Photo (right) by Ausan Beach Front Cottages & Restaurant
With its many tourist attractions and natural wonders, Palawan Island in the Philippines is part of the bucket list of many travelers. Palawan is home to top island and beach destinations like El Nido that's known for its lagoons, Coron that's known for shipwreck diving, and Puerto Princesa that's home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Underground River.
Aside from these popular destinations, a small coastal town in San Vicente called Port Barton also boasts beautiful beaches and stunning islands that are perfect for those who love to explore the outdoors. Apart from island-hopping, you may also enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving, exploring waterfalls, or simply lounging at some of the best Palawan beaches on your visit.
Port Barton in Palawan offers a more laidback and simple but comfortable retreat. You’ll still have plenty of options when it comes to Port Barton hotels, and you’ll find one that’s perfect for you whether you’re traveling solo or with a group. To help you narrow down your list and decide where to stay during your Port Barton tours, we’ve put together this list of some of the best hotels and resorts in Port Barton.
Photo by Forest Wood Suites
Forest Wood Suites in Port Barton, Palawan is a good place to call your temporary home if you want a peaceful trip. Although it’s located near the beach and several restaurants, you’ll be assured a quiet stay as it is situated away from busy streets and is surrounded by trees and plants. The friendly staff will ensure that you have everything you need. While they only serve breakfast, you won’t run out of choices for lunch and dinner, as there are many restaurants in the vicinity.
All their rooms are spacious and have different themes, including the Flower Suite, the Wood Suite, and the Japanese Suite. Their accommodations are best for solo travelers or small groups, as the biggest room they have can comfortably sleep 3 people. Rooms also have their own porch with a table and chairs, so you can have al fresco breakfast. Free WiFi is also available, which is a luxury in Port Barton.
Photo by Besaga Beachfront Cottages
As its name suggests, Besaga Beachfront Cottages is situated right along a Palawan beach in Port Barton. You don’t need to worry about the noise from other people, as its location on one end of the beach makes it a quiet place to stay. You can book a Beach Cottage or a Duplex Beachfront Room. You can choose to have air conditioning, but if you want to save, ask for the option to just use the electric fan instead.
Breakfast comes with your accomodations, and it’s definitely worth waking up for, as their café and restaurant serves some of the best food in Port Barton, including local dishes like beef pares (braised beef stew served with rice) and international fare like cafe sua da.
For the rest of the day, you can enjoy the beach and the rest of Port Barton, but make sure you have time to come back before the sunset, as the golden hour views here are breathtaking. They also have bonfire nights on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can still enjoy the beach even at night.
Photo by Prince John Lodging and Restaurant
Located in Nao Nao Beach of Port Barton in Palawan Island, Prince John Lodging and Restaurant offers its guests free WiFi and parking. This accommodation by the beach is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and even families, as they have a room that can fit 4 adults and 2 kids.
The resort is located away from the main village of Port Barton, so it’s best for travelers who want a quiet getaway. But you won’t have a boring stay here, as Prince John Lodging and Restaurant has its own sun terrace, beach loungers, a hammock, a swing, a volleyball court, a restaurant, and a bar.
Its owner and staff also go out of their way to make sure you have a pleasant stay, and if you’re lucky, your stay might coincide with the surprise activities they plan, including snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, dinner by the beach, and massages.
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Like many San Vicente, Palawan resorts in Port Barton, Esmeralda Villa does not have a lot of accommodations, having only 8 rooms on offer. This beachfront property is actually part of Deep Moon Resorts, which also includes another property in the village proper.
The private beach resort is clean, secluded, and peaceful, making it perfect for those who want a chance to disconnect from their busy life and commune with nature. The beach has clear and calm waters, while the white sand and the lush greenery give the place a relaxing ambiance, and the hammocks are inviting. They also have their own bar and restaurant which provides you the option to enjoy your food and drinks by the beach.
The rooms have basic amenities but are clean and spacious enough for a comfortable stay. Families or those traveling in a group can book the Family Bungalow which has its own terrace.
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With small huts set in a lush garden, Villa Milanel is one of the San Vicente Palawan resorts that you can stay at to melt your stress away. Their huts may look small, but they have everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep, including mosquito nets. Some huts have shared bathrooms, but you can book one with a private bathroom and shower if you want more privacy.
It’s located right at the edge of the village proper, which means you can get a peaceful stay while still being within walking distance of many businesses, including several restaurants. This family-owned property also has friendly and helpful staff who can help you arrange land and boat transfers and tours. You can also ask them to have your laundry cleaned for an additional fee.
Unlike some other Port Barton, Palawan hotels, the electricity here is on 24 hours a day, but you can still go off the grid by chilling at one of the hammocks in the garden while enjoying the complimentary coffee or tea.
Photo by Greenviews Resort
Greeenviews Resort gives you the best of both worlds because of its convenient location. It’s a beachfront property which means you can enjoy the beach as soon as you wake up, but it’s also right at the edge of the village proper, meaning restaurants and other establishments are just a short walk away. The waters here are shallow, so you can take a quick and relaxing dip when you want.
You can stay at one of their cozy and spacious native-style cottages, which can each comfortably accommodate 4 people. If you’re traveling with a large group, you can book the Family Cottage which can fit 6 people. All cottages are surrounded with plants and greenery.
Previous guests have also raved about Greenviews Resort’s restaurant and bar, which feature live acoustic music at night and serve value for money delicious dishes for guests and other travelers in Port Barton. It is located on the second level of the reception area, which makes it a great place to catch the sunset with a drink in hand.
Photo by Sunset Colors
Located in Nao Nao Beach, Sunset Colors offers 3 types of accommodations: Superior Double Room with Sea View, Beach Cottage with Sea View, and Quadruple Room with Sea View. All accommodations have their own porch with chairs and a table, so you can enjoy a meal while enjoying the beach view or just simply lounge in your own area. You also have the option to do this in the loungers on the beach which is the best place to view the breathtaking sunset.
Sunset Colors also has its own restaurant, which serves delicious dishes from breakfast until dinner. You can also spend your time kayaking or trying stand-up paddleboarding on the beach, as the resort gives its guests complimentary use of their equipment.
Its location offers guests a private retreat, but should you want to explore the village proper, Sunset Colors offers guests free boat shuttle from and to the resort.
Photo by Jungle Bar Resto & Hut
Located around 500m from Port Barton’s White Beach, Jungle Bar Resto & Hut is for those who want an outdoor adventure. Like its name suggests, the property lies in the middle of the jungle. You can only get here via a truck or a dirt bike, so be prepared for a rough ride! You can walk to the property too, but it might be a challenge if you are bringing luggage. The trip is well worth it though, because once you arrive at Jungle Bar Resto & Hut, you’ll be greeted by the warm staff and a spectacular view of the forest, the sea, and the sunset.
Accommodations are simple but clean, allowing you to sit back and relax during your stay. You can even chill at your own hammock, and the surrounding lush greens will allow you to appreciate nature more.
Don’t forget to try as many delicious dishes and drinks as you can from the bar and restaurant, as they serve a variety, including freshly made bread, tapas, salad, fresh juices, and even homemade rum!
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Although not a beachfront property, Rubin Resort is located in the Port Barton village proper so you have easy access to establishments and restaurants. The central area of the property is a pool where you can enjoy a quick dip before heading to the beach, which is about 35m or a block away. The pool area is also well lit at night, so you can enjoy a nighttime swim if you want.
Those looking for a more affordable stay should book their budget rooms, but if you can indulge, reserve a stay at their cottages that surround the pool and come with their own patio. Guests can enjoy meals, snacks, and drinks at Rubin Resort’s in-house restaurant and bar which serves both local and international cuisine.
For a more relaxing stay, you can book a massage or a foot spa service from the resort itself or book a hypnosis coaching class with the owner.
Photo by Blue Cove Island Resort
Located in Port Barton’s Albaguen Island, Blue Cove Island Resort is ideal for travelers looking for a simple but quiet island getaway. The beachfront resort itself sits along a white sand beach with turquoise waters that offer a stunning view of the sunset.
With only 12 cottages, a stay at this resort will give you peace and privacy. Each cottage is designed in the native Filipino hut style and comes with a private balcony where you can take in the view of the unspoiled beach and the rest of the island.
You can snorkel and see the corals at the nearby waters, hike across the island, or even do nothing but laze around in one of the hammocks by the beach. The food is simple but is delicious and affordable, so you won’t even need to leave the island. Should you wish to do so, the staff will be eager to help you arrange a trip, and if you’re lucky, they might even take you island-hopping for free!
Photo by Coconut Garden Island Resort
Coconut Garden Island resort in Cacnipa Island is perfect for solo travelers who want to go off the grid or couples who want some alone time. Most of their bungalows, cottages, and rooms can fit two people, and all have a view of the sea. If you want to travel with a group, you can book the Family Bungalow which can accommodate up to 6 people.
All accommodation types come with their own bathroom and solar-powered lights and fan. The resort also offers guests affordable meals and other food, so you won’t even need to leave the island during your vacation.
As for activities, apart from having the entire island to explore, guests can also play badminton, beach volleyball, darts, and table tennis or enjoy water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and paddle boating. You can also watch turtles laying their eggs in November or see the eggs hatch anytime from December to April.
With a stay at Inaladelan Island Resort, you get to experience a 12-hectare private island in Port Barton. The island has white sand and pristine waters that are perfect if you just want to spend a lazy day at the beach. If you’d rather have a vacation packed with activities, you can also do that here, as you can play beach volleyball, kayak, or cook smores over a bonfire at night. It’s also a good place to snorkel as turtles are known to swim near the island’s shores, so bring your snorkeling gear if you have them!
Guests can book a day tour here, but if you want to stay longer, you can camp on the island. The overnight camping rate comes with a camping tent, a foam bed, a pillow, complimentary breakfast and dinner, and roundtrip boat transfers. You can have your meals at their open-air pavilion, or if you’re looking for drinks, head to the island’s bar which serves drinks like beer, sangria, and mojito, as well as snacks to go along with them.
Photo by Ausan Beach Front Cottages & Restaurant
Ausan Beach Front Cottages & Restaurant is not just a beachfront resort, it’s also located in the village proper itself, meaning you have easy access to the restaurants and other establishments in Port Barton. Just staying in the resort is also an option, as they have wonderful sunset views, an in-house money changer, and an on-call massage service. Their bar and restaurant offers affordable but delicious food and drinks, as well as beer and cocktails.
For a more pampered stay, book either the Beach Front Duplex Superior Air-Conditioned Rooms or the Beach Front Sunset Air Conditioned Rooms as they come with a sea view as well as a balcony or porch to enjoy it from. If you’re looking for a more affordable stay, you can book the Beach Front Fan Tree House, which also comes with its own balcony. All rooms come with 24-hour electricity, access to the resort’s WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and free-flowing coffee.
Photo by Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary
There aren’t many upscale resorts in Port Barton, and if you’re looking for one, you might want to consider Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary. This eco-friendly resort is home to a 4.1KM coastline, 4 private beaches, and its own waterfalls.
The Turtle Sanctuary in their name, is not just a marketing thing, in fact, they’re accredited by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development. They are also a partner of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. The resort’s Turtle Bay is a good spot to snorkel and catch not just turtles but manta rays, dolphins, and a variety of fish as well.
Large groups will be comfortable at any of the accommodations at Sunset Beach, as the villas there can sleep up to six guests. If you prefer a more private retreat, book a stay at Turtle Beach, where only two cottages share an over 260-M long beach. All villas and cottages are beachfront, have 24-hour electricity, an outdoor lounge with tables and chairs, and come with complimentary buffet breakfast and boat transfers. Guests can also use snorkel gear and kayaks for free.
Plan Your Vacation to Port Barton in Palawan and Book These Hotels and Resorts
Port Barton, in San Vicente is a Palawan tourist spot that has become famous thanks to its beaches and simple village atmosphere. The village is also one of the best jump-off points for island tours in Palawan, including island-hopping to Starfish Island and German Island.
Don’t expect extravagant accommodations here. Unlike other popular Palawan destinations like El Nido and Coron, hotels and resorts in Port Barton are more simple and basic but will still provide you with a comfortable stay, while islands, beaches, forests, and friendly locals will make your vacation memorable.