Have you decided to get married outside of your All-Inclusive resort? Cheers to that!

We love outside venues like Kukua, Jellyfish, and Huracan Cafe because the main focus of the day for everyone who is there is the wedding. From the planner to the DJ, every single person will be there because of your event.

In case you don’t see my point, let me explain myself: At resorts, there are always other people around that are enjoying their holidays. This means that they could stare at your ceremony while eating nachos and wearing speedos (I’m basically talking from experience here). At your venue, it will be you, your fiancé, and your guests. Intimate.

Depending on where your event is, I’ll recommend a few hotels that are located nearby. It doesn’t mean that you HAVE to stay there, it means that traveling and distances would be shorter, and easier for everybody. Not just for traveling to the event, but for coming back wasted at night (we all have that family member that can’t wait for the open bar to be open… in my case those are my friends).

Since we can’t cover every outside venue, we’ll recommend based on the ones we work with more often:


Where to stay if you’re getting married at Jellyfish?

Off Resort Weddings in Punta Cana


Luckily, this venue is right in the middle of Bavaro. Most resorts are located in this area, so almost every hotel works for you!

The main ones, nearby, are:
– Now Larimar
– Secrets Royal Beach
– Barcelo Bavaro Palace
– Paradisus Palma Real
– Melia Caribe Tropical

These last two are very close to the venue actually, so I’m not sure if you want your guests to be right next door. If that’s the case, then Melia Caribe Tropical is within 3 minutes walking distance from Jellyfish Restaurant.

Other options, a little further:
– Majestic Colonial, Elegance or Mirage
– Royalton Bavaro or Punta Cana


Which resorts are located nearby Kukua Beach Club?

Off Resort Weddings in Punta Cana


Kukua is also in a great location (like most off-resort venues!) which is great to reduce travel times and headaches while planning. It’s also great for a site inspection if you feel like visiting Punta Cana prior to your wedding day.

Some close-by resorts are:
– Royalton Punta Cana or Bavaro
– Majestic Colonial, Elegance or Mirage
– Hard Rock Punta Cana
– Riu Palace or Macao
– Gran Bahia Principe

The last two on the list, are right next to Kukua Restaurant. If you don’t love the idea of having the venue within walking distance every day on your holidays, I’d avoid them.


Where should I stay for a Huracan Cafe wedding?

Off Resort Weddings in Punta Cana


Huracan, just like Jellyfish, shares most options since they are so close to one another. Centrally located in the middle of the Bavaro area, you can decide to stay in many places.

Let’s go with the ones closer in distance:
– Now Larimar
– Secrets Royal Beach
– Barcelo Bavaro Palace
– Paradisus Palma Real
– Grand Palladium
– Playa Turquesa Ocean Club

The last one on the list, Playa Turquesa, is right next door to Huracan Cafe. If you want to be within walking distance, it’s a great option. You should know that it’s not the traditional All-inclusive resort but more of an “Apartment Rental” place. It’s great for people who want a different experience, but nothing like the other ones on the list.


Where is best to stay for a wedding at Chateau CapCana?

Huracan Cafe Wedding


Well, luckily this area is full of beautiful options. Even though they are not really cheap, you might find some good deals at any of them. CapCana is a beautiful area and it’s very secluded. There are fewer tourists and lots of gorgeous views.

Nearby Chateau CapCana you can find:
– Secrets CapCana
– Sanctuary CapCana by Playa
– AlSol Tiara, Del Mar, or Luxury Village

If you love the venue but you don’t want to stay super close, there are other options mid-way there between Bavaro and CapCana, like Catalonia Royal Bavaro or even Dreams Palm Beach.
All of these places wouldn’t be a problem if you decide to use Chateau as your wedding venue.


Which resorts can I find close to The Palms?

Off Resort Weddings in Punta Cana


Even though this venue is a little further than the other ones, it’s very close to some beautiful resorts in the Uvero Alto area. The Palms Punta Cana feels more exotic, natural, and authentic than all the other venues on the list. It’s a little bit more secluded and “not as modern” (in a good way). You would want to go there for the place and the views.

The amazing thing about The Palms is that it is a villa so you can actually stay there during the entire week! We are giving you options close to this venue in case you have a large group and want to have them close to you.

Close by to The Palms, you can find:
– Chic
– Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
– Now Onyx
– Excellence El Carmen
– Breathless (Adults Only)

There are a few others, that are even more secluded. Zoetry is a great example, being away from most other resorts. It’s not the cheapest, just so you know. Excellence Punta Cana is another great option if you don’t mind driving a little bit from this wedding venue.

I hope this list helps you a little bit on your planning.. if your wedding venue is not on the list don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll help!

If you are still on the stage of deciding what venue or resort to choose for your wedding and photos are the most important thing for you, you should read last week’s post!