This San Vicente Palawan travel guide focuses on the Poblacion and the area along long Beach. If you intend to check out Port Barton (a barangay in San Vicente 3 hours away from Poblacion), we have a separate post for that here: Port Barton travel Guide.
Touted by local tourism officials as the “longest white beach in the Philippines,” the long beach of San Vicente straddles 14 kilometers of undeveloped shoreline, more than three times longer than Boracay’s White Beach. It’s expected to give this quiet town in Palawan a enormous boost in tourism, especially now that its airport has been newly inaugurated and travelers are actively looking for alternatives to Boracay. If you want to visit, do it now, before it becomes too popular.
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UNDERSTANDING SAN VICENTE, PALAWAN
WHERE TO stay IN SAN VICENTESearch for more Palawan Resorts!
HOW TO get TO SAN VICENTESan Vicente airport to long beach / Poblacion
Puerto Princesa to San VicenteBy Bus
El Nido to San Vicente
Port Barton to San Vicente Poblacion
THINGS TO do in SAN VICENTELong Beach
Bato ni Ningning (Erawan Beach)
SAMPLE SAN VICENTE ITINERARY
OTHER tips FOR THE poor TRAVELER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSIs San Vicente safe?
Are there ATMs or money changers in San Vicente?
When is the best time to check out San Vicente?
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UNDERSTANDING SAN VICENTE, PALAWAN
Along with Taytay and Roxas, San Vicente is one of the municipalities sandwiched by El Nido and Puerto Princesa City. It is typically overlooked, with most tourists skipping the town in favor of El Nido. According to the tourism office, in 2012 the municipality of San Vicente (including Brgy. Port Barton) had only 8,500 visitors, half of which were from Europe. That’s a tiny fraction compared to El Nido or Boracay. but that is about to change. The newly constructed airport will pave way to around 100,000 tourists that the government is anticipating next year.
There are two major settlements in the municipality: the Poblacion area and Port Barton. The Poblacion area lies on one end of long Beach, which spans the coast of Barangays new Agutaya, San Isidro, and Alimangoan. If long beach is what you’re after, then this guide is for you.
The other major settlement is Port Barton, typically mistaken as a separate town but is, in fact, just a barangay within San Vicente. The confusion probably stems from the fact that when locals say “San Vicente,” they usually refer to the town proper (near long Beach). but Port Barton is 3 hours away from the poblacion by land. We’ll be discussing Port Barton in this post a little bit, but if it’s what you want to visit, we have a separate guide for it: Port Barton travel Guide.
More info about San Vicente, Palawan:
Language: Tagalog is spoken by the majority. but English is widely understood and spoken.
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP, ₱). PHP100 is around USD1.92, EUR 1.56, SGD2.52 (as of June 2018).
Mode of payment: CASH!
Electricity Info: 220V, 60Hz. Socket type A, mostly. In Poblacion and barangays along long Beach, electricity supply is now 24/7. but in Port Barton, it’s still limited to between around 5pm until midnight, unless your hotel/inn has their own generator.
WHERE TO stay IN SAN VICENTE
The range of lodging options isn’t much, but it is expected that bigger resorts will be rising along long beach because investors have been scrambling to get a piece of it for the past several years.
Again, let me point out that there are two major settlements in San Vicente: one is the Poblacion and nearby barangays (close to long Beach) and the other is Port Barton. They are 3 hours apart, so make sure you book a resort in the right location! If you want to check out long Beach, check the address for words like Poblacion, new Agutaya, San Isidro, and Alimangoan (Alimanguan).
Here are some of the top-rated properties on Agoda:
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Sunset beach Resort, Macatumbalen. check rates & Availability!
Victoria beach House, Alimanguan. check rates & Availability.
Jurisu Resort, new Agutaya.