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.

Set on the island of Puerto Rico, Cerro Gordo Beach is on the North East edge of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Cerro Gordo Beach stands out because it's perfect for escaping the hustle of Puerto Rico's urban areas. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Puerto Rico may be just as refreshing as Cerro Gordo Beach, but tend to be more crowded because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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.

Vacationers can take advantages of picnic tables at this beach, so your food won't get sandy.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Shower facilities are available, so you can rinse off the sand. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs, so guests seeking a shaded area to relax in will get their wish.

What's Nearby


Cerro Gordo Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach, which is two miles away.

If you're intrigued by Puerto Rico's history, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Fort San Juan de la Cruz, which is 13 and a half miles away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. 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

Cerro Gordo Beach is very close to Dorado, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Not far away you'll find Dorado, a city which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Cerro Gordo Beach, Dorado is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

While beach-goers will not find very many accommodations in the area, those accommodations closest to the beach can be seen 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a local restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. Mi Casa by Jose Andres is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of contemporary cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood and tapas. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The table below lists 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
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

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Cerro Gordo Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you may want to try is Los Tocores Beach, located within a short distance.

Perhaps Cerro Gordo Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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