Dorado translates to “Golden” in Spanish; this municipality certainly shines. Dorado 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 a tropical escape without tourist crowds. Dorado is located just 11 miles east of 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 the afternoon.
The most demanding travelers seeking 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. The municipality has done a nice job at maintaining a few museums worth visiting and one of the few plazas that still have the traditional Spanish community design.
Best Things to Do & Top Places to Visit in Dorado & Nearby
Golf in 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.
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 sufficient to see the highlights of the town.
+ Plaza Publica de Dorado
Dorado has the warmest and closest community, this is a town where neighbors 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 on 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.
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.
While touring the town, we invite you to visit the following two places of interest in Dorado.
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
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
Local Places you May Wish to Visit & Support
If you wish to see more of the town of Dorado, we think you will enjoy visiting the following landmarks, galleries and museums, all within walking distance from the main square / plaza in center town.
Casa del Rey…
+ Casa del Rey
Casa del Rey, is a museum where visitors can admire an elegant restored residence with period furnishings, art pieces, and a small Taino artifacts 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
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
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 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. The most popular murals are on Road 396, done by the talented Rogelio, a local artist that you can visit on his gallery shop Tropi Art.
+ 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
Best Hotels & Resorts in Dorado, Puerto Rico
Dorado is home to one of the only two AAA Five Diamond Resorts in Puerto Rico constantly ranked among the best in the Caribbean.
Dorado Beach - A Ritz Carlton Reserve
From $850 - Luxury Beachfront Golf Resort & Spa
+ 2020 Awards
- AAA Five Diamond Award
- #1 - Best Hotels in the Caribbean by US News
- #1 - Best Golf Resorts in the Caribbean by US News
- #1 - Best Resorts in the Caribbean by US News
- #1 - Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve - Best Hotels in Puerto Rico by US News
- Traveler's Choice 2020 by TripAdvisor
- 2020 Readers' Choice Awards - The Best Resorts in the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler