagaytay is only two hours away when there's no traffic. Aside from breathing in the fresh mountain air, tourists also have many options when it comes to activities and tourist spots. Budget travelers need only pay a minimal entrance fee to enjoy a picnic at Picnic Grove or some sightseeing at People's Park. If you're a fan of theme parks, then you'll surely enjoy the rides at Sky Ranch. If the cold weather is too much for you to handle, you can always warm up with a steaming bowl of bulalo- Tagaytay's specialty dish.

2. Beach bum at Katungkulan Beach Resort.
Some may find it hard to believe but there is also a beach in Cavite. The Katungkulan Beach Resort in Ternate boasts white sand shores and pristine waters, which is why it was dubbed as "Boracay de Cavite". Its proximity to Manila is all the more reason for you to make this stop. And if you're wondering if there are accommodations at this resort, don't worry. There are some cottages where you can spend the night. Tourists are also allowed to pitch tents.


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3. Go lake-hopping at San Pablo, Laguna.
San Pablo is known as the "City of Seven Lakes". If you're a bona fide nature lover, then you should definitely make this stop. Sampaloc Lake is the largest among all seven lakes and the easiest to reach. Meanwhile, you can visit Pandin Lake and Yambo Lake in one stop. You can enjoy relaxing dips in these lakes and even have your lunch on a raft.

4. Get to know our national hero in Calamba.
Calamba is the birthplace of Dr. Jose Rizal. In fact, Rizal Shrine is a replica of the Rizals' ancestral home where Rizal spent his childhood. In this museum, you will discover various memorabilia of our national hero and his family so if you want to know more about Rizal and the history of our nation, then make sure to include this in your itinerary. Right across Rizal Shrine is the 19th century Saint John the Baptist Parish Church where Rizal was baptized.


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5. Go on a Grecian holiday at Fortune Island in Nasugbu.
Ever wanted to visit Greece? Now you don't need to travel far to see the beauty of this European country. With the majestic Greek-themed ruins at Fortune Island, you'd think that you're visiting Athens. Fortune Island was once a luxurious resort which closed down in 2006. Now it is one of Nasugbu's most sought-after attractions. Tourists get to swim in clear, blue waters and go frolicking on the shores. There are no accommodations available yet but you can pitch tents for an overnight stay.

6. Explore Batangas' underwater world at Anilao.
Anilao is the go-to place for diving in Batangas. Its beaches have a bustling marine life that will entice nature lovers. If you're new to diving, you need not worry, since there are many dive shops and resorts offering not only diving expeditions for experts, but also courses for beginners.


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7. See some amazing works of art at Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo.
If you're a huge art fan, then a visit to Pinto Art Museum is one that you definitely should not miss. This museum has Mediterrenean-inspired villas that house various works of art made by local artists. From paintings to sculptures to installations, the displays at Pinto Art Museum are sure to feed your mind and soul.

8. Enjoy a trekking adventure in Daraitan, Tanay.
Most travelers come to Daraitan to climb up Mt. Daraitan. But if you're only passing by, you can opt to go on a trek to Tinipak River instead. This short trek will lead you through amazing rock formations and scenic views of the mountains and the lush forests. There is also a cave with a natural pool inside where you can take a dip to freshen up.


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9. Go on a food trip in Lucban.
Lucban is famous for two delicacies — pansit habhab and Lucban longganisa. If you're a foodie, then you'll definitely enjoy this stopover. Buddy's is one of the popular restaurants that offer Lucban's famous dishes.

10. Immerse yourself in native culture at Villa Escudero.
Villa Escudero is a native Filipino-themed resort in Tiaong, Quezon. This unique attraction offers different cultural shows and tours and it also has some museums with various memorabilia. But its most famous offering would have to be the buffet of Filipino food which you'll enjoy at the foot of a man-made waterfall. You are also free to soak in the relaxing waters after your meal.