Shacks Beach

Offering fantastic snorkeling and located just off a main road near plenty of amenities, Shacks Beach is perfect for anyone looking for a compromise between the crowd-heavy beaches of San Juan, and the more natural beaches of rural Puerto Rico.

Located on the northern edge of Isabela, Shacks Beach is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is located directly north of the center of the city, Isabela. Taking Calle Emilio Gonzalez north, just keep going north until you are at the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The main features of the beach are under the water. snorkelers and divers will find underwater caverns, plenty of fish and perhaps even a sea turtle floating by.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Since Shacks Beach happens to be located in a relatively urbanized region, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Shacks Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the West coast of Puerto Rico; the area is home to other attractions such as Atelier Y Clases De Arte Don Pedro, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the nearest historical attractions is Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park, which is 21 and a half miles to the east.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Shacks Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Atelier Y Clases De Arte Don Pedro Art Gallery 0.8 S Puerto Rico
Golf Links Golf Course 2.7 SE Puerto Rico
Ocean Casino Casino 7.6 W Puerto Rico
Punta Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 8.3 W Puerto Rico
Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 8.5 W Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Quebradillas, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Quebradillas is located roughly six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Shacks Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Parador Villas del Mar Hau 2.7 mi. W Hotel
Royal Isabela 2.7 mi. SE Resort
Ocean Front Hotel & Resturaunt 3.7 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Parador el Guajataca 4.8 mi. E Hotel
Parador Vistamar 4.9 mi. ESE Hotel
Villa Montaña Beach Resort 5.3 mi. W Resort
Hotel Parador La Cima 5.9 mi. W Hotel
Courtyard By Marriott Aguadilla 7.6 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Villa Forin 9.0 mi. WSW Hotel
Hotel el Faro 9.1 mi. WSW Hotel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Bravissimo Pizzeria Bar & Deli. The restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Shacks Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bravissimo Pizzeria Bar & Deli (787) 872-3201 Italian -- -- --
Cafeteraa El Regreso (787) 872-5940 -- -- -- --
Dante's Cafe (939) 286-6251 American Very Casual -- --
El Balcon De Jobos (787) 872-0010 -- -- -- --
El Buen Mofongo (787) 830-8496 -- -- -- --
Frappe Krystal (787) 830-2665 -- -- -- --
Ivaniz Pizza (787) 642-2823 Italian -- -- --
Javis Cafe (787) 830-2608 -- -- -- --
Jobos Cafe (787) 830-1684 -- -- -- --
Jocky's Pizza (787) 872-1491 Italian -- -- --
Julio's Sport Bar (787) 830-7483 -- -- -- --
Karambola Ocean View Restaurant (787) 969-9810 Creole Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Shacks Beach.

Another option worth considering is Jabos Beach, located within a short distance.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but taking a swim at Shacks Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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