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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 April 2013

We recently stayed at Villa Tropical for a relatively short get away. The location of the Villa Tropical is stunning. Shacks beach is absolutely gorgeous and - if the heat doesn't bother you -morning runs by the water is an absolute must. The water is lovely and great for swimming, although the currents in some areas are pretty strong. The coral reefs provide a barrier for some of the beach front, which makes for calmer water and easier swimming.

The Villa Tropical itself is a little bit run down and it seems to vary quite a bit as to quality from unit to unit. We stayed in a room in the back of the Villa Tropical building (not ocean front) our first night due to unavailability of the other units our first night and moved to an ocean front studio for the remainder of our trip. The first night's stay was uncomfortable - the room was dingy and small and received quite a glare from lights around the building. The second unit we stayed in was much better, although still run down and a bit shabby. The view, however, was incredible from the (shared) deck and the proximity to the beach (right on top of it) and ocean was incredible.

Overall, this is not a luxury resort and, if the room is a priority, maybe isn't the best option. If location is your focus, though, this place is quite a find. We recommend, though, assuring you have an ocean front unit and, if you want a little more privacy, one with its own deck.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

First let me start off by saying the staff is the best thing about this place! Everyone we met was friendly and overly helpful. They truly do make the experience more enjoyable. Now on the less desirable stuff ...

Accomodations: Granted you are on a beautiful beach in the middle of no where, but really most of the units here are old, rundown and in need of TLC. There are a few units that are more modern, but the majority will remind you of garage sales and thrift stores. Bottom line: Do not expect things to be "comfortable", expect them to be "so-so".

Location: You really need to understand this is a very, very small beach town and you will be relatively far removed from anything considered "luxorious". You'll be hanging with the locals and while this isn't neccessarily bad, it can be a bit overwhelming for first time visiters.

Beaches: The beaches here are spectacular and the water is as blue as every caribbean photo you've ever seen. All of the units are located directly on the "Blue Hole" and snorkeling is just steps from your door. However, there is quite a strong undertow so be cautious.

While I enjoyed my visit, I probably won't be back. On the last night of my stay I walked down to the Villa Montana to enjoy an evening drink and was kicking myself for having not stayed there. With a restaurant onsite and beautiful grounds and accomodations, the additional monies would have been worth it.

I would reccommend the Villa Tropical for couples/individuals looking to completely disconnect from the world. Families would probably find it difficult to keeps kids entertained when not at the beach and dining options are extremely limited.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

We splurged a little and opted for the three bedroom/ 2 1/2 bathroom villa the M3. With two pre-teens and an overworked husband, this unit gave us exactly what we needed. Yes, it was a little more expensive than some of the other units but it was spectacular. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" The unit was beautiful with an amazing kitchen/eating area. Comfortable beds all with ceiling fans and air conditioning. Some reviewers suggested that the units were old and needed "attention" but ours was perfect. Perhaps spending a little extra allowed us to be spoiled. The snorkeling was great especially at low tide. The beach was wonderful and not as busy as near by Jobos. We liked ours better as it catered to some local families and an array of visitors from various countries. The wind was a welcome treat as we were told that it was unseasonably hot for the time of the year. The information that was left in our unit with suggestions for restaurant, attractions and beaches was a welcome tool for our 5 day stay. We will definitely return to VT in the future.

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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We've been going to Villa Tropical for over six years, and thought of it as a wonderful, undiscovered vacation spot. You wake up, open the doors, and there is the ocean--I can't think of a better way to start the day. Located at the bottom of a long road down to the beach--hence no traffic noise at all--the condos all face the beachfront, where there are many places to snorkel, or when the winds are high, kitesurf. stand up board surfing, windsurfing--you get the picture. All very laid back, and very beautiful, We're just sorry that the world seems to have found it as well.

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Reviewed 27 March 2013

My wife and I stayed at Villa Tropical's Front Studio (FS) from March 17th to the 19th. We were hoping for a larger room. But given the high occupancy for our selected dates, the FS was the only room available.

Although a bit small, the FS was suitable for our short stay. It was clean and had adequate ammeneties. The outdoor deck with its view and the beach below kept us outside most of the time.

The inn keeper (Nali) was very helpful, hospitable and made herself available the few times we needed something.

In all, VT was a good and recommendable choice. We intend to stay here again next time visit Puerto Rico.

PS: Upon arising and departing from VT the morning of March 19th, Mother Nature bid us farewell with a rainbow visible from the outdoor deck (See pic).

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2013 via mobile

We absolutely love staying at VT. Beautiful beach. Lovely Apts. Watersports outside your front door. Golf, horseback riding, bowling nearby. Many points of interest close by car. You can go anywhere on the island and back the same day! Restaurants within walking distance. Trevor and his staff will go out of their way to accommodate your needs! Best spot on the island.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We stayed in the (F2) 3 bedroom ocean villa. The owners Mike and Val live on the second floor. They were very helpful in showing us where to go to snorkel and what areas to avoid. It was beautiful and would stay there again in a heartbeat!

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Address: Shacks Beach, Bajuras 326, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico
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Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isabela
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Price Range: £60 - £82 (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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Tropical Hotel Isabela
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