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 outskirts of Isabela, Shacks Beach is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Remember to take into account that Shacks Beach's location is rather congested, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Shacks Beach is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. Atelier Y Clases De Arte Don Pedro is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

Historical attractions such as Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Shacks Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Puerto Rico's past, without having to stray too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this site can be found within driving distance from this site of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are 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

Quebradillas is nearby and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, Quebradillas is about six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of hotels within driving distance. A few of the more convenient possibilities are seen 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 looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest restaurants is Bravissimo Pizzeria Bar & Deli. This restaurant has a menu featuring Italian cuisine.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Shacks Beach in Puerto Rico.

Vacationers may also want to visit Jabos Beach, located three quarters of a mile to the west.

Shacks Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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