Dominican Republic Beach Vacations

Pros

  • Smaller and quieter compared to its neighbor; good for families
  • Long, beautiful beach with good swimming conditions
  • Large two-bedroom room types are available
  • Three decent restaurant options to choose from
  • Access to two pools for adults and children
  • Evening entertainment at Caribe Club
  • Tennis, mini-golf, bikes, and non-motorized water sports included
  • Nearby spa and fitness center with sauna
  • Access to amenities at other Princess properties like the casino

Cons

  • Rooms are basic and show some wear and tear
  • Minor maintenance issues are common, though usually fixed quickly
  • A tram ride or decent walk required to get to the lobby
  • Don’t expect reliable Wi-Fi
  • Guests may be approached by time-share sales people
  • No coffeemakers in rooms

Bottom Line

This 310-room colorful but basic resort is the lowest-priced of the four Princess-brand properties in Punta Cana. This family-friendly offering (with two pools and separate kids’ clubs for different age brackets) is situated next door to the more party-friendly Caribe Club. Both of these properties share certain amenities such as the lobby, nightly entertainment, tennis courts, and unreliable Wi-Fi; it can take a 10-minute walk or tram ride through the mangrove trees to get from one area to the next. Tropical’s rooms tend to be pretty outdated (the larger “Familiar” option is a better bet), but for those looking for a great beach location for a low price, this is the place. Guests have access to three restaurants and seven bars (there is a fee to use the restaurants at Caribe Club) and a nice spa.

Map of Tropical Princess Beach Resort & SpaCategories

All-Inclusive, Beachfront, Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Value

Scene

A quieter, more family-friendly atmosphere than at the party-hearty Caribe next door

Tropical guests enter a long driveway and go past the disco, two tennis courts, and bike rental rack before reaching an open-air lobby with an authentic palapa-style roof. After check-in is complete (be wary of time-share offers), the tram service transports guests past a chapel and bright row of shops, and through mangrove trees dotted with peacocks, to reach the rooms. They are housed a series of colorful buildings that are pretty accessible to the pools and beach.

While Caribe Club is the larger resort, the Tropical comes with a quieter and more family-friendly vibe. Though the Tropical shares many features with its bigger and louder sister resort next door, it does lack access to the Caribe's restaurant selection; the limited restaurants here include Dominican and Brazilian options. But the Tropical does have a chill beach buffet and snack area, which offers outdoor seating with direct views of the ocean and parasailers taking off and landing right in front. For nightlife, Tropical guests can use any of the bars here or at the Caribe Club.

Location

A great beach location is the draw here.

Thirty minutes from Punta Cana Airport, Tropical Club -– like the other Princess properties –- enjoys a prime location along a swimmer-friendly area of Bavaro Beach. Though Tropical arguably has a slightly more crowded stretch of sand than its neighbors, guests here have on-site access to the beach snack bar. The resort, like all resorts in Punta Cana, faces east for spectacular sunrises. Tropical's rooms are easy walking distance to the beach, though the lobby is longer walk or tram ride.

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