Isabela is located in NW Puerto Rico and is a great destination for a more relaxed beach vacation. We flew into Aguadilla, and, armed with info on the area beaches, headed out for a day of beach hopping.
FYI: All of the beaches can be accessed with gps!
Starting early, we hit Shacks beach first. Shacks beach is best known for the natural “blue hole” formed by the reef just off of the coast. How to get there: It’s actually pretty tricky to get to. Off of the main road, there is a small sign for the beach along with a few other signs, so we missed it at first. Doubling back (thanks gps), we made the turn, headed down a narrow street, and had to stop and ask for directions. There’s an intersection area where you are meant to park along the sides, and then you must walk about 3-5 mins to the end of the road heading North toward the beach.
We did some snorkeling through the reefs and got to see some small fish, fans, and coral.
LUNCH BREAK: Back on the main road there’s a great empanada restaurant that serves inexpensive and delicious empanadas: La Parada de Los Surfers. Convenient and yummy!
A beach with a shallow natural pool, Pozo Teodoro was our next stop. There’s a small sign for the entrance and narrow dirt road you must drive down. If you head to the right there is more parking available. You then park your car on the sand and walk across the dunes into the beach area.The swimming hole is surrounded by rocks and is nice for a dip if you don’t want to be hit by waves. Going up by the rocks, we had a blast watching the waves crash into them and make a huge splash. If you do go up there and explore, wear shoes. A wave pushed Simon and of course he cut his foot.
A long stretch of beach with bigger waves and the opportunity to see sea caves (from May onward we were told). We flew the drone here and wrapped up our day of beach hopping.