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 to drop by regardless of whether you are staying very close. It's often said that The Shacks is one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Other nearby beaches in Puerto Rico may be just as breezy and refreshing, but are usually more crowded because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. There all types of dining experiences in Puerto Rico that visitors can partake in, but dining at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Consider using this beach's picnic tables, so your food won't get sandy.

You will be able to use a public restroom at The Shacks. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


The Shacks is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the West coast of Puerto Rico. It is close to Punta Borinquen Golf Club, which is located a half mile to the northeast, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found 11 and a half miles to the south west, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

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

The Shacks is in the Aguadilla area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Not far away you'll find Aguadilla, a city which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Aguadilla is just up the road, roughly four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a fairly good range of booking options to pick from near The Shacks. The most accessible of which can be viewed 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is RB Restaurant. The restaurant has International food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of places to eat 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
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.

You might also enjoy Bridges Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Indicators. You'll find it 11 and a half miles to the south west.

You might also want to visit Crash Boat Beach, which is located two and a half miles to the south.

You may find that The Shacks is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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