With a name that literally means “golden,” it’s easy to see why Dorado is such a highly sought-after destination.
Only 35 minutes from San Juan, you’ll discover plenty of ways to enjoy yourself in Dorado, from beachfront resorts and golf courses to upscale neighborhoods and lavish accommodations. Explore the city’s eight wards, including its quaint downtown area, and discover firsthand why it has earned the reputation of “the cleanest city” on the Island.
Things to Do
There are a few small museums around town. The Museo y Centro Cultural Casa del Rey is an old Spanish garrison from the 1800s where you can view antique furniture of the king and queen of Spain, as well as learn about the Island’s Taíno culture and history of Spanish colonization. A visit to the Museo de Arte e Historia de Dorado will provide an intimate look into local art as well as Dorado’s history and many fascinating archaeological findings.
Dorado is one of the few towns in Puerto Rico that still has a traditional Catholic church in the main square. Participate in a service and revel in the beautiful, traditional Spanish layout.
Dorado’s most popular beaches are Kikita and Ojo del Buey. Kikita Beach is divided into three main areas: Cochino, Piedra, and María. These sub-beaches are popular hubs for local surfers and are surrounded by restaurants, beach houses, and apartment rentals. Ojo del Buey is an excellent camping spot and earned its name from a huge stone in the shape of an ox’s eye.
Take a guided forest walk or go forest bathing in Finca Gaia to relax, connect with nature, and learn about the area's native flora and fauna.
Where to Eat
You won’t want to miss the mesones gastronómicos, or iconic restaurants, of Dorado. El Ladrillo is a culinary landmark known for its old world charm, exposed bricks, savory seafood, and prime steaks. COA at the Ritz Carlton is another dining experience that showcases an interpretation of grill and brasa concepts, with wood-burning ovens and more. This restaurant also features one of the largest wine lists in the Caribbean.
For more seafood options, El Carreton De Lola next to Bombas Park dishes up fresh seafood, including mahi mahi, shrimp, ceviche, and salmon, and other local dishes in a family-friendly location.
Where to Stay
Dorado is renowned for the opulent Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve. Previously a plantation, this eco-friendly “barefoot luxury” resort is newly renovated and offers 1,400 acres of natural beauty for you to explore. You’ll also find three unique golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., which host various PGA Tour events. Dorado Beach is an AAA Five Diamond hotel and the Caribbean’s only Forbes Five-Star Hotel and Spa award winner (in 2017).
Additional accommodations include the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort, a perfect hotel for the whole family that features upscale, top-of-the-line amenities.