2 1/2 to 3-hour drive to Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

If you’re looking for the quickest beach getaway… then the destination to Laiya, San Juan, Batangas is it.

We just had to hit the beach for my cousins Monique and Isay before the they leave again for the States. Bora escapade seems to be not feasible anymore due to our tight schedule so we drove to the nearest destination in Batangas. It’s a 2 1/2 to 3-hour drive from Alabang (if there’s no traffic). You can actually go if you’re into those spur-of-the-moment road trip.

We went here on a cold weekend of January and stayed in Taramindu Beach Garden Inn for the day. Don’t be deceived by their website though. The place looked spacious but when we saw the place, I guess it’s one of the smallest resorts in San Juan with probably less than 20 rooms (more on hotel type and not cottages). Nevertheless, the food was good. They have ala carte or set menus which were budget-friendly for its quality.

Don’t get too excited with the beach of San Juan, Batangas as well. It looks amazing on photos but once you step on it, it’s not that great. Their sand is a combination of little stones and sand with some glass in some areas.

Taramindu is located towards the end of the Laiya road, near La Luz Beach Resort. You can go there for a walk and sneak to chill in one of their cabanas for a while. I was surprised that La Luz is overrated. Again, it looked great on photos but it’s not Paradise. I cannot totally judge though ’cause I was not able to experience their accomodations.

On the other hand, I was able to take a nice snap in this resort. Cute, little naive girl she is. :)

It was cold, breezy, cloudy in San Juan, sometimes the sun peeps from the clouds… you can fall asleep lying by the shore. A good break before we get busy again the following Monday.

Taramindu Beach Garden Inn
Telephone: (+632) 448-56-11
Mobile: (+63) 0917-824-0024

La Luz Beach Resort
+632 726-6687 loc. 113
+632 726-4977 loc. 106
+632 726-7445 loc. 103
+632 727-7032 loc. 102
+63 (927) 993-8417
+63 (916) 394-4367

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