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Dorado and Cerromar, Puerto Rico
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By Rosalind Friedman, Correspondent

The warmth of the Puerto Rican sun is equaled only by the hospitality of the Puerto Rican people. Abounding in palm trees, pineapples, and pina coladas, this beautiful commonwealth where the temperature always hovers deliciously around 80 degrees, offers a perfect vacation getaway. Water sports, golf and tennis, sun bathing, gambling and gamboling, rum, shopping, touring El Yunque Rainforest, Rio Camuy Cave Park, Old San Juan and its many art galleries, museums, and jewelry stores, vie with each other for special attention.

Where to Stay // Resort Hotels dot the islands, like flowers in a colorful bouquet.On the 1000 surfside acres of Puerto Rico's scenic north shore of Dorado Beach, Dorado Beach boasts two magnificent Hyatt Resorts: the Hyatt Dorado Beach and Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort and Casino, preeminent and neighboring resorts that compliment each other. The 298 room Hyatt Dorado Beach is a stately five star resort which was built on a grapefruit, pineapple and coconut plantation by Lawrence Rockefeller in 1958. In 1985, Hyatt acquired Dorado Beach and its sister hotel, the more contemporary 506 room Hyatt Cerromar, built in 1971. Since then, more than 60 million dollars has been spent on improvements.


Golf Courses // Between them, these resorts are famed for their four 18 hole golf courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., they have played host to many major tournaments. Among them: the 1967 Big Three Tournament (Palmer, Nicklaus and Player), and the 1995 and 1996 Senior Tournament of Champions. Rentals are available.

Camp Hyatt // Traveling with kids is a joy at Dorado Beach and Cerromar. At Camp Hyatt from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. children between the ages of 3 and 12 are treated to arts and crafts and Spanish lessons. With a counselor/camper ratio of four to one, bilingual CPR certified counselors lead outdoor games and swimming in a well-equipped playground and wading pool, as well as the unique River Pool at Cerromar, complete with waterfalls, gorges, flume and waterslides.

Spa, Tennis or Sunbathing // While children are enjoying Camp Hyatt, parents can relax or shape up at Le Spa, or lob balls at one of the 17 tennis courts or walk along miles of pristine white sand beaches at either Hyatt Dorado or Hyatt Regency Cerromar. Extensive spa facilities and a beauty salon are available.

Restaurants // Between the two hotels,14 restaurants offering a wide range of tastes including Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Continental and a Steakhouse are available; none require jacket or tie. Air conditioning is high so a jacket, sweater or shawl is advised.

Packages // Golf, Honeymoon, Family and Customized Packages are offered year round.

For all reservation information you may call 1-800-233-1234 or go to www.hyatt.com

Notable Hotels and Resorts //

The Condado Beach area of San Juan, boasts over 30 hotels. In the western part of the country, Farjado is home of the five star resort El Conquistador. The Isle Verde section of San Juan, flaunts three premier resorts: the always elegant El San Juan Hotel, it's neighbor, the newly renovated Grande ( formerly the Sands ) and the aristocratic Ritz Carleton.. Outside the city of San Juan, the Westin at Rio Mar Beach and Palmas Del Mar are popular resorts, offering golf and water sports.

What to See and Do // A trip to Puerto Rico should include some quality time spent in beautifully restored Old San Juan. There, you can visit El Morro Fort and La Fortalesa, the Palacio de Catalina, the oldest executive mansion still used as such in this hemisphere. Definitely stop at the Pablo Casals Museum, a loving tribute to the late, world-renowned cellist. Dine in marvelous restaurants like our favorite, the colorful Parrot Club featuring creative modern Latino cuisine or lunch at the 360 year old El Convento.Every Tuesday is Gallery Night in Old San Juan. Over 20 wonderful art galleries open their doors and are happy to greet you even if you are only there to look. Among the famous is Galleria Botello with two locations: Cristo St. in Old San Juan and F.D. Roosevelt Street in Hato Rey, another section of San Juan.

The Luis A. Ferre Center for the Performing Arts, Santurce, San Juan, the largest performing arts center in the Caribbean, hosts a variety of classical and popular music concerts, opera dance and theater. From September to May, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra offers concerts featuring first rate soloists. The Pro-Art Musical brings world renowned artists to the island. (787) 725-7334. The University of Puerto Rico offers concerts and lectures.

Shopping // Jewelry shops abound in Old San Juan and offer unique designs and excellent quality. There is a wonderful selection of designer clothes and accessories.

Tours // Tours, both walking and driving are also available. For a structured walking tour of San Juan, you may phone (787) 729-0114 or fax (787)721-3161 (Colonial Adventure at Old San Juan).

Day journeys to pristine Ponce, the former capital of Puerto Rico, to El Yunque, the Rain Forest, to the Caves or to the Rum Factory, where samples are provided are also a delight and can be arranged through the concierge at your hotel.

Transportation Tips // From San Juan's Luiz Munoz Marin International Airport, it is only a 45 minute ride to your destination. If you do not wish to rent a car, a jitney service, for a fee, is provided. Upon arrival, you will find a service cooperative and friendly.

Weather // Remember the weather, usually balmy, can be windy and occasionally rainy, it's the tropics after all! Be prepared with a light rain jacket, umbrella and/or light sweater. The sun is fierce whether you are on land or sea; sun tan lotion with a good block is always recommended.

By Rosalind Friedman, Correspondent

My family and I have visited the sunny isle of Puerto Rico for over thirty years and find it to be a perfect spot to vacation. The peace and quiet warmth of Dorado Beach Hotel is balanced by the vitality and good spirits of Cerromar. The best thing about going to one is that you can always visit the other. It's twice the fun! There is a reliable trolley bus service that runs between the two hotels and Su Casa, Dorado Beach's 5 star gourmet restaurant, housed in a charming Spanish Villa, for which you must make reservations. on a regular basis. On

September 21, 1998, a terrible hurricane destroyed great areas of these hotels but the employees banded together to restore the magnificent properties located several miles from each other on two thousand acres of land. By Christmas of that year, a holiday party was held to celebrate their great accomplishments.


LOCATION: Dorado, Puerto Rico
ROOMS: 298
CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORT: San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport