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.
- 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
- Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments On Shacks Beach Puerto Rico/Isabela