Having my stint in El Nido officially done, I decided to explore more of Palawan before heading home. San Vicente, Palawan has been getting quite some attention lately so I decided to visit that area. I wanted to stay by the vicinity of the famed Long Beach but looking for an accommodation, I noticed that most of them are within poblacion (town) which is 3km away. JuRiSu Resort popped up from my search and found their location amidst the famous beach. It became my home for 3 days in San Vicente.
It took me a while to find the place coming from a bus ride along the main San Vicente highway. I had to take a tricycle ride from town back to the main road. Most tricycle drivers know the resort from its previous name, M&Ds Paradise Resort. Even if this was a fairly new accommodation, opening late 2014, it change management recently. JuRiSu Resort is now a family-run resort with Chef Soc and his family taking the helm in attending to guests since March 2015. The new name coming from the three owners Julius, Rick and Sue.
Two types of accommodation to choose from at JuRiSu Resort: They have four Superior Room type on a single floor of a concrete building. The Superior Room have the same type of layout: twin-beds with only the last room having one single queen-sized bed. All generously spaced, airconditioning, large bathroom, cable TV and typical home-style interior.
Just across their huge lawn, they also have three Premium Traditional Huts, native in design but have modern comforts inside like concrete bathroom, airconditioning and cable TV. The huts are ideal for groups and families as it has one queen-sized bed and a double-decker bed. Both room types can access the free WiFi available coming from the dining hall.
I have to say that JuRiSu Resort location have both good and bad points. The good point is that the resort is really near the San Vicente Long Beach, only about 200 feet away crossing the main highway. They are situated in the middle of the 14km stretch so their beach is quite pristine. Which also means they have sand fleas in the area too so I suggest guest to bring citronella oil to minimize their bites. The bad point for me is that they are 5km away from the main town so if guests wants to dine out or buy supplies they have to hire a tricycle which is quite scarce. While Chef Soc can whip up sumptuous meals (he makes a mean cordon bleu) though at their dining hall but of course some people would like some variety.
As I found out, San Vicente Long Beach is so vast and there are still only a few accommodations in the area. But if one really wants to stay in the pristine part of the beach, JuRiSu Resort is a good choice unlike staying in town where one has to ride a motorcycle to the beach. They also have one of the better looking rooms available in the area and Chef Soc and his family are hands-on in making guests stay comfortable. There are still room for improvement though, as I suggest they add some activity in the area like a couple of bikes so guests freely can explore the long beach area or a few kayaks and standup paddles. Chef Soc said they are looking into these and are planning to tie up with some diving outfit as well in the future. But as it is now, JuRiSu Resort is a good option for stay which is literally near the long beach.
2560 Sitio Inarayan, Purok Damayan, Barangay New Agutaya,
Poblacion, San Vicente, Philippines 5309
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