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Most Exclusive, Luxurious Beach Resort & Golf Destination

Dorado translates to “Golden” in Spanish; this municipality certainly shines.   Dorado is the cleanest town in Puerto Rico, it boasts four Robert Trent Jones golf courses, and a beautiful golden coastline.   For decades Dorado has been a preferred vacation destination for wealthy travelers and world leaders seeking for a tropical escape without tourist crowds.  The most demanding travelers seeking for luxurious accommodations in an exclusive setting choose Dorado Puerto Rico, home to Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve.  While Dorado is a tourist destination, it has managed to maintain a small town feel with the traditional Spanish Colonial charm. 

Dorado is located just 11 miles east from the capital city of San Juan, offering visitors easy access to some of the best attractions and entertainment in Puerto Rico.  Beyond the beachfront resorts and golf courses, there’s a friendly colorful town that you can leisurely explore in an afternoon.  The municipality has done a nice job at maintaining a few museums worth visiting and one of the few plazas that still has the traditional Spanish community design.

Best Hotels & Resorts in Dorado, Puerto Rico

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is one of the few resorts in Puerto Rico that can rightfully claim to be a destination all on its own. Although we recommend you go outside the property to explore some of the wonders of Puerto Rico, we totally understand guests that may be tempted to never leave the premises.  The Ritz-Carlton has redefined luxury in Puerto Rico, allowing Dorado & Puerto Rico to reclaim its spot as one of the most luxurious and exclusive destinations in the Caribbean while setting a higher standard for the island.  Travelers seeking for the ultimate luxury, exclusivity, a private beach, water sports, and interesting places to visit outside the resort, ought to place Dorado at the top of their list.  Dining is superb and the golf courses are magnificent.

There are a few other properties that are more budget friendly.  See hotels and resorts in Dorado, Puerto Rico. 

Top Attractions & Things to Do in Dorado & Nearby

Dorado Beach - East Championship Course - Dorado, Puerto Rico

Dorado Beach has hosted PGA tournaments and other world class golf events, you may find yourself sharing one of the courses with celebrities and political figures.  Dorado Beach, the most luxurious and exclusive golf resort offers guests and visitors four courses, 2 of them voted among the best in Puerto Rico by Golf Digest.

Next, we’ll send you to the capital city of San Juan, just a 45 minute drive away where you can enjoy some of the top attractions in Puerto Rico.

Dorado Town Square

We encourage visitors to head to the square, you can enjoy a walk around town and visit a few points of interest including a few small museums worth visiting.   Tradition is very important to the residents of Dorado, it is quite evident at the plaza.  While many municipalities have changed their original Spanish layout, Dorado is one of the few, if not the only one left with the traditional Catholic Church, the Governmental office across the church and a school at the plaza.  A few hours in the afternoon is all you need to see the highlights of the town.

Dorado has the warmest and closest community, this is a town where neighbours and people in the community know each other, where a celebration or a time of mourning brings the community together.   We invite you to attend a monthly community event sure to be one of the highlights of your visit or stay in Dorado; Noche de Paraiso (Paradise Night), held the first Friday of each month.  Locals and visitors gather around the plaza to enjoy live music and good food with family, friends and visitors.  This event is sure to give you an authentic warm cultural experience.

+ Plaza Publica de Dorado

The Plaza (Square) hold a few points of interest:

  • Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua,
  • the Monumento a las Raices Puertorriqueñas (Puerto Rican Roots Monument), located at the center of the Plaza.
  • The San Antonio de Padua Sculpture, located at the Plaza in front of the church.
  • Alcaldia (Mayor’s Building) located across the church.

Viaje al Paraiso

Viaje al Paraiso - Dorado, Puerto Rico

+ Viaje al Paraiso

Viaje al Paraiso, which translates “Trip to Paradise” is a sculpture on Road 165, welcoming visitors to the town of Dorado.  Be sure to visit for a great vacation photo with the golden coastline of Dorado in the background.

El Cristo de la Reconciliacion

El Cristo de la Reconciliacion

+ Sanctuary of Christ the Reconciler

The biggest sculpture of a Resurrected Christ in the world measuring 25 feet, pictures don’t do it justice, it is truly impressive. The sculpture was created 1990 by Puerto Rican artist Sonny Rodriguez.

Location: 9 Calle Pedro J. Ridos, Dorado, PR 00646

Casa y Museo Marcos…

+ Marcos J. Alegria Museum

Facing the church, to the left there’s a small museum we think the entire family will enjoy visiting, La Casa de los Artistas Doradeños Marcos J. Alegria (House of Dorado’s Artists Marcos J. Alegria).  The house was restored close to its original design and visitors can see part of the original residence, and an exhibit of local artists.

  • Hours: Tuesday  – Saturday from 8am – 4pm

Casa del Rey…

Casa del Rey Monumento Nacional - Dorado, Puerto Rico

+ Casa del Rey Monumento Nacional

Casa del Rey, is a museum where visitors can admire an elegant restored residence with period furnishings, art pieces and a small Taino artefacts gallery.

A little history: Casa del Rey is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Casa del Rey “The King’s House”, is the oldest building in Dorado, originally built as a small inn in 1823.  Spanish government officials and military were housed at Casa del Rey.  In 1848, Jacinto Lopez purchased the building and turned it into his private residence.  In 1871, Manuel Alonso y Pacheco, a Puerto Rican writer resided there.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm
  • Tel: 787-796-1030
  • Location: Calle Méndez Vigo #292, Dorado, PR

Tropi Arte Galeria

Tropi Arte Galeria by Rogelio - Dorado, Puerto Rico

+ Tropi Arte Galeria by Rogelio

Be sure to stop at Tropi Arte, Rogelio is a talented artist, his gallery is full of color.   You can take the warmth and color of the island with you, one of his pieces will surely spark great conversation with your guests.

  • Address: 315 Mendez Vigo, Dorado, Puerto Rico 00646
  • Tel: 787-460-0088

Museo Historico del…

Museo Historico del Dorado - Dorado, Puerto Rico

+ Museo Historico del Dorado

Learn about the history of Dorado, see art exhibits and pieces of archeological importance.   The building dates back to the 1840’s.

  • Address: Calle Méndez Vigo #292, Dorado, Puerto Rico
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8am – 4pm
  • Phone: 787-796-5912

Art Murals

Art Murals - Dorado, Puerto Rico

+ Art Murals in Dorado

Dorado is one great example of how art can transform a community.  Be sure to take a walk around town to take a few photos with colorful backgrounds sure to add some color to your vacation gallery.

Constitution Monument

Monumento a La Constitucion del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico

+ Constitution Monument

For the patriotic visitor, take a quick stop by the Constitution Monument.

“We erected this monument to perpetuate in the collective memory of our people the inaugural act of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, by raising the flag of our country for the first time on July 25, 1952, at the same height and with the same dignity as the flag of the United States of America, with this feat the first elected governor of all Puerto Ricans, Hon. Luis Muñoz Marin, was the basis for the development and economic, cultural, and political growth of our people.”

Today July 25, 2006, in Dorado, Paradise of Puerto Rico.

– Hon. Carlos A. Lopez Rivera

Mayor Hon. Anibal Acevedo Vila – Governo

“Erigimos este monumento para perpetuar en la memoria colectiva de nuestro pueblo el acto inaugural de la Constitucion del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, al izar la bandera de nuestra patria por vez primera el 25 de Julio de 1952, al la misma altura y con la misma dignidad que la bandera de Estados Unidos de Norte America, con esta gesta el primer gobernador electo de todos los puertorriqueños, Hon. Luis Muñoz Marin, sento la base para el desarrollo y crecimiento economico, cultural, y politico de nuestra gente.”

Hoy 25 de Julio de 2006, en Dorado, Paraiso de Puerto Rico.

Hon. Carlos A. Lopez Rivera – Alcalde

Hon. Anibal Acevedo Vila – Gobernador

Casa del Artesano

Casa del Artesano - Dorado, Puerto Rico

+ Casa del Artesano

This building is a gathering place for local artists, they hold classes and exhibit artworks by locals.  There’s a small office with tourist information.

  • Address:  344 Calle Méndez Vigo, Dorado, PR 00646
  • Phone: 787-485-9927
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 4pm

Nearby Points of Interest & Things to Do

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Aquarius Vacation Club at Dorado del Mar Resort, Dorado, PR: 18.478164, -66.273834
Dorado Beach Resort, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado: 18.475605, -66.301314
Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach Resort, Dorado, PR: 18.477000, -66.273600
Plantation Resort Residences at Dorado Beach Resort, Dorado, PR: 18.464100, -66.300300
East Beach Villas at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.476007, -66.297759
West Beach Penthouse Residence at Ritz Carlton Reserve, Dorado, PR: 18.474765, -66.302512
Dorado Beach - East Golf Course, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.470369, -66.293221
Dorado Beach - Plantation PIneapple Golf Course, Dorado, PR: 18.464874, -66.308069
Dorado Beach - Plantation Sugarcane Golf Course, Dorado, PR: 18.459200, -66.297600
Dorado Beach - West Golf Course, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.471957, -66.307468
CLOSED - Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Golf Course, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.475254, -66.271720
West Beach Residences at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.474715, -66.304990
Parque Nacional Balneario Manuel Morales, Dorado, PR: 18.473666, -66.281590
Dorado Pterocarpus Forest, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.468985, -66.282406
El Dorado Parque Agroturístico Ecológico Recreativo, Dorado, PR: 18.454697, -66.249704
Rockefeller Nature Trail, Dorado Beach, PR: 18.472038, -66.290807
Dorado Beach East, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.476373, -66.298070
Dorado Beach East, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.476231, -66.300452
Dorado Beach West, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.475071, -66.302598
Dorado Beach West, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.475091, -66.305151
Beach at Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar, Dorado, PR: 18.479039, -66.273823
El Ojo del Buey, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.476200, -66.258566
Alcaldia de Dorado / City Hall - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.459760, -66.262713
Plaza de Dorado - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.459618, -66.262064
Rockefeller Nature Trail, Dorado Beach, PR: 18.471550, -66.283908
Police Station - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.461708, -66.273267
Post Office - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.462534, -66.270068
Hospital - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.463572, -66.269188
Watermill Aquatic Adventure Park - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.466126, -66.301053
Livingston Park - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.465118, -66.295302
Spa Botanico - Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.473992, -66.302737
Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, a Hyatt Residence Club, Vega Alta, Dorado, PR: 18.475101, -66.320096
Monumento al Cristo - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.461389, -66.267711
Surfing at Kikita Beach - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.478104, -66.261924
Scenic Views from Punta Boca Juana - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.477218, -66.255058
Hiking at El Ojo del Buey, Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.476416, -66.256175
Sculpture of Christ - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.463195, -66.267761
Kikita Beach - Dorado, Puerto Rico: 18.477632, -66.262092

Sources: National Register of Historic Places, El Nuevo Dia – Un paraíso turístico y cultural

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