We had a delightful stay at this property. As three women traveling together, the gated community was very important to us; we felt safe and secure in our home and on the adjacent beach. The view from the patio is just as gorgeous as pictured, and the secluded (not private) beach is steps away. The house was perfect for our needs, it's not a resort, but it's clean, cozy, and the location absolutely cannot be beat. We did have a rainy day and did not experience the leaks mentioned by other reviewers, so this must have been corrected. Mari and Manolo were wonderful hosts, checking in just enough that we knew they were available, but not so much as to be obtrusive.
We almost booked a rental that was further inland, rationalizing that we would be at the beach most of the time and wouldn’t be in the house anyway, but I’m SO glad we rented the Dorado Beach House, having the ocean right out the back door (you’re up a little and it’s not a swimming beach, so no people are looking in your back door) and the secluded beach just steps away really made this a vacation to remember. If you’re on the fence, I can only tell you to book it, you won’t be sorry!
*We used the Dorado Starbucks in our GPS as the end point, it's easy to navigate back to the house from there and Siri always found it.
*Use the Catano ferry if you're going into Old Town, it's cheap, easy to park, and you get a great view of the city from the water. Plus the free trolley stops right outside.
*Check out the Ruta de Lechon, it's a drive, but you get to see the mountainous part of the island, and the food is to die for!
*Buy some Yaucono coffee at CVS on the cheap, we had some every morning on the patio and took some home for souvenirs. Add a little sweetened condensed milk (poor man's dulce de leche!) and it's perfection.