Port Barton in San Vicente

Photo courtesy of http://www.portbarton.info

Photo courtesy of http://www.portbarton.info

Port Barton is a small coastal village in San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines. Most tourists, who have visited Port Barton, consider it to be one of the highlights of their Philippines trip. Port Barton and its accompanying pristine islands, easily rank as one of their top five favorite destinations in the Philippines.Port Barton attracts mostly non-luxury seeking, status anxiety free vacationers. It has in recent years become a popular choice for budget backpackers and other adventurous international travelers, who appreciate and enjoy the remote, rural, relaxed, friendly atmosphere and natural beauty that this quiet and peaceful beachside village, on the edge of the rainforest, has to offer.

Fortunately, Port Barton is not as popular or progressively developed as Boracay or Puerto Galera. Therefore, it does not attract busloads of domestic tourists. Also, due to its remote location and the rough unpaved road, (a blessing in disguise perhaps) Port Barton does not suffer from hordes of photo snapping, day trippers, as does the more accessible, touristic Sabang, or the more promoted and air ported El Nido.

Port Barton is still largely unspoiled, pleasantly unsophisticated and slightly primitive, and that’s exactly what seems to make it an attractive destination. For example, as mentioned, there is no paved, concreted road in or out of Port Barton. There are no buses and not many other vehicles on the bumpy, rugged road, mostly only heavy duty, well driven Jeepneys make it thru the mostly wet and muddy jungle.

There is no electricity, except from 5.30pm till midnight. There are no banks or A.T.M.s. There are no doctors or hospitals. There are no five star hotels etc. Internet access is limited.

The village is so small that walking is the only feasible option. Going to the nearby islands you can hire a boat or in the high-season, join organized trips.

The main attraction is the beautiful beach.

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