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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Hotel We Love: Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

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Hotel We Love: Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Henley Vazquez

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve


Things we love: a great resort, a perfect beach, creative kids’ programming. And a good deal, of course, which is why off-season Caribbean is one of our favorite destinations. Dorado Beach has the high-end vibe of the best tropical retreats plus affordable, direct flights into San Juan.


  • This 1,400-acre former sugar plantation was transformed into a resort by the Rockefellers in the 1950s
  • The current hotel opened in 2012 following a $342-million renovation, featuring 115 rooms and suites plus sprawling residences and free-standing villas
  • Activities include three Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf courses, tennis courts, an eleven-mile nature trail, water sports, a kids club, a water park, Jean-Michel Cousteau environmental programs for children and the five-acre Spa Botanico


  • West Beach rooms are better for children, with easier access to the beach and family pool
  • Multi-bedroom residences are larger than most apartments and have full kitchens, living rooms and laundry facilities
  • Su Casa, a 1920s Spanish-style hacienda with four bedrooms and bragging rights to Beyonce as a former guest, is the ultimate splurge


  • Even the least expensive rooms can sleep a family of four comfortably, the smallest at 950 square feet, and all featuring outdoor showers, ocean views and private terraces
  • Star chef José Andrés opened his first Caribbean restaurant here, but there are also casual eateries and even a deli with organic and gluten-free items
  • Easy access via frequent, direct flights from multiple cities into San Juan’s airport


  • The airport is a forty-minute drive, but mostly on highway
  • Access to the rainforest requires a one-hour drive
  • Longer minimum stays required during peak holiday periods

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
100 Dorado Beach Drive
Dorado, Puerto Rico
(787) 626-1100