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URS & JOSIE LODGING INN: SLEEP HERE IF YOU ARE ON A BUDGET

I have stayed here a couple of times but over 10 years ago, and i notice that it has changed its name as it used to be called El Busero Inn. It still seems to be attracting some travelers and the restaurant us still operating, although there is a fence between the property and the beach.. It is situated in the middle of the beach and there are basic rooms above it and a couple of cottages at the side. The cottages cost a little more (1,000) but the rooms are 300-400. Don't expect much from the rooms except a bed and share toilet. Upstairs try get one of the rooms with a sea view. There is also a large terrace with hammocks for the guests to laze around. I found the restaurant quite expensive when i ate there years ago.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written December 21, 2014
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JBR TOURIST INN: A DECENT PLACE BUT AWAY FROM THE BEACH

JBR Tourist Inn is located two blocks back from the beach but has several bungalows in a spacious fenced compound. Each bungalow has a terrace where you can relax. This is another option if you are on a budget.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 21, 2014
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VILLA EVERGREEN BUNGALOWS: A COTTAGE WITH A VIEW

These are located on a hill at the north end of the beach and offer a great view of the bay. Walter and his wife Lily built these cottages nearly 3 years ago and although it is a few minutes walk to the beach the view makes up for any inconvenience. You can reach the bungalows by a path at the end of the beach. Another advantage is that you can cook your own meals there and keep your beer cold in the refrigerator. Although i never stayed here i believe the prices are in the region of 1,500 pesos.

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  • Written December 20, 2014
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MELBHEMARIS: GOOD VALUE BUT 2 BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH

We checked this place out as my wife wanted to check out some native furniture that the family made from driftwood. The owner was extremely friendly and informed us that the rooms were 800 pesos but that included hot shower, wifi and fan.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 20, 2014
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DIVINA GRACIA COTTAGES: NEW BUT BACK FROM THE BEACH

Since my last visit Divina Gracia Cottages have sprung up and they look quite good so it may be worth your while checking them out. They are located on the side street to the beach just before you cross the small river.

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  • Written December 20, 2014
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THELMA & TOBY'S ISLAND CAMPING ADVENTURE: IF PARADISE WAS HALF AS NICE

This amazing place that is located halfway between San Vicente and Port Barton and can only be reached by a 30 minute boat journey, and is absolutely impossible to hike there. You can either hire a boat from the pier at either place or arrange with the management for their boat to pick you up. They only operate between mid November until the end of April but check their website below for up to date information. The sandy beach is around 500 meters long, and you don't have to go much more than 10 meters in to the sea to find crystal clear water 6 feet deep (at least when the ocean is calm).
So let me explain exactly the type of camping that you will find here. The Canadian Toby and his friendly Filipina wife, Thelma limit the guests to around 14 people and try run a family orientated place, rather than a business place. There are 7 large tents, each protected by a native roof built over the tent, and come with a hammock, bamboo furniture and individual campfire outside. Inside the tents are wooden beds, rechargeable lamps and a small table for storage (as well as a "pee-pot" to save you from stepping outside at night).
There are several bathrooms where one can shower by scooping water from a tub, but if you wander along the beach Toby has arranged an outdoor shower from a spring which is very refreshing and a great favorite of the guests.
There is a well stocked bar with reasonably priced drinks, a book shelf, a communal eating area (or you can have your meals by your tent), but it is nice to sit round the campfire with other guests as the campfire is lit around 5.30 pm and kept fueled until the guests retire for the evening. The generator runs from sundown to around 10 pm.
Now for the food! Breakfast is served from 6'ish to late morning which is usually some type of eggs with brown bread, butter, marmalade and possibly some fruit with a coffee.
Lunch is served around 1 pm and can either be a plate of delicious food or buffet style, depending on what is available, but the dinner is worth waiting for as it is a grand buffet of perhaps 6 or 7 dishes and most people return for a second helping. While we were there we had grilled fish, squid rings, squid with veg, grilled pork, curry veg, and numerous other types of delicious food.
While there you can relax on the beach, swim or play volleyball or if you are feeling energetic take a kayak and visit a nearby beach and walk to a waterfall where you can swim in fresh water. If you are lucky you can spot monkeys, monitor lizards or squirrels.
AND THE COST OF THIS --- only 1,300 pesos per person including the three meals, but of course you pay for your drinks.!!!

For more photos please refer to the same heading under San Vicente as i have had to include this excellent place in all both destination pages as it is half way between the two villages.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Camping
  • Written December 20, 2014
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COCONUT GARDEN RESORT: EXCELLENT FOOD, GOOD BUNGALOWS AND SANDY BEACH

I have visited and stayed at Coconut Garden Resort several times in the last 15 years and i never tire of it. coconut Garden Resort is on Cacnipa Island which is an hour away by bangka. Henry, the Swiss owner used to be chief chef on a cruise liner and serves magnificent dishes. I am rather fond of pasta and never had the same dish twice, he could probably serve a different pasta dish each day of the year. There are a cluster of well built and comfortable bungalows by the beach and on the hill equipped with spacious CRs. The beach is sandy and the snorkeling is reasonable but hire Henry's boat to explore the surrounding corals. You can either arrange a boat to the island or arrange with Henry to pick you up from Port Barton.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written June 15, 2012
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Port Barton Beach boats to Cacnipa


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DEEP GOLD RESORT: One of the better places.

This used to be one of the original places to stay where i first visited in 1990 when it was known as the Swissipini, but has since changed hands. the bungalows are top quality and CRs spacious. I would recommend staying in one of the A-shaped bungalows by the beach. Good restaurant and bar.

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  • Written June 11, 2012
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ELSA'S BEACH HOUSE, COTTAGES and RESTAURANT: ok to stay here

Elsa's is located in the centre of the beach and is a long established place for travellers. I here that they encourage the guests to eat at their restaurant, but recently i hear reports that the rooms need a good spring cleaning. Pretty garden with beautiful cottages and wonderful for swimming in this area of the beach.

UPDATE 2014
This still seems to be one of the favorite places to stay and the restaurant seemed to be busy.

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  • Written June 11, 2012
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CABUGAN BUNGALOWS: Long Established

Cabugan Family have 3 bungalows in a small compound that are located near the Cabugan Store. However many people rent these bungalows for extended periods and you will be fortunate if they can accommodate you. The beach is perhaps the great attraction here as it's one of the best places to stay. This is located near the corner of the Petron Station.

UPDATE 2014
You can still rent a bungalow here for 500 pesos a night, but they are a little rundown. Each bungalow has a toilet and kitchen as well as a veranda to relax on.

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  • Written June 11, 2012
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AUSAN COTTAGES: GOOD QUALITY, BARGAIN PRICE

On our recent visit to Port Barton we decided to try this place as it was right on the beach and the cottages looked good with large verandahs. We decided to stay in the cheaper duplex which was more than adequate with a simple bathroom, bed , table and mosquito net. The matrass was just how i liked it, not too soft and not too hard either. There were chairs and hammocks scattered around the area where we spent time relaxing drinking San Migs. I would definitely stay here again on our next visit.

UPDATE 2014
This is a place we used to stay at and i notice that they have a few knew bungalows including one that is on stilts at the beachfront. There is also a restaurant there now.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written June 11, 2012
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SUNMMER HOMES: CENTRAL LOCATION

Summer Homes used to be one of the cheaper places to stay but now they are a similar price to the rest. Well built bungalows are set in a semi circle with the restaurant in the middle. Popular place to stay, good beach.
Each day the restaurant has a special of the day and offers boat trips to El Nido.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written June 11, 2012
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Villa Marguerita: YOU CANNOT MISS THE SKELETON

Villa Marguerita has a beautiful wooden multi-floored house with three bedrooms to rent out and has a good restaurant and bar which gets crowded in the tourist season.

UPDATE 2014
Since our last visit you can now see a skeleton up a tree by the entrance.

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  • Written June 11, 2012
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Dan's House: LONG TERM ACCOMMODATION

Dan, who has lived here many years has two houses to rent either for the short term or long term. They are located just after the bridge on the right, and you will find Dan in the third bungalow should you wish to make inquiries. Many of my friends have stayed in these houses which come full equipped with cooking utensils, linen, television etc. They are in a secure compound and offer a beautiful view of the ocean.

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  • Written June 11, 2012
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BESAGA BEACH RESORT: OPEN OR NOT

We passed by this new place but there didn't seem to be anyone around even ythough the sign announces that they were open. The bungalows are set quite far back from the beach but perhaps they will construct more at the front.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2014
This place seemed to be up and running again

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  • Written June 11, 2012
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