Palawan town with 'longest white beach' sees boost

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2012 07:09 PM | Updated as of Mar 16 2012 03:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A boost in tourism in the next five years is expected by government officials in San Vicente, Palawan, where the longest white sand beach in the country is located.

Photo courtesy of San Vicente Palawan Official Website

The town of San Vicente is a three-hour trip from Puerto Princesa.

Its stretch of white sand beach is about 14-kilometers long, three times longer than the shores of Boracay island.

There are still no resorts built in the area but local officials expect establishments to be set up as soon as the construction of the town's airport is completed.   

Officials said over 50 investors have already bought properties along the white beach.   

San Vicente Mayor Ma. Carmela Alvarez believes that the town will soon be a prime tourist location.

For now, most tourists stay in the San Vicente town proper or in the coastal town of Port Barton.

Businesses, which will be set up along the white beach, are also expected to provide thousands of jobs for residents of San Vicente. -- Report from Butch Mendizabal, ABS-CBN News Palawan