When passionate conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller opened Dorado Beach in 1958, the rich and the famous were drawn to this lush and luxurious Caribbean eco-resort, a half-hour’s drive from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
During the 1960s, the private Oceanside playground, enhanced with the finest services and amenities possible, was the destination of choice for discerning families.
Today, with the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hotel and Residences in the world...and the first 6-star resort in the western hemisphere...set to open in December, Dorado Beach is making a grand return to icon status.
Surrounded by coral reefs, blue Caribbean waters and a lush tropical forest, the lifestyle in this 1,400-acre sanctuary is breathtaking. The luxurious private resort community features protected beachfront (some of the world’s best), an open-air spa with "tree house" treatment rooms, and a $12 million aquatic playground fashioned after a traditional Puerto Rican sugar mill that includes two thrilling 30-foot water slides. And then there’s the 11-mile Rockefeller Nature Trail, stretching from old growth forest to the sea, a guest favorite since the resort opened 50 years ago.
Guests at the resort enjoy every kind of luxury. The hospitality is second to none; the cuisine is a delightful blend of Spanish, Caribbean and American; and the beach club and fitness center offer endless opportunities for relaxing and staying fit. There’s plenty of space to enjoy life here, too. Stay & Play packages are available at Plantation Resort Residences, modern three bedroom residences available for long and short-term vacations for golfers, individuals, groups or families seeking a unique vacation destination in the Caribbean.
For golfers, the experience is just as rich. This is the only Caribbean resort to offer 54 holes of golf. The first two courses (East and West) feature panoramic ocean vistas and were created by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the 1950s. The East Course was renovated last year while staying true to the original layout. (West Course is currently closed for renovations) The East course is hosting the Puerto Rico Classic (part of the PGA Latino America Tour) next month. The Plantation course was added in the 1970s.
Part of the allure of this destination is Puerto Rico itself. You can enjoy the flair and feeling of a foreign country without the need of bringing your passport. With plenty of short non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities, getting here is quick and easy.
For more information, visit DoradoBeach.com or call (787) 626-1001.