Port Barton is a small fishing village located on a bay in the municipality of San Vicente in the Northern part of Palawan. It is still relatively unknown to tourists. The main beach, with its calm waters and a long stretch of sand, is surrounded by pristine rainforest. You’ll like Port Barton’s simplicity and its people’s hospitality so much, that you’ll never want to leave.
- With an area of 923.26 km2 (356.47 sq mi) Port Barton is a small village in the municipality of San Vicente, located in the north-western side of the main island of Palawan.
- The wet season is from June to October.
- The dry season, from November until May.
- The recently opened airport in San Vicente town is the closest airport to Port Barton.
- The easiest way to reach Port Barton from San Vicente town is by boat.
- There are daily shuttle vans that run from El Nido to Port Barton and from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton.
- There are no banks and no ATMs in Port Barton. Bring a sufficient amount of cash with you. Credit cards are rarely accepted.
- Internet access is limited and very slow.
- There is no electricity in Port Barton, except from 5:30 PM till midnight.
- Top tourists attractions in Port Barton are: Exotic Island and German IslandThe average length of stay in Port Barton is 3 days.
- German Island: Crystal clear water, white sand beach, and a good snorkeling site a few meters from the island
- Exotic Island: one of the most beautiful island in Port Barton composed of two islands separated by a narrow channel with shallow waters
- Papuwyan Waterfall: this lovely falls with a gorgeous scenery are locate about one hour walk from the town
- Paradise Island: a tiny island food for snorkeling and chill on the sun. It’s not very popular so you can have the entire island almost for yourself
Port Barton is not on the typhoon path.
It is located on the north-western side of the main island of Palawan and is 186 kilometres (116 mi) from Puerto Princesa City. It occupies a total land area of 146,294 hectares (361,500 acres).
San Vicente's 14.7 kilometres (9.1 mi) of beachfront, popularly called the Long Beach, is being converted into an emerging tourist destination that will be the beneficiary of government spending on infrastructure. The Long Beach has two (2) rocky cliffs interrupting the continuous expanse of approximately 14.7 kilometers of sugary white sand beach dividing it into three (3) coves. It is the longest white sand beach in the Philippines and is the flagship of the Municipality. The Long Beach spans to the coastline of four barangays namely Poblacion, New Agutaya, San Isidro and Alimanguan.
In 1952, migrants from Manamoc, an island of the Cuyo Archipelago, arrived in a place called Malagnang (muddy/ maputik) a sitio of Kemdeng, formerly part of Puerto Princesa. The first to arrive were the Dandal brothers (Anastacio, Ricardo, and Lauro), Alberto Radam, and Marcelino Gadiano with their families. After sometime their relatives followed forming a small community which gave rise to the election of Anastascio Dandal as the first Barrio Lieutenant.
The small ethnic group of Agutaynon and Cuyunon increased in number and with the increase disputes emerged particularly in the choice of the town's Patron Saint. The Cuyunon wanted Saint Vincent Ferrer while the choice of Agutaynon was Saint Isidro Labrador. The group decided to resolve the issue by drawing a lot. The name of Saint Vincent Ferrer was drawn thus the name Malagnang was changed to San Vicente.
The Municipality of San Vicente was created on June 21, 1969, by virtue of Republic Act 5821. It officially functioned as a distinct municipality on January 2, 1972.
The present Municipality was created out of several barrios from the Municipalities of Taytay and Puerto Princesa (now a highly urbanized city). The barrio of New Agutaya up to the northernmost barrio of Binga used to be part of Taytay while the barrio of San Vicente (Poblacion) down to the southernmost barrio of Caruray were part of Puerto Princesa. The barrio of San Vicente used to be a sitio named Malagnang until it was upgraded into a barrio and renamed by law in 1959.
San Vicente is nestled in the northwest of Palawan's mainland, bounded by the Philippine West Sea in the West, the municipality of Taytay in the north, Roxas in the East and City of Puerto Princesa in the Southwest. With a forest area of 82,080.09 hectares and 22 identified islands and islets within its municipal boundaries. San Vicente is located in the north-western side of the main island of Palawan and is 186 kilometers from Puerto Princesa City. It occupies a total land area of 165,797.6525 hectares.
San Vicente is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.
- New Villa Fria (Kemdeng)
- New Agutaya
- New Canipo
- Port Barton
- Poblacion (San Vicente)
- San Isidro
- Santo Niño
In the 2010 NSO Census, San Vicente had a total population of 30,919 at a growth rate of 6%. The population increased by 3,500 from 27,065 in 2008 based on CBMS survey within a 2-year gap. The total number of households was 6,460 with an average household size of 5 members.
Fishing and farming are the major economic activities in San Vicente wherein 29.50% and 25.77% respectively are engaged in it. Rice and coconut are the major agricultural crops and fish products are adequate in the municipality.
San Vicente is predominantly fishing and a farming municipality and now gaining recognition as a center of interest for Tourism. San Vicente can offer a diverse range of attractions for adventure and nature enthusiasts. Roads and other infrastructure support facilities are now on its implementation process through the help of the National Government.
As San Vicente Palawan slowly emerges to become one of the tourism hot spots in the Philippines, the real industry sector becomes dramatically stronger. Many landowners who have more than tens of thousand-hectare properties have earned millions of pesos on selling their lots to investors. Beachfront properties sell like pancakes in the real estate market.
Many millionaires have ventured into land banking in San Vicente Palawan with its robust potential, earning exponentially from re-selling their acquired properties. Historically, rice field properties were sold at P300,000 per hectare in 2014. Three years later, a hectare big usually costs P3,000,000, with another increase after the San Vicente Airport started servicing small commercial planes.
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