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Caribbean Beach Bus Service

by Melissa

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Video Transcript

Hi. Dad here again with another video Ask Dad. Today we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to talk on the whiteboard.

This is the whiteboard in my office. Over there is my desk, right over there, where I typically make videos, but today we’re going to use the whiteboard. You can see over here. You can’t see over here, but over here I’ve got a bunch of sticky notes where I keep track of things.

My Disney cartoons and stuff all around the whiteboard. Today we’re going to talk about the Caribbean Beach Resort.

Here’s the question. It comes from Melissa in Pennsylvania. She says, “We’d like to try the Caribbean Beach Resort for our vacation coming up in February. I have a child who tends to get motion sick on a bus for too long or with lots of stop and go action. Is there a better location in this resort to stay that will minimize the amount of time spent on a bus?”

Well Melissa, let me just say right up front, no. There’s not. It’s just not the way it’s laid out. It just doesn’t work. Let me explain why. Here’s the Caribbean Beach Resort. This is not a great picture. I’m not a great artist, but let me kind of explain how things work. This is the front entrance of the Caribbean Beach Resort. If you come in you’ll go around. This is the Customs House. Here would be Port Royale up here where you’ve got the food court and things like that.

This is kind of the outline. The problem is buses come in here, at this little entrance right here, instead of at the front entrance. They come in here by Jamaica. Now you would think that Jamaica would be a great place to stay if the buses are coming in right here by Jamaica. That doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. The problem is when the buses come from the parks they come in here and they go around here. The first stop is Trinidad South, which is not real close to Jamaica.

Then they go to Trinidad North, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and then to Jamaica and then back out. If you’re going to the parks, Jamaica is a great place to stay, but if you’re coming from the parks, Jamaica is kind of the worst place to be. For the Caribbean Beach Resort there’s really not a good place to stay for bus service. It’s just not.

That’s one of the reasons I really don’t like the moderate resorts is the bus service. The stops, it’s just not the best place to stay if you’re worried about how long you’re staying on a bus. If you have someone like your son who can’t stay on a bus for a long time it’s just not a good option. Coronado Springs might be a better option if you can get over by the main building. It’s still not the best option.

The value resorts, a pretty good option because there’s only one bus stop at the value resorts. You don’t have any extra time on the buses. Two standard rooms at the value resorts is about the same price as a room at the Caribbean Beach Resort. That’s why we stay at the Pop Century. We stay at the Pop Century even with bigger kids because we can get two rooms. It was the same price or maybe even a little cheaper than the moderate resorts.

Now the family suites, that’s a different deal altogether, but two rooms at the Pop Century might be a better option for you than this. I’ll tell you what, give our friends over at Destinations To Travel a ring. You’ll see the URL coming up. Go over and give them a shout, fill out the form there. They can help you. They know these kinds of things. They can really help on what is the best option for you.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel page

Thanks for your question Melissa. I appreciate it.

Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is now there’s really not a good option for what would be better for you. You’re going to have the same number of stops no matter which section you stay in. I hope that helps. Have a great day. Bye bye.


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Comments for

Apr 24, 2018 Bus stops – spending least amount of time
by: Anxious

We (fiancée and I) will be staying at CBR in October for our honeymoon, and I was looking around to see which part of the resort would offer us the least amount of time on the bus.
Staying in Jamaica puts us the last to leave, and cuts out all the travel within the resort on our way to the parks, but it’s also the last stop coming home.
For us, I was thinking of asking to stay in Jamaica so we have a shorter wait in the mornings, and in the evenings if we were wanting off the bus sooner we could always get off at Trinidad and walk over the bridge to Jamaica.
I don’t know how long of a walk it is between the resorts though! Is this a bad plan? Well probably want to be off our feet at the end of the day anyways and just stay on the bus. But if I need to get back to the room quicker, would this be a better option?

Oct 28, 2016 Never again at Caribbean
by: Julie

Try Port Orleans, French Quarter. There is only one bus stop. We stayed there a few years ago in September. Usually, the bus picked us up and went directly to the parks. Twice we stopped once at Port Orleans, Riverside. I have stayed at the Caribbean and will never stay there again due to bus service. Good luck.

Oct 28, 2016 Motion sickness
by: Lynn

Renting a car might be a better option if your resort can’t be changed, if tram service from the parking lot to the front gate isn’t an issue.

Oct 28, 2016 Caribbean Beach
by: Laurie

our whole family stayed here in 2015 and we loved it. we had no complaints about the bus. we stayed in Jamaica and hope to stay there when we return in 2018. we actually liked the resort because it was so big and we weren’t crowded out. the kids enjoyed the Jamaica pool when we returned from the parks because they had it mostly to themselves as everyone was at the main pool. there is a resort bus that you can take just to get you around the resort if you don’t want to walk.
we definitely want to stay there again when we return in 2018.

Oct 27, 2016 Great place to stay
by: Anonymous

Have stayed here 3 times and we actually love it. Each section has it’s own private pool along with the main pool which is one of the best in my opinion, 2 slides and heated for off peak stays. Just to clarify, the buses actually do enter from both entrances depending on which park they come from. With so many stops there is not a huge group of people at 1 bus stop as with the value resorts. A lot of people hate this about them. And if you want to be secluded then you can stay further away from the main area or closer depending on your preferences.

Oct 25, 2016 Carribean Beach
by: Mishawna

Our family stayed here for the first time in August 2016. While the resort was beautiful we won’t stay here again in the future. The resort is just too spread out. It took too much time to get anywhere. Buses, pools, food everything is FAR from the rooms. We will be back at POP next time.

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