Dorado Beach

Set in the small northern town of Dorado, Dorado Beach is known for it's prime surfing conditions, which make it a beach not necessarily suitable for inexperienced swimmers or families with young children.

Located in the vicinity of San Juan, Dorado Beach is on the North East coast of Puerto Rico. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Love beach-going but hate the crowds? Extra space is just one of the perks that comes with finding a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; less popular beaches like Dorado Beach are perfect for getting away from it all.

How to Access The Beach
Dorado Beach is located off PR 165.

Amenities and Ambiance

Waves of deep, dark blue water crash against the tan colored sands of Dorado Beach, which is lined with lush, landscaped greenery.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Puerto Rico. It is near Dorado Del Mar Golf Club, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

History-focused attractions such as Fort San Juan de la Cruz are a great compliment to the natural beauty of Dorado Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to leave the coast. Actually, this coastline is located seven and a half miles to the east of this destination of historical interest.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Dorado Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Dorado Del Mar Golf Club Golf Course 1.8 mi. W Puerto Rico
Dorado Del Mar Casino Casino 1.8 mi. W Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach East Course Golf Course 3.3 mi. W Puerto Rico
Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach Golf Course 3.6 mi. W Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach West Course Golf Course 3.7 mi. W Puerto Rico
Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach Golf Course 4.2 mi. W Puerto Rico
Complejo Deportivo Sporting Event Venue 5.1 mi. ESE Puerto Rico
Science Park Museum 7.1 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Bacardi Rum Plant Museum 7.1 mi. E Puerto Rico
Fort San Juan de la Cruz Historical Site 7.3 mi. E Puerto Rico
Fort de San Filipe del Morro Historical Site 8.1 mi. E Puerto Rico
Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez Sporting Event Venue 8.2 mi. SE Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Dorado, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Dorado isn't far off, about two miles (three kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Vacationers trying to find a place to stay not far from the beach are in luck, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from nearby. You will find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing what's listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Dorado Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Golden Sands Villas 1.8 mi. W Resort
Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort 1.8 mi. W Resort
Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach 3.7 mi. W Resort
Comfort Inn Levittown 4.4 mi. E Hotel
Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar 4.8 mi. W Resort
The Caleta Guesthouse 8.4 mi. E Hotel
Villa Herencia 8.4 mi. E B & B
Hotel El Convento 8.4 mi. E Hotel
CasaBlanca Hotel -- -- Hotel
Tree House in San Juan 8.5 mi. E Hostel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Grappa. This restaurant serves Italian food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Dorado Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Grappa (787) 796-2674 Italian Informal 1.2 mi. SW
Blue Seahorse Bar & Grill (787) 796-6125 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. W
Paradise Café (787) 796-6125 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 1.8 mi. W
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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico.

You might also enjoy Puerto Neuvo Beach, situated within the range of a taxi. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Vega Baja Beach offers more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's found eight and a half miles to the west.

Another option worth considering is Los Tocores Beach, which is located reasonably close-by, meaning a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Dorado Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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