SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015
Ceremony @ 5:00 PM
Immediately followed by cocktail hour
Reception @ 8:00 PM
Dancing @ 9:00 PM
Farewell @ 2:00 AM
Both the ceremony and reception will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Santo Domingo. The ceremony will be at the tower (La Torre) and the reception will be at “Sol y Sombra,” the hotel restaurant. Both are located on the 5th floor of the Hilton. The Hilton is located off the ocean on the southern side of Santo Domingo, 20 miles from Las Americas Intl. Airport (SDQ) and 190 miles from Punta Cana Intl. Airport (PUJ).
Attire for the event is formal.
Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is located approximately 15 minutes from the greater metropolitan area of Santo Domingo and around 30 minutes from the city’s center. Most major U.S. airlines (American, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, United) fly to SDQ. Airfare to SDQ may vary widely depending on season and demand. A round trip ticket from the U.S. ranges anywhere from $400 to $700.
Lodging costs in Santo Domingo may vary widely depending on season and demand. The Hilton Santo Domingo is a business hotel, with reduced demand over the weekends. The Hilton, like many of the hotels located on George Washington Ave. (also known as the Malecon) are business hotels. Hotels in the Colonial Zone are more tourist-oriented and may experience more demand over the weekends than weekdays. Prices for hotels in these areas range from about $70 – $170. Hotel reservations can be made independently through the hotel or through a reservation service (Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity…).
Taxis from SDQ to Santo Domingo charge about $30 to $50 and can be located on the lower level of the terminal. Taxis from PUJ to Santo Domingo charge about $100 to $200 and should be booked in advance. Taxis for travel within Santo Domingo usually charge a flat rate of 200 pesos ($5); however, taxis taken from your hotel may cost double the rate. Because most taxis are not metered, one should negotiate the price before departing in the vehicle. Driving a rental car in the Dominican Republic is not recommended. Bad roads, aggressive drivers, poor signage, and shady cops make driving in Santo Domingo challenging. Nevertheless, if you must drive in Santo Domingo, Thrifty Rental Car and Alamo/National are the only rental car companies that we can personally recommend. It is advisable to get collision insurance.
If you have any questions in reference to the wedding or travel to the Dominican Republic, please feel free to contact Bill Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org.