Dorado Beach

Over 100 Years of Golden History

Over the past 100 years, Dorado Beach has remains "Island of Enchantment" for year-round adventure-seekers and a hotspot for legendary social gatherings.

There are resorts all over the world, but one of the many things that make Dorado Beach unique is the Pre-Historic importance of the land. People have densely populated the area for thousands of years dating back to indigenous people.

In 1905 Alfred T. Livingston purchased 1,700 acres on the North Coast of Puerto Rico (about twice the size of Central Park) to grow coconuts and grapefruits. He lived at Dorado Beach with his wife and daughter, and his export business was a success. After his death, his daughter, Clara Livingston went on to manage the property and built a residence for herself dubbed "Su Casa".

Clara Livingston was the 200th licensed female pilot in the world. So it was only natural that she constructed a private landing strip on the property, and befriended the most famous female pilot in the world, Amelia Earhart. Su Casa was even where Earhart stayed before embarking on her last attempt to fly around the world. Today, distinguished guests are welcome to stay at Su Casa, as it remains on the eastern end of the villa to honor the rich heritage of the property. The luxurious 8,000 square foot beachside villa features 5 bedrooms and a complimentary concierge service.

It wasn't until 1955 when Laurence S. Rockefeller, the son of John D. Rockefeller, arrived at Dorado Beach and connected with Clara Livingston over their shared interest in aviation. Rockefeller shared his vision with Livingston to purchase the Dorado Beach property to develop the Carribean's first eco-resort. The team of respected architectural visionaries and innovators of design have maintained the legacy to uphold respect for the environment.

Rockefeller's Dorado Beach Resort opened to the public on December 1st, 1958. Rockefeller invited 150 of his most famous and influential friends to celebrate the beginning of a new era. The hotel's VIP clientele included athletes like Joe Namath, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, beloved Hollywood actresses including Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, and Phyllis Diler, and Presidents John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, and George Bush Sr.

The tradition of hosting VIP guests at Dorado Beach continues today. Recently, a star-studded list of celebrity guests attended the celebration of the grand reopening of the resort and included: Uma Thurman, Neil Patrick Harris, Martha Stewart, Benjamin Bratt, Jane Krakowski, Al Roker, Peter Harmann, Mariska Hargitay, and more.

Dorado Beach is also historically celebrated as a world-class destination for golf. Professionals and beginners alike work on their game at the Dorado Beach Golf Academy against the backdrop of the oceanside at TPC East Course. Golfers can also easily book a tee time at the #1 Golf Course in Puerto Rico online via Guest Booking in minutes.

Today, Dorado Beach Resort is home to Dorado Beach Club Members and residents who continue to enjoy the many exclusive amenities and events that the resort has to offer. Dorado Beach blends the majesty of its natural setting and the richness of its heritage into a unique and private residential resort community designed for you to explore. Experience the beauty of island living for yourself and create your own Dorado Beach history.

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