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, The Shacks is on the West edge of Puerto Rico. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; secluded parts of the coast like The Shacks might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many The Shacks visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are several, unique dining options in Puerto Rico, but not every meal needs to be eaten in a formal setting. Some visitors, in fact, simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Travelers can take advantage of the available picnic tables, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

The Shacks does have public restrooms for your convenience. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the West coast of Puerto Rico; the area hosts attractions such as Punta Borinquen Golf Club, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Maritime Museum (located 11 and a half miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and a new way to experience Puerto Rico's culture.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Aguadilla, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Aguadilla is just up the road, about four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests will find a fairly wide assortment of booking options to pick from in the area around the beach. The most accessible of which are listed in the table below.

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


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is RB Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

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
Nomadas Restaurant & Bar (787) 890-3256 International -- 2.9 mi. ENE
Eclipse Restaurant (787) 872-9554 International Informal 3.7 mi. ENE
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 -- -- -- --
Cafe Michelle (787) 882-2015 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa Nieves (787) 882-2622 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Puerto Rico, and The Shacks is just one option.

You might also enjoy Bridges Beach, found a quick car or cab ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Indicators may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it 11 and a half miles to the south west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Crash Boat Beach, which is located two and a half miles away.

The Shacks could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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