We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great, Quick Surf Trip”

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Isabela
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great, Quick Surf Trip”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Just got back yesterday from Villa Tropical and was generally very happy with our stay. Granted we are a bunch of surfers on a surf trip, but we are all professionals who are over "dirting" it like we did twenty years ago.

By far, the best thing about most of these apartments is the view. We were constantly scoping out the surf and could jump in at a moments notice-the view was amazing(minus the palm tree obscuring the break a bit). As far as the actual unit goes, my second favorite part was the deck. Nothing like chilling on the deck, watching the surf while drinking a Medalla. Our unit had three bedrooms and two full baths as well as a full kitchen, den and dining room. The kitchen was great with plenty of cookware to make bfast and lunch etc. I stayed in one of the back bedrooms on a uncomfortable bed. I think this place could use all new beds. Again, not really a concern for us as our mission was surf.

All in all a great trip at a fantastic location. 10 mins to airport. Quick easy flights from NY. If higher end is what u want, stay at Villa Montana down the street-but not sure if that place is worth the cost.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
Helpful?
2 Thank surfcowboy43
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

322 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    240
    60
    12
    4
    6
See reviews for
103
143
6
7
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (94)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Columbus, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights because we saw good reviews and photos but was very small and difficult t find you really need to have a car to get there and go out to eat or to the supermarket because is nothing near by, the beach is not the best be careful there is a undertow and no one say anything to us we almost drowned but if you like surfing that's the place to be.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Verito23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2012

First off, if you're looking for a luxury resort you may want to consider another location. If you want a great price for a comfortable and clean apartment on a FABULOUS beach then try Villa Tropical. The staff is very friendly and the apartment (1B) was very cozy. The best part for us was being just steps from Shacks Beach. Most days of our weeklong stay we had the beach practically to ourselves. Villa Tropicals close proximity to Ola Lolas Garden Bar & Villa Montaña make it easy to get drinks or dinner within walking distance. If you want to stay in and make your own food the furnished apartments and really nice grill on the deck make it easy to get dinner done. We would definitely like to come back to this corner of Puerto Rico and would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Our stay in 1B was great, but if you're looking for a larger and more luxurious unit then VT has...
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank tubasteve
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2012

I am just disappointed by all the tripadvisor reviews that tempted me to book this place. The apartment we stayed in was Villa Rivero R1.

Even though it had a hall kitchen and bedroom, the hall was more or less unusable. The sofas were horribly uncomfortable and really old and not really for lounging around, the fan speed could not be changed very much nor was there an airconditioner in the hall.The kitchen which is part of the hall, had huge roaches that made an occasional appearance.

The bedroom seemed quite fine with a nice kingsize bed but we didnt really have a pleasant nights sleep. After a two nights stay we seemed to have developed tiny bites on our legs and we've been itching all over.Not really a $140 experience.

Ofcourse like all the other reviewers mention, the view was amazing and you do have an unhindered view of the ocean. There is great to snorkeling to be had thanks to reef close to the shore and there were many surfers and bodyboarders enjoying the water as well. The deck in front of the apartment makes for very pleasant reading and relaxing.

Room Tip: The single room at Villa Tropical (Back Studio) should NOT be booked. The air conditioning is so lo...
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Noella D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Based on everyone's reviews I had very very high expectations.It's a great out of the way get away. It would be ideal for families all wanting to stay together but their own separate places. It's next to other vacation rentals and homes but exclusive. You feel like it's your own private get away place. The view from the deck was fabulous. Keep in mind these are apartments so no room service. There's no one providing you new towels. The office is not open 24hrs. Our water heater didn't work the first day so we took cold showers. But they fixed it the next day when someone was in the office. The furniture is dated. It would be nice to see an updated couch and bedroom furniture. The furnishing were sparce on the inside but nice out outdoor funiture including a nice weber grill. The mattress was a little saggy and the one pillow didn't have pillow cases. Overall, it was clean and safe. I'd go with family since you can cook there and be comfortable. I wouldn't go again as a romantic weekend.

Room Tip: Get an ocean view room. We were on a budget so we didn't. The best part is the view so take adva...
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Daisy F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Asheville, NC
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2012

If you're a couple or family who wants to get away and really spend quality time together then this is the place for you. Rooms are comfortable and very clean, location on the coast is perfect for hanging out or activities (for beginners or advanced) such as snorkeling, surfing, paddle boarding, etc. You can rent snorkeling gear for the week for $20 at the office... Within walking distance is the Tropical Trail Rides which I would highly recommend, as well as Ola Lola's Garden Bar (fantastic atmosphere). We picked up our own breakfast and lunch food on the way in. What we liked was that it is NOT a resort with all of the things (good and bad) that come with it. It was what life would be like if you owned your own little place on the beach in Puerto Rico... and we definitely felt at home. Can't wait to go back next year! Thanks Trevor... you're a riot.... Sam & Sandi

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Asheville-Couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Our family of 5, stayed at Villa Tropical and had a wonderful time. The staff was friendly, the accommodations lovely and the view SPECTACULAR! We walked down the stairs; strolled along the beach, played in the sand and spent several hours snorkeling, both day and night, through the reef. We had such a wonderful time we booked the next weekend for a part 2 and some friends of ours stayed as well. I highly recommend Villa Tropical! Trevor is a gracious host and very knowledgeable of the area, particularly the reef.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Kurt M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Isabela
7.5 mi away
Royal Isabela
Royal Isabela
#1 of 6 in Isabela
297 reviews
2.3 mi away
Parador Villas del Mar Hau
2.7 mi away
Courtyard Aguadilla
Courtyard Aguadilla
#1 of 3 in Aguadilla
399 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
16.2 mi away
Villa Cofresi Hotel
Villa Cofresi Hotel
#1 of 7 in Rincon
786 reviews
9.8 mi away
Hotel El Guajataca
Hotel El Guajataca
#1 of 2 in Quebradillas
151 reviews
5.1 mi away
Parador El Faro
Parador El Faro
#2 of 3 in Aguadilla
262 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach

Property: Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Address: Shacks Beach, Bajuras 326, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico
Phone Number:
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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 
Also Known As:
Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments On Shacks Beach Hotel Isabela
Tropical Hotel Isabela

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing