Dominican Republic, any issues when shooting?
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Brian Virts
Registered: Apr 28, 2010
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Country: United States

I'm working on a wedding in Punta Cuna early next year. Has anyone shot there? Any tax or permit procedures when shooting? thanks!



Sue Callan
Registered: Jun 19, 2007
Total Posts: 34
Country: United States

I shot my nephews wedding there a few years back....no problems whatsoever! Right on the beach...it was great.....but just to be sure, in case things have changed, you should contact the resort for more information.



Sergio Mottola
Registered: Sep 20, 2006
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Country: United States

well to start, you can wear shorts if you want, they tell you to take your shoes off, and you get a bronzed tan. and they constantly push mai tais on you, its terrible. there are so many obstacles to overcome. worst of all, the weather is usually great and the resorts include complimentary spa packages.



Johnny5liter
Registered: Jun 30, 2008
Total Posts: 309
Country: United States

Sergio Mottola wrote:
well to start, you can wear shorts if you want, they tell you to take your shoes off, and you get a bronzed tan. and they constantly push mai tais on you, its terrible. there are so many obstacles to overcome. worst of all, the weather is usually great and the resorts include complimentary spa packages.



Those bastards!



Brian Virts
Registered: Apr 28, 2010
Total Posts: 1888
Country: United States

awesome! thanks...



skiboarder72
Registered: Oct 15, 2012
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Country: United States

I shot a wedding in punta cana, dominican republic back in July. Beautiful place for sure!

I didn't really have any issues shooting. Make sure you travel light though and keep all your luggage with you. They like to take all the gate checked bags at the Punta Cana airport and just set them out near where all the checked bags come out, so thats a bit disheartening. Make sure to bring a few hundred in cash (there is a $10 per person entry fee into the country) and taxi rides are about $40 each way. Once your at the resort make sure to put your camera and everything in the safe (at least what you can fit). I didn't have any major problems but I like to stay on the safe side of things when I'm out of the country.



sgtbueno
Registered: Jul 01, 2012
Total Posts: 453
Country: United States

I go to Punta Cana 4 or 5 times every year, relax, you will have a great time, I never had any issues with people stealing anything from my room, same at the airport, it's a very friendly place. I always travel with jetBlue Airways and I naver gate check any of my bags, it always fit, unless you have a monster bag, you can bring onboard 1 bag up to 26x18x12 and another small bag..ie laptop.
Have fun!



jomazo
Registered: Apr 04, 2012
Total Posts: 80
Country: United States

Just shot a wedding in Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa. No problems at all. I also stuffed all my gear in the safe. 5DM2+24-70+70-200+50mm+100mm two flashes and another body. Wear light. Very humid and hot. The wedding was on the beach..very nice...a bit late. 6pm...lighting was not very good. So be prepared for that. Only thing I would double check with B & G is some resorts like the one I went to comes with a photographer and ceremony only. Which infuriated me! FYI. Best of Luck.



Johnny5liter
Registered: Jun 30, 2008
Total Posts: 309
Country: United States

Great job Ski.



Brian Virts
Registered: Apr 28, 2010
Total Posts: 1888
Country: United States

Thanks guys, nice work Ski. I booked this shoot, we are taking a charter out of Philadelphia in March. So, I'm taking pretty much all of my gear. I've been to Punta Cana before, so I know how beautiful. I'm really looking forward to this wedding...