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Dorado

(do-RAH-do)

Dorado is known as "La Ciudad Ejemplar". Dorado was founded on November 22, 1842 by Jacinto López Martínez. In 1902, Dorado was appended to Toa Baja. However, in 1905 it regained its status as a separate town.

The Casa Alegria Museum, built in 1913 and former residence of master painter Marco Juan Alegria, features an exhibit hall with art school and memorabilia from past decades. Located on 192 Mendez Vigo St. Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, (787) 796-1030.

The Casa del Rey Museum (King's House), originally built in 1823 to house Spanish government personnel, it is believed to be the oldest building in the city. This Spanish military neoclassical building houses the local history museum, features exhibits about Puerto Rico’s early history, from the Taino culture to the Spanish conquest. In 1978, the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture restored the building and in 1989, the museum was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Located on 292 Mendez Vigo St. Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, (787) 796-1030.

The Cerro Gordo Beach is a very attractive beach just a short ride from San Juan on route 690 off Route 22 or Route 2. (787) 883-2730.

The Dorado Del Mar Golf Club was designed under the expertise of world-renowned Puerto Rican golfer, Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1998. This 18-hole course is located in Dorado, just 20 miles west of San Juan. The course is characterized by its narrow fairways and magnificently shaped greens. It features 4 sets of tees, water on 12 holes and numerous bunkers. The signature hole is #10, a 525-yard, par 5, featuring stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical trade winds will test even the best players. At night, the course is lighted up for a night game. Located on 200 Dorado del Mar. Green fees: 9 holes $85 and 18 holes $95.00. Driving range hours: Tuesday-Thursday 6:00am to 9:00pm and Friday-Saturday from 6:00am to 10:00pm, (787)796-3070.

The Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort Golf features 36 holes of championship golf spread over two courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. back in 1970. Located on Route 693. Admission $75-110. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am - 5:30pm, (787) 796-8915.

Economy

Dorado is the home of several clothing and medical equipment manufacturers, among them: Boston Scientific, Pfizer and Heraeus.

Geography

Dorado is located in the northern region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Toa Alta, east of Vega Alta, and west of Toa Baja.

Dorado is made up of 6 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Espinosa
  • Higuillar
  • Maguayo
  • Mameyal
  • Pueblo
  • Río Lajas

Climate

Dorado annual precipitation is 68 inches, and its average temperature is 78°F.

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Notable People

There are many well-known "doradeños", among them: José A. Alegría.

Restaurants

  • Club House (American), (787) 796-1234
  • Clubhouse Restaurant (International), (787) 796-1234 ext. 3719
  • El Catador Wine Cellar (International), (787) 796-1234
  • El Navegante Restaurant (International), (787) 796-7177
  • Jewel of China (Chinese), (787) 796-4644
  • La Casa de los Pastelillos (Puerto Rican/Sea Food), (787) 864-5171
  • Ladrillo (International), (787) 796-2120
  • Mange're Ristorante (Italian), (787) 796-4444
  • Palma Dorada (Sea Food), (787) 796-3152
  • Steak Co. (Steak), (787)796-1234
  • Su Casa Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 278-1653
  • Terraza (Sea Food), (787) 796-1242
  • Trattoria Gargani (Italian), (787) 796-0414
  • Zen Garden (Chinese), (787) 796-1176

Accommodations

The town is a touristic centre with many residential resort communities and prestigious hotels.

  • Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort Hotel (Hotel), 1-800-EMBASSY
    (787) 796-6125
  • Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar (Hotel), 1-800-926-4447
    787-796-3000
  • Villas de Costa Mar (Rental), (302) 598-1387

Festivals and Events

  • Feria de Accion de Gracias - November
  • Festival de la Plata - December
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua - June
    Every year, Dorado celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 796-1230
  • National Championship Motors - March
    4th event of the Puerto Rican National Motocross Championship; new and high level circuit, big show assured. (787) 726-3162

Symbols

Flag

The flag is composed of three stripes of equal width: the upper and lower stripes are golden, and the center one is brown.

Education

There are 13 public schools in Dorado, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Anthem: Por fin, en las riberas...

Demographics *

38,165
Population
38,509 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 23.09 sq mi

Density: 1652.9 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.4

Economics *

$7,235
Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $28,306
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 35.80 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

13,342
Number of households
Housing units density: 722.7

Persons per household: 3.26

High school grad or higher: 75.9%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4589° N, 66.2678° W

Zip Code: 00646

Driving Distance from San Juan: 25.1 miles

Driving Time: 43 minutes


Did You Know?

Puerto Rico has more golf courses than any other Caribbean island.