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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Certificate of Excellence
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 reviews
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“Incredible, and Private Place...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Spend a week-end with my wife, and my 9 year old daughter at OB2. The place is really quiet, private, clean, etc. The beach is beautiful, it have some place for the kids to swim, and the snorkeling it's great. Walking distance through the beach to the restaurant at Villa Montaña, which is great.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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
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Olympia, Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 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
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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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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
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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
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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
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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
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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 
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