10 Things to Do in Dorado That You Shouldn't Miss

August 24, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Located on Puerto Rico’s north coast, Dorado is a resort town of relatively recent vintage. You’ll find luxury hotels and several championship golf courses. Of course, if you’re used to your local, scruffy public course, your score might suffer—gorgeous ocean views can be quite a distraction.
Restaurants in Dorado

1. Dorado Beach

Dorado, Puerto Rico
Excellent
55%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 238 reviews

Dorado Beach

Reviewed By Jasmin B - Dorado, Puerto Rico

If you're looking for a beach with amenities, the Balneario in Dorado is a great choice. Lovely water and clean sand, ample parking, shade, benches, bathrooms, showers and a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from. Bring your grill or grab a bit along the beach, you have the choice. This beach gets busy on weekends and holidays, it's safe and a fun place to spend quality time with family and friends. I also go to this beach to walk and exercise.

2. Tropical Adventures

Francia D-5, Toa Alta, Dorado 00921, Puerto Rico
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 65 reviews

Tropical Adventures

TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE FROM SAN JUAN AND VICINITIES. This halfday Zipline adventure lets the participants discover the breathtaking scenery of rural Puerto Rico while they learn about our culture and history mixed with nature and adventure. Finca La Plata Eco Farm is located near the town of Toa Alta which is only a short 25 minute drive from San Juan and 10 minutes from the town of Dorado. This amazing place which was used for agriculture and horses is now being reforested and has become a sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife. La Plata combines tropical forest, creeks, open grasslands where we confectionate unique and personalized tours for all our participants. Contact us today to book your adventure and live a new and refreshing experience which will most certainly let you discover Puerto Rico in a fun and exhilarating way. Includes ziplines, canopy bridge, hiking, swimming in refreshing natural pools and river trekking. Your guides will also explain about the environmental, cultural and historic aspects of Puerto Rico. (This tour is perfect for families with children and first timers). BY RESERVATION ONLY.

Reviewed By Roxanne H

We went ziplining today with our guides Alfonso and Jorge and had a fantastic time! Our family was a group of 8...ranging in age from 7 to 56. Everyone was able to participate in all of the activities and lines. Along the hiking trail we learned about the trees and plants and history of Puerto Rico. The swimming hole at the end was a great reward! I was very concerned that my 7 and 9 year old would be able to participate and with Tropical Adventures they were treated like all the other members of the family. Safety was a huge priority here and I couldn't have been more comfortable in that regard. Overall this was a highlight of our vacation and I highly recommend it!

3. Dorado Beach Resort & Golf Club

500 Plantation Dr | Suite #1, Dorado 00646-1908, Puerto Rico +1 787-626-1001
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Dorado Beach Resort & Golf Club

Luxury resort boasts two championship 18-hole golf courses, the North and South, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., where fairway bunkers, water hazards and guarded greens challenge players at every turn.

Reviewed By Jason H - Saint Augustine, Florida, United States

This course is a classic RTJ design, which offers great holes with both views of the ocean as well as some challenging holes back up into the jungle. The greens were true and rolled at a great speed. The day was made even more enjoyable by our caddy Favio, who did an excellent job of keeping us on track and making sure that we were having fun. Can't wait to get back and play again!

4. Goodwinds Kitesurf Puerto Rico

Dorado Beach Resort | 500 Plantation Drive Suite 1, Dorado 00646, Puerto Rico
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 22 reviews

Goodwinds Kitesurf Puerto Rico

Make the Ocean your Playground with Goodwinds!Kitesurf, Windsurf and Sail with us!Imagine yourself in a water sports center with world class wind and water conditions, nestled in a 5 star resort, surrounded by four award winning Golf courses... look no further, have it all with GoodWinds, the Caribbean's Premier Kitesurf School and Water Sports center based in Dorado Beach Resort, Puerto Rico! With more than 20 years of experience in the water, we are the ultimate source for kiteboarding training, equipment and travel. With our proven kitesurfing lesson programme, state of the art Water Sports facility and our experienced IKO Certified Instructors, Goodwinds offers you everything you need to start kiteboarding safely and in a fun environment. Goodwinds is also proud to offer a windsurfing programme designed by Olympic Windsurfer and Co-Owner, Karla Barrera, and also a Sailing Programme designed by Jeanne Sin Clair, Puerto Rico's only US Sailing Instructor Trainer. For those who would like to try some other fun water sports, we also offer paddle boarding, Surfing, snorkeling and kayaking lessons and adventures.

Reviewed By R W - Birmingham, Alabama

My first time to Puerto Rico and of all the things we did, our visit to GoodWinds was one of the highlights. Everyone we met on the staff (Phil, Karla, Nicole and Austin) were incredibly nice, patient and just an overall pleasure to be around. My 16 year old son had never been kiteboarding and on the first day he got up and was cruising across the water. He couldn't get enough. We signed up for another lesson the next day.
GoodWinds is appropriately named as it truly is a unique spot with good winds. We went all over the island and on the Ritz property and there's not another spot like this one. As soon as you arrive you are greeted by a steady consistent wind.
The instructors are experts and are astute at recognizing one's strengths and weaknesses and they work on really getting you comfortable in learning the sport by making sure you are ready to move to the next level as the process of kiteboarding involves learning numerous steps along the way.
While having a meal at the restaurant by GoodWinds I had a conversation with a couple and they mentioned their son wanted to try it but the lessons seemed pricey. Pricey is relative. One must consider that once you have learned it is one of the least expensive thrill sports there is. You don't need a boat, gasoline,etc. All you need is the water and some wind and of course your board and kite.

I talked them into signing up their son. I ran into them the a few days later on the property. They couldn't thank me enough as their son had the time of his life. Do not pass through this area without making this a priority on your list of things to do.

5. Puerto Rico Sportfishing Charters

Playa Sardinera, Dorado 00646, Puerto Rico
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Puerto Rico Sportfishing Charters

Puerto Rico Sportfishing Charters is the finest in light tackle inshore and offshore deep sea fishing. Whether reef fishing, tarpon and snook fishing, vertical jigging or deepsea fishing, we have it all. We create the trip that fill your needs. Bring your family and friends, our crew will make your fishing trip a unforgettable experience.

Reviewed By Rick W - Lake Jackson, Texas

Went with Capt. Luis. The fishing was slow, but that is why it is called fishing and not catching. Capt. Luis did a good jobThanks for guving us tge opportunity to have you aboard. Sorry for your friend getting sick, hope next time we don't have to come in early. Hope to fish with you soon!! Thanks again for the opportunity to serve you. Att. Capt. Luis

6. Nouvelle D'Spa

Road 693 KM 8.5, Dorado 00646, Puerto Rico +1 787-796-6200
Excellent
47%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Nouvelle D'Spa

Nouvelle D'Spa offers the best ambiance and the widest variety of therapies in the Caribbean. We take care of your body, face and mind for total wellness and relaxation. The sophisticated world of Nouvelle D'Spa offers the latest technological advances, the best ambiance and the widest variety of therapies in the Caribbean. We take care of your body, face and mind for total wellness and relaxation. Established in 1979 Nouvelle D' Spa has been characterized by having the most innovating treatments for your face and body. Founded by Maribel Castrodad and continued on by her son and daughter in law, throughout this 35 years Nouvelle D' Spa has maintained its position as the top spa in Puerto Rico. In 2010 we expanded our services opening a second location in Dorado, Puerto Rico. We invite you to explore our services and live the unique experience of Nouvelle D' Spa.

Reviewed By Myrna P - Guaynabo

The massage and facial were great and the attendants were very friendly butThe showers were dirty and the "spa pedicure" and manicure were the worst I've ever had

7. Parroquia San Antonio de Padua

Cll Pedro Lopez Canino, Dorado 00646, Puerto Rico +1 787-278-1416
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Parroquia San Antonio de Padua

Reviewed By Bob F - Blackwood, New Jersey

Recently renovated church with a yellow color scheme that stands out. Inside is small but reverent space.
Our Hotel recommended the church for an English Mass (11:00 on Sunday).
Internet said it was closed for renovations, but Hotel staff was correct- it was open.
Cantors singing in harmony added to the Mass.
Highly recommend!

8. Local Story

285 Calle Mendez Vigo, Dorado 00646-4903, Puerto Rico +1 787-602-2476
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Local Story

Local Story is a beautiful shop in downtown Dorado, Puerto Rico. Our store features a curated selection of well made local handcrafted products: jewelry, apparel and accessories for men and women, note cards, artworks, all made by Puerto Rican designers. Housed in a space in front of the main town plaza, we are a tiny shop with a lot of soul.

Reviewed By jxheins - Virginia

This little gem is tucked away in Dorado, close to the resort area but still heavy with locals. This shop is filled with art from local Puerto Rican artists. We spoke with the co-owner who told us all about it. She spoke fluent English and was very excited about her shop. It had everything from more expensive beautiful paintings to cute postcards and magnets. We really enjoyed looking around and chatting with the owner. She even gave us recommendations for a good lunch spot! Definitely worth a look if you're in the area.

9. Carts4You

Dorado Beach Resort, Dorado 00646, Puerto Rico +1 787-349-0975
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Carts4You

Looking for a golf cart rental in Dorado Beach Resort? Our rental program is built to fit your specific needs. If you are staying in any of the Dorado Beach Resort Properties and need a golf cart to get around the Club, we have the solution. Our fleet is located inside Dorado Beach Resort. We will deliver the golf cart to you so you do not have to leave your property or resort unit.

Reviewed By JNarvaez - Barceloneta, PR

The best option for rent at the best price, with a excellent customer service! Drive around the property with a golf cart from Carts4You.Thank you for your review! We hope to see you next year!

10. Dorado del Mar Golf Club

200 Dorado del Mar Blvd, Dorado 00646-2344, Puerto Rico +1 787-796-3070
Excellent
58%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
14%
Terrible
28%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Dorado del Mar Golf Club

Dorado del Mar is an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Chi Chi Rodriguez on the north coast of Puerto Rico. Dorado del Mar includes fully stocked pro shop, practice facility with grass hitting stations and 3000 square foot putting green. Food and beverage options include fast and friendly beverage cars and "200" the Golf course snack bar/Halfway house.

Reviewed By Aaron W - Dorado, Puerto Rico

Golf course is convenient and located close to Embassy Suites Hotel, Aquarius Vacation Club, Dorado del Mar Casino and other golf courses in area. Pro shop, driving range, 1st tee, 10th tee, parking, practice facility are right there at your finger tips. Course is tight, lots of water in play and with 4 sets of tees playable for every skill level.

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