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Dorado Beach’s five Inspirato accommodations offer full access to the amenities of Dorado Beach Resort, home to a private golden beach, three golf courses, high-end spa, and more. The standalone estate, La Vivelisse, comes with a private pool and two golf carts to make it easy to explore Dorado Beach Resort and select amenities at Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Swim in the private infinity-edge plunge pool at Picaflor, a three-bedroom ground-floor villa with abundant outdoor space that opens onto the golf course. Nearby, Pomarrosa—a three-bedroom corner condo—offers a spacious living area that spills onto a private terrace, situated just a five-minute golf cart ride from the beach.
A different Caribbean experience awaits you in Puerto Rico, where striking remnants of a rich and storied past coexist beside elegant new developments. After Laurance Rockefeller acquired Dorado Beach resort in the 1950s, it became a haven for JFK, Elizabeth Taylor and other celebrities, who treated Dorado as their private escape. And yet, just beyond its gates, the conquistador legacy is evident in the 16th-century fortress El Morro and colonial buildings with bright pastel facades. With championship golf, exciting kids' activities and perfect Caribbean beaches, Dorado Beach combines the island's rich history and celebrity past with world-class luxury.
The Camuy River Cave Park is home to a huge network of caves and underground waterways carved out by an underground river, The Río Camuy. Visitors can see a portion of the site, still largely unmapped, which is believed to have about 800 caves in all.
Ninety minutes from the resort, you'll find the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Lush greenery, gurgling rivers and hidden waterfalls await you. Just don't forget sturdy hiking shoes and a bathing suit.
It's picnic "bask it" time on Parque Nacional Isla de Cabra in San Juan Bay, east of Dorado. Claiming quite the quirky history - including serving as a Spanish leper colony - it's now a perfect spot to lay down a tartan blanket.
Of the Reserve's three 18-hole courses, Pineapple Course is the friendliest. East Course boasts ocean panoramas and native sands. Built in 1972, Sugarcane Course is the most challenging.
Why visit Casa Bacardi? It's been the reason why you still buy Coke as a middle-aged person after all these years, so come pay your respects. A cheap taxi ride, about 15 minutes due west, will get you home safely.
Your kids will flip over The Watermill, a $12 million aquatic wonderland with two 30-foot water slides, a lazy river with a wave machine and multiple pools. Parents will appreciate the poolside refreshment service.
Travel an hour and a half to Laguna Grande in Fajardo to see bioluminescent dinoflagellates light up the mangrove-lined lagoons. Enjoy a two-hour kayak tour in the water as millions of glowing creatures light up around you.
If you like your presidential suites literally so, check out Dorado's impressive list of Commanders in Chief: John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Sports superstars Joe Namath, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio also crashed here.
Puerto Rico's north shore has wave-catching cache for days; Sardinera, Kikita and El Unico beaches are some of the more popular in the area. Family-owned Kalichee Surf Shop in Dorado's Grande Shopping Center has made gnarly its business since the mid '80s.
What do the town's three notable museums - Museo y Centro Cultural Casa del Rey (old-school furniture and garrisons); Museo de Arte e Historia de Dorado (history and archaeology); and Museo del Plata (paintings and sculpture) - have in common? Free admission!
Is this party country? Not so much. You left San Juan for a reason. But, there is live salsa music and rock occasionally at La Terraza (named for its famous sea-facing terrace) in downtown Dorado. Want more action? San Juan has the best nightlife in the Caribbean.
With more than 200 stores, Plaza Las Americas is the biggest shopping center in the Caribbean. Here you find well-known stores such as Ann Taylor, Hugo Boss, Abercrombie & Fitch and Sephora. Restaurants include P.F. Chang's, the Cheesecake Factory and more.
Dorado's Sanctuary of Christ of the Reconciliation church houses the third-largest statue of Jesus Christ in all of the Caribbean inside its temple. That's saying something given Puerto Rico is predominantly Catholic.
Temperatures are consistent in Puerto Rico, hovering around 80 degrees year-round, making it one of the most unvarying climates in the world. The area does experience some effects of hurricane season from June through November.
The weather stays warm year-round in Dorado Beach, ranging from the low 70s to high 80s. You'll find that it's almost always a great time to don your new swimwear and lounge on a golden beach.