trivera5521 I am so glad that you had a good time and enjoyed the resort and all if offered. We loved the Hibachi restaurant, but didn't get to try the steak house. The Spanish restaurant was good when went.
I did know about the entrance tax and I did inform my guests. I attached a photo of our invite that also has an info card with such information if anyone needed ideas.
I chose the pier and would suggest it to brides. Even though the other locations are great, If you are in the public areas you will have other hotel guests in your photos and space. At least on the pier I was told they would set a guard at the entrance to resort guests off it while we have our ceremony. I know that if you really push it with Marlene they will add an additional option to the menu but of course it comes with an additional cost.
I know as far as driving in DR, no non DR living person should be behind a wheel. If guests want to venture out the excursion companies will pick you up, or cabs are available. I have been to some of the marine parks and if people want to explore in a controlled manner I would suggest it. We have also been investigating the clubs in the area outside the resort. We found 2, 1 of which we visited and it was awesome called "mangu". The 2nd which has great reviews so far it "imagine". Check it out if your looking for a hard core party night, it looks like a great place. We will TOTALLY be going!