What's it like to explore the unfrequented paradise of San Vicente in Palawan?

If one asks a Filipino to list down the country's greatest beach destinations, Palawan never goes unnoticed. Palawan, the Philippines' last ecological frontier, has even earned recognition at this year's Conde Nast Traveler's annual Reader's Choice Awards, an unsurprising feat for a destination that's loved by both locals and tourists. Who wouldn't want to dive into the culture of this province, the clear waters of El Nido, and the Crowning Glory Reef at Culion Island?

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But apart from these popular spots, there is an underrated paradise right on the north-western side of the island that's yet to make headlines known as San Vicente. Now that quarantine restrictions are gradually being lifted, choose to visit this town that holds secrets waiting to be unravelled by a curious adventurer like yourself.

Why visit San Vicente?

On the surface, San Vicente is a safe place to explore and unwind in where the waters are just as blue and the sky is just as vast as its neighbouring destinations. But there's more to this town than meets the eye. Our advice? Bring a good camera and your favourite beach outfit.

You cannot visit San Vicente without walking along the shore of the iconic Long Beach which is thrice the length of Boracay's White Beach. This 14.7 kilometre-long beach is renowned as the longest coastline in the country, and the second-longest in all of South East Asia.

Then there's Port Barton, a humble village by the sea, where you can easily spot green hills from afar. By day, you can try fun activities like swimming or snorkelling. And by midnight, you can meditate by the shore with the sound of the waves crashing in the background.

On another day, prepare to trek to see the two waterfalls—Pamuayan Waterfalls and Bigaho Falls which are only a few kilometres away from the village. Watch how butterflies and dragonflies flutter around the serene setting.

For a memorable inland experience, you'll want to see Bato ni Ningning, a large rock resting on top of a hill. You'll get an even better view of Sto Niño Beach, Mount Capuas, and Imuruan Island from above when you clamber on the famous rock.

Frankly, one day is not enough to explore the entire town without taking the time to appreciate all of its splendour. But once Megaworld transforms a large part of the island into an eco-tourism community called Paragua Coastown, you'll be able to stay for as long as you'd like as a resident. There will be hotels and resorts, health and wellness sanctuaries, a cultural centre, educational institutions, a shopping district, as well as private residential villas, serviced apartments, a mangrove reserve park among many others.

Be the first to explore the beauty of San Vicente on your next weekend getaway to finally experience what living in paradise feels like.

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