About El Nido, the Philippine paradise with palm-tree forests and fine sandy beaches, I wrote extensively in some previous articles. I told you, with details, how you can get there, what is the right time to visit, what activities I recommend, and how the locals are, but now is time to reveal a top of the beaches of El Nido, beaches that I was very pleasantly impressed by. Around the archipelago, there are many islands and probably because of this reason, the number of beaches grows exponentially. So in this top, I included only those beaches that you can easily reach, being relatively close to El Nido.
Although I only spent 5 days there, all were very warm and sunny, I had the opportunity to explore the surroundings with a scooter, I was on a tour, I traveled with the tricycles, and I also walked a lot around the island, so that I got to know the surroundings pretty well, and realized how many are to be seen. If you want to visit or have already made plans for Palawan and El Nido, then make sure you add these 7 wonderful beaches to your list:
7. El Nido Bay Beach
El Nido Bay is the starting point for all the island hopping tours, even for the ferries that go daily to Coron. Here, the beach is generally very busy, being located just outside the city. There are many hotels and restaurants, and the atmosphere is very pleasant overall. The view will not disappoint you, as the lagoon is surrounded by the sharp limestone cliffs and the turquoise waters of the Philippines Sea. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photo of the beach, but I did take a few while I was inside the boat, prepared to venture out in an island hopping tour.
Merimegmeg Beach is located just a few kilometers from the city center and can be reached easily by a tricycle. A race costs about 100 Php ($ 2). Quite narrow but very long, the beach here is perfect for renting a lounge chair and getting a nice tan while admiring, in the distance, some of the islands where you can go with organized tours. Also, on Merimegmeg Beach, you can watch the sunset, you can have fun at a party with good music and nice lights, after dark, and you can enjoy a shake, a cocktail or a delicious lunch, at one of the pubs and restaurants with a water-oriented terrace. In the 5 days spent in El Nido, I could see that Merimegmeg is one of the favorite places for tourists and backpackers.
5.Corong Corong Beach
Corong Corong is the first beach where I went on when I arrived in El Nido and where I was also accommodated for 3 days. Although similar to Merimegmeg, the beach here is a bit more disordered and lower budget, but the panorama is a sensational one. There are many hotels and restaurants, but the atmosphere is a bit quieter. Another plus is the proximity to downtown El Nido.
The number 1 on my bucket list of El Nido was the hill on the top of which you can see the two twin beaches, somewhere in the north of the island. Unfortunately, in the meantime, the place has become inaccessible to the public, being privately owned and well-guarded, so you can no longer enjoy the splendid view unless you have a drone to fly around. However, the two beaches are definitely worth visiting, being kind of secluded and less touristy.
3.Seven Commandos Beach
It is the only beach from the island hopping tour that I decided to include in this top mainly because of the fact that although is only accessible by water, 7 Commandos Beach is located on El Nido’s continental part, behind the rocks near the city. The controversial name comes from an interesting legend, according to which 7 Japanese soldiers would have retired here after the end of the Second World War. The water here is very blue and rich in marine life, which recommends it for a snorkeling session.
Situated right next to the two twin beaches, about 40 minutes’ walk from the downtown, Nacpan Beach is a beautiful, very long, and very wide beach with ideal waves for swimming, and surrounded by a dense palm tree forest. Although lately, it has become famous for its beauty, the beach continues to be less touristy because of its secludedness and the long distance from the city center.
1.Las Cabanas Beach
In my opinion, Las Cabanas is the most beautiful beach in El Nido. Hammocks, fine sand, palm trees, wonderful views, the best spot to see the sunset and a very exotic atmosphere are the main reasons for choosing Las Cabanas anytime I will revisit El Nido. I recommend that you get here with the zip line, about which I have written more here. Do not take the round-trip, but rather just go for a one way and then descend on the island in front of the beach for a romantic stroll to Las Cabanas.