We had a great family vacation at Villa Tropical and would recommend it to friends and family. Like with anyplace, there are some pros and cons to keep in mind:
Location: Pros = the M3 villa we chose is the second floor of a three story unit directly on the beach and the views are amazing from the deck; a hundred yards to the right and you are at an amazing snorkeling area, a hundred yards to the left (past the Villa Montana resort) is a sandy spot where you can splash in the waves; Cons = you cannot swim from the beach directly in front of the villa due to sharp rocks, sea urchins and a strong rip tide. Also, Shacks Beach is very isolated which is great for quiet beach time but not so great for dinner out options (although the one place you can walk to, Ola Lola, is terrific!) or a quick trip to the market.
Rooms: Pros = spacious unit (M3) with comfortable and functional furnishings, overall very clean, full modern kitchen, lots of deck furniture to enjoy the water; Cons = needs some maintenance - many windows didn't open, some ceiling fans did not work, and the room air conditioners were either luke warm or icy cold.
Service: Pros = everyone we encountered was polite and friendly; Cons = this isn't a resort or even a hotel and the staff did not go out of their way to ensure we were happy or having a good time. Example: there was only one key to the unit and it was inconvenient for us to hand it off among five of us, but the management just kind of shrugged off our request for a second key.
General caution: the drivers in Puerto Rico are aggressive and we hit a couple of huge traffic jams on the drive out to Isabela and back to San Juan. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
All in all, I would be happy to stay at Villa Tropical again if I took another trip to Puerto Rico.
- 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