El Nido’s Most Popular Beaches

Discover the Best of El Nido: Your Ultimate Guide to the Most Popular Beaches

El Nido is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines known for its stunning island landscapes and crystal-clear waters. While the islands surrounding El Nido are famous for their picturesque sceneries, the mainland is often overlooked. But, did you know that the mainland is also home to many breathtaking sceneries and beautiful beaches? In this guide, we will take you on a quick tour of the most popular beaches in El Nido that you might not have visited yet. So, join us and explore the hidden gems of El Nido's mainland.

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Nacpan beach resort - Angkla Resort - El Nido

Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach is undeniably the most popular beach in El Nido, and for good reason. This stunning destination is located in Barangay Bucana, in the northern part of Palawan Island, around a 45-minute drive from El Nido town Together with Calitang Beach, Nacpan forms the Twin Beaches of El Nido. Despite their proximity to each other, Nacpan Beach is more famous due to its remarkable beauty, stretching up to 4 kilometers long. Its fine golden sand and turquoise waters are perfectly complemented by the lush greenery in the area. If you're looking for a serene and peaceful destination away from the hustle and bustle of El Nido town, Nacpan Beach is perfect for you. It's a great spot for taking photos that will surely get you plenty of likes and reactions on social media. Plus, there are plenty of restobars along the beachfront where you can enjoy a variety of snacks, food, and drinks.
There are a few high-end resorts in Nacpan Beach, such as Angkla and Nacpan Beach Resort, as well as a glamping camp that offers luxurious tents. However, the majority of accommodations in the area are basic and cater to budget-conscious travelers.

las cabans beach, El Nido, palawan

Las Cabanas

Las Cabanas Beach is a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the beauty of El Nido's inland beaches. Located just 5 kilometers away from the town proper, Las Cabanas is known for its creamy white sand and towering coconut palm trees. Unlike other beaches in El Nido, Las Cabanas has a line of resorts and other establishments that make it a more developed area, but still clean and serene. In the early evenings, the beach comes to life with tourists and locals gathering to watch the stunning sunset, making it the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a day of island hopping.

Duli Beach is one of the most popular beaches in El Nido Palawan

Duli Beach

Duli Beach is a hidden gem in El Nido that's definitely worth the journey. This remote beach may not be the easiest to get to, but the experience of visiting this huge uninhabited paradise is undeniably unforgettable. Duli Beach features white sands fringed with palm trees and clear waters that roll onto the stretch of sandy beach. Its name, which means "female turtle," is fitting as it serves as a nesting place for sea turtles in the area. Duli Beach is also known as a surfer's paradise, especially during the rainy season when there are big waves. However, the accommodation on Duli is quite basic, so it's recommended to visit on a day trip.

Corong Corong Beach is one of the most popular beaches in El Nido Palawan

Corong Corong Beach

Corong-Corong is a serene beach located near El Nido town proper, stretching for over 3 kilometers from the town market to Marimegmeg Beach/Las Cabanas Beach. Although the tide covers most of the beach during the day, during low tide, a wide stretch of sand emerges from the shallow waters. While Corong-Corong Beach may not be as stunning as other beaches in El Nido, it offers a relaxing atmosphere, and it's an excellent spot to watch the sunset. Swimming is not advised due to the beach's shallow and rocky bottom. However, there are plenty of accommodation options available, including budget, midrange, and upscale resorts, and several restaurants and bars make the area lively.

Aerial view lio beach El Nido, Palawan

Lio Beach

For travelers seeking one last glance of the breathtaking waters of El Nido, the El Nido Airport Beach or Lio Beach is a perfect destination. A visit to this stunning beach before departing for Manila can help reduce stress and provide an opportunity to soak in the natural beauty of the area. At the El Nido Airport Beach or Lio Beach, visitors can walk along a long wooden pier and take in the scenic view of Cadlao Island, making it the perfect spot for capturing a "last paradise photo" before leaving El Nido. Lio Beach is part of the Lio Tourism Estate, a newly developed, ecologically sustainable tourism destination in El Nido. Recently, several upscale hotels have been constructed in the area, including Seda Lio and Huni Lio.

Lio Beach is one of the most popular beaches in El Nido Palawan

Caalan Beach

Located a short 10-15 minute walk from downtown El Nido, Caalan Beach is a quiet and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the town. Though not as popular as other beaches in mainland El Nido, Caalan Beach offers stunning views of Cadlao Island and breathtaking sunsets. Despite its beauty, it's surprising that Caalan Beach remains relatively unknown among the many visitors of El Nido. However, it's important to note that swimming is not recommended here. For those seeking accommodations in the area, the upscale Cadlao Resort offers deluxe bungalows and is considered the best option in Caalan Beach.

Dolarong Beach is one of the most popular beaches in El Nido Palawan

Dolarog Beach

Dolarog Beach is a hidden gem that offers stunning views of the limestone islands of the Bacuit Archipelago, making it a true paradise for those who seek tranquility and relaxation. One of the highlights of this beach is the breathtaking sunsets that will leave you in awe. As the most secluded beach in El Nido, Dolarog Beach is not easily accessible by van or tricycle, but it can be reached by boat or through a leisurely walk. Families with small children will appreciate the shallow waters in the area, making it a safe and enjoyable spot for kids.
There is currently only one resort located on Dolarog Beach, called the Dolarog Beach Resort. However, visitors should note that the resort is quite basic compared to other properties available in El Nido. Despite this, Dolarog Beach remains a popular destination for those looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful and secluded beach experience.