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About Isabela

Isabela has something to offer everyone, from sandy beaches and excellent surfing, through to the beautiful Guajataca River. At the moment, it isn't on the main tourist track, so now is the perfect time to go while it is still unspoiled. To find your perfect getaway location, search FlipKey for your perfect vacation rental.

About Isabela

Little is known about Isabela in Puerto Rico, until the governor, José Antonio de Mendizábal y Azares, gave permission for a settlement to be established in the area, around 1725.

The town was named after Queen Isabela of Castile when it was founded in 1819 and the local culture is still embedded in the traditions of the Catholic church.

Local festivals include The Three King's Day in January (Epiphany), the Isabela Cock Fight Festival in February, the Textile Festival in May and the Festival of Saint Anthony of Padua—the patron saint of Isabela—in June. See what you can find going on when you get there!

Puerto Rico's climate means that you can feast on mangoes, bananas, oranges and guavas, as well as chicken and avocados and white queso cheese.

The beaches and surf have obvious attractions for tourists. If you explore the area surrounding Isabela, you might be surprised at what you find. Join in the festivals and have a great time!

What to do in Isabela, Puerto Rico

Swim in the turquoise water of the Blue Hole in Playa Shacks and see the marine life, caves and reefs.

Walk through the Guajataca State Forest and see the incredible karst formations. You can spend your time bird-watching, or explore the caves, including the Cueva (Cave) del Viento.

You can also kayak up the Guajataca River, and visit the Guajataca Tunnel. 

However, if you are feeling lazy, just sling a hammock between palm trees on the beach and chill!

Walk, jog or cycle on the boardwalk along the Coastal Trail (Paseo Lineal). It's great for seeing the beautiful Isabela coastline. Unlike the boardwalks of the US, this one isn't usually at all busy. Don't forget your camera as there are photo-ops aplenty!

No visit would be complete without a tour of the Ermita San Antonio de la Tuna ruins. This is the main historical attraction and is where the town was originally founded in 1725.

Top travel tips for Isabela

You can fly to San Juan International airport, Luis Munoz Marin Airport (SJU), rent a car there and drive the 72 miles to Isabela. It takes between an hour and a half and 2 hours. Of course, if you prefer you could take a taxi, but this might be expensive.

If you don't mind more time on a plane, fly to Aguadilla Airport, Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN). Isabela is only 10 minutes away!

The best way of getting around Isabela is to hire a bicycle or car, or simply walk and enjoy the sites.

If you're looking for a bigger adventure, spend a night or two in San Juan and explore the city.

To get away from it all and have a relaxing vacation, Isabela, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination. Relax on the beaches or swing gently in a hammock and let the blue waters take all your cares away. You won't want to leave! To find accommodation in Isabela, check out FlipKey for a wide range of vacation rentals.