Port Barton is a mellow village on the west side of Palawan.
At one time it was a jumping off point for trips to the Sabang Underground River but now there is a beautiful road all the way to Sabang from Puerto Princesa, so visitors go direct to Sabang on mini van shuttles.
You can still take the Port Barton – Puerto Princesa jeepney for 250 pesos but it is now only a 3 hour trip and the road is in reasonably good condition. It still gets muddy during the rainy season.
Pump boats also make regular runs from San Vicente
Travelers now go there to chill out for a few days and go island hopping and snorkeling and just relaxing on the beach.
The sandy beach is nice for walking but usually swimmers gite it a pass because the water there is very shallow and there seems to be some blue jelly fish bobbing around at times.
The local boatmen take visitors out to the nearby islands where there are beautiful beaches with no jellyfish.
There are a few restaurants in town and most of the resorts have a cafe, bar, and restaurant on the grounds. I find that the prices tend to be a bit high in Port Barton and there are not many local eateries (called carinderias) around.
There are two internet connections and the cost starts at 100 pesos an hour. This is quite a bit higher than elsewhere in the Philippines.
For example - in El Nido many of the resorts have a high speed wi-fi connection and the internet cafes are cheap in El Nido too.
You don’t have to revolve my life around internet connections but they really help in keeping you connected and if you enjoy it why not.
I suggest arriving in town and leaving your pack with a friend or at one of the resorts and spend an hour looking around at what accommodation is available.
Advance booking probably would be difficult anyway and this gives you a first hand look at what place will fit your personality. What is good for one person might not work for someone else.
Just pay one night and keep your eyes open for something better if you are not satisfied.
Here are some basic tips that apply anywhere in the Philippines:
On weekends it is more difficult to find accommodation. During the holidays – Easter and Christmas – tourist places are often booked. The Chinese New Year is another important holiday and rooms at your favorite resort in places like El Nido will also likely be booked.