Tagaytay also dubbed as the second summer capital of The Philippines after Baguio is 50 kilometer south of Manila and part of the province of Cavite. The city is situated on a 640 meter (2100 ft) high ridge that is overlooking Taal Volcano and Lake Taal. The volcano is located in the lake and the volcano contains again a quite large lake with a diameter of 1,9 kilometer. While the last eruption was in 1977, the volcano is still active today and closely monitored due to its proximity to densely populated areas.
The area of Tagaytay is also renowned for its pastries and coffee. There are numerous bakeshops selling freshly baked cakes and cookies together with coffee brewed from locally grown coffee beans. The buco tart or coconut pie should definitely be on your bucket list if you are visiting Tagatay.
The cooler climate and clean air combined with the presence of numerous comfortable Bed and Breakfast style resorts and spas has made this a deservedly popular tourist destination. It is a popular weekend trip from Manila and accommodation prices rise as a consequence during the weekend. During the week, there are fewer crowds and some restaurants close early.
The altitude and low humidity leads to a pleasant climate with average temperatures hovering around 23 °C or 73 °F. Mornings and evenings can be quite chilly and foggy, so prepare to bring some extra clothes. The hottest months of the year are April to June. From July till October the monsoon rains sweep the city. So the best time to visit the area is between November and March. For more detailed information about the climate in Tagaytay have a look at the climate section.
ATMs connected to international payment network of Cirrus or Plus are dotted all over the city and the most easy way to obtain cash. Most banks levy a 5 USD service fee for withdrawals by guest users. Aside from pesos most up market places accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards .
If you need a visa extension the nearest place to get one is in the field office of the immigration bureau in the city of Batangas an hour away by bus.