Luxury is front and centre in Dorado, a high-end beach resort known for five-star hotels and world-class golf courses. Relax on gold-sand beaches, swim in the Atlantic Ocean and play some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Local museums and archaeological sites are a great introduction to the town’s colourful history.
Things to do in Dorado
Dorado means “golden” in Spanish and the resort lives up to its name. The sandy beach is lined with luxury resorts, most fronted by emerald-green lawns and enormous swimming pools. Crescent-shaped Ojo Del Buey Beach has calm, clear water that’s great for snorkelling. Playa de Cerro Gordo feels more laid-back and is often deserted. Read a book under the shade of a palm tree and work up a sweat on the easy hiking trails towards the eastern end of the bay.
A string of championship-standard courses makes Dorado a bucket list destination for golfers. Tee off on a trio of courses designed by golfing legend, Robert Trent Jones. Expect scenic fairways and immaculate greens. The East Course at Dorado Beach Club is one of the most famous and combines challenging obstacles with spectacular ocean views.
Museo y Centro Cultural Casa del Rey occupies a former Spanish military barracks. Inside you can learn about the unique history of Dorado and Puerto Rico, including the indigenous Taino people and the arrival of the Spanish in the early 1500s. At Museo de Arte e Historia de Dorado, you can view pottery, tools, bones and jewellery excavated from nearby archaeological sites.
Getting around Dorado
Taxis are the best way to get around Dorado or you can rent a car. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan is a 30-minute drive away. Most hotels offer airport shuttles, or you can arrange your own ride.