Travel guide for exploring the beaches of Isabela with maps, directions and visitor’s tips.
The beaches of Isabela…quiet, romantic, uncrowded, good surfing all year round, natural pools, summer snorkeling, dramatic landscapes & affordable beachfront small inns.
Beaches are the main attractions of Isabela. Isabela is a more modern version of Vieques & Culebra, offering miles of sumptuous coastline with little development and rugged beauty as nature intended. Isabela’s coastal landscape is unique, making its beaches anything but ordinary, offering beach goers plenty of beauty to admire. The color of the sand varies from light to deep golden honeycomb. Most beaches are wide with plenty of sand to relax without a crowded feel even on a busy summer day. Those that prefer beach time relaxed on a lounge chair with their favorite book, will fall in love with Isabela, the only thing distracting will be the sounds of the waves, birds singing, pelicans gliding and waves crashing. Overtime, the water has created works of art such as caves, wells and blowing holes, giving visitors a variety of sights in which to marvel while on the beach. We have included a map of beaches in Isabela at the bottom of this page for your convenience.
Isabela is very unique, offering beaches for swimming and surfing all year round. If you have a family with small children, the little ones will love the Isabela’s natural shallow pools where they can play safely. If you like to take long walks on the beach, Isabela is a wonderful destination, offering over 3 miles of coastline without crowds perfect for romantics and peace seekers. Don’t miss horseback riding on the beach at sunset…
If you’re a tourist coming on the winter months when is actually low season on the west coast, you’ll have miles and miles of beaches to yourself. On weekends, holidays and summer days, the beaches of Isabela are popular for locals, but you’ll still find them pretty laid back and relaxed, locals have their favorites, if you prefer solitude there are few beaches that stay nice and quiet.
Although the scenery has changed from Taino times, the coast of Isabela remains relatively undeveloped, making Isabela one of the few vacation destinations on the main island of Puerto Rico with pristine beaches. Most travel guides will encourage you to visit the most popular beaches in Isabela, but the real magic is on the secluded unbeaten sandy paths.
Isabela is part of the Porta del Sol tourist region, home of the prettiest beaches of Puerto Rico. With a car rental, you can conveniently drive to explore the best beaches on the west coast.
Poza las Golondrinas
Isabela’s beaches are more well known by surfers, but the natural pools along the coast make this beach town super special. Poza las Golondrinas is a beauty, located on the east side of Montones. The water is crystalline, a wonderful beach for toddlers when the surf is calmer where they can learn to snorkel and swim safely with schools of colorful tropical fish. This spot is simply…paradise. Access is less convenient than other beaches, but that keeps it nice and quiet.
Playa Middles / Middles Beach – Isabela, PR
Middles, a great beach in every way…Great for surfing, excellent for long walks on the beach, and a dreamy place to relax and be lulled by the sights and sounds of the ocean waves. At the east end of Middles, a unique hidden spot awaits that few visitors get to enjoy.
Playa Pozo De Teodoro / Teodoro’s Pool Beach – Isabela, PR
The coolest and prettiest beach in Isabela, a shallow natural pool perfect for families with small children. During the summer months, the waters are calm like glass, during the winter months when the strong waves come in, the pool becomes playfully wavy. There are no lifeguards or facilities at Pozo Teodoro, but the scenery makes up for it. More about Playa Pozo De Teodoro, Isabela, Puerto Rico.
Playa Jobos / Jobos Beach – Isabela, PR
Jobos a local favorite and one of the most popular surfing beaches on the north west coast of Puerto Rico. The east end of Jobos is framed by a coral wall, creating a picturesque protected beach cove where you can do a little swimming and snorkeling. Beyond the wall the Atlantic Ocean surf breaks consistently throughout the year, making Jobos one of the favorite surfing beaches on the island. Jobos was the location for the 1989 World Surfing Championship. Whether you want to relax, surf or watch a good surfing show, Jobos will not disappoint. More about Jobos beach.
Playa Shacks / Shacks Beach – Isabela, PR
Playa Shacks, loved by snorkelers and scuba divers. Turquoise tones, clear water with an uncrowded scene. Just yards from the shore, you can snorkel on crystal clear waters and dive into the “blue hole”. The beach is narrow, but the sun shines bright to get the perfect tan. There’s not much shade, so be sure to bring an umbrella or plenty of sun tan lotion.
Playa Pastillo & Cueva las Golondrinas / Pastillo Beach & Swallow Birds Cave – Isabela, PR
During the summer months, this is a very special beach visitors of Isabela should not miss. Playa Pastillo is a nature lover’s dream packed with beautiful sand in shades of golden and swirls of black, caves, natural sacred rock carvings, leaning palm trees, coral reefs, and total peace. Locals are very protective of this beach, everyone that goes seems exceptionally respectful of the environment and a lover of nature, visitors are asked to not leave any trash at the beach and help protect the caves. More about Playa El Pastillo, Isabela, Puerto Rico.
Playa Montones / Montones Beach – Isabela, Puerto Rico
Isabela was blessed with a number of beaches protected by natural rock walls. Montones beach is the most popular in Isabela. Montones attracts families with young children for its shallow waters. Children can play and sit down for hours with their beach buckets in total contentment. You can actually stay right at Montones and enjoy beachfront access everyday of your vacation by staying at one of the best paradores in Puerto Rico.
Highlights: Great for small children, relaxation, photography, snorkeling. More about Playa Montones, Isabela, PR.
Playa Poza Sardineras / Sardineras Pool Beach – Isabela, PR
Poza Sardinera is a sublime place. This small shallow beach is a wading pool with warm crystal clear water. You can park your lounge chair, let your feet get cooled by the water, and watch the never ending show of ocean waves crashing in. Poza Sardinera is a nice spot to watch the sunset and simply relax. Just across the street, you can enjoy a great lunch for under $5. Beach access is super convenient with free off street parking and a few spots right on the sand.
Highlights: Excellent for small children, photography, relaxation (on a non-summer week day). More about Poza Sardineras.
Playa Sardineras / Sardineras Beach – Isabela, PR
Playa Sardinera begins at Punta Sardina. Locals also call this beach Villa Pesquera. The best swimming area is Posita Sardinera at the east end. Right off the coral wall on the east side, teens like to body board and surf. Right across the street, you can have a quick empadilla and drink lunch, making this beach a convenient stop. On weekends most of the crowds head to Jobos beach, Playa Sardinera remains more mellow.
Playa Poza Las Golondrinas / Swallows Pool Beach – Isabela, PR
This beach and natural pool is a hidden gem of Isabela. It can be accessed by parking off of Route 466 near km marker 10.2 and walking west a hundred yards or so. It is a perfect spot for families with small children and romantics. Enjoy breathtaking views (one being Cueva Golondrina, an offshore cave, to the east), wading, swimming, some snorkeling, or just some R & R. If you’re planning to stay awhile, bring a cooler with drinks and food because there are no facilities nearby.
Playa de Guajataca / Guajataca Beach – Isabela, PR
This beach is popular among locals, during summer months teens play on the water with their boogie boards and families camp at the beach on holiday weekends. This beach is divided by Rio (River) Guajataca, which divides the towns of Isabela and Quebradillas. Best access to Playa Guajataca is through the municipality of Quebradillas, the biggest attraction at this beach is the Guajataca Tunnel, a historic railroad tunnel used during the sugar cane era. During weekdays on winter months, you’ll find Guajataca pretty secluded and quiet. More about Playa Guajataca / Guajataca Beach.