Break up the lengthy journey with a scenic stopover at this coastal village
Considering the lengthy journey, more and more backpackers and travelers are starting to discover ways to break up the trip. One way is by stopping over Port Barton.
The small village is located roughly 123km north (about a 3-hour drive) of Puerto Princesa, and about 195km (about a 5-hour drive) south of El Nido. But aside from being a convenient stopover, there are more reasons to visit Port Barton:
1. It’s unspoiled by mass tourism
Tourism in Port Barton is still in its infancy. As you would expect, the infrastructure in this small town is not yet fully developed, and the only way to access it is via a dirt road. These can be challenging for casual tourists. Those who would go out of their way to stop by will be rewarded with calm and quiet surroundings.
2. It’s relatively affordable
Port Barton doesn’t share the same price tag of Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. A typical lunch or dinner item is roughly P150 at local faves like Gacayan and Kusinero del Barrio, while rental for some private bungalows go for less than P1,000 a night. Try Kiwi Lodge Port Barton, a one-minute walk from the beach.
3. The beaches are uncrowded
Port Barton offers picture-perfect, #nofilter-worthy beaches with clear, turquoise waters. The best part? You get to enjoy them all to yourself! Head over to German Island and enjoy the finest, white sand beach that rivals Boracay’s.
4. It’s as local as you can get
There are no big international brands here, only bungalows, resorts and restaurants right along the beach, all of which are owned by local families.
Mick Salas runs a fitness and travel blog called trotterhop.com.