Dorado, Puerto Rico

Dorado, Puerto Rico

Golden City

dorado playaFoundation: In 1831 Dorado (do-RAH-do) was a ward of the municipality of Toa Baja. During several years, the ward grew forming its own population center. This center was called Pueblo Nuevo (New Town) to distinguish it from the old town, Toa Baja. Years later, the residents of the wards of Dorado, Iguillar, Mameya and other sectors belonging to Toa Baja made a request to the governor to establish Dorado as a independent municipality with the condition that the cost of construction of municipal projects be prorated.

In 1842, governor Santiago Méndez Vigo authorized the foundation of the town with the condition that the proposed projects and the territory be defined with the following wards: Dorado Pueblo, Iguillar, Maguayo, Mameya and Río Lajas. In 1848, the construction of the church was finished. In 1878, the Mameya ward disappeared and Iguillar underwent a name change, known by the name of Jiguillar. Years later, the Mameya ward reappears with the name of Mameyal and Jiguillar changed to Higuillar. Though the origin of the name of Dorado is not clearly known, several legends exist. The most accepted are: that the town was named in honor of a family from the town and the other is that it was named for its golden beaches.

During its early decades the economy of the recently founded town depended on sugar cane cultivation, cattle and the production of fruit. Roof tiles and bricks were manufactured and there were also several sugar cane refineries. Fishing was also a mean of subsistence.

During 1898, when Puerto Rico changed sovereignty under the Paris Peace Treaty, and under the Law for Consolidation of Certain Municipal Terms (1902), Dorado became again part of the municipality of Toa Baja. Later, a legislative law made it possible for Dorado to recover its independent municipality with its original wards and borders.

mapa doradoLocation: It is bordered by: the Atlantic Ocean on the north, Toa Alta on the south, Vega Alta on the west, and Toa Baja on the east.
Area: 59.8 sq km / 23.0 sq mi
Population: 34,017 (census 2000)
Population Density: 568.8 per sq km / 1,479.0 per sq mi
People are known as: Doradeños
Dorado is also known as:
Ciudad Dorada (Golden City)
La Más Limpia de Puerto Rico (The Cleanest Of Puerto Rico)

Wards: Dorado, Puerto Rico
barrios dorado
Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Dorado
Dorado Town 994
Espinosa 3,222
Higuillar 22,481
Maguayo 4,711
Mameyal 36
Río Lajas 2,573
Total 34,017

Source: Censo 2000

San Antonio de Padua
Cll Pedro Lopez Canino, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
Tel. 787-278-1416

dorado iglesia

Topography: Belonging to the region of the Northern Coastal Valleys, most of its terrain is level and less than 328 feet above sea level. The wooded hills of the region are the main characteristic of the Dorado landscape. There are elevations in the south that reach 656 feet and in the north where the hills only reach 262 feet of altitude.
Hydrography: La Plata River and its affluents: the Cocal, Nuevo and Lajas rivers. It also has near the coast, in the Higuillar ward, the Mata Redonda lagoon and the Punta Fraile marsh.
Economy: Commerce, tourism, manufacture (clothing & medical equipment).
Average Salary: $388.49 weekly (1998)

dorado banderaFlag: The flag is composed of three stripes of equal width: the upper and lower stripes are golden, and the center one is brown. A brown, equal-sided triangle is placed with its base at the hoist. The golden stripes symbolize the town’s name, Dorado or “golden”. The brown stripe stands for Dorado’s Patron Saint, Saint Anthony of Padua.

dorado escudoCoat Of Arms: Dorado’s Coat Of Arms was officially adopted March 27, 1978, and its colors are gold, silver and brown. The crown is gold with brown windows. The three towers mean that Dorado is a town, a properly constituted municipality. Underneath the crown, we can observe five disks that form a “T”, which is called Tau.

This “T” represents San Antonio de Padua, which is associated with the iris or lily flowers. The disks are brown and the lily flowers are silver, they represent the majestic La Plata River, which borders the town of Dorado to the east. The gold background of the Coat Of Arms denominates in a heraldic way the Talking Souls of the town. For example, in this case, the gold represents the name of the town; it is relative to the Patron San Antonio de Padua, whose veil is brown.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Bayamón Region
Dorado District

Name Level Telephone Address
ELEMENTAL ALFONSO LÓPEZ GARCÍA K-6 (787) 796-3223 PO Box 938, P.R. 00646-0000
ESPINOSA KUILAN K-6 (787) 270-0594 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646-0728
ESPINOSA PARCELAS K-6 (787) 883-3414 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646-0000
JOSÉ DE DIEGO K-6 (787) 796-1232 BO. PUERTOS CARR. 695 KM. 1 HM. 16, P.R. 00646-0000
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA K-6 (787) 796-6246 PO Box 548, P.R. 00646-0548
LUISA M. VALDERRAMA (SAN ANTONIO) K-6 (787) 796-4410 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646
RÍO LAJAS K-6 (787) 870-3416 PO Box 628, P.R. 00646-0000
JACINTO LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ (TOA BAJA) PK-6 (787) 796-1255 PO Box 2474, P.R. 00951-2474
MARCELINO CANINO CANINO 7-9 (787) 796-2761 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646-0000
PRE-VOCACIONAL SANTA ROSA EE (787) 796-4055 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646-0000
RICARDO ARROYO LARACUENTE 7-9 (787) 796-1222 PO Box 589, P.R. 00646-0000
SU PEDRO LÓPEZ CANINO K-9 (787) 883-4005 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646-
High School
JOSÉ SANTOS ALEGRÍA 10-12 (787) 796-1520 PO Box 728, P.R. 00646-0000

Hymn: By Juan Alegría Rivera

Por fin, en las riberas
del Dorado querido,
las corrientes del Plata,
que corren sin cesar,
traen a sus orillas
sus perlas y corales,
que emergen adornando
desde el fondo de la mar.
Que emergen adornando
desde el fondo de la mar.

Son lindas sus montañas,
que alegran el paseo,
aspirando las brisas
que vienen desde el mar,
y en las noches de calma,
reciben las caricias,
de las pampas alegres
en que duerme el terrenal.
De las pampas alegres
en que duerme el terrenal.

Los días de mi vida
que ufano consagré
al culto del estudio
con incesante afán.
Hoy, son óptimos frutos
que en generoso empeño,
al pueblo doradeño
aquí vengo a brindar.
Al pueblo doradeño
aquí vengo a brindar.

Patron Festivities – June
Thanksgiving Fair – November
Cocolía Festival
Plata Festival – December
Infant Theater Festival

Places To Visit:
Bazar Park
Casa de Rey Museum
Ojo del Buey Regional Park
Cerro Gordo Beach
Sardinera Beach
Distinguished Doradeños Plaza
Juan Boria Theater

Distinguished Citizens:
Esteban A. De Coenaga (1882) – Dental Surgeon
José A. Alegría (1886-1965) – Lawyer, politician and writer
Juan Boria (1906-1995) – Negro Poetry (biography)
Marcelino Juan Canino Salgado (1942) – Doctor


How to get to Dorado from San Juan.

direction dorado


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