Carolina Campsite Travel Guide- Calatagan, Batangas
There are a lot of go-to places in Batangas, so many that it is easy to get lost in the myriad of information available online. For orophiles, there is the City of Lipa that offers several peaks for conquering. The Municipality of Calatagan, on the other hand, caters to thalassophiles as countless resorts with golden sands lie in its jurisdiction.
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In this article, we will be introducing our newly found lurking place surrounded by lush trees and crystal clear waters reflecting the azure sky — the Carolina Camp Site in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Situated just 3 hours south of Metro Manila, Carolina Camp Site is a great place to spend quality time with family and friends while enjoying the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature.
HOW TO GET TO CAROLINA CAMPSITE VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (COMMUTE)
- From Pasay City, near MRT EDSA Taft station, take a bus bound for Calatagan, Batangas (Crow Bus or Celyrosa Bus). The first trip to Calatagan is at 4:00 AM and the last trip is at 4:30 PM. You can opt to take a commuter van if you fancy. They’re parked in the basement of Metropoint Mall in Taft Pasay. There are also buses going to Calatagan from Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall) if you’re coming from the South. The rate is ₱150 – ₱180.
- Travel time from Manila is about 3 hours via Aguinaldo Highway – Tagaytay – Nasugbu.
- Alight at the bus terminal in Calatagan town proper. Charter a tricycle and tell the driver you are heading to Carolina Camp Site. Rate is ₱200 good for 3 persons; if you’re alone, you have to pay the full amount. Be ready for a bumpy ride.
The last trip back to Manila is at 4:00 PM so make sure to leave the resort earlier. Ask the tricycle driver to pick you up from the resort since there are no public vehicles available in the area.
HOW TO GET TO CAROLINA CAMPSITE VIA PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION
- If you are going to Calatagan via a private car, just take SLEX and exit at Sta Rosa.
- Drive towards Tagaytay.
- Follow the directions to Nasugbu, Batangas and go straight all the way to the junction of Palico.
- From Palico junction, you will pass by Lian before entering the town of Calatagan.
- Ask around when you reach Calatagan town proper. Locals are very helpful. They will show you the way. Watch out for the small, unnoticeable signage to the right-hand side of the driveway.
CAROLINA CAMPSITE EXPENSES
Aside from the bus and tricycle fares, or gas and toll fees, the only additional expenses would be the camping fee ₱200 per person if you are staying overnight and an entrance fee of ₱100 per person for a day tour.
Tent rental cost is around ₱300-₱500, depending on the number of people a tent can accommodate.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN CAROLINA CAMPSITE
- From the name of the place itself, Carolina Campsite is a camping site. No fancy accommodation available, not even a kubo.
- There are decent shower rooms available.
- Sometimes, the area can be dirty and filthy. The overall quality is good but the cleanliness depends primarily on the available crowd and the mood of the caretaker if he feels like cleaning. Lol.
CAROLINA CAMPSITE TRAVEL TIPS
- Bring your own food, the only available source of commodities in the area is the lonesome sari-sari store which is not always open.
- Bring your own tent. If you have a car, we suggest you bring an ice cooler, a mat, pillows, blanket, etc. to achieve comfort without having to spend more.
- Water. Bring enough water. Gallons of water, for cooking and drinking.
- Do not forget to bring insect repellant.
- Bring a cookset if you want to have edible food for dinner or breakfast. No “paluto” is available.
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