Amazing views on the ocean front units. We switched rooms from a non oceanfront unit to an ocean front unit and it was well worth it as the huge windows bring the outside in. Even our non ocean front unit was nice as it was on the 2nd floor with a healthy outside wrap around deck that still captured the tradewinds. Unfortunately there are a few units on the property that I would not want, the unit below us, although nice, lacked privacy and I doubt it received the same airflow as our unit above. For some reason, there is little difference in price between the oceanfront units and non oceanfront. There are even some buildings (townhouses really) on the other side of a small dirt road from the oceanfront units and the prices don't drop significantly despite the lack of oceanfront, I suspect this is because they are newer and well furnished units, but to me, visiting the carribean means easy ocean access and I would prefer a beachfront hovel (which these were not) to an upscale property slightly removed from the beach. The beaches here have character, have a nice but not spectacular reef right out in front that is protected by an outer reef which creates a something of a lagoon, protected from the waves but not from wind chop and current. The wave at shacks is a right that can get very good but is fickle. The kite launch and land is not for beginners but we had wind 8/10 days and head high surf or better throughout our stay. It's an idyllic little spot but use care when choosing your unit. If you like pampered posh resorts this is not for you, but if you love the carribean ocean and all it has to offer, I can't think of a better place that combines snorkeling, surfing, and kiting in one convenient spot.
- 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