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San Vicente, located on the northwestern side of the main island of Palawan, is home to the longest white sand beach in the Philippines, almost three times the length of Boracay’s renewed White Beach.
San Vicente’s 14.7-kilometre golden sand beach, known as Long Beach, is the municipality’s main highlight. This charming Long Beach is quiet and uncommercialized, but it won’t be long before this paradise is discovered.
The municipality of San Vicente is located in the northwest of the main island of Palawan. It occupies a total area of 146,294 hectares (361,500 acres).
The population of San Vicente as of the 2015 census was 31,232. San Vicente has a very diverse population with 24 ethno-linguistic groups, each with their own dialects and cultural heritage.
The rainy season lasts from June to October. The dry season lasts from November to May.
It’s possibile to reach San Vicente is via Puerto Princesa International Airport, which is about 3 hours away.
From El Nido and Port Barton you can take a boat to San Vicente.
There are no banks or ATMs in San Vicente, and credit cards are often not accepted. So make sure you have enough cash with you when you go there.
Many hotels offer free wireless internet, but sometimes the connection is very slow.
The main tourist attractions in San Vicente are Long Beach and the islands in Port Barton Bay.
The average length-of-stay in San Vicente is 3 days.
What to see:
If you want to spend your holiday in San Vicente, here are some of our favourite places that you should not miss during your stay:
- Long Beach: an incredibly crowd-free long beach. It is one of the hidden gems of Palawan and one of the best beaches in the Philippines.
- German Island: crystal clear water, white sandy beach and a good snorkeling spot just a few meters from the island.
- Exotic Island: one of the most beautiful islands in Port Barton, consisting of two islands separated by a narrow channel with shallow water.
- Boayan Island: the largest island in San Vicente. It has secluded white sand beaches, lush forests and a spectacular underwater world.
When to go:
The best time to travel to San Vicente is the dry season between December and early May. During this time there is a light breeze, the sea is calm and the sky is clear.
The rainy season begins in June and lasts until October. August is the wettest month.
San Vicente is still a relatively unknown destination in Palawan and therefore never crowded even in high season and on holidays.
-Flight: the flight to San Vicente has been suspended until further notice. We believe it will resume as soon as more tourists will travel to Palawan.
From Puerto Princesa
-Public Transportation: There are only a couple of shuttle van companies that provide direct service between Puerto Princesa and San Vicente.
The shuttle vans operate daily from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm. The trip from Puerto Princesa to San Vicente usually takes about 4 hours.
-Private Transfer: A private van is the fastest and easiest way to get from Puerto Princesa to San Vicente
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From Sabang (Underground River)
-Private transfer: a private van is the fastest and easiest way to get from Sabag to San Vicente. The trip takes about 3 hours.
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From El Nido
-Private Transfer: A private van is the fastest and least complicated way to get from El Nido to San Vicente. The trip takes about 3 hours.
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