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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 19, 2011

This is the second and most certainly not the last time we'll stay at Villa Tropical. There is plenty that keeps us coming back. Well furnished rooms in Villa Quinones are bright, spacious, and clean. The management is friendly, professional, and accommodating. The amenities are unparalleled, with snorkeling, diving, running, horse-back riding, and surfing areas only minutes away. Really, after all is said and done, why would anyione stay anywhere else when staying near Aquadilla. Villa Tropical truly represent unique, comfortable, accommodations. Stay here.

Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

Just got back from a long weekend at Villa Tropical. It's a fantastic hotel, which features apartments with full kitchens. It's run by a very friendly, helpful Canadian family. We rented a 1BR beach-front condo with a covered patio (with hammock). Beautiful, quiet location. On Shacks Beach, walking distance to Jobos and Survival Beaches- short drive to other beaches, restaurants (110 Thai is awesome) and a grocery store. Fully stocked with kitchen utensils and there is a grill you can use too. Very close to Aguadilla airport (10 min) 2 1/2 hour drive to San Juan airport (depending on traffic). Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank powderdaysinjax
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

The villa we stayed was excellent and very reasonably priced. Our villa was a two story villa. My sister and her family stayed in the upstairs villa and my family stayed in the downstairs villa. Each villa was fully equipped with 2 bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, dinning room, and living room. We were just yards away from the beach. It felt like a private beach. We are all very satisfied with the location, the beautiful beach and awesome postcard ocean. Can't wait for next family vacation there.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank lorielovespuertorico
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

Villa Tropical is WONDERFUL! We stayed in "TR" (Top Right), a two bedroom with a shared balcony overlooking the reef at Shacks Beach. It's a small reef teeming with fish; we saw many kinds of fish, two barracuda, and out in the Blue Hole (a deeper area of the reef accessible at low tide) a young loggerhead sea turtle! Trevor is friendly and awesome, the town is extremely chill, there's an Econo (grocery store similar to US layout, decent prices) only a few miles away, a great bar a few miles away called Sonida del Mar (cheap pina coladas and DELICIOUS empanadillas). We woke up every morning and walked down the stairs to the beach to snorkel first thing, grilled breakfast out on the deck overlooking palm trees and the beach and watched brewer's blackbirds and lizards run around, hung out at local bars and went swimming again! Hot water occasionally a bit spotty, broom to sweep out your own sand, beach front access from the back porch, surprisingly strong window unit air conditioners, huge deck umbrellas if you feel like grilling out in the rainy season afternoon storms (which we did, and was great!) We explored a bit by car and checked out other beaches, and came to the conclusion there was really no reason to ever leave Shacks beach, right off our own deck. Fabulous experience!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank kayaktheworld
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

Wow... what a relief to find a place exactly how I like it: on the beach without the crowds, clean and comfortable rooms, well-outfitted kitchen, wi-fi, huge deck with grill overlooking excellent snorkeling / shore diving. Refreshing and relaxing place with delightful, thorough, thoughtful service - helpful without being intrusive. We will be back!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Globe_galloper_11
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

My husband and I traveled to Isabela with our 6 month old and 2 1/2 year old and were sent running from another rental in the area (Villas on Shacks Beach, a/c was broken... among other issues... and management would not refund). Trevor was a breath of fresh air and came to our rescue. He had one rental available, and since we lost money on the other place in an unfortunate situation, he helped us get into our new rental without breaking the bank. We could not have been happier with the place we ended up staying.

The place was perfect and we wish we could have stayed there our entire vacation. It worked better for us than Villa Montana, as it had a private pool, full kitchen, two bedrooms, and was all around ideal for our family (and was more affordable). It was modern, new and very clean. It was here we realized the value of staying somewhere with a pool and a washer and dryer with young kids. The air conditioning worked great and made for happy nap times and night sleeping for our little ones. The location was also great. Our villa was one row of houses back from the beach and we had to walk a little beach path that took us to the beach in just a couple of minutes. Another cool thing about our rental was that it had one of those outdoor shower and foot washes for washing the sand off when returning from the beach. I just can't say enough positive things about this place. The only reason that I gave 'sleep quality' 4 stars instead of 5 is because airplanes fly overhead very low, because there is an airport nearby. Even with windows closed and air conditioning running, it can be enough to wake you up from time to time. This is of course characteristic of the entire area and is not specific to Villa Tropical. Neighborhood dogs could get a little 'barky', too.

So if you've been sleuthing Trip Advisor looking for the perfect place to stay, look no further. Trevor, his staff and these villas are the best around.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank Mellie777
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

We stayed at M4 for 4 nights and it was awesome. Penthouse, spacious 1 bedroom with the beach spitting distance away and a great deck. The kitchen has everything for cooking and storing food and there's also a grill that is shared with everyone. The only negative was that the waves kept us up at night (sarcasm). The unit was extremely clean and bug free which is not always easy in the Carib.

The main guy we dealt with was Trevor and as an american, he was very cognizant of what makes a hotel / condo successful.

We also stayed at Q2 which is a ground floor room. It had a hammock but wasn't as updated as M4.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank majch
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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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Price Range: $80 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
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-surfing and SUP destination. There are 31unique, fully - equipped apartments with everything for your home away from home on the beach. Many amenities are included like your clean sheets and towels, cooking tools and utensils, 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 Gift Shop has souvenirs, beverages, incl alcohol, and conveniences. The friendly Canadian Owners and helpful staff are kind, resourceful and a joy to vacation with. Villa Tropical's Best Value is maintained by the owner's maintaining direct relations with customers, thus why you will never find us on an OTA's top list. Villa Tropical books solidly 2 years in advance for high season dates. ... more   less 
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