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 in the heart of the island of Puerto Rico, Cerro Gordo Beach is on the North East edge of the island, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. You will typically find quite a number of places to throw down a towel, as the surrounding region and the beach itself are not packed with guests.

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.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at Cerro Gordo Beach, which are perfect for setting up your carry-out food, or just lounging under the sun.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site. Shower facilities are available, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. It's also good to know that you will have access to umbrellas and chairs, so visitors hoping for a relaxing spot in the shade will not be disappointed.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Puerto Rico. Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach is found two miles away, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Science Park. This museum is located within driving distance, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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

Dorado is nearby and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Cerro Gordo Beach, Dorado is a quick trip away, about four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

While there aren't many hotels within a several miles, the nearest ones have been listed in the table below.

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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to walk to an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest restaurants is Mi Casa by Jose Andres. The restaurant serves contemporary food. Many guests rave about their seafood and tapas. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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
Patio Galeria & Tapas Restaurant (787) 626-6508 Creole, Fusion Informal 4.1 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 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Puerto Rico you might like besides Cerro Gordo Beach.

Vacationers may also want to visit Los Tocores Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Perhaps Cerro Gordo Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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