Las Cabanas Beach is known as El Nido’s sunset beach for its absolutely prime location overlooking the golden sunset glow every afternoon. We’ve spent many a magical afternoon at Las Cabanas Beach, set up somewhere along the sand waiting for the sun to dip below the horizon.
It’s one of the more popular beaches on the El Nido mainland, as it’s an easy, short drive from town and requires no island hopping to reach. It’s the perfect chill spot if you’re looking for a lazy afternoon after perhaps a little too much fun in the sun after El Nido island hopping and you just want to kick back and relax.
WHERE IS LAS CABANAS BEACH
Las Cabanas Beach is a 15-minute drive from El Nido town. You can get a tricycle there if you’re so inclined, but we recommend renting a scooter for a day as it’ll save you some money. Tricycle drivers charge tourists extortionate prices, and having your own scooter takes the hustle (and hassle) out of the situation. We rented our scooter from Lakwatsero Motorcycles, which you can rent from for ₱500/$10 USD for 24 hours.
Once you’ve figured how your mode of transport, follow the map below and head to McDonald’s El Nido. Park near there and then walk through the outdoor mall, known as Vanilla Beach, and down towards the beach.
WHAT TO BRING TO LAS CABANAS BEACH
Prepare for your trip to Las Cabanas Beach with our must-have travel essentials.
Waterproof backpack & phone case: Earth Pak 35L or 55L Heavy Duty Backpack, IPX8 Waterproof Phone Case Included (click for price)
Quick dry microfiber travel towel: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Travel Towel (click for price)
Action camera: GoPro HERO9 Black (click for price)
GoPro dome: TELESIN Dome Port Lens for GoPro Hero 9 (click for price)
Drone: DJI Mavic 2 Pro (click for price)
Snorkel, mask & fins: Cressi Adjustable Mask, Fin & Snorkel Set with Carry Bag (click for price)
MAREMEGMEG BEACH & VANILLA BEACH
The first time we ever went to Las Cabanas Beach, the whole stretch of sand from the entrance to the point was known as Las Cabanas. It’s since been split into Vanilla Beach, Maremegmeg Beach and Las Cabanas Beach. Vanilla Beach and Maremegmeg Beach are at the entrance and are both beautiful spots to enjoy.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT LAS CABANAS BEACH
Las Cabanas Beach is right on the point, just across from the tiny Depeldet Island. There’s a resort on the corner, aptly named Las Cabanas Beach Resort, but there’s plenty of spaces before and after the resort to lay down a towel and enjoy the scenery. Las Cabanas Beach is typically quieter than Maremegmeg Beach, with most people choosing to stay near the bars. We found a spot under the trees and settled in to watch the sunset.
One of our favourite things about Las Cabanas Beach – aside from the sunset – is the stunning view of Pinagbuyutan Island, the giant rock in the distance. It’s just about every local’s favourite island, and even from a distance, it’s a glorious thing to look at.
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WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO
There’s no shortage of accommodation in El Nido, but having all those options can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best place to stay. We’ve chosen our top four picks for budget, midscale, boutique and luxury hotels in El Nido to make things easier for you.
BUDGET: DEN’GI INN
If you’re planning on being in El Nido for a while and you’re not looking to break the bank, Den’Gi Inn is our top recommendation. We stayed for two weeks and found it was the best value for money. It’s one of the cheapest properties in El Nido, but offers clean rooms, good amenities and is in a prime location in town.
MIDSCALE: FRENDZ HOSTEL
Frendz Hostel has a million dollar view without the million dollar price tag. It’s right in the centre of town but its height offers unbeatable views of the bay. From private to share rooms, it boasts having a bed for every budget, and its social environment makes it a great place to make new friends.
BOUTIQUE: THE BIRDHOUSE
If you’re looking for something a little different, The Birdhouse is that something. It’s a small five tent glamping hotel with unbeatable sunset views. Their tents are decked out with all the finer things in life, including private bathrooms, and their yoga platform is a destination in its own right.
LUXURY: SEDA LIO
For those with a little more cash to throw around we recommend Seda Lio, one of the biggest luxury beach resorts on the mainland. Housed within the Lio Tourism Estate, Seda Lio offers a haven to escape to after a long day of activities and island hopping.
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