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Port Barton is a small town in Palawan, Philippines. In recent years it has become somewhat of a backpackers hangout but so far it remains pretty quiet and relaxed. However, many places offering accommodation are upgrading their services and therefore transferring the place into a more upmarket resort-style destination. Still there are many cheaper huts right on the beach.
From Puerto Princesa New Market bus station, there is a daily bus going to Port Barton (200 pesos) but only if there are enough passengers. Coming from Sabang or El Nido you can take a bus to San Jose and either catch the bus from Puerto Princesa (if you arrive in time) or hire a motorcycle to take you the rest of the way to Port Barton.
At the moment the road between Puerto Princesa and San Jose is paved but from there on it degenerates into a muddy path. Especially in the rainy season it can be very difficult to travel on.
From both El Nido and Sabang there are daily boats going to Port Barton and you can also hire your own boat. Especially in the rainy season it might be necessary to hire a boat, since there are not many travellers around at that time.
The village is so small that only walking is a feasible option. Going to the nearby islands you can hire a boat or in the high-season, join organized trips.
The main attraction here is the beautiful beach.
Around Port Barton there are numerous islands with spectacular beaches, rainforest and good snorkeling and diving. Although dynamite-fishing has been a problem in the past, nowadays it is no longer practiced and the locals can find you unspoiled spots.
There is also limited trekking in the rainforests around Port Barton. At the northern end of the beach there is a small path leading to a waterfall where you can swim in the cool water.
There are a couple of restaurants on the beach, all offering almost identical menus of the basic backpacker fare. Expect banana pancakes and muesli. In the village you can find a few basic outlets offering filipino food.
Port Barton is definitely not know for it's nightlife. It is rather a place to relax and do nothing. You can grab a beer in the few beach-side restaurants and some of them also offer liquour and wine.
On the beach there are about a dozen places to stay, all offering cottages of various quality and price. Just show up at the beach and pick one that pleases you.
There are a couple of internet cafes in the village and on the beach. However, connections can be down for weeks at a time, especially in the rainy season.
You can make calls with a mobile phone or a regular phone.