Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review

Caribbean Beach is a moderate resort with excellent amenities for children and families. If a luxury resort is out of your price range, but you want something more than a value resort, then Caribbean Beach is the place to be. Journey into a world where time slows down and your cares fade away in the midst of Calypso melodies. Resort guests are invited into a relaxing paradise with vibrant colors and lush surroundings.

Caribbean Beach Resort Location

The property is located near Epcot and Hollywood Studios, making it ideal for guests who like to spend time at these parks. It’s also close to Disney Springs, which is excellent for shopping or dining. There are six beautiful villages with two-story buildings. They are named Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, and Martinique. They are located around Barefoot Bay, a 45-acre lake. Each village has its own theme and swimming pool and includes sand beaches, playgrounds, lounge chairs, and comfy hammocks. The tropical resort gives you the feeling that you are in the islands rather than Orlando, Florida.

Caribbean Beach Resort Map
Caribbean Beach Resort Map

Room Types

The Caribbean Beach Resort offers a variety of room types, including standard rooms with two queen beds, two queen beds with a child-size pull-down bed, and a king room. There are also several pirate-themed rooms with two double beds. The preferred rooms are more expensive but closer to the center of the action and the dining area.

During their island-themed vacation, guests have easy access to check-in, concierge services, hotel amenities, and dining at Old Port Royale. Here you will find the Calypso Trading Post, which sells resort-themed clothing and merchandise in addition to the standard Disney clothing and souvenirs found throughout the resorts. Snacks, sundries, and convenience items are also available at the shop.

Caribbean Beach Dining Options

Eat at Centertown Market, a colorful counter-service restaurant fashioned after a street market that serves classic breakfast dishes and savory Latin- and Caribbean-inspired meals. Centertown Market also has a grab-and-go section with a variety of delectable items.

Sebastian’s Bistro, also at The Old Port Royale, is a charming island-style restaurant where you’ll be delighted with family dishes infused with rich Latin and Caribbean flavors. The Banana Cabana full-service pool bar and lounge is a popular spot where you can get your island vibe or sit and relax on the deck overlooking the lake.

The Spyglass Grill in the Trinidad section offers counter-service ordering and covered outdoor seating. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available. Joffrey’s Coffee is a quick serve beverage and snack stand near the Skyliner transportation station. This is convenient if you are in a hurry and need a bite before heading to the parks.

Walk Towards Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom
Walk Towards Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom

Resort Amenities

The main attractions are the Fuentes del Morro Pool and the surrounding area. Kids and kids at heart can imagine themselves as pirates at this old Spanish fort with a zero-entry pool, two slides, and water cannons. Climb an 82-foot staircase to the top of a turret for a ride down the enormous 102ft slide that runs through the fortress wall! There is a shorter slide and a shipwreck play area, complete with mini slides, a crow’s nest, and a barrel that periodically downpours, which is a favorite among kids. There is also a 12-person spa for relaxing after a day at the parks.

When you’re not playing pirates or relaxing by the pool, there are plenty of other things to do. You can play volleyball on white sand beaches, take a jog, or walk the 0.6-mile course in the lush landscape surrounding Bay Lake. A nightly movie under the stars is offered on Caribbean Cay. Another popular activity is sitting around an old-fashioned campfire in the Martinique beach area, complete with marshmallow roasting.

Transportation Options

The resort is big, so if your room is on the opposite side and you don’t want to walk, they have an internal bus service. Transportation to the parks and Disney Springs is available by bus or you might wish to check out the new Skyliner Gondola service, which has made the Caribbean Beach Resort its central hub. It will connect you to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and a few exclusive resorts.

Pluto Gondola on the Skyliner at Walt Disney World
Pluto Gondola on the Skyliner at Walt Disney World

Overall Thought Caribbean Beach Resort

There are so many advantages to bringing your family to this beautiful resort that you may wonder if there are any disadvantages to staying here. There aren’t many, but here are a few.

For starters, the resort is enormous, making bus transportation difficult. They must pick up passengers at each village of the resort. You should add extra time to your schedule if that is your preferred mode of transportation. Although the Skyliner Gondola is a delightful new service, getting to the hub can be a bit of a walk, not to mention the long lines to board.

It is also quite a distance to walk from the resort’s far reaches to Old Port Royale if you stay in one of the outermost villages. Some buildings may require at least 15 minutes to get there. I recommend staying closer and paying for a preferred room.

Another drawback is that the rooms are slightly smaller than other moderate hotel rooms at Disney. The pirate-themed rooms are the furthest away and have only two double beds, unlike the other rooms with queen beds. It would be helpful if you also remembered that there are no elevators. Guests with limited mobility will be inconvenienced.

Overall, the Caribbean Beach Resort is one of the more stunning resorts at Walt Disney World. The unique features and prime location make this a great choice. If you want a more relaxing vacation with plenty of fun opportunities, you will likely enjoy your stay here. That being said, if you don’t like a lot of walking, you will want to choose a room near the Old Port Royale. If taking crowded buses with many stops is not your thing, you will want a room near the Skyliner Gondola hub.

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