Overview about San Isidro
Aside from the famous Long Beach, Barangay San Isidro is also known for Bokbok Point. It is a high-rise viewpoint of the barangay facing West Philippine Sea and both sides of the stretch of Long Beach in Alimanguan, New Agutaya, and Poblacion. Even having one of the smallest land areas in the municipality, San Isidro is expected to spearhead in the development along Long Beach. Further, corporations and investors have started implementing their proposals and plans in the area.
Basic geographic location (no need for coordinates)
Barangay San Isidro is approximately 4km away from barangay Poblacion. From the Itabiak Junction, the community can be reached via the Iglesia Ni Cristo, So. Landing, New Agutaya or thru Poblacion proper. However, it would take guests a longer travel time if they pass by Poblacion. From the San Vicente Airport, it would just take around 10-15 minutes to reach San Isidro.
Barangay Government of San Isidro
Punong Barangay: Remedios T. Pablico
Barangay Kagawad: Nelia C. Caabay
Leopoldo N. Oab
Elizabeth G. Pablico
Sally P. Paaco
Lynn N. Oab
Fredilito A. Paz
Melmavirick P. Aban
SK Chairman: Maricar B. Oab
• Barangay Government of San Isidro
• Barangay San Isidro Session Hall
• San Isidro Day Care Center
• Barangay Health Station
• Barangay Covered Gym
• Senior Citizen’s Office
• Provincial Hospital (on going construction)
The local government of San Vicente works hand in hand with the Barangay Government of San Isidro in the effective implementation of government laws and of different programs, plans, and activities geared towards the promotion and development of the barangay. Having San Isidro as part of Cluster 1 (TEZ) in the Tourism Master Plan, all tourism-related enterprises shall be under the implementing arm of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.
• Seasons (period, etc.)
Being a tropical country, the Philippines only has two seasons- wet and dry. The first six months are typically sunny and the rest of the months, rainy. Predominantly, northeast monsoon starts in November and ends in March. Middle months of April to June are relatively calm weather and July to October are the southwest monsoon season. Further, the weather is very unpredictable. So tourists should expect tropical storms and typhoons all year round.
• Recommended months for tourists
Peak season in San Vicente starts from November to April while May to October is lean. Since almost eighty percent of the tourists are foreigners and come from Europe, they visit San Vicente during their winter season. Hence, the peak months. Moreover, the best months to visit San Vicente is from January to April since its typically hot and sunny. Tourists would surely enjoy frolicking in the beach and basking in the hot summer sun.
Finance in San Isidro
• ATMs – none
There are only 2 existing ATMs in the municipality. One is located at the MEED Office beside the Poblacion local market and another in Port Barton White House accommodation. ATM at the MEED Office usually accepts local cards. However, international cards are accepted at the Port Barton ATM.
• Pawnshops – none
The municipality has only three pawnshops, two in Poblacion and one in Port Barton. For a fee, Palawan Pawnshops in Poblacion, Port Barton and M. Lhuillier in Poblacion accept Point of Sale (POS) debit card transactions. However, not all cards can be processed. Both pawnshops also have money changing services. Petron Gas Station in Barangay New Agutaya also caters debit card transactions.
• Establishments that accept debit/credit cards
Most business establishments in San Isidro ONLY accept CASH transactions.
• Recommendation to tourists to make sure they will not run out of CASH during their stay
Better being prepared.
Tourists are highly advised to bring enough cash with them for the duration of their stay in San Isidro. Having ready-cash with you saves time from travelling and making emergency cash withdrawals in the nearby municipalities of Roxasor El Nido because even with the presence of 1 ATM in the area and POS transactions, it is not a guarantee that tourists would be able to readily withdraw money. They should take into account that these establishments cater the whole municipality.
Commercial centers in San Isidro
• Aqua Ken Water Refilling
Where to buy essentials (toiletries, etc.)
San Isidro has only a few sari-sari stores in the area. Tourists should take note that not all businesses, small or large, sell all brands of toiletries. Even some brands aren’t sold here in the Philippines. If tourists are not that specific with brands, then they would not have difficulty in purchasing their supplies. However, for specific ones, they are highly recommended to bring their own to avoid problems and further inconveniences.
Economic Activities in San Isidro area
San Isidro’s main livelihood are still fishing and farming. Because of the increase in tourist arrivals in the municipality, the community has also started opening enterprises related to tourism. Consecutively, big players have started laying out their plans in the area. Three to five years from now, corporations will start building hotels and other establishments in San Isidro.
Transportation (put emphasis on San Isidro, not San Vicente in general)
• How to get into San Isdro by land
o From Puerto Princesa
From the airport, visitors need to ride a tricycle or taxi to take them to the San Jose New Market Terminal. Tourists can either take the bus or the van in travelling to San Isidro, San Vicente. To avoid inconveniences, they should tell the drivers of their specific destination. Bus takes longer, about 5 hours and charges P200 per person while the van only takes about 4 hours and charges P300 each. Buses travel via So. Canadgan, Alimanguan while vans travel via Itabiak Junction.
o From El Nido
Tourists who wish to visit San Vicente from El Nido need to take a van from the El Nido Terminal. Vans would take them directly to their destination. However, to avoid inconveniences, guests should be more specific in telling drivers in their place of stay in San Isidro. The easiest trick is to ask the driver their destination and follow it up by asking if they are familiar with the accommodation you are booked in.
o From San Vicente Airport
E-trykes are available at the San Vicente Airport to take tourists and visitors to San Isidro. Drivers charge P300 per trip.
• How to get into San Isidro by air, via San Vicente Airport
o From Manila
o Take the Sky Jet flight bound for San Vicente.
o E-trykes are available for a fee of P300 per trip.
o From Clark
o Take the Philippine Airlines flight bound for San Vicente.
o E-trykes are available for a fee of P300 per trip.
• How to go around San Isidro (commuting around San Isidro)
o By land
One way to tour around San Isidro is by motorbike. Motorbike rentals are common here. One can easily navigate using this transport since the roads are both paved and unpaved. Precautionary measures should be done by wearing helmets. Motorbike rentals would range from P400 to P600 for the entire day with gas shouldered by the renter. If drivers are requested, they charge P300 in addition.
E-trykes are now common in San Vicente. They can be hired to go around San Isidro but tourists should discuss their itineraries first with the drivers so as to know the exact charge for the tour. Important note to remember is that e-trykes have a maximum driving distance and are run by rechargeable batteries.
If tourists’ priority is their comfort, then they should rent vans or cars specifically four-wheel drives. It would be a bit pricey. Van rentals charge per destination and car rentals charge per day-also depending on the car type. Guests should take note that car rentals are only available in Puerto Princesa City.
o By water
San Isidro can be reached both by land and water. Nearby islands in the municipality travel by boat and those living in the next barangays travel by land.
Visitors coming from Port Barton can hire tourist boats to take them or drop them off at the Poblacion Port then take an e-tryke in going to San Isidro. Day tours can be arranged with the Port Barton tourist boats.
Guests should always remember that it is much safer for tourists to go by land in visiting San Isidro. Just like most of the barangays, San Isidro faces the West Philippine Sea. Unpredictable weather brings about strong tides and currents.
Education in San Isidro area
• Tertiary Education – none
• Secondary Education – none
• Primary Education – Tranquilino L. Oblan Elementary School
– San Isidro Day Care Center
Safety and Security in San Isidro area
Both PNP Headquarters and Bureau of Fire Protection Office are found at the town proper, Poblacion. Tourists should not worry about their safety and security in the area because all accommodations and other business establishments have hotlines to all security agencies in San Vicente. The barangay government of San Isidro also has their local Tanods who man the area.
San Isidro has its own Barangay Health Station with trained barangay health workers to cater basic medical consultations and emergencies or visitors can go to the Rural Health Unit located in the town center. Two doctors, nurses, midwives, and support staff are available.
• Existing religion
Iglesia Ni Kristo
Seventh Day Adventist
Church of Latter Day Saints
• Churches in San Isidro
• San Isidro Patron
Town Fiesta – May 8-10
Utilities in San Isidro area
San Isidro already has twenty-four electricity. Most accommodations have ready-generator sets in cases of black outs. Some also have portable solar panels and emergency lights.
Water in San Vicente is clean and potable. Water potability tests are regularly scheduled to provide clean and safe water to the community and visitors. Nevertheless, guests are still advised to buy and drink mineral waters.
Cellular phones are the mode of communication here in San Vicente. Smart Communications and Globe Telecom are the only telecommunications available here.
Landlines are not available in the municipality.
Internet connection is fairly OK in the municipality though there are certain areas in the barangay that don’t have telecom signals or have ow signal strength due to location. Therefore, no internet connection. Nonetheless, business establishments are now having their own wifi connection for their guests.
Must See in San Isidroarea
• Tourist destinations
• Long Beach
• Bokbok Point
• Kanyoyan Festival – March 1-3
Must Do in San Isidro area
• Recommended Activities
• Swimming at the Long Beach
• Sun bathing
• Taking a leisure run or walk at the Long Beach
• Playing frisbee, volleyball, and other beach ball sports
• Skim Boarding (depending on weather; with professional assistance)
• Surfing (depending on weather; with professional assistance)
Must Try in San Isidro area
• Recommended foods/delicacies
• Seafood cooked traditionally
• Cashew Nuts
• Native Chicken
• Dried Fish
• Local fruits
• Mud Crabs
Where to Stay in New San Isidro (recommended places with good facilities at least 5, if applicable)
• Club Agutaya
• Eco card
Just like other tourist destinations, visitors are required to pay and environmental fee once they visit and stay in San Vicente. An eco-card will be provided and will serve as proof when tourists visit places and use their amenities. Some accommodations would provide you with the eco-card but usually guests get charged once they arrange for an island or inland tour. The travel and tours agency will be the one to charged them before the start of the tour. Tourists should always bring their eco-card at all times. Funds from the collection will be used in environmental projects in the community.
• Php50.00 – 1 to 10 days stay in San Vicente
• Php100.00 – 11 days to six months stay in San Vicente
• Php200.00 – above 6 months to 1 year stay in San Vicente
• Avoid using single-use plastic.
• Always practice “Clean As You Go” Policy.
• Never leave your trash anywhere. Dispose them properly.
• Learn to segregate your trash.
• Niknik (sand flies)
Because beaches in San Vicente are relatively untouched, presence of sand flies is to be expected. Guests are still advised to always bring Insect Repellent Spray/Cream, Citronella Oil, or Virgin Coconut Oil. Apply liberally before going to the beach. Sand flies are rampant especially at 4PM.
• Travel essentials
• Mini First Aid Kit
• Dry bag
• Personal medications (Headache pills, anti-allergy pills)
• Flash Light
• Insect Repellent Spray
• Sun screens
• Water bottle
• Good pair of sun glasses
• Water shoes
• Rash Guard