My family stayed in Omar's apartment from August 13th-20th. While we've been to PR many times, this was our first experience staying in Dorado as well as renting an apartment - but with 2 adults and three growing children, hotel options are becoming much more limited and costly. Omar was a wonderful host and resource from our very first phone call. He made the rental process very simple and straightforward.....greeted us upon our arrival with his adorable son, gave us the five star tour of the apartment and grounds, and provided us with great restaurant recommendations, driving directions and even weather updates when a storm threatened to pass through the island.
The descriptions of the apartment itself are very accurate......although the photos really don't give you a good sense of how large and bright the rooms are, especially the main living/dining area and master bedroom. The jacuzzi was a great treat after a long day at the rainforest or beach.......the kitchen had everything we needed, the walk-in closet was enormous, the washer/dryer a godsend, and the central AC way more than adequate. The somewhat limited cable TV stations might be a bit of an issue for people who are used to having 500 channels at their fingertips but there are 2 "Redbox" movie rentals minutes away from the apartment and honestly, who wants to sit and watch TV when you're in such a beautiful place!!
Cerro Gordo is a beautiful beach.....as lovely as many we've been to in Isla Verde. Entry is free unless you park your car and then it's only $3-$4 for parking. During the week you might be the only ones there.....the weekends get a little crowded but never too bad......and it's a nice way to absorb a little local flavor. The pool on the grounds is beautiful and as others mentioned we were often there by ourselves......The pool "officially" closes at 6PM which seemed a little early to us but once or twice my kids "forgot" to leave and noone said anything. The apartment is very close to 2 supermarkets and just about any fast food you could imagine. We loved Dorado....but keep in mind that it is approx a 45 minute drive to San Juan, 60+ minutes to the rainforest, and approx. 90+ minutes to Fajardo (where most of the snorkeling excursions leave from) so you have to plan your stay and your day trips accordingly.....For us the beauty and quiet and calm of Dorado made it worth the extra driving.
Thank you Omar for a lovely vacation!