Looks what the wifey and a few friends have got cooking (pun intended)
This event is sure to put you back on the right track, flowin and glowin’
This digs is the best beach front hotel, with a pool, and good food that is still within the town proper of Puerto Princesa.
Just as with any beach in Palawan, make sure to apply your insect repellent before hitting the beach :O
The rooms at the hotel are very conducive to relaxing. Aside from the sleep inducing chiropratic beds, the clean wall finish that contrasts with the dark wood finish of the cabinetry add to the relacks factor. Overall, it gives a Mediterranean impression.
The hotel also boasts of a coffee shop that has an excellent line up of coffee and sweets, and liquor too!
Top-notch this side of town.
Port Barton is one of those off the beaten path beach destinations in Palawan. It hasn’t really gone mainstream and to this date is confined to guests of the backpacker nature. The beach is really nice, golden and fine sand, decent sized cove. The best part of it is this place does not have the crowds now associated with a vacay to El Nido.
One of the reasons why this place is San Vicente has not really taken off is because the roads to get here is not that great. But believe me, its current state is like 100x better than how it was a few years ago. From the highway turn-off, its about a 22km (more or less) drive that takes about an hour to get to Port Barton town. Now you can imagine the road condition based on travel time!
One is rewarded at the end of the long, winding and bumpy road with a nice beach in a decent sized cove bathed in fine golden sand that has that same texture as the sands in Boracay.
There are a number of places to stay in Port Barton but these are in the inn type of accommodations. Spartan and functional. Period. If you are Mr or Mrs Classy, this place is not for you! We opted to stay in a quieter side of the cove in a place called Deep Gold Resort. Here the beach is longer, and there are less people and boats. I’d have to skip on commenting on the food as this blog is not about reviewing and certainly bashing places.
Some places, that we’d tell you to check out for dining options are the following:
On that note, here is a quote from one of the many at Jambalaya that struck a familiar chord in me. CheerS!
Located just about five minute walk from the airport along Rizal Avenue, is a down-to-earth restaurant and souvenir shop. Aptly called Ikaw Kag Ako, this place surely takes into consideration one’s pocket, yet delivers yummy food via toppings placed over rice or lugaw. The setting is a very simple, homey and artsy affair. The decor have been mostly made by the owners themselves.
The food pricing is very reasonable with meals you can have for P50. Can you believe that? Yes! P50. The clincher is that it does not disapoint. It is very good in fact. Heck, we keep on coming back for more!
Things for sale at the souvenier shop are different kinds of handicrafts, jewellery and accessories, and even all-natural body and health products.
Look what I found in El Nido?!
One of the first inns operating out of Puerto Princesa, Casa Linda Inn is aptly named and translates to “Beautiful House” in Spanish – The Inn started off as a Four-room inn way back in 1962. Its rooms were rented out to guests who were mostly oil co. pilots, US Peace Corps Volunteers. To this date, it still stands.
The central feature of the inn is the garden with the thatched roof gazebo flanked by the rooms on either side. The materials are mostly indigenous and are made up of sawali walls, sakot columns and the spotless ipil –hardwood floors.
The garden of local flora including two dwarf coconut trees, enhances the Filipino feel of the place. If you are really early and quiet, squirrels and different birds flit around the property from the surrounding acacia trees.
The Inn’s restaurant has 6 tables and a bar area. You may also take your meals in the Gazebo. A number of guests have raved about the restaurants’ pancakes and omelettes.
The restaurants breakfast menu is complete including Continental, American and Filipino Breakfasts, at very reasonable prices. The Kitchen opens at 6a.m. and closes at 9p.m. The Staff also accommodates special meal requests and they also allow guests to cook in the kitchen for a minimum charge.
Other amenities include laundry, safety deposit, tour information and assistance, transportation hiring assistance, fax services and long distance calls.
A small book stand is also located at the foyer, here guests can borrow or exchange books. There is also a small souvenir shop with Filipino handicrafts and t-shirts available for sale.
To preserve the relaxing atmosphere in the rooms there are no televisions. However, a Television is located at the lobby.