If you want a low key place to stay near the beach to hang out and be off the beaten path this is a good place to stay. The staff is very friendly and helpful in answering questions or getting any requests taken care of. The villa (R1) has basic amenities that were sufficient for us and our stay there. We went as a family and we had a good time hanging out on the beach playing in the sand, flying kites and playing in the water. If you are a surfer (kite, board, wind, etc...) its definitely a great place to stay.
Other reviews mention that it is not that far away from San Juan, and its not at about 70 miles, but you need to understand that it is not a simple 1 1/2 hour drive between the two. The closest we got in driving from San Juan to here is 2 hrs 20 minutes and that was on the best, lowest traffic day ever. Depending on when you come into San Juan you can hit massive traffic and traffic jams. I would not recommend staying here if you plan on traveling out to San Juan or back and forth to there, the travel and stress of the drive is not worth it. (We hit Friday evening rush hour and it was closer to 3 hours to get out to here from San Juan)
That said, this would be a great place to hang out for a few days or a week and just relax. Ola Lola's Garden bar is a 5 minute walk down the road for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the menu changes every day. You will need a car to get out to other places.
The view from our villa was fantastic and getting on and off the beach was easy. Stay here a few days to unplug and recharge your batteries. When we do come back, I would be happy to just stay at the villa and hit Ola Lola's everyday while I am there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1990, Villa Tropical's Location and Accommodations have enchanted visitors from around the world. Villa Tropical Inc. represents an exclusive group of fully-equipped oceanfront and non-oceanfront apartments located ON Shacks Beach (Playa Shacks), Isabela. Directly in front of the VT Main building is the "Blue Hole", a coral-reef-protected swimming area that provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of sea life while snorkeling and diving in underwater caverns. Just west of the coral reef is a challenging surf break and favorite kite-boarding destination. There are 28 exceptionally furnished, fully - equipped apartments with everything for your home away from home on the beach. Many amenities are included such as FREE wifi, FREE A/C, FREE Parking, FREE beach access, FREE soap, dish detergent, TP and PT :) LOL and cleaning supplies and FREE BBQ tank refills. The NEW Villa Tropical Store (gifts, conveniences, beverages etc.) is to be in full swing by 2015. The friendly Canadian Owners and helpful staff are kind, resourceful and a joy to vacation with. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments On Shacks Beach Hotel Isabela
- Tropical Hotel Isabela