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.
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.
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.
Cabungan Family have 3 bungalows in a small compound that are located near the Cabungan 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.
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 matress 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.
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 te restaurant in the middle. Popular place to stay, good beach.
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.
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.
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.
While i was in Port Barton recently 2 new bungalows had just been erected, which are set in a secure compound with a nice garden. They are located just across the bridge at the northern end of the beach. The owner invited us in to view them and we were delighted with what we saw. Each have a large CR, a verandah and the furniture is well made and has everything you require. There is a good view of the beach and a short walk from the jeepney stop.
Greenview Resort is the last place at the northern end of the beach. The bungalows are in a neat grassy compound and are well looked after. Unfortunately the swimming at this end of the beach is not as good here. They have their own boat for El Nido and other trips.
The local lady who owns the place has a secure fenced compound with several concrete bungalows ranging in price from 700 upwards, but there is also one small backpackers bungalow with common CR for around 400 pesos. El Dorado is located just across the bridge at the north end of the beach.
We stayed here for a couple of nights and although it was dirt cheap there was not much sleep those nights as there were many roosters next door, and also a puppy whined all night as it was tied on a leash. The bungalows were clean, they have bathroom and small terrace where you can hang your hammock. The bungalows are fifty metres back from the beach, with other building in between .
Update JUNE 2012-- the place was closed as they were renovating the bungalows which probably means a price increase, should be open for the season.
Beachfront resort. Just at the center of everything...
Staff are friendly and very accommodating
I did not stay here but went in to have a look around and take some photos. I wrote about El Dorado in my Nightlife tip section, so I wont focus too much on the atmosphere of the place here, just what the accommodation looks like.
I saw different rows of cottages, some were brick (the first two rows) and the rest were nipa style cottages towards the back. Only the first row gets a glimpse of the beach. The cottages lie dotted in a garden with lots of trees and plants and a path that you follow to get to your room.
First row of cottages were priced at P800.
Second row at P600
Nipa style cottages at back were only P400.
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