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“Go ahead and Splurge a little!” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Shacks Beach, Bajuras 326, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Go ahead and Splurge a little!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We splurged a little and opted for the three bedroom/ 2 1/2 bathroom villa the M3. With two pre-teens and an overworked husband, this unit gave us exactly what we needed. Yes, it was a little more expensive than some of the other units but it was spectacular. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" The unit was beautiful with an amazing kitchen/eating area. Comfortable beds all with ceiling fans and air conditioning. Some reviewers suggested that the units were old and needed "attention" but ours was perfect. Perhaps spending a little extra allowed us to be spoiled. The snorkeling was great especially at low tide. The beach was wonderful and not as busy as near by Jobos. We liked ours better as it catered to some local families and an array of visitors from various countries. The wind was a welcome treat as we were told that it was unseasonably hot for the time of the year. The information that was left in our unit with suggestions for restaurant, attractions and beaches was a welcome tool for our 5 day stay. We will definitely return to VT in the future.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Boston
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13 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We've been going to Villa Tropical for over six years, and thought of it as a wonderful, undiscovered vacation spot. You wake up, open the doors, and there is the ocean--I can't think of a better way to start the day. Located at the bottom of a long road down to the beach--hence no traffic noise at all--the condos all face the beachfront, where there are many places to snorkel, or when the winds are high, kitesurf. stand up board surfing, windsurfing--you get the picture. All very laid back, and very beautiful, We're just sorry that the world seems to have found it as well.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Villa Tropical's Front Studio (FS) from March 17th to the 19th. We were hoping for a larger room. But given the high occupancy for our selected dates, the FS was the only room available.

Although a bit small, the FS was suitable for our short stay. It was clean and had adequate ammeneties. The outdoor deck with its view and the beach below kept us outside most of the time.

The inn keeper (Nali) was very helpful, hospitable and made herself available the few times we needed something.

In all, VT was a good and recommendable choice. We intend to stay here again next time visit Puerto Rico.

PS: Upon arising and departing from VT the morning of March 19th, Mother Nature bid us farewell with a rainbow visible from the outdoor deck (See pic).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We absolutely love staying at VT. Beautiful beach. Lovely Apts. Watersports outside your front door. Golf, horseback riding, bowling nearby. Many points of interest close by car. You can go anywhere on the island and back the same day! Restaurants within walking distance. Trevor and his staff will go out of their way to accommodate your needs! Best spot on the island.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed in the (F2) 3 bedroom ocean villa. The owners Mike and Val live on the second floor. They were very helpful in showing us where to go to snorkel and what areas to avoid. It was beautiful and would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Augustine, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My husband Tray & I just returned from our stay at VT. We had a WONDERFUL time! We stayed in B-1 from 3/3/13-3/10/13 and couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay! The location can't be beat and the area is simply beautiful! Thanks to Trevor and the rest of the staff at VT for being such gracious and accomadating hosts!!!! We can't wait to plan our next trip back!!!

Posting a few pictures from our stay. Saw a TON of whales from our deck and Tray enjoyed surfing the break out front! Trevor, not sure if you can get in touch with the older gentleman on the SUP who stayed there when we were there, but I think it's a great shot! :)

Thanks again for everything!!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangor, Maine, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just returned from a 5 night stay at VT. We were a family of four and were very comfortable staying in TR. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The leave you alone unless you need anything which is nice. The beach out front and the view cannot be beat! I walked for a mile on the beach without seeing a house or another person. Yes, this unit is one of the oldest and is a bit outdated, but this is not a luxury resort. It was clean, comfortable, and well equipped with anything you might need. Also a very nice Weber grill out on the deck. If your are looking for a place that's quiet, relaxing and private..this is it! I surfed while my family stayed back and relaxed. For surfers it is a great location. Within a 15 minute drive to a number of great spots. Bridges, wilderness, crash boats, etc... There is even a great break right out front which unfortunately was way too big while I was there. Its also only about a 45 minute drive down to Rincon. We are already planning a return trip!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shacks Beach, Bajuras 326, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isabela
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 28
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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