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Are you trying to decide whether or not to stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort? This blog post will outline 5 reasons why you should stay there and 5 reasons you might want to consider staying somewhere else. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is an excellent choice for families with young children, as it offers plenty of activities and amenities that kids will love. So keep reading for tips on making the most of your resort stay.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is one of our favorite moderate resorts to stay at while visiting Walt Disney World. Why? It offers something for everyone in our family. This moderate resort is perfect for us because it provides room options like a 5th sleeper kid-sized bed or a pirate-themed room. The on-site dining option at Sebastian’s Bistro and easy access to Hollywood Studios and Epcot via the Disney Skyliner are also conveniences of staying at this resort.
In addition, there are plenty of activities for kids, including a playground, multiple pool areas with a larger themed pool and splash play area, and movies on the lawn at night. So if you’re looking for a moderate family-friendly resort with everything you need, Caribbean Beach Resort may be a great option.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Room Options
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Overview
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the resort for you if you want to feel like you’ve stepped out of Florida and into a tropical oasis.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach is a beautiful resort themed to immerse guests in the culture and vibrancy of the Caribbean. Guests can enjoy white sandy beaches with hammocks and lounge chairs, five themed villages, and lush tropical landscaping, no matter which village your room is in. Being a moderate-class resort located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios resort area means you slightly upgrade in budget-friendly amenities compared to value resorts like Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. This includes an on-resort dining option at Sebastian’s Bistro and other table service options within walking distance at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
The resort features five villages, each with a unique design inspired by a different region of the Caribbean. Martinique, Barbados, Jamaica, Aruba, and Trinidad are the five villages at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Trinidad is split between North and South because it is such a large village. Guests can explore the culture and beauty of visiting the area, from Barbados’ elegance to Jamaica’s vibrant colors. The village you are in is assigned by room type.
There are a few room types to choose from when considering this resort. The 5th sleeper room includes two queen beds and a pull-down kids-size bed. Standard rooms have two queen-sized beds, two queen-sized beds with a kids’ pull-down bed, or one king-size bed. There are also a limited number of pirate-themed rooms at this resort that feature 2 two pirate ship double beds, buccaneer accessories, and many pirate decor additions.
We love the villages at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort because each village has its own pool and laundry room. This convenience was excellent on days when Fuentes del Morro, the main pool area, was crowded. We could return to our village and enjoy the pool or lounge poolside with fewer crowds. Remember that the village pools are standard pools with no slides or splash pads. They are also not heated like the main pool.
- Martinique and Barbados villages are closest to the central hub of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Old Port Royale Centertown.
- Aruba and Martinique villages are closest to Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Jamaica village is nearest to the Disney Skyliner
- Trinidad village is closest to Spyglass Grill but is the farthest away from Old Port Royale Centertown.
- Trinidad village is split between North and South based on location.
While all villages are two stories, there are no elevators at any of the villages at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The additional steps to get to the second floor feel like walking a marathon at the park’s end of a long day. Those steps pose a different challenge if you are toting along with a stroller or sleeping children. Consider requesting a first-floor room if you have an accessibility need, have a stroller, or have smaller children.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Size
One thing to consider is that Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is very large. This means more room to spread out and enjoy personal space on the plus side. But on the other hand, anticipate needing to plan ahead when it comes to bus wait times because of the multiple village bus stops. In our past visits attempting to get to the parks in the morning and returning from the resort at night, we’d often have to wait for the second or third bus for pickups and drop-offs. Because of this resort’s size, plan to do a lot of walking to and from Old Port Royale and the Skyliner hub.
The distance between the Trinidad village and the central hub of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Old Port Royale Centertown, caught us off guard. It is quite a hike considering the heat, humidity, or possibility of inclement weather. On our first visit, we stayed in a pirate-themed room, and the walking distance made staying in that room type a one-and-done.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transportation
This resort is the hub for Disney’s Skyliner. This means it is also the central transfer point for guests coming from Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort traveling to Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. With this amount of guests coming and going during peak times of the day, plan to allow extra time to accommodate crowds if you are traveling to EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the morning or at park close.
Oh yeah. The Skyliner hub has a Joffrey’s right at the entrance! Get your coffee first thing without going into the parks to get caffeinated.
Pro Tip: If the buses are full for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort when leaving the parks, take a Disney’s Riviera Resort bus and then walk the short distance back to your room. You’ll save time doing this.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Pricing Options
You will find that Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is on the higher end of moderate resort pricing. Other moderate resorts like Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Coronado Springs resort are less expensive per night for certain room types. Expect to see the pirate-themed rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at a higher price point and a bit harder to book if you have your heart set on staying in that room type.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Dining
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers guests dining options with a tropical flair, one table service, one marketplace with grab-and-go options, and one additional food location. Because Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is adjacent to Disney’s Riviera Resort, you also can walk over to Disney’s Riviera Resort to grab a bite to eat. We love catching the lemon madeleines or mini cheesecakes from Le Petit Café.
Sebastian’s Bistro is a table service location on resort property at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort, serving dishes with tropical flavors like Jerk Chicken and ‘Taste of the Caribbean‘ family-style meals. Plan on adding this location to your list of table service reservations to plan for at the 60-day mark if you want to eat at Sebastian’s Bistro. We lucked out and got a same-day walk-up reservation in August 2021 but waited about an hour for a table to become available. This was also when social distancing considerations differed, which impacted the number of guests who could dine at Sebastian’s Bistro. Social distancing has changed considerably since our last trip, so I encourage you to check on Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort website before making reservations.
Centertown Market is a quick-service location inside Old Port Royale serving various food and snack options. You’ll find the widest variety of food here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My favorite thing offered is the turkey sandwich, which comes with gouda cheese, barbeque mayonnaise, and crispy slaw. I ate SO many of these on our last trip! We’ve also had the pulled pork sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and breakfast platters. Did I mention the portion sizes are enormous? Almost everything we’ve gotten from Centertown Market could easily be split between two people, and often our kids split a meal.
There is also a Centertown Market Grab & Go at Old Port Royale if you want to pick up something light and quick before heading to the parks. Bottled beverages, coffee, muffins, pre-packaged salads, and vegetable cups are just a few items offered at the grab-and-go market.
Banana Cabana is the poolside bar with light appetizer-like offerings just outside the main pool area, Fuentes del Morro. This would be a perfect spot to grab a seat to enjoy some evening margaritas and views of the Epcot fireworks above the tree line.
Spyglass Grill is the stand-alone smaller quick-service food location in the middle of the Trinidad villages that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. There are also mug refills stations operating when Spyglass Grill is open. We found this location convenient when staying in the Trinidad village, but the operating hours were not always convenient or aligned with our schedule.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Recreation and Amenities
Designating a resort day or two within your trip is a must if you stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. A leisurely resort day could be spent poolside, catch and release fishing, on a bike ride, playing volleyball, jogging on the jogging path, or stopping to play at the playground.
We usually plan a pool & laundry day mid-week, so we can slow down and take a break from the rigorous park day schedules. Being able to wash clothes during a week’s stay at Disney is also a plus, given it is hot, and we take mid-day breaks to return to the resort for showers, naps, and a clean change of clothes.
Remember that most amenities at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort are an additional expense, so budget accordingly. Some experiences like catch and release fishing require advance planning and booking.
Here is one of our favorite things to do as a family that does not require a theme park ticket. Because Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the hub for the Disney Skyliner and drops off outside of Epcot, you could take a ride over to Disney’s Boardwalk via the Epcot line and spend the day eating, shopping, and sightseeing. We’ve hitched a ride via the Skyliner to Disney’s Pop Century Resort in the past to pick up a few resort-specific pins and to check out the resort amenities like the game room and oversized themed options.
Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- The Caribbean feel at a fraction of the price compared to the island feel at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is Disney’s Skyliner hub resort. This means convenient access to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. You could also take a quick Skyliner ride to EPCOT and then visit Disney’s Boardwalk for a day enjoying food, shopping, and sightseeing.
- Smaller village pools if the larger pool area gets too crowded. You have an almost private pool!
- On property table service dining options at Sebastian’s Bistro. This is in addition to two quick service options to choose from.
- Walking distance to Disney’s Riviera Resort where you get additional dining and shopping options.
Reasons to Consider Another Disney Resort
- Price. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is on the higher end of the price scale compared to other moderate resorts on property. I’d recommend thinking about how much resort time you want to plan before booking a room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. If your day will be spent mostly away from the resort, perhaps a value resort is a better option that is less expensive.
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is big! This means more resort bus stops across the resort for pickups and dropoffs. Think of it as many stops and go while on the bus.
- Distance to Old Port Royale. If you stay in the village of Trinidad North or South, plan on a hike to get back and forth to everything this resort has to offer aside from Spyglass Grill.
- Two floors, no elevators. This resort has no elevators. This may not be a good fit for families that are toting along a lot of luggage, strollers, or sleeping kids after a long day at the parks.
- Transportation. Because Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the hub for Disney’s Skyliner, you’ll be taking the Skyliner when headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. There are internal shuttles across the resort and buses to Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs. Only when the Skyliner is down are buses to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT offered for resort guests. The Skyliner can also get quite busy during certain times of the day so try to plan around that if you can!
If you’re trying to decide if Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the right resort for your vacation, hopefully, this overview has helped. I tried to include as much information as possible about the different aspects of the resort so you can make an informed decision. Keep in mind that everyone’s needs are different and what might be perfect for one person may not work for someone else. If you have any specific questions that weren’t answered here or just want some personal advice, please reach out to me on Facebook or my contact page. I would love to help in whatever way I can. I also share a lot of insider information about Walt Disney World and travel in a newsletter. Subscribing to the newsletter will get you exclusive content first!
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