Cerro Gordo Beach

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Cerro Gordo Beach is a government run beach in Vega Alta, approximately 45 minutes from San Juan. This beach is a favorite amongst locals, yet remains much quieter than the beaches in resort laden areas of Puerto Rico. Because the beach is government run, lifeguards are on duty, and there are operational facilities. Camping is permitted here, allowing your day at the beach to extend into the night.

Located near the middle of the island of Puerto Rico, Cerro Gordo Beach is on the North East coast of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Those planning on making a stop at this beach can make the most of their relaxation time without missing the chance to do a little people watching.

How to Access The Beach
Cerro Gordo Beach is located the junction of Calle Principal and PR-690. Parking is $3(USD).

Amenities and Ambiance

Cerro Gordo is a crescent-shaped beach backed by palm trees, picnic tables, and gazebos. The sand is soft and white, and well-maintained so it is rare that you find trash here. The water is calm and clear, with natural rock formations on the end that protect the shore from being beat down by rough waters. A swimming area is roped off, and beyond that there are reefs for snorkeling and diving.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, so your food won't get sandy.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Shower facilities are available here, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. In addition, you'll find chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors looking for relief from the sultry island sun will get their wish.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Puerto Rico; the area hosts attractions such as Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Science Park. This museum is located just a taxi ride away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Puerto Rico. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Cerro Gordo Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach Golf Course 2.2 ESE Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach West Course Golf Course 2.8 ESE Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach East Course Golf Course 2.8 E Puerto Rico
Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach Golf Course 3.0 ESE Puerto Rico
Dorado Del Mar Casino Casino 4.4 E Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Dorado is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Dorado is a fairly short distance away, roughly four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

While beach-goers won't find that many accommodations in the immediate vicinity, those options closest to the beach are shown in the list that follows.

Accommodations near Cerro Gordo Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar 1.4 mi. ESE Resort
Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach 2.5 mi. E Resort
Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort 4.4 mi. E Resort
Golden Sands Villas 4.4 mi. E Resort


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Mi Casa by Jose Andres. The restaurant serves contemporary cuisine. Many guests rave about their seafood and tapas. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

Restaurants near Cerro Gordo Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Mi Casa by Jose Andres (787) 278-7217 Contemporary Informal 2.5 mi. E
Zafra Restaurant (787) 626-1054 International Fine Dining 2.5 mi. E
Metropol Dorado (787) 278-5500 Creole, Cuban Informal 4.0 mi. E
A La Bara @ Dorado (787) 796-1313 -- -- -- --
A la Vara (787) 796-1313 Creole Very Casual -- --
Applebee's Dorado (787) 625-1591 American Informal -- --
Arborio Restaurant (787) 796-3999 Fusion, Italian Informal -- --
Beach Bohio Bar & Grill (787) 486-7915 American, Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Bless Candy Land (787) 527-1680 -- -- -- --
Cafetan La Vendedora (787) 796-1269 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa La Utuadean (787) 796-4006 -- -- -- --
Campo Dorado (787) 796-0967 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Cerro Gordo Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng in Puerto Rico.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Los Tocores Beach, which is located two miles away.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, and paying a visit to Cerro Gordo Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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