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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Shacks Beach, Bajuras 326, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico   |  
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“Pretty secluded:)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

It was an interesting place to find, but well worth the little adventure of finding it. I would recommend that you spend the money and get one of the ocean front apartments vs the others which are just a short walk away to the beach. There is nothing like listening to the waves while you sit carelessly on a patio overlooking the ocean, and you'll get that experience staying here.

I would have given it five stars but the wifi didn't work in our apartment, the only place where it worked was at the front office:/

Room Tip: Get one of the ocean front units, the others have a great view of the street and trash cans.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Olympia, Wa
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106 reviews 106 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is my second review on Villa Tropical. I had written one almost two years ago when I came here with a friend for the first time. I actually have family in Isabela, but didn't know about this property until almost two years ago! I wanted to stay in the very same unit I stayed in before which Trevor was able to book for me. We arrived very late because of rain and San Juan traffic, but I was able to call Trevor when we arrived and we had what we needed to get into our Q3 unit. The view is breath taking. The condo has everything two people could need. It is not fancy, but again it is all about the view. Since we were going on a cruise after our four days here we had a bit of luggage to drag up the stairs, but again it is all worth it becasue the view is amazing! I am planning to go back to PR with my entire family in October, and am hoping we will once again be staying here!

Room Tip: If you want to get away from it all this is the place for you.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

This place is awesome. This is a place were you will pay for a nice, clean accommodation but received an awesome view, sort of like a private beach to enjoy the sun and relax with the sound of the waves. This area is quiet so it's very refreshing feeling the good vibes siting in front of the ocean during the day or night. I would say this place is great to recharge and clear your mind from the day to day hectic life we all have. Management is very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Go for a beachfront unit. Don't worry if you have to share the deck...the view is worth it.
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  • Stayed May 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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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We just returned from a week in Puerto Rico and spent four wonderful days at Villa Tropical. We originally planned only two days at VT, but the beach and location was so great we stayed two more days. We stayed in two different oceanfront units and both were wonderful. Trevor was a great host and the Villa are perfectly situated about 15 feet from Shacks Beach. Everything we needed (grocery store, several restaurants, casual bar, paddleboard & surf shop, scuba diving) was within a 10 minute drive with beach chairs, boogie boards available from the villa office. Eclipse (a very nice restaurant) is a 5 minute walk down the beach. Snorkeling was great right off the beach & no on-site bar to disturb sleeping. Will definitely return to Villa Tropical next time!

Room Tip: Definitely choose one of the oceanfront units in "Q" or "M"
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  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

My husband and I just spent a ten day vacation in Puerto Rico and stayed at Villa Tropical. It far exceeded our expectation. The owners, Trevor and Jennifer, along with their staff were friendly, helpful and treated us like family. The unit we stayed in was TR (Top Right). It was a 2 BR/1 BA with kitchen and living area that opened onto a large deck directly overlooking Shacks Beach. The deck was equipped with patio chairs, lounge chairs, picnic table with umbrella and a gas grill. We started every day by eating breakfast on the deck overlooking the water and ended each day on the deck looking at the stars and listening to the waves.

The location of Villa Tropical is isolated enough that the beaches directly in front and around the units are quiet and private, but close enough to area attractions that we were able to make several day trips to visit water falls, caves and much more. The snorkeling at Shacks Beach was definitely a highlight of the trip with the with the beautifully colored coral and fish just steps from the unit we were staying in.

All in all this was a great vacation. We will definitely keep Villa Tropical on our list of places to visit again and will recommend it to all of our friends and family.

  • Stayed May 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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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed in Villa Bajandas for five unforgettable days in late April. Here's the deal with Villa Tropical: it is a collection of different apartments/houses, each with their own charm and quirks. We stayed in one of the most bare bones, sparsely decorated, and inexpensive units available. Because this is what we wanted, we had a phenomenal time, and may even come back despite our insatiable wanderlust. Trevor and his staff made us feel at home, and I have only one word for the location: paradise. Shacks beach was typically empty except for a few locals or other folks staying in the units. If you want more privacy, just walk a few hundred feet in either direction: you will find it. The ocean here is wild, so listen to the advice the staff gives: don't swim if you can't handle the current.

Villa Tropical is one of the best deals I have ever seen, a picturesque location isolated from the rush of the city and insulated against the throngs of tourists that you find at resorts. Just know what you are getting yourself into when you stay there. Don't assume you know anything. Ask lots of questions, and most of all, listen to the locals.

Room Tip: Get an oceanfront apartment, and make friends with Trevor, the owner.
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  • Stayed April 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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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I have mixed feelings about this place. I liked a lot of things about this property and some I really didn't like. However, I would say the good outweigh the bad. The good: SOME of the homes and properties for rent are nice and modern and well priced. The beach is pristine and BEAUTIFUL and isolated, so you can acutally see a lot of wild life and find large shells. The people who work here are friendly. You can rent snorkeling gear for only $10 for you whole stay. The landscaping is pretty. Prices are reasonable. There are lots of restuarants within a short drive. The bad: The owner actually expects you to clean the apartment. When we were shown our room, the man literally pointed to a broom and mop and said "there they are" insinuating we should use those to clean the apartment. The apartment itself was cleanish, however there is peeling paint, rust on all appliances, and spatters on walls, including the living room. There were dishes left for you to use which are scary looking and had mouse terds in some of them. You have to wash them to use them. There were other peoples hair on the walls of the shower. The shower and the apartment only had hotwater, no cold, and the ac didn't work. It was cool enought that we didn't need it thought except for one of the days we were there I really wished it worked. Now, the apartment we were in was very old, in fact we were told the oldest in the resort. The other apartments are much nicer and more modern, and hopefully better taken care of. So I would recommend steering away from the rivera house, especially r1. The hotel is really far from san juan, about 2.5 hours drive.

Room Tip: steer clear of R1
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Tropical is an exclusive group of fully-equipped oceanfront apartments located ON Shacks Beach. Directly in front 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 almost a dozen major breaks are a short drive away. Exceptionally furnished with everything from microwave, barbecue to blenders, wireless internet and satellite. WE BOOK DIRECT ONLY! ... more   less 
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