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3 Best Beaches In El Nido

El Nido is the most popular tourist spot in Palawan and maybe even the Philippines. So here’s a guide to the best beaches in El Nido. You must visit all 3!

1. Las Cabanas Beach

Las Cabanas Beach is located about 5km from El Nido main town, roughly a 15 minute tricycle ride, and is undoubtedly the best place to catch a sunset.

This beach is renowned for its end of day magic. So the chances of you catching an incredible, fiery sky are pretty high.

With it being one of the best beaches in El Nido to catch sunset, you will find many bars scattered across the beautiful strip of white sand to cater for all the visitors.

So, listening to music playing with a drink in your hand, there’s no better way to watch the day roll out while the sky gradually turns to shades of pink and orange.

In addition, during the day, Las Cabanas is a great place to chill and catch some rays or even have a game of volleyball after your day of island hopping in El Nido.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to get your blood pumping, you can always jump on the Las Cabanas Zip Line for epic views and a bucket load of fun.

Although we didn’t try the Zip Line, this has to be an amazing and exhilarating way to get a birds eye view of this beautiful beach.

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Enjoying a beautiful sunset at Las Cabanas Beach

2. Lio Beach

Located about 15 minutes away from El Nido town by tricycle or even quicker by scooter, Lio Beach really took us by surprise.

It was one of those spots we didn’t plan on visiting and we were so happy we did.

It made it to our best beaches in El Nido list because of its unique vibe and huge stretch of clean coastline. 

Furthermore, the area around Lio Beach is packed with cool, quirky shops where you can buy souvenirs and hip, stylish clothing. 

Although this beach wasn’t very busy when we visited, we think it will become increasingly popular. So if you’re planning on spending all day, get there early to have the choice of the best spots!

In addition, it’s also one of the best beaches in El Nido to catch sunset. We experienced a really peaceful evening with candy floss skies at Lio Beach.

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This was one of the best beaches in El Nido because of its fresh, new vibe!

3. Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach, located 17km north of El Nido, has become one of the more popular destinations in El Nido.

Nevertheless, it was definitely one of the best things to do in the Philippines and one of our favourite spots because of how secluded it felt!

For a comfortable 45 minute ride to the beach, the From El Nido Town: Transfers to/from Nacpan Beach is a good option. Taking you to the beach and back, in a comfortable air conditioned van for about 1,250 pesos per person.

Once you arrive, the huge 4km stretch of powdery white sand beach, with its backdrop of beautiful coconut trees, is sure to give you the ‘feel good’ vibe.

The stunning surroundings also offer some great photo opportunities. (There is a huge ‘NACPAN’ sign that makes for a quirky photo backdrop too.)

So, with plenty of picturesque palm tree trails, soft whites sand as well as cute beach restaurants, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to visit this typically tropical paradise. 

You can read more about why it’s one of the best beaches in El Nido at Nacpan Beach.

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If you’re looking for powdery sand then Nacpan is a dream

Where To Stay In El Nido


Lagùn Hotel

Lagùn Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace. Located around 5 miles from Big Lagoon, the hotel is also 5 miles away from Small Lagoon.

Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal in the restaurant. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, fridge, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk.

Featuring a private bathroom, certain units at Lagùn Hotel also feature a balcony.

Breakfast is available daily, and includes continental and buffet options.


Ipil Suites

Set amidst lush greenery, Ipil Suites features a restaurant and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access.

It has a common lounge area with a TV, while parking space is provided on site at no charge. 

The property is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive from El Nido Airport.

Fitted with tiled flooring, rooms come with air conditioning, a personal safe, clothes rack and freshly-laundered bedding. The en suite bathroom includes hot/cold shower facility, towels and free toiletries.


Elternative Hostel

Featuring a rooftop sun terrace and views of the surrounding mountains, Elternative Hostel offers solar-powered accommodations 6 minutes’ walk from Corong Corong Beach.

The local market is just 3 minutes’ walk away, while the bus/van terminal are 4 minutes’ walk away. 

Every room has a private bathroom and mini garden. Several rooms have air conditioning and an attached mini-kitchen. 

During good weather, guests can relax and enjoy a barbecue on the rooftop.

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