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UPFRONT 06 Por el amor a la playa 09 Local Dirt: coming soon TASTE 10 14 15 18

Rosados ...a la mitad del camino The Coffee Spot Guias de Restaurantes y Barras The Restaurant at La Casa, Royal Isabela

ARTBEAT 28 El Rostro de la Vision 34 Mario Felipe Torres

DISEÑO GRAFICO Bárbara Salvi COLABORADORES Mara Davila, Nasinne Campos Chris Fulcher, Enrique Cortes, Aleida Mejias, Alexander Rosado, Rachel Tanner TRADUCCIONES HG Translations PARA COMUNICARTE (787) 512 0743 P.O. BOX 6069 Aguadilla, PR 00604


Orgullosos de Apoyar las industrias con esta Revista 100% HECHA en La Isla de PUERTO RICO We’re proud to Print & Design this Mag en la Isla 100% MADE IN PUERTO RICO

La Isla Reader Magazine es propiedad de Hannah S. Griek Idea original Patentada. P.O. BOX 6069 Aguadilla, 00604 PUERTO RICO Para la reproduccion total y/o parcial del material publicado en esta revista por favor de solicitar una autorizacion por correo electronico con la Editorial para ser aprovada. Todos los derechos estan reservados. El contenido de los avisos publicitarios al igual que las notas de nuestros colaboradores solo representan la opinion de sus autores y/o representantes. | 04

The greatest golf stories are told here Along dramatic cliffs, overlooking the blue Atlantic, 21 spectacular holes, each one an incredible test of golf and an unforgettable story to tell. This is the Links at Royal Isabela. Come closer, and let Puerto Rico’s beautiful treasure share its secrets with you.



Golf Package $

Royal Isabela’s three-day, two–night Summer Golf Package offers the most attractive rates of the year—but only for a limited time! • T wo nights’ lodging for one or two guests in a 1500-square-foot freestanding Casita (one bedroom with living room, outdoor patio, plunge pool and ocean views) • T hree rounds of golf for each person (Caddie required)

Visit or call 855.609.5888 to book your stay.

• A vailable April 17-September 30, based on availability • $ 799 plus applicable taxes, service charges, gratuities and caddie fee

A Private Golf Community on Puerto Rico’s Northwest Coast • 21-Hole Links-Style Golf Course 20 Charming Casitas • Farm-to-Table Dining • Open-Air Bars • Private Walkway to Secluded Beach Tennis • Approximately 10 Miles (15-25 min) to Aguadilla International Airport with Non-Stop Service from JFK and Newark • 1 1/2 Hours to San Juan International Airport

Rinc贸n Capital Water Sports Located on Rinc贸n Public Beach, Balneario at the Sunset Village Complex.

A LC E XA I SP HI OT L LA I NN S (787) 823-2789 Cell. (787)718-7771 All you need to have fun in the sun! We are the fullest water sport equipment rental business in Rinc贸n and bring you more ways to have fun! RENTAL S Banana Boat S u r f b o a rd s / B o o g i e s / P a d d l e Boards & Accessories S c u b a G e a r S n o r k e l i n g G e a r W i n d s u r f s Laser & Sunfish Sailboats K a y a k s S k a t e b o a r d s Beach chairs & Umbrellas

L E S S O N S , S u r f i n g Swimming, Snorkeling, Water S k i i n g , S a i l i n g S k a t e b o a r d i n g f o r b e g i n n e r o r e xp ert BOAT CHARTERS & TOURS Banana Boat Rides Desecheo Island Trips Water Skiing S n o r k e l i n g Tr i p s Diving Trips/Discovery Diving Kayak & Snorkeling To u r s C r u i s i n g Sunset & Full Moon Cruises Fishing Charters/Spear Fishing W h a l e W a t c h i n g GIFT Shop & Acc. Hand Made Crafts & Made Sea Glass, Jewelry, Beach Apparel & Surf Accessories, Sun Glasses. Private Lifeguard Services, Live Bait, Sardines, Squid & Balahu


787.546.8544 w w w. r a c h e l t a n n e r p h o t o g r a p h y. c o m | 07 | 08 | 09 | 11 | 10 | 12 | 14

300 LOUNGE, Aguadilla NEW MENU!! Serving Tantalizing Appetizers, Gourmet Burgers, Wraps and more. Craft beer, Wine Premium Cocktails in a lounge setting. Daily specials and Happy Hour! Tel. 787-890-5252

Located across from the Aguadilla Airport (ubicados frente al Terminal del Aeropuerto) Base Ramey

Mon - Thurs: 3 pm - 8 pm Fri: 3 pm - 9 pm Sat: 9 am - 9 pm Sun: Open Lounge

BOCA LOCA, Aguadilla

Modern and innovative, Boca Loca. The only alternative that presents the best of Latin American cuisine in one place. Enjoy a unique dining experience with traditional dishes from Columbia, Perú, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brasil, Panamá, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Mon. thru Thurs: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm Tel. 787-882-7474 Friday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm Saturday: 12:00 am - 11:00 pm 57 Stahl Street, Aguadilla Pueblo, in front of the Rompeolas Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The best cigars, craft whiskey, beer and rum. Come try our exclusive brand cigars Papinos Cigarros 100% Puerto Rican, as well as, other internationally reknowned cigars. We also have a variety of flavored and natural cigarettes. 100% Tabacco cigarettes. Tel. 939-579-0914 Road 110, next to Icons Espresso Bar, near Ramey Base or find us on Facebook


Tu nuevo lugar en Isabela para degustar de un buen café. Ven y disfruta de: Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Macchiato, “frozen coffee” y “iced coffee”, variedad de refrescos, batidas y smoothies, postres, wraps y pannini’s. lunes: 9 am a 5 pm martes a sábados: 9 am a 9 pm Tel. 939-286-6251 domingo: 3 pm a 9 pm Carr. #2 Km 110.1 (marginal frente a Sears)

DESECHEO, Aguadilla

A casual-elegant restaurant with innovative creations served at its bar. Its creative creole cuisine serves flavors from the sea and the mountains. Ingredients of excellent quality, homemade recipes, affordable prices and welcoming environment, makes Desecheo an attractive restaurant with the most exquisite alternatives in the area. Tel. 787-891-0600 Road 107 Km. 2.9 Aguadilla

Open daily from 11:00 am


Very Chilled...Relaxed...Family...& Surf Atmosphere WE SERVE BREAKFAST ALL DAY! incl.: banana & oreo pancakes, crepes, french toast & breakfast burritos. Our lunch menu incl.: Tropical Bowls of rice and beans, seafood and vegetarian dishes, salads, wraps, homemade burgers, pulpo (octopus) salad and more. Venezuelan inspired arepas, Dominican mangu on Sat & Sun. Weekly Variety of Homemade Fresh and Natural Fruit Juices & Frappes, Mixed Fruit Bowls & Acai Bowls with Homemade Granola. (acai subject to availabiity). FREE WiFi. see AD page 20

Thurs, Fri, Mon: 8 am - 2:30 pm. Sat & Sun: 8 am - 4 pm. Closed: Tues & Wed. (subj. to chg,) Check fb for changes and specials. Carr. 4466 Barrio Bajuras, Jobos Beach, Isabela 954-354-9300 Playa Jobos, Isabela 787.473.1573 | 15

EL SIÓN, Aguadilla Typical Peruvian Cuisine. Ceviche, Papa a la Huancaina, Purple Corn juice and other natural fruit juices. Shaded outdoor seating in a tropical ambiance. Lunch Speicals starting from $4. Open Monday-Friday 10:30-3:00pm Belt Rd. (Just after the Ramey Shopping Center, Across from CORA University)

FRANCACHELA, Aguadilla Francachela arises when friends gather to have fun. And we have the elements for it to be fulfilled; Spanish tapas and great wine, Mexican dishes, stuffed hambergers, and craft beers. As well as, creative sushi rolls and artisanal pizzas. Monday: 11:30 am-10 pm Tuesday: CLOSED Tel. 787.882.7475 Wed & Thurs: 5 pm-10 pm Fri & Sat: 5 pm-Late 61 Stahl Street, in front of Rompeolas, Aguadilla Pueblo Sunday: 12 pm-9 pm

FRIJOLES Y CHILANGAS, Aguadilla Since 2008 serving tasty Mexican and International dishes. Creating wonderful memories for thousands of customers. So... come on over, sit back and enjoy your meal with your favorite Margarita! Open daily from 11am Inquiries, reservations or take out: 787-692-3204 State Rd. 110, Km 8.6 Aguadilla

Good Food~Good Prices~Happy Mood

ICONS ESPRESSO Bar, Aguadilla Rock N’  Roll  infused  espressos.  Italian  quality  espressos  and  coffee  drinks.  Authentic panini, bagels, english muffins. More than 15 coffee drinks served as a chilly cold smoothie or hot, and a delightful variety of cakes and desserts. Plus, awesome music! - missing nowadays at most places.

Carr. 110 Km 8.5 al lado de Jimmy’s Pizza y Cigar Chalet Email: Facebook:

LA ANA DE COFRESI, Villa Cofresi, Rincón Specializing in the true and best ANGUS beef in the area, fresh local fish, jumbo shrimp and Puertorrican delicacies. Outdoor/Indoor seating. Banquet Hall available for special events.


Mexican Food & Cantina Bar. Recetas autenticas de Mexico: tacos, burritos, chimichanga, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, taco salad, pozole y más. Deliciosas Margaritas, hechas de las mejores Tequilas -100% Agave: Patron, Jose Cuervo, 1800, Camarenay Casa Noble. Cerrado lunes. Cantina abierta: dom. a juev. 11 am - 12 am Cocina abierta: martes a juev. y dom. 11 am - 10 pm vier. y sab. 11 am - 2 am viernes y sábado 11 am - 11 pm Tel. (787) 252-9999 Carr. 115 Calle Colon #1, entrada Urb. San Francisco | 16 | 17 | 18

MARES, Aguada

Come enjoy an exquisite variety of surf and turf in a chill atmosphere. Catch a breath taking sunset at the edge of the shore. Full bar with knowledgable bartneders and staff. Under new administration. Tel. 939.27-MARES Carr. 441 Km. 1.0 Bo. Guaniquilla, Aguada

MI CASITA TROPICAL,Jobos Beach, Isabela Caribbean flavor made from the freshest ingredients, since 1993. Fresh fish caught locally. Serving seafood, steaks, hamburgers and pastas. Daily happy hour and nightly entertainment. Open Wed - Sun: 12 pm & on Tel. 787-872-5510 at Jobos Beach, Isabela

OCEAN FRONT, Jobos Beach, Isabela Creative Caribbean - Exotic Cuisine. Seafood and Steaks with unique and fresh ingredients. Sit at the edge of the ocean, surrounded by the seductive tropical breezes and the sound of crashing waves. Guaranteed to exceed your expectations! Live music Fridays and Saturdays on our Ocean Deck. Tel. 787-972-3339

Carr. 4466 Bo. Bajuras Sector Playa Jobos, Isabela see AD page 23

OLA LOLA’S, Isabela/Aguadilla

Fabulous food and drinks in a laid-back beach atmosphere. Amazing burgers, weekly specials, Signature Dips, specialty drinks and craft beers - afternoons and evenings. And now, the breakfast club @ Ola Lola’s features brunch and lunch specials; mornings through midday.

Tel. 787.872.1230

Fri to Mon: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm Tuesdays: 6:30 am - 2:00 pm see AD page 23 Wed & Thurs: Closed Playa Shacks, Isabela near Villa Montaña and Villa Tropical

ONE TEN THAI, Aguadilla

Pre season closing dates: Sept 2-Sept 24 EAT : Southeast-Asian inspired cuisine using fresh ingredients and local flavors DRINK : A Variety of over 70 craft beers from Puerto Rico & around the world and fine wines.. GATHER : For Local Music on weekends & Community events OPEN: Now taking advance reservations for groups of 7 to 16 people. Wed-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm Call Us! Tel. 787.890.0113 Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm /onetenthai CLOSED: Carr. 110, outside Gate 5 Monday & Tuesday

PALMAS CAF´E, Aguadilla

Serving International cuisine using the freshest of ingredients. Full Pasta menu, great homemade burgers and fish sandwich. Selection of beers and wine available. Free wi-fi. Tues to Thurs: Lunch: 11 am - 3:30 pm Tel. 787-890-4433 Fri and Sat: 11 am - 8 pm Rd. 110 Km 7.3 Intersection 466 (At the blinking light) | 20

RED TREE Bar and Grill, Aguada

Daily specials! Innovative americanized fare: quesadillas, nachos, tacos, wings, shrimp, steaks, chicken and fish. We offer over 25 different homemade hamburgers for all appetites, 8 oz or a lb. of meat (Alf Burger or Dr Heart Attack). Great cocktails, 15 different margaritas, mojitos, Tom Collins and all kinds of shots. Closed Mondays. Tuesday - Thursday (Bar) 12pm-12am (Kitchen) 12pm-10:30pm Friday & Saturday (Bar) 12pm-2am (Kitchen) 12pm-12am Sunday (Bar) 1:30pm-12am (Kitchen) 1:30pm-10:30pm see AD page 11

Ave. Nativo Alers Aguada, PR (next to Auto Zone)

Tel 787.589.7155

ROSALINDA’S, Aguadilla Comida mexicana, Happy Hours, Margaritas, Cerveza y Mucha Diversión. ¡Abierto para. el almuerzo! Tel. 787-890-1055 Carr 110 Km 9.4 Salida del Gate 5, Base Ramey

miercoles: 5 pm - 10 pm jueves: 10 am - 2 pm 5 pm - 10 pm viernes: 11 am - 2 pm 5 pm - 10:30 pm sábado: 5see pm 10:30 AD-page 13 pm domingo: 1 pm - 9 pm

SAU SEIGE, Aguadilla Take Out + Catering + Cooking Classes + Diet Plans Let Us Do the Cooking! Prepared Fresh Healty Food Tuesday - Friday 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm Saturday reserved for special catering events and course dining Tel. 787-560-9906 Carr 110 Km 9.2 I Bo Maleza Alta [Next to Hotel La Cima]


THE COFFEE SPOT, Aguadilla Best coffee in town. Now with weekend brunch 10 am to 3 pm. Taste our famous flavored pancakes, made with our homemade recipe.

Tel. 787-996-7340

Mon - Thurs: 7:30 am - 9 pm Friday: 7:30 am - 10 pm Sat & Sun: 10 am - 10 pm

THE POOL BAR, Rincón Gourmet Sushi, Dim Sum, Tekamaki Grill, Hot Saki, Cold Sapporos Open everyday but Tuesday from 5:30-10 pm Tel. 787-823-8135 & 787-823-2583 See our menu at

see AD page 11

THE RESTAURANT AT LA CASA, Isabela Open all week by reservation only Join us for Suanday Brunch, Italian Wednesday, and Tapas Night the last Thurseday of the month. Reserve today: 787.609.5888 / 588.609.5888 / Bo. Guayabo Road 113 Isabela, PR 00662

see AD page 13

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300 LOUNGE, Aguadilla Great Food, Craft beers, Wine and Premium Cocktails in a lounge setting. Daily and Chill Hour Specials. Don’t miss VIP Fridays and Kareoke Saturdays with the best DJs. Lounge hours: Sunday - Thursday 3:00 pm - Midnight Friday 3:00 pm - 2:00 am Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 am Located across from the Aguadilla Airport (ubicados frente al Terminal del Aeropuerto) Tel. 787- 890-5252 Base Ramey, Aguadilla

4 ACES BAR, Aguada Martes/Tues.: Happy hour Corona Extra 12 oz. $1.50, Shots de Tequila Jose Cuervo $1.00, Don Q Cristal & Don Q Limon 14 oz. $3.00. Live DJ. viernes: Medealla Light 12 oz. $1.50 Bacardi & Bacardi Flavors 14 oz. $3.00 sábado: “Cocktail Night” Bacardi Mojitos, Margaritas, Straberry Margaritas, Apple Martinis, Cosmopolitan, Long Island, all $4.00. Happy Hour Medalla Light 12 oz. $2.00 domingo: Heineken & Heineken Premium Light 12 oz. #2.00

THE BEER BOX, Aguadilla A selection of over 200 different craft beers in stock from all over the world. Beer styles include American Pale Ales, IPS’s, Amber Ales, Wheat Ales, Belgian ales and Lambics, German Hefeweizens, Pilsners, and other lagers and ales from other countries, such as: Austria, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and of course, Puerto Rico. Breweries such as, Old Harbor, Boqueron Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Chimay, Rogue, St. Bernardus, Abita, Paulaner, Ommegang, Founders, Bell’s, Goose Island, Anchor, Victory & dozens more. Mon - Wed: 12 pm - 7 pm, Thur: 12 pm - 10 pm, Fri-Sat: 12 pm - 12 am, Sun: 12 pm - 5 pm Tel. 787-384 9522 Road 110, Km 9.8, Gate 5 Plaza Aguadilla (next to Econo Supermarket)

OCEAN FRONT BEACH BAR BISTRO, Isabela Ocean Deck. “Beach Bar Bistro”. Best Happy Hour on the Beach. Live Music Fridays and Saturdays. Top shelf specialty drinks, cold beer, and fine wine. Come join us and we will blow your mind!

Tel. 787-872-3339

Carr. 4466 Bo. Bajuras Sector Playa Jobos, Isabela

OLAJAS, Aguada and girll set atop r coast aguada a cold or waves against jamming to some tunes. Wednesday & Thurseday 3pm-12am*Friday & Saturday 12pm-2am*Sunday 12pm-12am Located near the “bañario” Aguada’s public beach access in Pico de Piedra Rd 441 Inter. 115



SHIPWRECK Bar & Grill, Rincón Serving International Homestyle cooking in a tropical outdoor setting. Offering daily speicals fo Fresh Fish (like Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi). Don’t miss our signature NY Stip Steaks, Pig Roast Sundays, Raw Bar Wednesdays. 3-7pm and Located to and 564 Calle Black Eagle, Rincón 787.823.0578 | 31 | 23 | 24

The best place to watch world class surfing, whales and beautiful sunsets on the west coast. Caribbean style grill and tropical bar. “Sunset” Happy Hour daily from 5-7. Live music and dancing. Shop at Caribbean Casuals for imported clothing, swimwear, and accessories. Hotwavz Surf shop has local surf art and t-shirts, surfboards and boogie board. Carr. 4413 Road to the lighthouse, Maria’s Beach, Rincon, 787.823.1626 | 25 | 27 | 28

Professional Dental Whitening 787- 891-3430

Ave. Pedro Albizu Campos, Edificio 2053, Suite 1, Aguadilla P.R. 00603 Tel. 787. 891.3430 Fax. 787.891.6294 | 28




Peggy Toth BS Manager


“We care for your Pet”

787- 872 - 0204


Road 4466 playa Jobos, ISABELA, PR Open Mon, Wed, Thur, 9 - 5 Fri 9 - 4, Sat 12 - 3 closed Sunday & Tuesdays | 30




Aguadilla Self Storage is the first state-of-the art self storage facility in Western Puerto Rico. We offer our clients peace of mind with our technologically advanced security system that includes: • • • •

Close-circuit infrared cameras Computerized access controlled gate Individual door alarms 24 hours monitoring

Choose from a variety of different sized units:

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Road 110, Km 7.5, Aguadilla 787-890-1510/787-242-0788 | 33 | 34 | 15

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