Local Guide

Villa Azul, Jobos Beach Isabela, P.R.

Welcome to Villa Azul - Jobos Beach Bungalow

In this book you will find information and directions for local beaches, restaurants, stores and activities.

Beaches

Always remember that conditions can vary- use caution and observe the waves and currents. Notice what other swimmers are doing to help you get a feel for the conditions. Learn how to identify and escape from a rip current. It is recommended to snorkel in the mornings before the wind becomes stronger.

The beach in front of the house has varying conditions. It is not always good for swimming, but you can usually find a tide pool nearby, or you can take a short walk down to Jobos beach, which is sandier. Always observe the conditions and notice where the high water mark comes up to on days when the waves are large.

DO NOT STAND ON THE REEF! This is very important to preserve our coral reefs. You may think it looks like a rock, but it is likely covered with small organisms that are killed when you step on them. Also, coral can be very sharp and contains organisms that can cause infection or an itchy rash. Only stand in sand areas. The black spiny things are sea urchins, you will find them in most any rocky area. The spines are sharp and poisonous and will break off in your foot if you step on one.

 

Shack's Beach

Shack’s Beach: Shack’s is a beautiful beach that is usually not very crowded. This beach is also known as Blue Hole beach. Here you will find some of the best snorkeling around.
Directions: Turn right onto 4466. Go past the S curve and then take the next street to the right. Follow the street until you get to a crossroads past Ola Lola’s. Park on the side of the street at the crossroads. To get to the beach, walk down the street to the right. Keep walking straight onto a little dirt path and you will see steps going down to the beach. At the bottom of the steps go to the left a little bit and you will see the “keyhole”, which is the sandy entrance point into the water. For snorkeling, go out a bit further and then go either right or left. The best snorkeling is towards the protective reef which sticks out of the water and runs east and west. The blue hole is on the other side of the reef. There are only 2 places where you can cross the reef to get into the blue hole. Use caution if there are currents. The blue hole is known to have the occasional manatee, but otherwise it is not much to see. If you snorkel to the left of the keyhole, you will see Elkhorn coral. This side is also the surf break so it is not always good for snorkeling if there are waves.
For beach combing, you can walk for miles in either direction. An hour’s walk to the west will bring you to beautiful Survival Beach.

 

Jobos Beach

Jobos Beach: Jobos is one of the most popular local beaches. It is famous for surfing and is suitable for all skill levels. Larger waves break on the outside of the protective rock outcropping, while smaller waves break on a sandbar closer to the beach (a perfect spot for first time surfers). This beach is mostly sandy bottom and the water is usually calm and clear close to the beach. Be aware that there is known to be a rip current here even on calmer days. There are several bars and restaurants along this beach, as well as a surf shop. There is almost always someone there to give surf lessons or to rent surfboards and beach equipment.
Directions: Go to the main road (4466) and turn left. Jobos is about half a mile down the road. You will start seeing restaurants on your left, and then you will come to a large parking area by the beach.

 

Middles Beach

Middles Beach: Best known for surfing, and the location of many surfing competitions throughout the year. Not suitable for swimming, although there are several beautiful tide pools along theses beaches that are great for soaking in, and it is great for beach combing.
Directions: Go past Jobos beach and continue until you start seeing beaches on your left. All of the beaches along this road are similar, Middles beach is the one across from the large gravel parking area.

 

Crashboat Beach

Crashboat Beach: Crashboat is ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico. It is famous for its colorful fishing boats which are driven up onto the sand. It is a sandy beach and is almost always calm enough for swimming, which makes it a good choice during the winter and on rougher days. There is an old pier that you can walk out onto and jump into the water. The snorkeling is very good underneath the pier as coral has grown up the legs and there are schools of colorful fish everywhere. There are also vendors of food and drinks, rentals of beach toys, paddle boards, jet skis and banana boat rides on weekends. The fisherman’s association is located here and you can buy fresh fish to take home and cook for very reasonable prices. This beach gets very crowded on weekends, but is more low key during week days.
Directions: Go to main road (4466) and turn right. At the top of the hill turn right onto Road 110. At the T (in front of Ramey Mini Market) turn left. Take the next right, then next left, and then right again. Pass the airport and turn left at the T onto Road 107. Go a couple of miles and look for a brown sign on the right that says Playa Crashboat, then follow that road down to the beach.

 

Surfer's Beach

Surfer’s Beach: As the name implies, this beach is a surfing beach. It is beautiful and on calm days in the summer, could be swim-able. It’s a great beach for more advanced surfers, though on smaller days could be suitable for beginners as well. There is also a hiking trail that runs into the woods on the northern end of the beach. This is a beautiful hike with nice views of the water and rock formations below. It connects to Survival beach eventually. The hike is a little rough, wear good shoes and take water if you try it.
Directions: Go up the hill to Road 110 and turn right. Take 110 until you come to the T and turn right. Take the second left (Cecader Street). Go to the T and turn right. Take the next right past the Marriott Hotel and go to the T. Turn right and then turn down a street just past the El Faro conference center. Go through the gate and down the steep hill. At the end of the dirt road you will get to the parking lot and the main surf break.

 

Borinquen Beach

Borinquen Beach, Ruins, and Wilderness Beach: These are beautiful beaches but, are often not suitable for swimming. On calm days (mostly in the summer) Borinquen and Ruins are suitable for swimming, but Wilderness is mostly only a surfing beach. Borinquen is a large sandy beach and when it is calm it is absolutely beautiful. You can snorkel along the cliff where you will see large rock formations, and some shallow caves. Look closely beneath the water and you can see old airplane engines that are covered in coral. Ruins is so named because of the ruins of an old Spanish lighthouse by the beach (great for a photo session). Wilderness is one of the most popular surfing beaches in the area.
Directions: Go past the airport (see directions to Crashboat above). Past the airport, at the T, turn left. The next right will be a small street that runs through the middle of the golf course. Go down this street and follow it down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill you will come to Borinquen beach (there is a sign in front of the parking lot. You can go to either the right or the left of the parking lot (I prefer the right side, and the best snorkeling is along the cliff in that direction). To get to Ruins, continue past Borinquen beach. The road turns into dirt, but keep going, keeping to the left. You will see the ruins on your right, on the beach. Continue down the dirt road to get to Wilderness. When you get to the parking lot at the end, that is Wilderness. Be aware that this road is rough and full of large potholes, so drive very carefully and do not drive through large puddles as they may be deeper than they appear.

 

Activities in the Area:

Snorkeling:
Best places to snorkel: Shack’s beach, Jobos beach, Crashboat beach, Borinquen beach.
Conditions vary, choose accordingly. On days where the waves are bigger, Crashboat is the best choice.

Bike Riding or walking on the Paseo Lineal:
The Paseo Lineal trail runs from Jobos to Villa Pesquera, about 5 miles. It runs along the coast and through the mangrove trees. It is paved and well used by bikers, joggers, and walkers.

Beach Combing or Walking:
Go out to the beach and head west to explore miles of undeveloped beaches. After about a mile you will come to Shack’s beach. Keep going for a few more miles and you will arrive at Survival beach, about an hour’s walk. Head east from the beach and arrive at Jobos beach, about half a mile away (these beaches are slightly more populated). From Middles beach, you can head east for a couple of miles and explore deserted beaches and tide pools.

Horseback Riding:
Tropical Trail Rides provides a 2 hour horseback riding tour suitable for all experience levels. The ride goes to Survival beach and back. Rides at 9 am and at 3:30 pm, with private rides available also.
(787) 872-9256 www.tropicaltrailrides.com

Scuba Diving:

  • There is great scuba diving opportunities for experienced divers. Most places also offer first time divers the opportunity to do a “discovery” dive, no experience or certification necessary.
  • Aquatica Dive and Surf: (787) 890-6071
  • Darryl’s Diving Adventures: (787) 206-3173
  • Rincon Diving and Snorkeling: (787) 506-3483 www.rincondiving.com

Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) Tours:

  • Try paddleboarding on the ocean, or down the beautiful Guajataca River
  • Aquatica Dive and Surf: (787) 890-6071
  • Verde Azul: (787) 951-5702 www.verdeazulpr.com

Puerto Rico Day Trips:
For activities not in the immediate area, we recommend the website www.PuertoRicoDayTrips.com. There are lots of activities all over the island, and you will find many of them listed here. You can search by area and by activity and even by price range. There are many off the beaten path and free activities and adventures listed, as well as reviews of guided tours and activities. Excellent directions and information are provided for each activity.

Some day trips we recommend are:

  • San Sebastian waterfalls (Gozolandia)
  • San Sebastian farmer’s market on Friday mornings
  • Cabo Rojo light house
  • Playa Sucia, Cueva de Ventana (Window Cave), Old San Juan.

Local Restaurants near Shack’s Beach:

Villa Montana and Ola Lola’s
Go to 4466 and turn right. After the S curve, you will see the street to Shack’s on the right. You will see a sign for Villa Montana and Ola Lola’s. Casual restaurant and bar, family friendly. Great food, reasonably priced. Menu includes fish tacos and gourmet burgers. Open Friday - Monday, 3pm - 9pm.

Eclipse Restaurant
Beachfront dining, and beautiful atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, poolside bar. This restaurant is upscale and is one of the pricier options in the area. Breakfast and lunch are reasonably priced, dinner is more expensive ($25 and up). Wide variety of food options, including seafood. Open 7 days a week.

Local Restaurants near Jobos Beach:

All of the following restaurants are located on Road 4466. The first four are to the west of your street, the others are to the east.

Tuluum:
Mexican food and homemade margaritas. Wednesday - Sunday. $5 margarita happy hour Wednesday 5 - 8pm.

La Catrina Burger Bar:
Burgers and wraps. Located right next to Tuluum. Wednesday - Sunday.

Pedro’s Pescado:
Sushi to go. They also have a pavilion where you can eat there and bring your own alcoholic beverages. Open Friday and Saturday evenings only.

El Carey Café:
Breakfast and lunch. Good healthy food, smoothies, homemade juices, reasonable prices. Thursday - Sunday.

Ocean Front Restaurant:
Great view. Burgers, wraps, seafood, Puerto Rican food. Live music on weekends. Open 7 days.

Kai:
Ocean views, good food and prices. Wide variety of food, from burgers to Puerto Rican food. Live music on weekends. Open late.

La Vista Smokehouse:
Southern style BBQ, excellent food. Amazing view as it is located on top of Jobos cliff. To get there, turn right at Jobos (next to Tsunami) and go to the top of the hill. You will see the restaurant on your left.

Local Restaurants near Road 110 and Road 107:

Palmas Café: Great restaurant with a wide variety of items, including fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, burgers and other items. Prices are $8 to $15. Lunch only Tuesday through Thursday, lunch and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

Blue Fin:
Food truck, located near Palmas Café. Fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, fish tacos. Small menu, but outstanding food.

Morungos Steakhouse:
Excellent steaks, open for dinner most days.

TBC Food and Drink:
Breakfast and lunch. Variety of homemade food items, from breakfast items, seafood, pasta, burgers and more. Also serves cocktails, known for their great Bloody Mary. Wednesday - Sunday.

Cravings:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Burgers, chicken strips, nachos, etc. Open 7 days a week until 10pm.

One Ten Thai:
Thai food and southeast Asian. Food is fresh and local. One of the most popular restaurants around. The bar features many craft beers, including local beers on tap. They frequently have good live music on Saturday evenings. Dinner only, open Tuesday - Saturday.

Cinco Gastrobar:
International food and seafood. Nice atmosphere, with a rooftop bar. Open 7 days.

Cocina Creativa:
Good, fresh healthy food. International menu, lots of vegetarian choices, specials vary daily. They also bake their own bread and do pizzas as well. Reasonable prices. Open Monday - Sunday lunch, Tuesday - Friday, lunch and dinner.

La Specie Resto-pub:
Argentinian food. Steaks, and wood fire grilled pizzas. Open Monday - Saturday.

Levain Bakery:
European style bakery, outstanding! Breakfast and lunch. Open 7 days.

Desecheo Restaurant:
Puerto Rican food, very good with large portions and nice atmosphere. Open 7 days.

Grocery Stores and Pharmacies:

Econo Grocery Store:
Good grocery store with a nice organic produce section, good selection of items, nice wine selection, and bakery. Open 7 days. Located on Road 110.

Bajuras Service Station:
Located right down Road 4466, on the way to Jobos Beach. Some grocery items if you are in a pinch, and good beer selection. They have a coin operated vacuum, good for cleaning the sand out of your rental car before you return it.

Maleza Pharmacy:
Small, local pharmacy. Located on Road 110. Turn right onto 110 at the top of the hill. It is about a mile down the road, on the right.

Walgreen’s Pharmacy:
Located on Road 107.