Most of El Nido’s beachfront space is a claustrophobic hodgepodge of small buildings and construction sites. With nary another inch of sand to spare, hotels, aesthetics be damned, are going up quickly along the inland side of Hama St. The further west you go, the narrower the beach becomes and the more bangkas blocking your way. Hot water is uncommon in budget and even midrange accommodation (and best not to brush teeth with tap water as it generally comes from deep wells), while electricity runs from around 2pm to 6am; many hotels have generators for backup. Rumor was 24-hour electricity would arrive in 2015. Low-season rates are on average 30% to 40% less than those listed in our reviews.