The Shacks

Not far from some major tourist areas, The Shacks has been able to keep a low profile despite its very large beach and relatively easy access. Being located right where the Atlantic Ocean turns into the Caribbean Sea, this beach has a nice hybrid of clear Caribbean Waters and rough Atlantic Waves.

Located in the vicinity of Aguadilla, 4.0 miles north of downtown Aguadilla, The Shacks is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. You might want whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Vacationers who seek a stunning shoreline in a secluded part of town should consider visiting The Shacks.

How to Access The Beach
When driving on Borinquen Avenue, there will be a road that cuts right across the golf course that will take you right by the beach. You will need to go a little off-road to reach the parking area, but nothing that a regular car could not handle.

Amenities and Ambiance

Defined by the central rock formation and cliff (which also serves as a parking area) the beach offers guests clean sand and water and plenty of room to spread out. Additionally the all of trees help block out view of the city life just a few miles away, letting guests relax with ease.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on The Shacks, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are many types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in Puerto Rico, but eating at the beach can be especially memorable. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

One of the most useful amenities are the picnic facilities.

You will be able to use a public restroom at The Shacks. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as The Shacks is on the West coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Punta Borinquen Golf Club, which is a half mile away.

Historical attractions like Mayaguez Memorial offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of The Shacks, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to venture too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, you'll find this spot some ways off, but, if you've got a car, it's not a bad trip from this site of historical interest.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near The Shacks
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Punta Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 0.4 mi. NE Puerto Rico
Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 0.4 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Point Borinquen Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. SW Puerto Rico
Ocean Casino Casino 1.3 mi. NE Puerto Rico
Las Cascadas Water Park Amusement/Theme Park 3.6 mi. S Puerto Rico
Luis A. Canena Marquez Stadium Sporting Event Venue 3.7 mi. S Puerto Rico
Mundo Telas Y Manualidades Art Gallery 7.8 mi. S Puerto Rico
Atelier Y Clases De Arte Don Pedro Art Gallery 8.8 mi. E Puerto Rico
Golf Links Golf Course 10.9 mi. E Puerto Rico
Putt Putt Parrot Safari Miniature Golf Course 11.1 mi. SW Puerto Rico
Maritime Museum Museum 11.6 mi. SW Puerto Rico
Punta Higuero Lighthouse Lighthouse 11.6 mi. SW Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

The Shacks is in the Aguadilla area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Aguadilla is the closest city and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Aguadilla is a quick trip away, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at The Shacks will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of places to stay within a car's reach. Some of the closest options are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near The Shacks
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Courtyard By Marriott Aguadilla 1.3 mi. NE Hotel
Hotel el Faro 1.9 mi. S Hotel
Hotel Villa Forin 2.0 mi. S Hotel
Hotel Parador La Cima 2.9 mi. ENE Hotel
El Pedregal 2.9 mi. S Lodge
Hotel Cielo Mar 3.0 mi. S Hotel
Villa Montaña Beach Resort 3.7 mi. ENE Resort
Ocean Front Hotel & Resturaunt 5.2 mi. ENE Hotel
Parador Villas del Mar Hau 6.2 mi. E Hotel
JB Hidden Village 7.9 mi. SSW Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, within a reachable distance. RB Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has International cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near The Shacks
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
RB Restaurant (787) 658-8000 International Informal 1.3 mi. NE
El Meson Sandwiches Cam El Mango (787) 882-2702 American Very Casual 1.7 mi. S
One Ten Thai (787) 890-0113 Asian, Thai Informal 2.8 mi. ENE
Nomadas Restaurant & Bar (787) 890-3256 International -- 2.9 mi. ENE
Eclipse Restaurant (787) 872-9554 International Informal 3.7 mi. ENE
Rompeolas Bar & Grill (787) 891-6831 American Informal 3.8 mi. S
A L Rex Cream (787) 882-5185 -- -- -- --
Andrew Kline (787) 890-0115 -- -- -- --
Atlantic Restaurant & Pizza (787) 891-8787 Italian -- -- --
Benjie's Sports Bar & Delicatessen (787) 882-0707 -- -- -- --
Betsy Cafe (787) 882-8742 -- -- -- --
Borinquen Steak House & Sandwich (787) 882-1870 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Puerto Rico besides The Shacks worth visiting.

Another location you might enjoy is Bridges Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Indicators is just right. You'll find it 11 and a half miles to the south west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Crash Boat Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by The Shacks is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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