Villa Session is located at Shacks Beach, in Isabella, Puerto Rico. Located only footsteps from the sands of this famous watersports beach, Villa Sessions is the perfect island getaway for world class kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing, standup paddleboarding and snorkeling/diving.
"If the Winter blues have got you down, Shacks is a quick Winter trip from anywhere on the East Coast that can get you tons of WARM water time and back to work the following week !" - Matt Nuzzo REAL Co-Founder
Shacks Beach has been known throughout the wind and surf community for the past 20 years. This beach has consistent wind December through July, with kite sizes ranging in the 6m to 14m range. Shacks is known for its right hand reef break, so wavekiting is definitely the call! For flatwater kiters, check out La Parguera, one hour to the south, an easy day trip. Parguera has strong SE thermal winds, with crystal clear, Caribbean blue water, protected from the chop by a series of mangroves.
Puerto Rico is legendary for its consistent surf, with many comparing it to Hawaii. The best time for waves in PR is late August through May. August through mid October sees a series of tropical swells, while late October through May sees surf generated by eastern seaboard nor’easters or NW wind cold fronts. There is a nice righthand reefbreak right out front to surf at Shacks, plus over 30 surfable waves within a 45 minute radius. The famous waves of Dunes, Middles, Jobos, Shacks, Surfers Beach, Wilderness and Pressure Point, The Mix and Wishing Wells are all within 10 minutes of Villa Sessions! When the bombing NW swells hit and the north shore is closed out, head down to Rincon (45 minutes) and score Maria’s, Dogmans and Tres Palmas!
If the wind and surf fall out, or you are just sessioned into the ground (very possible here!) and looking for something different to do, Shack’s reputation as a world class dive spot rank it among the top reefs on the island for snorkeling and diving. (Many divers come to Shacks for this reason alone!) Tropical Trail Rides has great morning and evening horseback tours on the beach, a great adventure for the entire family. There is also a public golf course on the top of the hill overlooking Wilderness Beach, which is a beautiful place to be draining the back 9 at sunset!
“I’ve been going to Shacks and Puerto Rico every winter since 1987, sometimes several times a year. The great thing about this part of the island is that I never get bored of it and it is always different every time I go. I have been there during each of the seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) and there are always tons of sessions and a great time in the water. I was just there this past holiday season and scored 6 days of wind and 4 really good days of waves, just an epic trip.” – Trip Forman REAL Co-Founder
The easiest way to get to Shacks Beach is to fly directly into Aguadilla Airport, which is on the NW corner of the island. This airport is only 5 minutes from Shacks Beach with a rental car or taxi. Direct flights into Aguadilla are available on Jet Blue and Continental through:
JFK, New York
Newark, New Jersey
These are also very easy cities to connect to from any East Coast airport, making the trip down very easy and fast. San Juan Airport is 2 hours east of Shacks, definitely an option if business or airline points put you there.
Whether you are going to Villa Session at Shacks for a long weekend, a week, a month, or even an entire season, there are endless possibilities both in and out of the water to keep you occupied and having fun!
For more information on Villa Sessions contact us: