Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
The Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is the most colorful of the Disney hotels. Take a trip to the islands, mon. This hotel is built for relaxation. Hammocks are strung up all around the beaches. MMmmm??? Take a nap on a beach.
Hey Mrs. Mom ...
The Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is a vacation destination in itself. The resort is dedicated to giving guests the experience of a true Caribbean getaway without leaving the U.S. In true Disney fashion, the Resort offers something for every member of the family on your perfect Disney World vacation.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Photo by Mike Billick
The resort surrounds a 45 acre lake called Barefoot Bay which has a island in the middle named Caribbean Cay (pronounced Key) Island. The island is connected to the rest of the resort by two long bridges. These bridges also connect the Jamica and Aruba villages to Old Port Royale.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing MAJOR renovations. Custom House (the main building) is essentially closed. The food court, the gift shop and Shutter's are all closed. There is a breakfast buffet and food trucks set up to accomodate dining during the construction.
The guest buildings in the Barbados village and some in the Martinique village have been fenced off and will be torn down to make room for the new Disney Vacation Club building that's being constructed.
Your perfect stay will be at one of the six villages complete with lush and tropical landscaping. Each village is a city to itself (or so it seems) and rooms reflect the Caribbean theme in the furnishings and architecture. Standard rooms are complete with tropical colors and ceiling fans create a relaxed atmosphere.
The Caribbean Beach Resort was the first of the Disney Moderate Resorts, which means the rooms are the largest of the moderates. They are about 340 square feet. (That compares with 260 for the Values and an average of around 400 in the Deluxes.)
The Caribbean Beach Resort has 6 different "villages" that make up the hotel. Each "village" has a pool, laundry and a bus stop (the most important thing).
- Trinadad North - the closest to the Old Port Royale
- Trinadad South - features the pirate rooms
- Jamica - linked to Old Port Royale by the bridge
- Aruba - next to Jamica and shares the same bridge
- Barbados - the most remote of the "towns" (this is where Dad was exiled)
- Martinique - between Customs House and Old Port Royale
The rooms here are pretty standard hotel rooms. Like the Value Resorts, they have 2 double beds (although Disney is transitioning to queen beds in the moderates). Rooms are functional, with a little extra space, but not much.
The interiors of the rooms are decorated to match the decor of the building. Pastel colors abound. The bed spreads, the wall paper are done in muted colors.
Photo by Joe Penniston
Your first, and probably last stop at the Caribbean Beach will be at Custom House. This is the front desk of the resort. This impressive structure houses check-in, check-out, bell services and laundry drop off (for those who want Disney to do their laundry).
Map of the Caribbean Beach Resort
Old Port Royale, fun and more
Activities at the Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort cater to all levels of fitness and interests. Water lovers can rent sailboats, canoes, pontoon boats, Sea Raycer boats and Pedal boats. Land lovers can pick up a bike or surrey and enjoy a leisurely ride along the promenade.
For sun worshipers, Barefoot Bay offers white sands for dozing and the volleyball courts invite a friendly match. Arcade lovers will find the latest in video and pinball games in the Goombay Games Arcade. Jog or stroll the 1.4-mile jogging trail as it winds through the tropical landscape.
Kids can burn off all their energy at the Caribbean Cay playground while they can slide, swing and climb. With six pools from which to choose, there’s no lack of water fun. Complete with water cannons, water slides, squirt hoses, water buckets and spas, everyone in the family will find a place to splash or relax.
Photo by Dawn from the Facebook page
The Calypso Trading Post and Straw Market sells all kinds of Disney sportswear, groceries, snacks, souvenirs and other nick nacks you see at all the other gift shops around.
Shop till you drop.
Each of the villages has a pool, and at Old Port Royale, there is a large pool with a pirate theme (wonder why that is?). That brings the number of pools at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort to 9. NINE pools. That's incredible. All those pools and a lake too. Each of the pools are heated and are warm enough to swim in even when it's cold outside. (We've seen adults in the pools when the temperature was just above freezing.)
Lifeguards are on duty during posted operating hours. Officially pools are open seasonally, which means when it gets cold, the lifeguards go inside.
At Barefoot Bay Marina you can rent boats, bikes, sailboats, canoes and much more. Sail the lake in an 8 person pontoon boat or rent a personal speed boat (SeaRaycer) and kick up some waves. SeaRaycers can be driven by anyone 16 or above. (Disney had some problems with serious accidents and raised the driving age a couple of years ago.)
There is a promenade around the lake for bicycles. It's almost a mile and a half long. You must be 18 to rent bicycles. There's even a 2 seater for a romantic ride.
The Old Port Royale Food Court, which is located in the Old Port Royale (imagine that) features American favorites such as pizza, pasta and hamburgers. If you'd like to grab a quick meal can pick up fresh fruit and pastries at the Grab N Go market or pack a picnic lunch with a sandwich from Montegos Deli, which also serves pancakes and deserts.
For a leisurely dining experience, stop at Sutter’s at Old Port Royale and sample some Pineapple-marinated chicken or other American cuisine served with a tropical twist.
Dad saw a question once. It asked if one could walk from the Caribbean Beach Resort to the Magic Kingdom? Some people. Sure Dad answered. It's only about 5 miles without any sidewalks, through traffic, down an interstate (hey, it seems like an interstate) ... You get the picture.
Transportation from the CBR is pretty simple. You either drive or jump on one of Disney's Luxury Motor Coaches (buses). The buses run from the hotel to all the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs.
The Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is almost in the middle of Disney World. It's just a couple of blocks from Disney's Hollywood Studios and a short distance to the back entrance to Epcot. The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdoms are a bit of a drive.
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Address and Phone Number
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way Lake Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 934-3288 (fax)
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Dad's Bottom Line
Dad didn't have a great experience at the Caribbean Beach Resort, (Dad's Caribbean Beach experience) but It probably wasn't the hotels fault. The new bedding (and better weather) might make a difference.