Beachgoers enjoy the sand and surf, highlighting the diverse experiences of a day at the beach.
We are experiencing a mix of challenges and joys on a day at the beach.

The area previously known as Portofino Resort now features a shore with a mix of pebbles and sand, particularly along the ocean’s edge between high and low-water marks. Let’s talk about the most crucial part—the entrance fee. It’s pretty steep, at 350 pesos, to step onto the sand, and I found that quite surprising.

Stepping into the water, I immediately noticed numerous rocks beneath the surface. Navigating the shoreline without water shoes became challenging, disrupting my hopes for a pleasant walk by the water. To compound the situation, the showers, a standard expectation at any beach, were non-functional. That meant no way to wash off the salty seawater or that sticky feeling after a day at the beach.

Now, let’s get to the main attraction—the water. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the apparent paradise I was hoping for. It was murky, and you couldn’t see much. It didn’t invite you for a nice swim or some underwater exploring. Snorkeling was out of the question because there were no fish around, making it feel like a deserted underwater city.

The beach itself didn’t meet cleanliness standards. There were rocks all over the small patch of sand, making it more like an obstacle course than a relaxing place to put down your beach towel. Plus, there were few good spots to sit.

I was hoping for some good beach snacks. But the beach didn’t allow outside food, so I had to check out what they had. I was not impressed. The snacks were expensive and not very satisfying.

The bathrooms were a whole different experience. Going to the restroom became a quest for water because the taps didn’t work. With no running water, there was no way to freshen up properly after a day in the sun.


This beach outing left me questioning the value of money. The hefty entrance fee, with rocky waters, non-functional showers, and a less-than-pristine beach, made me reconsider the overall worth of the experience. While I support local businesses, transparency about what visitors can expect is important, especially when parting with their hard-earned cash. The beach is beautiful, but I recommend exploring other coastal gems that offer a more satisfying and well-rounded beach experience.

Entrance fee

  • 150 per head on weekdays (Monday to Friday)
  • ₱200 per Head on Weekends (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Operating hours: 6 AM to 10 PM daily


  • Small Tent (15pax) – ₱1,500
  • Big Tent (25 pax) – ₱3,000
  • Cabana (15pax) – ₱1,500
  • Parasol – ₱800
  • Tables w/ chairs – ₱500

How To Get There

Exact Address: Located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Newtown Beach is approximately a 45-minute to 1-hour drive from Cebu City. Bringing your vehicle is recommended, and ample parking space is available.

Mactan Newtown Beach Information

  • Pets are allowed.
  • No overnight accommodation.
  • Contact numbers: 0917 704 4893 / 0922-389-2833
  • Email: [email protected]
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