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Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Certificate of Excellence
Winter Haven
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15 reviews
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“Great week on the beach”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Stayed in M-3 first week of March 2014. Arrived before dawn from Orlando, only 15 minutes from the airport. Got in the condo before the sun came up . Excellent layout with a very large second floor wood deck virtually right on the perfect beach. Fully equipped kitchen, was excellent.

Tremendous views of the ocean, beach and sunset.

Very good surf right out front on Shack's beach. Excellent snorkeling all up and down the beach and out past the reef.

Very convenient to Econo grocery store for supplies. Basing out of here we drove several times to Rincon and surrounding areas. Great location. Surf came up mid week and showed what a great break Shack's is. ( Wilderness and Maria's also) My crew and I would definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Roanoke, Texas
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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in M2 in February. The accommodations were comfortable, clean, and had a clear view of the water. We found it very quiet and relaxing. You do have to share a patio with M1, but did not find it too invasive. My only complaint (besides having to leave) was that we did not have hot water in the kitchen to properly clean dishes, and had one night without hot water in the shower. We enjoyed walking the beach without anyone around and watching the kite and wind surfers. My husband tried snorkeling, but the current was just too strong. I've heard it's not as bad during the summer months. This place is great for relaxing or for easy access to the islands best wind and kite surfing.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2014

After 16 years, I was finally able to make it back to Puerto Rico - and I knew I wanted to spend time on the west side of the island. I didn't want to be right in town but close enough to everything to get around easily - found Villa Tropical while searching on TripAdvisor and thanks to the great reviews, we decided to try it. Since the reviews helped me make my decision, I had to share my experience as well. Everyone is so friendly, the apartment clean and bright - we stayed in Ocean Blue 3; not beach front, but the rooftop terrace was incredible! Always enough people on the beach to keep it interesting but never crowded. Snorkeling, surfing, swimming and other activities readily accessible. Our neighbours were wonderful and enjoyed Villa Tropical enough to come back again - and I agree: we'll definitely return! Thanks for the wonderful time!

Room Tip: We weren't beachside, but all properties are closely situated to the public access so you can...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Due to the winter storms in New York, our flight was cancelled and we managed a later flight arriving a day late. Trevor the owner was completely calm and accommodating for our last minute changes. He ensured we had access straight away to a room when we arrived and was unfailingly helpful throughout our stay. We stayed in apartment B1 Villa Bajandas which is the downstairs apartment on the end house. Amazing location right on a sandy beachfront and adjacent to bush and farmland. My husband was able to surf at the beach, while we were also able to snorkel and swim in the protected waters straight outside our apartment. You can hire snorkelling gear for $10 each for your stay. The apartment is very basic, but clean and comfortable ... perfectly suited for it's location. A great covered verandah where you will spend most of your time. You will need a car if you want to go discover some of the other local beaches, but many good choices within a short drive. You can fly into Aguadilla which is very close by.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Go ahead! Make that decision. Go to Villa Tropical and enjoy a great time here. Every aspect of this place is shipshape. Great views, clean living areas, welcoming hosts, etc. In one word - Enchanting.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Stony Brook, New York
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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!!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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St. Petersburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Property: Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments on Shacks Beach
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
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
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