At just 55 Kilometers Tagaytay is a perfect escape from the heat of Metro Manila. Located 2,500 feet above sea level and characterized by a relatively low temperature, low humidity, and abundant rainfall Tagaytay with its cool weather, balmy winds and foggy mists is rightly called the "second summer capital" of the country after Baguio City.
Drive from Manila to Tagaytay is a pleasure through winding roads paved with wild flowers, and once you reach the top you are welcome by the panoramic views of the Taal Volcano nestled in Taal Lake, and orchards of fresh home grown fruits, all amidst modern convenient facilities and amenities including the Casino Filipino Tagaytay. As is claimed by the welcome sign board on the city entrance Tagaytay is truly mini switzerland of Philippines.
Tagaytay offers many picnic spots in by itself. Taal Volcano, which is reputed to be the world's smallest and yet most active volcano is a volcano on an island within a lake within an island. It stands majestically within Taal lake as an island amid a landscape of ash and cinder. You have to take a boat for the island and then its a 30 minutes horseback climb to the top of the volcano. The view on top is worth the effort.
Picnic Groove, a public park is perfect spot for watching Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from a dsitance. Its a perfect picnic spot to enjoy the views of nature and local food with your friends and family.
Tagaytay, however, is more than a picnic haunt. There is a casino and golf course as well for the people who are looking for something more.
By bus or auto - 1 hour drive from Manila. You can hire what's called an "FX" (a taxi like van with air-con as the locals call air conditioners,) for an all day trip for about Pesos 2,500 plus gas and tolls (around US$60-70 in total) if you're a good haggler. This way you can check into your Tagaytay hotel, then have your FX or automobile driver take you around to as many of the local sights that you can handle in one day.
Taxis are not available in Tagaytay so if you don't have your own vehicle then only option is to hire the tricycles which are not easy to get and over charge the tourists. You can use the Jeepneys for travel within the city but finding one for Taal lake may not be easy.