Travel Nut here… Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, we travel a lot. As such I strongly believe that travel is a hobby to be enjoyed cause the world is a wonderful place to explore…
BUT I also believe that the best Traveller is an informed one.
So lets see if I cannot answer some of your Questions / concerns:
Water in The Dominican Republic…
Quite frankly the DR is a 3rd World Country … it shares the Island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The island has many political, economic & social problems (including Health & Safety issues).
BUT… Mr TTR & I won’t be going back… EVER
For a variety of reasons. One of which is we like to explore a Destination, and we don’t feel safe doing so in the DR.
There are far better places in the Caribbean to spend my Vacation time & money.
In truth if you go to DR, more than likely you’ll just end up hanging out at your AI Resort (maybe go on an excursion thru them).
Consequently in 3 Days you aren’t going to see much / any of DR beyond that.
I am not crazy about Mexico either… but it is waaay better than DR.
Too bad you are from the USA… or I would recommend Cuba, which is also dirt cheap, but has a lot more going for it:
Beaches – Culture – Nightlife – Music – Clean & Safe Water – Good Medical System etc.
NOTE – WHERE EVER YOU GO… Be sure and invest in Travel Insurance and Travel Health Insurance !!
If you have never been outside of the USA, I suggest you do some reading & research… because as much as travelling is great, educational and offers up GORGEOUS Scenery … it isn’t home (most of the Caribbean is made up of 2nd & 3rd world countries… with just a few more progressive ones thrown into the mix here and there).
Wikipedia is a good place to start for anywhere you might be interested in going to (nice cause you can click around to learn more). And also look at any Destination you have in mind their Tourism Website for “touristy” info. Every Country has one. As well TripAdvisor (the leading source on the Internet for Travel Planning) is an awesome place to learn about Destinations… they have Travel Guides – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) and Discussion Forums where you can post Questions and have them answered by TA Destination Experts & Locals.
You should also know that the US State Dept puts out Travel Advisories for every country… so that US Citizens like yourself can be informed about “situations” in countries. These are things that EVERY Traveller should consider / look at… BEFORE they book a trip.
(Every Country’s Govt issues Travel Advisories… if anyone else is reading this for example… in Canada they come out thru the Dept of Foreign Affairs, in the UK via Gov.UK )
To get you started on your research for the Dominican Republic I provide the following links for you:
Wikipedia – Dominican Republic = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic
Dominican Republic Tourism = http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/rd/?lang=en&idioma=1
TripAdvisor – Dominican Republic = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147288-Dominican_Republic-Vacations.html
US Travel Advisory – Domincan Republic = http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1103.html
Hope this helps,
PS… NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO on your Honeymoon. Be sure and buy Travel Trip Insurance and Travel Health Insurance… you don’t want to travel outside of the USA without these. AND if you are going during Hurricane Season to the Caribbean (June 1st to November 30th) make inquiries about Hurricane Insurance as well… in so much as you’ll be able to cancel your Holiday ahead of time if need be, or perhaps get a Partial or Full Refund if a Hurricane interupts / spoils your Holiday.