Hello Everyone,

The following are all the details you need to book your trip to Cabrera.

We will be posting more on events and activities. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or need help planning.

Love,
S + C

About the Dominican Republic & Cabrera
Travel Dates
Passports & Visas
Flights to Puerto Plata (POP)
Currency Exchange
Accommodations
Local Transportation
What to wear


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ABOUT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & CABRERA back to top
The DR is a very tourist friendly country. There is some crime, but because tourism is very important to the economy, it is not focused on visitors. For those of you who have not been to a third world country, expect to see lots of chickens, families of five on a single moped and horse drawn carts in heavy traffic! We generally found the locals to be amiable and enthusiastic. Many of them speak enough English to communicate.

The seaside town where we are celebrating is Cabrera. It is situated on the northern coast of the country in María Trinidad Sánchez province – which is incredibly lush and beautiful! There is very little population and tourism infrastructure in the area; any foreigner you cross paths with will more than likely be one of our wedding guests, so feel free to say “hello” and make friends. :)

Read more on the Dominican Republic and Cabrera.

Puerto Plata Airport to Orchid Bay in Cabrera



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TRAVEL DATES back to top
We suggest planning your stay for at least Thursday 09/16/2010 through Sunday 09/19/2010 so that you have time to enjoy the island.

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PASSPORTS & VISAS back to top
Passports are required to enter the Dominican Republic. Visas are not required if you are a US citizen. If you are not a US citizen, please visit Visa HQ and select your nationality for visa requirements.

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FLIGHTS TO PUERTO PLATA {POP} back to top
Flights should be booked into Puerto Plata POP. Why not fly into Santo Domingo SDQ? While the flight prices to Santo Domingo SDQ can be slightly cheaper, the drive to Cabrera is about 2.5 to 3 hours. It is a straight shot on a new highway with a nice view for those who want to make the journey. Please ask us about our experience if you want to fly into SDQ. We will give you some tips… but the first tip is to fly into POP if you can!

Recommended Flights out of New York and Chicago.
The following are reasonably priced flights from Kayak.

JFK > POP
Airline: JetBlue Airways
Price: ≈$472
Flight Time: ≈3hours 40minutes (nonstop, one way)
Estimated Departure Time: JFK 6:45am to POP 11:20am
Estimated Return Time: POP 10:23am to JFK 2:57pm

ORD > POP
Airline: American Airlines
Price: ≈$473
Flight Time: ≈ 7hours (1 stop, one way)
Estimated Departure Times: ORD 5:45am / 7:20pm / 8:45pm / 9:55pm
Estimated Return Time: POP 3:00pm to ORD 10:00pm

Group Rates
If you are traveling in a group of 10 or more people departing from the same city, we recommend contacting Air Gorilla for discounted group rates.

Tourist Tax
You will be asked to pay a $10 tourist tax per person before being able to enter the country. There will be a booth to pay this tax and pick up a receipt for customs before you enter the Customs & Immigration line at the airport.  (Another plus of flying into POP? The tax dude pours you a Dominican Rum Mojito after you pay. No such service at SDQ. We’re not kidding.)

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CURRENCY EXCHANGE back to top
There are commission-free currency exchange booths at both airports. We recommend changing out cash before leaving the airport, as you may be hard pressed to find a reliable currency exchange in Cabrera.

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ACCOMMODATIONS back to top
Rooms for the wedding party have been booked at Casa Kimball. Wedding guests have the option of booking a room at La Catalina resort or organizing a larger group to share a villa at Orchid Bay. If any single travelers want a roommate for the trip please shoot us an email and will do our best to pair you up.

Hotel La Catalina
Rooms at Hotel La Catalina have been blocked off for guests. It is a simple and relaxing resort that is a 7 minute drive from the wedding villa and costs only $69 a night with our group rate! Shuttles are available for transportation to local areas, and arrangements will be made to take you between La Catalina and our villa on the evening of our wedding. Please contact Sue to make reservations with our group rate.

CONTACT ~ Sue
PARTY ~ Shaffer-Finlay Wedding
EMAIL ~ hotellacatalina@gmail.com
PHONE (USA) ~ 313.279.3114
PHONE (DR) ~ 809.589.7700

Cancellation policy is no charge with 30 days notice, 50% of the total charge with 15-29 days notice, and full payment with 14 days notice.

Rooms will be blocked off only until July 18th, so please make your bookings before then as there are no other resorts in the immediate area.

Orchid Bay Villas
Orchid Bay, where Casa Kimball is located, has several large villas for those of you who want to organize a group to share accommodations. The villas sleep anywhere from 10 to 20 people and cost an average of $1200 a night with a 4 night minimum. Please view the following links for reservation info. Golf carts will be available for travelling between villas. If you need any assistance with making arrangements, we can put you in touch with our wedding planner Monica.

Sunrise Villa
Flor De Cabrera Villa
Villa Castella Monte
Villa Alheli
Casa Bella Villa

Other Resorts
Gran Bahia Principe (25 minutes away)
Velero Beach Resort (1 hour away)

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LOCAL TRANSPORTATION back to top
Cabrera is about 45 minutes to 1 hour from Puerto Plata POP. We don’t recommend renting a car as the island is hard to navigate and we have arranged for shuttles and golf carts once you arrive in Cabrera.

Shuttle Service
Shuttle and private bus services can be arranged for single travelers or groups of up to 22 people. Round trips to and from POP cost anywhere from $40 to $200 per person depending on your needs. Please inquire with either Sue at La Catalina or your host at Orchid Bay Villas to make reservations.

Car and GPS Rentals
Car rentals are ≈$25/day. A $1000 hold on a credit card will be required. The hold will be released within a week after returning your car.

Renting a GPS is recommend as you’ll be navigating country roads with little signage. Rental cars in the Dominican Republic do not have a GPS option. It has to be rented from a separate booth at the airport. GPS rentals are $10/day and require a $300 hold on a Master or Visa credit card. The hold will be released within 30 days of returning the GPS.

Please note that renting in the Dominican Republic requires you to sign a blank receipt for the rental company’s insurance against any damage you may incur. This is a very old way of doing things (and feels risky) but we had no problem with the rental companies during our stay. Just in case, we suggest using a credit card that has strong consumer protection rather than an ATM or bank card. Remember to request that they rip up the blank receipt when your car and GPS are returned.

Driving in the DR
There are basically no speed limits. Highways are patrolled by private security but we rarely saw them. We (Rocky, not Sabrina) drove fast with no problem. The country is quite beautiful so the drive is enjoyable. If you are driving at night, please be wary of pedestrians and cyclists – there is very little light and locals will walk miles along highway roads in the dark.

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WHAT TO WEAR back to top
Attire for the wedding is dressy-casual. We want you to look nice, but really we care more about everyone being comfortable. The weather will be hot and we’ll be getting a little sweaty on the dance floor, so feel free to leave your sport coat at home! Do bring a light sweater or jacket as evenings tend to get a little chilly.

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To see the invite in the highest resolution click the HD “on” button in upper right corner of the invite.

Dearest Friends and Family,

As we are celebrating in a secluded locale in the Dominican Republic, we recommend that your travel bookings be made by early July in order to secure accommodations and reasonable rates for flights. Details for planning your trip to Cabrera will be posted momentarily.

We are so excited and looking forward to celebrating with all of you.

Love,
Sabrina + Chris

*See a sneak peek of the location here.

Lots of love and big congratulations to Jono and Cat! They are getting married in Tel Aviv this October. Jono has been a long time family friend (since TAS Elementary!) and it was nice to finally spend a little time getting to know Cat this past winter. Really wonderful to hear from Tal about how good she is for Jono … We approve! So happy for the Chitayat family!

Love… Sabrina (and Chris) xoxoxo

New York, Providence… and now… San Francisco!

We’ve had a really wonderful year in New England and were both feeling sad initially about the possibility of leaving Providence, but after spending some time exploring the west coast we are very much anticipating our move next month when Rocky starts his new job at Cheskin as Strategy Director. Until then, we will be spending most of our time in Hillsboro Beach and Miami. If any of you feel like making a trip down south we would love to have you.

Big thanks to The Roque Family, as well as Uncle Lee and Aunt Sue, for providing comfortable beds and delicious meals during pit stops on our road trip down to Florida – the much needed rest was greatly appreciated, and the warm welcomes and good company thoroughly enjoyed.

S+C
xxx

Hello Ladies,

You should have received invites from Terresa by now. Please R.S.V.P by April 21st so that she can finalize accommodations and other reservations for our trip. We will post details as soon as everything is confirmed.

Flights should be booked into SJU Airport in San Juan, PR. Arrangements will be made for getting everyone to Vieques Island.

Excited to see everyone! Can’t wait!

♥♥♥… Terresa & Sabrina xxx

…And an overdue post to congratulate Brenda and her fiancé Andrew! They were in engaged in Hong Kong (like us!) this past February.

Brenda and I have been friends since middle school at TAS (we were super awesome at the running man and roger rabbit in 8th grade talent shows back then). I still remember the first time she told me about Andrew: we were clubbing at Ruby Falls – over half a decade ago  – they hadn’t started dating yet, and even then I could tell she was already smitten. Brenda couldn’t have found a better match. It’s wonderful to see how well they take care of each other, and how much fun they have together. Not to mention, they’re surprisingly congruous in their decision making… I mean, look where they both decided was the best place to store their vacuum cleaner.

So, congratulations you two! You know how much we love it when white guys and oriental girls get together! :)

Love… Sabrina (and Chris) xoxoxo

Big congratulations to Ben and his fiancée Kanoe! They just got engaged a few days ago while visiting Kanoe’s home in Hawaii.

Ben is a childhood friend from TAS. We’ve been running into each other at parties over the years, but never really got around to hanging out. Then about a year ago, just after Chris and I moved into our first place in New York together, I ran into Ben in the lobby of our building heading out to walk their dog Nori – turns out he and Kanoe were living together in the same building. :) Small world.

Anyway, it’s been great fun reconnecting with Ben and making new friends Kanoe – fantastic conversation and lots of laughing ‘til my belly aches.

We’re so happy for you guys! Congratulations!

Love… Sabrina (and Chris)

P.S. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccce!!! *kill shot*

Uploaded photos from our engagement party. They’re mostly silly. :) Big thanks to Ryan’s girlfriend Sakina for bringing a camera.

Dearest Friends & Family,

Thank you all so much for attending our engagement party.  We had such a great time and really appreciate all of you making it on such short notice.  Sorry that some of you were not able to make it – you were missed!

Also, big thanks to Donna and William for throwing the party, to Bruna for the fantastic home-baked cake, and to everyone for all the gifts of wine, champagne and whiskey!

Lots of love,
Sabrina + Chris