I have ran to the northern most part of the famous San Vicente Long Beach when I stayed at JuRiSu Inn situated in the central stretch of the beach. For another couple of nights I decided you stay at the southern end so I decided on booking at the only resort found on this side of the beach which is Ursula Long Beach Traveler’s Inn. An interesting family ran resort amidst a fishing village.
South of the Long Beach
There are only a few accommodations in San Vicente Palawan that can claim they are near the white beach and Ursula Long Beach Resort is one of them. They are also near the town proper about 15–20 minutes leisurely walk. An advantage to those who likes to eat out or explore the town. Ursula Long Beach Traveler’s Inn so have a very scenic location. Native style lodgings, coconut trees and lounge chairs by the white beach. The fishing village is both a good and a bad thing. Staying here is like being part of a neighborhood which is good if local interaction is your thing but be prepared for little inconveniences like the smell of dried fish nearby where they locals leave fish to dry or even at times, the occasional litter in the area from plastics even diapers. Honestly, I never felt compelled to swim at this beach unlike the more pristine beach on the upper north of the beach. But good thing the beach is vast enough, I was able to find a good swimming spot walking further up where a river cuts through the long beach.
There are three types of rooms: The Fan Cottages, The fan room and the Aircon Room. I originally booked for the fan cottage but decided to upgrade to the concrete fan room as it felt more comfortable. The bed was big and was okay. Glad there were no bed bugs and I had some sound sleep. Most of the rooms here are really spartan. A bed, cheap looking linoleum flooring poorly placed, wooden walls and screened glass blind windows. Room actually have good space but lacks regular cleaning and maintenance. There were plenty of dead bugs, particularly bees, probably that has swarmed some nights before. Water is good but again cleanliness was not that top concern as there were tissue papers left probably by previous guest not cleaned out.
The Ursula Long Beach Traveler’s Inn is a place something a backpacker would be okay with. Local immersion, scenic beach and spartan rooms but casual tourist looking for a place to relax may be put off a little by the slight smell coming from the dried fish nearby and the so-so facilities. One thing where the resort really shines though is the friendliness of the family. They will really go out of their way to help guest out in what they need like booking tours, transportation and information. And their food here deserves a mention as well that sometimes I would think twice on dining out as they can whip out sumptuous dishes from what’s available. So there’s still charm on this resort if it fits your taste.
Ursula Long Beach Traveler’s Inn
Long Beach, Poblacion, San Vicente, Philippines
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