Discover Puerto Rico’s Best Kept Secret

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Puerto Rico is an open door, welcoming visitors to revel in island life, glorious beaches, and Caribbean heat. But Puerto Rico actually holds some of the best-kept secrets, one example being Dorado Beach. I, along with my two daughters, was embraced by the island at the exquisite Ritz-Carlton Reserve. What better to spend their birthdays than on the pristine Dorado Beach of Puerto Rico with the whole family.

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Dorado Beach

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is situated on three miles of Caribbean coastline and offers spacious guestrooms and suites, all directly on the beach. Our suite had a private pool, a spectacular view and was private enough to celebrate family style. Realizing we were sleeping only a few steps away from the sea really took my breath away. It was an incredible feeling to watch my daughters’ faces light up each morning as the sun rose over the horizon.

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Located on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, Dorado Beach Reserve offers a true sense of tropical elegance. I was swept off my bare feet. The experience isn’t comparable to anything else. I know for years to come, my daughters will remember this birthday celebration with fondness and warmth that only a Caribbean breeze can bring. With the scent of hibiscus blossoms in the air each evening, this trip was infused with magic. Dorado Beach is a luxury sanctuary aimed at pleasing guests of all ages to the maximum.

Su Casa, the original plantation hacienda, was restored to its original 1920s grandeur to serve as a four-bedroom beachfront VIP villa. Extremely prestigious and exclusive, it’s the villa of all villas. And it definitely made my girls feel special to have been able to stay here. Hey, some smiles are just worth the splurge!

When I’m on vacation, you’ll surely be able to find me either swimming around in the pool or sitting in a cabana with rosé in my hand – but at this resort, you’ll also find me where the food is. Mi Casa is a traditional Spanish restaurant by José Andrés that offers indoor and outdoor seating, private dining spaces and a lively Rum Bar with impressive views of the Caribbean coastline. Honestly, that’s as close to paradise as it gets for me!

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Another thing that I loved about this Ritz-Carlton resort is that it is designed for adults, families, and children and one of the main reason I chose to stay here. Puerto Rico itself is already a great travel destination. It oozes with natural wonders both on land and sea, including coral reefs, a diversity of birds, wetlands, and traditional Taino culture. Adventures and activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and exploring an archaeological site directly on property kept us entertained the entire time. With natural wonders and cultural heritage at our fingertips, we were in awe constantly during our whole entire stay. Our trip will stay with us for a lifetime.

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  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Nina

    Amazing photos. your girs are so cute.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  • Natali

    Oh wow, Puerto Rico looks like a secret paradise on the earth!
    This photo diary blew me away! I also love all of your bikinis!

    • It truly is! Thanks Natali!

  • Thanks Mia! We enjoyed shooting them as well 😉 We had a great time!

  • Steph K

    Wow! Puerto Rico looks like a dream! Your photos are SO beautiful!!
    Love all your outfits – especially the orange maxi dress!

    xo, Steph

  • Omg! What a place! <3 Awesome photos and you look amazing 🙂

  • SnowWhite

    Stunning pictures and of course AMAZING Puerto Rico !

  • Stunning photos!!! Puerto Rico looks absolutely incredible! Thanks for the wanderlust!

    I hope you have a magnificent Monday,

  • Alya Mooro

    Wow!! These photos are incredible!

    Alya / xx

    • Alya, it’s always nice to see you here 🙂

  • Olga Federico

    This place looks amazing!Lovely photos:-)

    • It was Olga! You should visit it sometime 🙂

  • These pictures are absolutely stunning! I’m loving your vacay style!


    Tamara –

    • Thanks Tamara! Glad you liked them 🙂

  • Beautiful photos! Everything looks amazing! 🙂 xx

    • I’m glad you liked them Nevena 🙂

  • Amazing photos, everything in it looks really nice and that sunset is just so beautiful, the sky so blue. All your outfits and gorgeous too. Family time always the best way to spend time.

    • Yes – family time is a must! Thank you for dropping by 🙂

  • Ellie

    Oh dear, I’m really in love with your blog!;-)<3

    • Aww how sweet are you Ellie? Thanks!!

  • Looks so much fun! Love all of your outfits!

  • Miley

    I know what’s my next destination. Thanks for the post and you look astonishing!


  • StylNova

    How gorgeous are these photos!? Puerto Rico just looks magical, glad your girls enjoyed the beaches!

    • They did. It was one of our best vacations yet!

  • How did I not know you are a mom of two?! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, girl; you look terrific for two kids, definitely giving me some major inspo over here, haha! I’m glad you had a great experience at the hotel and beach, thanks so much for sharing!



    • Thanks Jalisa. You are too sweet!

  • What a dream location, absolutely breathtaking photos!

    • Yes and yes! Thank you Sophie 🙂

  • Puerto Rico is such a must see destination! Adore every single shot you took in there! All your outfits were so on point and blending really well with the backdrops. Wishing you a lovely week ahead! xx


    • Thanks! You too, hope you have a lovely week!

  • Christine

    I went to Puerto Rico a few years ago for just a day while our ship was docked and didn’t get to go to the beaches. And what a bummer that I didn’t because this Dorado Beach Reserve looks incredible! I definitely wanted to go back to Puerto Rico after seeing it for a day and these photos and Ritz Carlton resort are making me want to book a trip right now! I have a family as well and this resort sounds perfect for us with our children. We always need a bigger villa to accommodate a family of five and we love that this has a private pool and such a spacious dwelling. Your photos always are so beautiful and all of your vacation looks are to die for. Thanks for sharing this incredible family vacation with us and showing me the Ritz Carlton resort. xoxo, Christine

    • You should definitely visit again, Christine. It was gorgeous – you won’t regret it!

  • These pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never been to Puerto Rico but I really want to go.

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • You should Jennifer! It’s beautiful 🙂

  • Virna Gambini

    Honestly, I’m speechless. Every single pic in this post blew me away! You’re such a beautiful woman with a beautiful family, an incredible sense of style and a fabulous job! Amazing post, beautiful location!
    Have a great week,

    • Your words are too kind, Virna. Thanks a lot!

  • Wow, do you look amazing at that luxurious resort! LOVE that orange gown! And that red strapped suit is gorgeous on you, as well as the yellow 2 piece. Your daughters are so sweet! I do love the Rita there, the people are so warm!
    Xx, Elle

    • Thanks. This orange dress was one of my favorites for sure!

  • Wow! Looks like you all had an amazing time! So beautiful! Xx, Lucinda

    • Thanks Lucinda. Hard not to love gorgeous Puerto Rico!

  • Hillory Renkema

    The photos from this trip are absolutely amazing! Hope you had a great time 🙂



    • We did! Thanks for stopping by Hllory 🙂

  • This is making me want to plan a trip to Puerto Rico! Your photos are stunning! Looks like an amazing time!

    Doused In Pink

    • You should Jill! You won’t regret it! x

  • Natalia Karaś

    gorgeous pictures! I am so jealous! looks like you had wonderful time!

  • What an amazing place! You and the girls look like you had the most magical time!

    Eileen |

    • It was a magical place and we enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks Eileen!

  • Oh my gosh this looks like a dream family vacation spot for me and my kids!! I was just talking to my husband the other day that we’ve never been to PR and now I can show him your post as an amazing guide. Loved all your beautiful photos and your girls are simply darling.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

    • Aw thanks Sheree! I’m sure your family would have a grand time like we did!

  • Wow, your photos are amazing!! Puerto Rico looks so beautiful, defs wan to go and visit it soon x

    Nev | Miss Nev

    • It is beautiful. Thanks for the compliment on the photos 🙂

  • such gorgeous photos!! definitely need to add Puerto Rico to my must-visit list!

    cute & little

    • I would highly recommend it Kileen. Nice to see you here!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Impressive photos and outfits!! Great post!!
    Mónica Sors

    • So glad you liked it, Monica!

  • Amazing pictures and locations.
    Looks so dreamy <3

    • It was Marianne! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Emma Corrie-Hill

    These photos are so so beautiful!!

  • I cannot get enough of how beautiful you look in all these outfits. Also how fabulous does this hotel look! Wow – I’ve never been to Puerto Rico but I think I need to make a trip there after looking at this! Major wanderlust!

    Also your daughters are ADORABLE! x


    • You should – it’s amazing!!

  • Nina Nguyen

    Wow Jess your photos look incredible!!! I love puerto rico, its so beautiful & the food is delish!! Glad you had a great time!!

  • Thank you so much!!

  • This is giving me major travel inspo!


  • Carina Ž

    Wow! Amazing pictures!

  • You are killing it in all these looks! Each one is better than the nest. I love PR and would love to go back. That Dorado Resort is stunning!

  • Wow you look beautiful, the shots are amazing, the place is gorgeous, definitely want to visit this one day!


  • fatou diaw
  • Your photos are amazing! Looks like it was an incredible trip!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Kay Nguyen

    Wow the photos of you wearing the orange maxi dress look out of this world! Love your blog <3

  • Ámbar Torres

    If you ever come back to Puerto Rico, you need to visit ‘playa escondida’ it’s a complex of different hidden clear water beaches in the east of the island. So glad you liked it here.

  • Emily

    Oh my goodness! This place sounds (and looks) like the most incredible place ever! Your photos are all so amazing and your daughters are adorable!
    x Emily

  • This looks like the most amazing trip. These photos are stunning and you of course look flawless!

    xx, Elise

  • Coco Cami

    This looks like such a beautiful place and you look amazing, what a dream trip 🙂

    Camille xo

  • Tallia

    These photos are amazing!

  • Candy Marcano

    Wonderful place!!! i love the privacy, without being boring… of course, love, all the outfits!!! these girls are yours??

  • This looks absolutely amazing! What a perfect way to celebrate. Everyone one of your outfits are on point and perfect for the getaway <3 Beautifully Candid

  • These pictures are BEYOND stunning, lady- thank you so much for sharing! I am ready for a beach vacation STAT!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Oh my gosh – you look absolutely stunning and the photos with your daughters are precious! So beautiful! What do you use to edit your photos…. they’re truly stunning!

    Layla xx

  • Oh my goodness! Your photos are absolutely INCREDIBLE! Seriously, stunning!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Rina Doria

    Puerto Rico looks like a complete dream and I’m obsessing over every outfit you wore while there! I’m in the process of booking a beach vacation for August. I’ll have to take a look at Puerto Rico!

    Rina Samantha

  • wow girl! I am dying over all these photos! I need to get myself to Puerto Rico ASAP!

  • All photos are lovely! You covered everything, it’s a nice place indeed.

  • gorgeous photos and your blog is beautiful too .

  • That orange dress is stunning and so is that sunset! Puerto Rico looks amazing