You'll have to ask the wedding coordinator for the options for cocktail hour. The available locations vary depending on the day of the week and the events the resort has planned. I had my wedding on a Friday, and I was given the options of the pier, Garibaldi Square, and the Foyer. I had my cocktail hour @ Garibaldi Square. I had read in previous posts that the foyer was HOT, and I wanted to be able to take pictures between the wedding & reception on the piers, so it was a process of elimination for me. Our guests actually ended up asking if they could end our cocktail hour early and go to the Lobster House (our reception site) because they were sweating to death in the square (apparently there was no air movement).
I'm sure it might be possible to have cocktail hour on the beach... maybe not directly next to where the ceremony was held, but I'd say it's worth asking! In any case, the closer you can have the cocktail hour (and reception) to the water, the more likely you & your guests will be to have a breeze, and the more comfortable you will be!
I have no idea what restaurant is closed on Saturdays, but the wedding coordinator should be able to provide this information. The location you choose will be yours for the night (closed to other guests at the resort), so you don't have to wait for other guests to finish eating. Our wedding ceremony was at the Beach Gazebo @ 5pm. Cocktail hour was from about 5:30 - 6:30pm, and then we all went to the Lobster House after that. Our photographer suggested we do all our "special dances" prior to dinner while the sun was still up (he said the lighting would be better), so that is what we all did. Then we sat down for dinner, had a few friends/family members give speeches/toasts.
The resort did not "set up a dance floor" per se, but the tables were arranged so that there was a large open area that we turned into our dance floor (see pictures below).
I would highly recommend the Lobster House if it is available. We had a great breeze during our entire reception, so there were no problems with the temperature. I guess I should also note our wedding was June 29th, 2012... right in the middle of Summer!
I can't speak to the foyer, but if it was anything like Garibaldi Square everyone would have been miserable. Again, I heard in this forum that the foyer can be un-Godly HOT, but maybe one of the other ladies here can provide more insight. And ALL of the locations will be pretty private! No worries there!
Happy planning & congratulations!!!
Here are some pics (not professional, just from my friends). If you do need help with a photographer, I'd be happy to suggest JUAN NAVARRO!!!
Above is a pic of the dance floor area just prior to dinner. You can see there is a huge area cleared of tables. We opted to have our friends DJ our wedding, so you can also see the speaker provided on the left (that is one of our guests in the tan pants & white shirt). You can also see the proximity of the bar to the dance floor (for when things got a little more crazy later in the night).
Above is a picture of our dinner table. We had 20 guests at our wedding, and we opted to do one large table rather than 3 small round tables. My husband and I also sat at this table with our guests.
Above is a pic from the "dance floor" later in the night!