About

DORADO BEACH

An Extraordinary Island Home

Nestled on the lush and luxurious northern coastline of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico with a beautiful mountain backdrop and miles of pristine beaches, Dorado Beach blends the majesty of its natural setting and the richness of its 50+ year heritage into a unique and private Caribbean residential resort community designed to be explored.

It's rare to find a historic place that honors its roots while catering to the next generation. The international visionaries and world-class development team of this 1,400 acre paradise have championed Laurance S. Rockefeller's conservationist vision through a passionate commitment to historical preservation, green building and environmental stewardship. Cultural and natural authenticity meet modern luxury in this extraordinary resort community for families.

Real Estate Advantages

Dorado Beach offers the perfect blend of the familiar and the exotic, with some key perks for U.S. citizens. The recent passage of Puerto Rico's Act 20 and Act 22 tax incentives provide generous income tax and capital gains tax breaks to U.S. citizens who relocate to Puerto Rico.

 Real estate investors can have peace of mind knowing that the private resort community of Dorado Beach is fully financed and guaranteed by the Puerto Rican government. Dorado Beach residents that are U.S. citizens also travel easily to and from the Mainland U.S., as no passport is needed and the international airport is minutes away.

 Our owners and members enjoy a similar lifestyle to "the Mainland," including U.S. laws and currency, U.S. living standards, English private schools, high quality medical care, and the prevalently spoken English language. At Dorado Beach, families can take pleasure in all the comforts of home while discovering new adventures in the sun.

A Rich History

Calling Dorado Beach home means taking your place among the visionaries who have fallen in love with this seaside paradise. Among the first inhabitants were the indigenous Taínos, whose many striking artifacts inspired the designers of today's Dorado Beach. In 1905, the Livingston family cultivated a 1,400-acre plantation here, complete with an airstrip, which hosted legendary pilot Amelia Earhart. Laurance S. Rockefeller discovered Dorado Beach and built a legendary hotel here in 1958, introducing the world to the first Caribbean luxury eco-resort.

 An impressive array of distinguished guests visited over the years, including A-list celebrities, notable artists and 5 U.S. presidents. In 2012, Dorado Beach made its grand return to icon status after undergoing an unprecedented transformation that included the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel and residences in the Americas (and only the second in the world). Today, you are invited to re-discover this special place in the sun, a place of unforgettable beauty that's beloved by many who refer to it as one of the world's greatest luxury resort communities.

Rockefeller Era

In 1955, Conservationist Laurence Rockefeller had a dream to turn the property into a resort and natural sanctuary. The project was complete and opened to the public on December 1st, 1958. Laurence invited 150 of his friends to the resort, each a millionaire. Among the hotel's list of clients were Joe Namath, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Joan Crawford, Phyllis Diller, Ava Gardner, Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry Kissinger, John F. Kennedy, and Mr. And Mrs. George Bush, Sr.

When the property opened it featured only two 9-hole golf courses, the East and West courses. Both courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Each course subsequently added an additional 9-holes by 1966, and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. added a tropical forest, fruit trees and a lagoon. The golf courses have hosted several (8) Senior PGA-events, the 1963 Canada Cup, the 1964 World Cup of Golf and Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf event.

During the 1960s, the Dorado Beach Hotel re-conditioned the Dorado Beach airfield and acquired a small fleet of Caribair propeller planes named “Dorado Wings,” to shuttle guests on the short hop between San Juan (then called Isla Verde International Airport) and Dorado Beach. Closed for good in 1996, the former airstrip was later transformed into one of the highlights of Dorado Beach East, Livingston Park, a fanciful aviation-themed children’s playground, in honor of Miss Livingston’s love of flying. It includes play airplanes, a runway plaza and a hangar housing some of her memorabilia.

Livingston Era

In 1905, Alfred T. Livingston visited Dorado representing a group of real estate investors. While a deal never came to fruition, he was so enthralled with what the area had to offer that he took up residence. He purchased 1,700 acres with plans to grow coconuts and grapefruits for export. Livingston went on to build a home and brought his wife and daughter to Puerto Rico. His export business thrived, and he became famous around the world. Alfred passed away when his daughter Clara was just 22-years-old. She went on to manage the property for over two decades after his death. Two significant construction projects done under her management were the building of a new hacienda (Su Casa) and her private airport.

She built her new hacienda in 1928 after a hurricane destroyed the original wood house. To ensure that would never happen again, she built her new house out of concrete, which is still on the premises today. Clara always had a love for flying. After making her first flight in 1927, she became the 11th female pilot in the world, and only the third female helicopter pilot. Clara even went so far as to build a runway on the property to give flying lessons. Amelia Earhart, a dear friend of Clara’s, even visited the island and stayed at the Su Casa hacienda. 

Taino Era

While the Taino had only been here a few hundred years, early settlers may have been here as long as 3,000 years ago. When the island of Puerto Rico was completely covered with rainforest and a multitude of wildlife, a proud tribe began arriving on its shores. These were the Taíno (meaning “good and noble people”). Originating from the Orinoco and Amazon rivers in South America, the tribe flourished on the island and infused it with their unique culture. Magnificent stone Taíno monoliths, some etched with petroglyphs, still exist in some areas — a testament to the tribe’s exceptional artistic skill.