El Anzuelo Grill Cantina is down at the beach in Isabela. There are actually quite a few places to eat down there and also a few bars. You are also very close to the Blow Hole in Isabela. The menu is very reasonable and the food is extremely good. A grilled chicken sandwich with sides was around $6-$7 and the wrap was around $8-$9. The food took awhile to get out, but it was worth the wait.
If you look into the open square where all the food places are located from the road, El Anzuelo will be towards the back left. The staff was friendly and the place was clean. Enjoy your time down in this area. If you have not been down along this road just make sure you do not miss it. The map has the route to Blow Hole sketched out and El Anzuelo is on that route.
Shacks Beach is both a surf spot and snorkeling spot. Due to its location and limited access most people tend to surf the surrounding areas. It is a GREAT spot for snorkeling. We have it mapped on our custom map and also show the best location for getting into the water. We marked the entrance to the water so you don’t step on urchins, which tend to hide along the rocky/reef portion of the beach. The main marker point on the map is also the exact location of an awesome drop off, “The Blue Hole”. The reef drops off from 2-3 ft deep to 30 ft deep instantly. The coolest part is that the reef completely circles the drop off creating something like a swimming pool.
Middles is probably most famous for hosting some big surfing competitions including the 2010 Rip Curl Pro where Kelly Slater sealed the deal on his 10th ASP World Championship. Middles may not be the most consistent spot and has a tendency to get sloppy if wind gets on it, but when it’s firing, ITS FIRING. You stand a good chance of seeing Pro Surfers at Middles if the surf is good.
The only precaution you should take is not to leave valuables in your car. We often hear stories of cars being broke into.
We have the location mapped at the link below. When driving down the road you will see a parking lot on the south side of the road. You can park there or on the north side of the road, but the north side may require 4WD depending on the conditions. We usually pull off the north side of the road, but stay on the asphalt.
This blow hole or spout is located on the eastern coastline of Isabela, Puerto Rico. The paved oceanfront road dead ends right in front of the blow hole. Driving there is easy, just make sure not to miss the turn off for the oceanfront road leading down to Isabela’s Eastern coastline. We have included the Blow Hole location and route on our map of Puerto Rico.
There is plenty of space for parking and it rarely has many, or any people there. You will need to park in the culdesac area. Make sure not to drive down the beach. The sand is extremely loose and you will get stuck.
Please realize that it does require some decent sized swell to really explode into the sky. However, I have seen it still functioning on small days.
Once you finish up at the blow hole, there are quite a few places to eat on that stretch of beachfront.