Bustling Port Barton

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Port Barton was a total mystery to me.  I didn’t even know it existed until two weeks before I went there.  And even then I heard it’s not worth going.  But, like everywhere else, I heard it was awesome and totally necessary to visit.  Since I knew nothing about it, I was fine either way.


My friend really wanted to go so I figured why not?  After getting a little bummed about how much it cost to get us there, I quickly forgot about it when my focus shifted to not getting carsick on the ridiculously bumpy, probably always being worked on, road.


When we got there, we were greeted by an adorable little lady that wanted us to stay at her guesthouse.  It was pretty cheap so we followed her back.  The place we would be staying was just as adorable as she was.  We put our stuff down, prepared for the beach, and set off right away.


It takes about 15 minutes to walk through the whole town.  And that’s at a leisurely pace because it’s so hot.  There are a few restaurants and hotels along the beach, then a few more restaurants on the main street in town.

Little shops for snacks and basic groceries dot the corners that make up the few blocks of town away from the beach.  There are minimal things to do here, but it’s a lovely place to relax and read.  If you’re feeling adventurous, there is a waterfall within walking distance, island hopping tours available, and snorkeling options nearby.  I would just ask at your hotel for more information about those.


Oh, did I mention there is only power between 5PM and 12AM in Port Barton?  That makes for really hot days and hoping that you don’t wake up in the middle of the night because you probably won’t be able to fall back asleep because it’s too darn hot.  That’s what I thought at least.  I made sure I fell asleep before the fan turned off.


If you haven’t caught on by now, the Philippines has phenomenal beaches.  Port Barton was no different.  This beach was just a little smaller than most, but still had plenty of room for the few occupants to not be anywhere near crowded.


As usual, the sun was shining, the water was glorious, and the mango juice was flowing.  I spent two days lounging around on the beach, making some pretty good progress on Shantaram.  After all, I wasn’t going to be carrying it all the way home.  It was time to move on to a different beach and try new mango juices.  I was really branching out on what I do in the Philippines.  Can you tell?

Helpful things:

  • If you’re going to El Nido, I would go there first, then here on the way back to Puerto Princesa or Sabang.
  • This is a good place to have a portable charger with the power being pretty limited.
  • I don’t think there’s tons of accommodation here, but it’s not totally necessary to book ahead.
  • If you try or have tried the weird little cup with weird stuff mixed into it that is sold on the main road to the beach, let me know how it is.
  • The beach is really nice and not crowded at all.
  • There are a few waterfalls nearby that you can hike to.  I didn’t, so I’m not sure how to get to them, but I would ask at your hotel.
  • You can go on island hopping tours to do some snorkeling here, too.


Have you been to Port Barton?  What did you think of it?  Do you want to go?

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