For a detailed travel guide to Long Beach with sample itinerary and breakdown of expenses, read: San Vicente Palawan Travel Guide.

If I ever wondered how hot a motorcycle’s muffler could get after 15 minutes of non-stop driving, I got the painful answer as soon as I reached Long Beach. Out of utter excitement, I carelessly got off the vehicle with my right leg touching the searing muffler. It was excruciating, to say the least. I let out a shriek, the same shriek I make when I open my wallet at the end of each month. And for a moment there, I was in hell.

But only for a moment.

The pain was nothing compared to the pure, anesthetic bliss delivered in big doses by the sand sparkling under the equally scorching summer sun.

Touted by local tourism officials as the “longest white beach in the Philippines,” the Long Beach of San Vicente straddles 14 kilometers of undeveloped shoreline, more than three times longer than Boracay’s White Beach. But the stretch isn’t uninterrupted. Rocky cliffs jut out into the sea, breaking what could have been a continuous expanse of sugary paradise into six shorter coves.

The motorcycle is the most convenient mode of beach-hopping. At the Tourism Office in Poblacion, we hired one of the drivers waiting for tourists and sealed a half-day two-wheel tour. My friend Brenna and I held on tight and prepared to be whipped by the fresh, cold wind and gorgeous views along the way. There was no one else. We made three stops from New Agutaya to Alimangoan, and found ourselves the only people there. And our we-own-this-place fantasies kicked in once again.

Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan
Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan
Talisay trees provide shade to beach bums
Talisay trees provide shade to beach bums
The beaches of New Agutaya and Alimanguan
Alimanguan Beach

Long Beach spans the coast of Barangays New Agutaya, San Isidro, and Alimangoan. All the while, we had the beach to ourselves. According to the tourism office, in 2012 the municipality of San Vicente (including Brgy. Port Barton) had only 8,500 visitors, half of which were from Europe. That’s a tiny fraction compared to El Nido or Boracay. To be honest, a part of me refuses to blog about this place; I wish that the place be kept this way forever.

There are no full-blown resorts here, only undisturbed fishing villages that are far from crowded. Not for long, if you ask local officials. Over 50 investors have already bought properties along the beach in anticipation of the completion of the town’s airport. All the more reason to scratch it off your bucket list sooner.

How to get to Long Beach, San Vicente: From Puerto Princesa Airport, ride a tricycle to San Jose Terminal and take the 3-4 hour bus ride to San Vicente. From the town proper, take a motorcycle tour of the beaches for P350. You might also want to extend the trip to Irawan Beach, which raises the fee to P500 per ride. The motorcycle can accommodate up to 2 passengers, cheaper if you’re with a companion.

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  1. Leny Escalderon Salangsang says:

    Kc concepcion owned a resort cottage here

  2. I wouldn’t say powdery and white but it sure beats Boracay with all the noise and people in Boracay. Was there last September and didn’t see a soul the whole time we were there. There were kubos beside the beach but didn’t see any of the locals. Going to the beach, we had to walk thru an unpaved road and amidst a bit of talahib. Going to and fro San Vicente was a journey bec it was unpaved and when we passed thru one road going to Itabiak, the roads were literally being made as we drove thru it. There were times when we had to wait for 10-20 minutes until the workers fixed the road but I’d go there again…oh wait, we did…just last week

  3. Ac Calma Ü says:

    wow, in the near future malapit ka na rin masira, hintay hintay lang. konting promote and advertise pa. :) basta kumita lang ng pera ang Pilipinas kahit ano sisirain sa ngalan lang ng pera.

  4. Kai Miras Hermsen says:

    Philippines a land of paradise….discover much to explore.

  5. Mas masaya at magandang tingnan ito nung mga bata pa kami..daming coconut trees, buton trees at talisay trees along shore line..ngyn, wala na.. sana lang hindi masira ito ng mga investor.. maintain nila natural beauty ng lugar..

  6. Nonette Lib says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was already in Taytay and just a few trike stride I will be in San Vicente, I must be stupid, I decided to go back to el nido, now I regret that decision because your photos proved I should have went there, next time…tnx PT,

  7. Ruth the explorer says:

    Last year, we had our 2-week Palawan adventure — Puerto Prinsesa – El Nido – San Vicente. The latter wasn’t part of our plan initially but when I saw Peace & Love resort in Agoda and heard that we can see the Longest Beach, we then decided to include that in our list. From El Nido, we took a public van coz it’ll be faster than the bus. The resort owner told us to get off Alimangoan but the dispatcher in El Nido told us that there’s no difference if we get off Itagbyak, which is totally untrue. We’re so unfortunate coz the roads in Itagbyak were under construction and no vehicle can pass; worst, the rain was starting to pour and it’s getting a lil late. This may really be an unfortunate event for some, but, it was only a start of an adventure I will never ever forget. San Vicente is a quiet town and very different from PPS and El Nido. A must-try experience.

    • yoshke says:

      Thanks for sharing, Ruth! Given how remote San Vicente is, adventures are bound to happen! :D

    • Chessa Dawn Gulfan says:

      Hi, do you still remember how many hours it took from El Nido to San Vicente? :) Thanks

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