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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
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Stony Brook, New York
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12 reviews
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“Are you a kite boarder looking for flat water?”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Are you a kite boarder looking for flat water? If so suggest you day trip to La Pargura and stay at Villa Tropical. It's really a very nice place. It's quiet, clean, private and beautiful. Great choices of food are close by and it's 5 minutes from the airport , you check in and chill out in 5 minutes AND on top of all that it's on Shacks beach! An advanced wave riding spot!! Even if you're not ready for advanced wave riding it's a great place to stay! The best!!

Room Tip: The 3rd floor Honey Moon Suite has a ocean view that's amazing!!!! really nice big room, table...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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St. Petersburg
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

I found VT via a random comment on some travel blog about Puerto Rico. I called the host Trevor and we got one of the last flats available (ocean view). It was worth every $!! Breathtaking view right from the flat and the attached terrace. The apartment was fully equipped with everything we needed. We highly recommend to stay at VT, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edwards, Colorado
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed in B2. The deck was exactly what we wanted -- privacy from the neighbors and great views. We enjoyed spending time on the deck, especially since the condo was dingy and needed renovation. The location on the beach gave us great views of the water and the kite boarders and paddle boarders. There was quite a bit of wind which made hanging out on the beach not pleasant. Also, due to the wind and waves, snorkeling was arduous. We preferred driving to one of the calmer beaches in the area. The interior of condo B2 was in serious need of updating. The wood veneer on the interior doors is peeling off. The bathroom fixtures are old and unattractive. If all you want is a basic beach condo for a low price, then this is your condo. The wifi worked great. There is a dog in the area that barked a lot -- even during the night when we were trying to sleep.The management is very friendly and responsive to requests. Really willing to give suggestions about area restaurants and places of interest.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Spring lake
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Q1 and couldn't be anymore impressed when we walked in. The apartment was super clean and the view was spectacular... Our doors opened to breathtaking views of the ocean! We ate breakfast every morning overlooking the SUPers and we laid on the hammock every afternoon! It was stocked with everything you would need to live as if in your own home. Although there was nearby construction, you would never know it, it was so quiet and sooo relaxing! We will definitely be back!!!!!! Make sure to stop by Ola Lola's down the street for the Peanut Butter Burger, and talk to John, who has great advice of places to visit on the island. And if you go to Jobo's beach for a surf, make sure to stop by the bar right on the beach and say hi to Tito for us!!!!!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2014

We found VT via a web search in early 2013 and went for a week for our 10th anniversary in October. Stayed in M4. This was the first real vacation we've taken since our honeymoon in French Polynesia and it was a dream from start to finish. We flew into San Juan and drove to Isabela, next time we will pay the extra and fly right into Aguadilla. The apartment was perfect for us- we loved the somewhat rural vacation and only used the rental car to drive to and from the Econo for rum and groceries! The walk on the beach and down the road to Ola Lola's for additional drinks/meals was perfect. If you are looking for luxury and full-service this may not be for you. If you are hoping to unplug and relax fully, without obligation to do anything other than snorkel and revel in the peaceful quiet and uninhabited beach- this is a perfect fit. Just don't try to take M4 from us in December of 2014...

Room Tip: Any room facing the beach is a good bet. The others are literally ten steps from the sand so you can...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Juno Beach, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Stay in Unit Villa Bajandas - B2., It was so great ,, never stayed anywhere like this before,,you are overlooking the entire bay and you see all surfers and kiters when eating meals on your back deck, Trevor is fantastic to deal with and makes you feel like he is your neighbor down the street where you live ,He is always there to help you out with any needs that may arise,,was there 7 days and kited 6 of those and surfed the day i didn't kite,, fantastic vacation,,thought rates were cheap, for what you got and all was so easy for travel. cant wait to go back !!!!! good internet,,

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Illinois
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013

Stayed a week in M4, Quinones. Beautiful 3rd floor 1 BR apt. with ocean views on 3 sides. Granite countertops, pillow top bed. This apt. is gorgeous. Owners Jennifer & Trevor are gracious hosts, as was Nali, who is adorable and made us feel we were friends she hadn't seen for a while - in fact, our first time there. The entire staff was so welcoming and any request was filled as soon as the words were out of our mouths. To note: these are apartments, not a full service hotel. We didn't have housekeeping every day, but whenever we wanted clean towels, they were there immediately. No restaurant or entertainment or pool on premises. With that beautiful ocean right there, we didn't need a pool. (We ate one night nearby at Villa Montana Restaurant and a breakfast and dinner at Ola Lola's, both very nice). However, these are the exact reasons we picked Villa Tropical for our relaxing vacation, we didn't want late and loud. Preferred the sound of the waves and did our own cooking a few nights in the well-stocked kitchen. Every suggestion that Trevor gave us, from beaches, to restaurants, to shopping, was spot on. We were so happy here, we definitely will go back.

Room Tip: We paid around $100 more for the week to get the third floor M4 in the Quinones building. It is the...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled 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:
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
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
Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments On Shacks Beach Puerto Rico/Isabela

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