Isabela is a destination replete with amusements for visitors as diverse as families, nature lovers, surfers, golfers, foodies, and eco-travelers. Comb beaches of glittering sand for sea glass and shells. Wonder at the wilds of cliffs and tidal pools. Catch world-class waves while you balance on a polished surfboard. Golf across a carpet of perfect green in the early morning or dine on local seafood. Isabela is still considered one of the unbeaten paths of Puerto Rico; unlike other destinations around the island, you’ll find Isabela to be relaxed with an authentic island vibe.
Many would agree that the beaches of Isabela are the main attractions, but Isabela is also home to other works of Nature such as the beautiful Guajataca River, a rich forest, and unique natural sites. For the Human aspect of Isabela, explore the historic sections or immerse yourself in the warm Puerto Rican culture. Isabela is a great location for many road trip adventures visiting attractions in nearby towns of Porta del Sol.
With the opening of the luxurious Royal Isabela resort, celebrities and visitors seeking privacy and seclusion delight in wandering along Isabela’s coastline. In order to experience the enchantment of Isabela, we suggest you stay at least one week and have a car rental to explore all there is to see and do. We have included a map of the major attractions in Isabela at the bottom of this page for your convenience.
You may not have heard or seen the beaches of Isabela on top beaches lists, but once you get here, you’ll agree they ought to be. Those that already love the beaches of Isabela, want to keep this destination low key. Locals and surfers in the know, head to Isabela during the winter months, it rivals the neighboring surf town of Rincon, and many argue is better. The beaches are wide, undeveloped and uncrowded. Visitors can spend a full week visiting just the various beaches. Each has its own personality and unique traits.
Isabela has a beach for everyone; ideal for romantic long walks, beaches to enjoy water sports such as surfing for all levels, bodyboarding, windsurfing and offshore fishing. Families with children will love Isabela’s gorgeous natural pools where toddlers can play and novices can swim safely. If you dream of secluded beaches, Isabela is among the top five best secluded beach destinations in Puerto Rico.
Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends who love to surf, a family with children, or your loved one, Isabela has a beach that will feel like it was designed just for you. More about beaches of Isabela, Puerto Rico.
Pozo de Jacinto
This exquisite work of art created by nature stands alone on an ocean-side cliff. More than a beautiful door opening to the sea, this is a long time favorite local place with a legend. Originally, this cave was called El Pozo de Jobos (Jobos Well). According to the legend, there was a farmer named Jacinto…. More about Pozo de Jacinto, Isabela, PR.
Guajataca Tunnel, Beach & Nature Park
Be sure to visit the Guajataca Tunnel where you can spend a full day enjoying a multitude of activities. Kayak or paddle board up the Guajataca River, park your lounge chair and simply relax while watching the Ocean waves, unwind at the natural infinity pool, chill on a hammock under a palm tree, cross the railroad tunnel or take a walk along the scenic ocean side trail. You will feel as if you found yourself immersed in a picture postcard.
Bosque Estatal de Guajataca & La Cueva Del Viento / Guajataca State Forest & Del Viento Cave
Take a break from the sun and traverse deep into the mountains to explore the cool shaded trails of the Guajataca Forest, nestled on the karst region. Highlights include karst formations and Cueva (Cave) del Viento. Guajataca Forest is an educational and adventurous attraction for those that love to be embraced by nature. At the Guajataca Forest you can spend time birdwatching, cave exploring and learning about the native flora on the interpretive trail.
Lose your cares in the beauty of Puerto Rico’s blue hole, a deep natural pool made up of reefs, caves and diverse sea life. The blue hole goes down more than 300 meters deep and full of hypnotic turquoise water.
Plaza de Recreo of Isabela
The plaza in Isabela is an active cultural center where you can immerse yourself in the welcoming culture of Puerto Ricans. Many free events are held throughout the year with live music, crafts, delicious food and more. Festive and fun, the plaza becomes a neighborhood party where all are invited.
Paseo Lineal / Coastal Trail
Along Route 466, walkers, joggers and cyclists can amble the attractive coastal boardwalk. Unlike popular boardwalks on the mainland USA, the focus here is natural beauty. You won’t find crowds or a busy business stretch; this is a place to unwind with the natural allure of the Isabela coastline. A great spot is along Middles Beach, where you can observe surfers riding the Atlantic waves.
La Cara del Indio / Indian Face
The original Indian face was artfully carved by nature alone on a cliff facing the beautiful beach of Playa El Pastillo. This place feels sacred and it’s certainly worth a visit. On the side of the Indian face you can enjoy a very special natural treasure.
Monumento al Indio Mabodomaca / Monument to Tribal Chief Mabodomaca
Be sure to make a quick stop for a picture with this handsome famous Taino Chief. The beloved Cacique Mabodomaca will be honored and remembered for many generations by this carving on the side of a rocky mountain off Highway 2. He was a brave Taino warrior who gave all to protect his tribe. More about Indio Mabodomaca Monument
Ruins of Ermita San Antonio de la Tuna
Tour the main historical site of Isabela in which the town was originally established back in 1725.
Cristo de los Machados
Cristo de los Machados, a statue with the image of Christ, is the most beloved statue in the town of Isabela. . The large crucifix was a gift donated to the Catholic church of Isabela by Juan Machado Diaz. The statue was a show of appreciation for the miracle of his family surviving a shipwreck from the Canary Islands to Puerto Rico. In 1918, the town suffered an earthquake, leaving the entire temple destroyed, but the wall in which this statue was hanging remained intact.
Epifanía de los Tres Reyes Magos / Feast of the Epiphany with the Three Kings
Everyone that knows Puerto Ricans, is well aware that Christmas is a very special time. The Three Kings are the most beloved personalities at Christmas, bringing gifts to children in January 6. Just about every town in Puerto Rico celebrates Three Kings Day with a special event celebrated at the plaza. Isabela’s Three Kings are the only ones in Puerto Rico who also compose and sing, sharing the Christmas message of love and peace. If you happen to be visiting Isabela on the 5th and 6th of January, be sure to attend the Three Kings Christmas event at the Plaza Manuel Corchado y Juarbe in center town.
Paso Fino Horses
Isabela is the place to learn and admire the sport of racing Paso Fino horses. Since 1966, Paso Fino racing is the national sport of Puerto Rico, Isabela is proud to continue the tradition and do it best than any other municipality on the island. When you visit Isabela, be sure to check the town calendar for a Paso Fino event.
Museo de Fotos de Isabela
In a one room museum, created by a local who loves photography and the history of Isabela. Mr. Totín Ruiz Méndez shares his collection of photos which include: historic buildings, the sugar cane railroad era, important personalities, and more. Call ahead to make an appointment at (787) 872-2777 or (787) 403-5005.
Isabela offers easy access to so much more…
Isabela is a great central location for travelers who love to drive around to enjoy the unbeaten paths of Puerto Rico. From Isabela, you’ll have easy access to the best attractions on the north region and most of the west side of Puerto Rico.
Map of Attractions in Isabela, Puerto Rico
Visit the Beaches page for a map of the great beaches of Isabela.