Dorado Tourist Places to Visit in Dorado, Puerto Rico, America
Dorado is a small town located around 25 km from San Juan in Puerto Rico on the northern coast of the island. It comprises of five barrios and Dorado Pueblo with a total area of 60.16 sq. km. With prominent golf courses, hotels, and beaches, Dorado is one of the famous tourist destinations on the northern coast of Puerto Rico.
Geography of Dorado:
Dorado is bounded by Toa Alta in the south, Toa Baja in the east and Vega Alta towards west.
History of Dorado:
Dorado was earlier part of the town of Toa Baja as a barrio and it became a separate town by carving out from Toa Baja on November 22, 1842. Dorado Beach Resort witnessed 2nd G7 summit which was held between June 27 and 28, 1976.
How to reach Dorado?
Dorado has an airport but not functional, so the nearest airport to Dorado is Isla Grande Airport located in San Juan, around 30 km away from Dorado.
Dorado is 37 km away from Luis Muooz Marín International Airport which is the most important airport of Puerto Rico offering scheduled flights to and from many major cities of USA including New York, Atlanta and cities of Canada, Europe and Caribbean.
Public buses are available and car and taxis are other options to move within the town.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Dorado:
Dorado is the site of many traditional and religious festivals, Fiestas Patronales is the major one that takes place in June and other festivals include El Carnaval del Plata (early February) and Cocolia Festival (end of June/beginning of August).
Town square of Dorado holds of most of the famous shops and food corners and the prominent food corners in Dorado are as follows:
- Mi Casa by Jose Andres
- PIKA Restaurant
- ChopHouse Restaurant
- Katrina’s Restaurant
- La Villa Dorada de Alberto
Things to do in Dorado:
- La Plata Zipline Experience
- Puerto Rico Sportfishing Charters
- DiVine Spa
- Club Bacchus
Places of interest in Dorado:
Museum Casa del Rey:
The Museum Casa del Rey was earlier used as the residence of King and Queen during the Spanish colonial period. It houses artifacts from the colonial era and Doradenos Plaza, and the Juan Boria Theater.
Dorado has many beaches that are frequented by surfers and the major beaches include Sardinera, Kikita and El Unico.
Sanctuary of Christ of the Reconciliation:
Sanctuary of Christ of the Reconciliation is a popular worship place in Dorado with the statue of Jesus Christ which is the 3rd largest in the Caribbean.
Ojo del Buey Park:
The Ojo del Buey Park is nestled at the ground level of the River La Plata and is the perfect vocational spot for the entire family.
Other places of interest in Dorado include:
- Nolos Morales Park and Beach
- Ritz-Carlton Reserve & Plantation
- Dorado Beach Resort & Golf Club
- Nouvelle D’Spa
Best time to visit Dorado:
From February to August will be the ideal time to enjoy holidays in Dorado while numerous culture festivals are celebrated and also good to explore beach.
Accommodation options in Dorado:
Dorado is a picturesque town renowned for its golf courses and striking beaches as well as famous resorts and villas. Some facilities offered by Dorado’s hotels are inbuilt and outside restaurant, spa, facial, airport shuttle, laundry, dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi and 24 hour room service. List of major hotels in Dorado is:
- Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort
- Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
- Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar
- Kikita Beach Guest House Bar y Grill
- Golden Sands Villas
- Aquarius Vacation Club at Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort
- Gable Breeze Townhouse
- Plantation Resort Residences at Dorado Beach
- Spacious Penthouse Villa
- The Cruz inn