|Places to See|
- Binay-we Beach, located 1.2 kms. from the town proper, has big boulders and a small cove with fine, white sands and calm waters.
- The pebble-covered Calagunsao Beach, beside the national highway in Brgy. Calagunsao, dips abruptly about 6 m. from the shoreline. A cluster of boulders jutting from the shore to about 10 m. into the sea provides for a perfect diving spot.
- The pebble-covered Tugdan Beach, in Brgy. Tugdan, has a wide shoreline.
- Springs are located in Brgys. Bonlao, Camili, Calagunsao, Madalag and San Isidro.
- The area was first settled in 1870 by a group of settlers from Panay led by Gaspar Guevarra.
- Alcantara was formerly a visita of San Agustin called Lauan
- It was originally located about 1 km. northeast of the present town center at Guintigui-an (now called Daan Banwa or “Old Town”). The rugged terrain and continuous depredation wrought by Moro pirates forced its abandonment and relocation to the present town site.
- Alcantara was also formerly a barrio of Looc
- It became a separate municipality on March 21, 1961 by virtue of Exec. Order No. 4276.
- On April 29, 1881, the townwas renamed after Ciriaco Alcantara, a cabeza de barangay who succeeded in convincing the Spanish authorities to create a number of barangays out of the loosely-knit settlements along the southeastern coast of Tablas Island.
|Location and Topography|
Alcantara is located on Tablas Island.
- Area (sq. km.): 71.9
- Population (2000): 14,144
- No. of Barangays: 8
- Income Class: Fifth
- Zip Code: 5509
- Area Code: 048
|Where to Stay|
- Airport Pension, in Brgy. Tugdan, has non-aircon rooms.
- Monte Carlo Lodging House, in Brgy. Tugdan, has non-air-con rooms and a restaurant.
- Aglicay Beach Resort
- Dranville Beach and Resort (Brgy. Gui-ob)
|How to Get There|
Distances (Alcantara to:)
An airport, with a 3,900-ft. long paved runway, is located at Brgy. Tugdan. SEAir flies here from Manila.
Airline Ticket Offices:
- Philippine Airlines - airport (tel: 531-1889, 531-2351 & 446-1564)
- March 21-22 - foundation day
- September 21-22 (St. Thomas of Villanueva)