The Caribbean Beach Resort was the first of three resorts that I stayed in during my recent trip to Walt Disney World. A moderate-priced Disney resort evokes the calm and serenity of a beach vacation yet includes a resort-style pool that’s sure to excite the kids. With its expansive grounds and lush, tropical landscaping, the Caribbean Beach Resort never felt crowded.
What I loved about the Caribbean Beach Resort
The Fuentes del Morro pool draws kids to the Caribbean Beach Resort. With a pair of water slides, a couple of water canons and zero-entry, it wowed for my boys, 8 and 11-years-old.
Not the only activity for kids, I found an arcade, bikes for rent, guided fishing and a pirate-themed cruise just for kids. It seemed impossible to find bored kids at the Caribbean Beach Resort.
What I wanted at the Caribbean Beach Resort
The size of the Caribbean Beach Resort proved cumbersome. I found the registration, bell services and the Magical Express bus stop at the Custom House and I boarded an internal bus to get around. The Old Port Royale building housed the dining and pool area.
I didn’t use the registration area during my stay since I checked into my room before my arrival. When my room became available, I got a text with my room number. I recommend using this option.
I found the Magical Express (complimentary bus transportation to and from the Orlando airport) efficient. Though next time I will carryon my luggage into the Magical Express bus. Even though it was delivered to my room, I needed some items before it was delivered, 5 to 8 hours after my flight landed. Next time I will claim my checked bags and put them on the Magical Express with me. Just don’t use the luggage tags that Disney includes with your Magic Bands.
The Caribbean Beach Resort delivered my checked bags to my room but my carry-on luggage remained with bell services. Since my room was not ready, I left my carry-on with the bell hop. When I got back to the resort, I made a special trip to the Custom House to claim my bag. The trip took 30 minutes and that’s 30 minutes not swimming in the pool. Bummer.
The Caribbean Beach Resort ($$) is a moderate resort 4.1 miles from Epcot. The expansive property includes seven villages with a total of 2,112 rooms along the shores of the 45-acre Barefoot Bay.
Each village provides a bus stop for the internal Caribbean Beach Resort Bus and the park buses. Also each village feauteres a guest laundry, a white-sand beach and a large pool. Nice feature for avoiding the kids at the resort’s main pool at the Old Port Royale.
I found plenty of complimentary self-parking. We used the Walt Disney World’s complimentary shuttle service to get to the parks from the Caribbean Beach Resort. I found the bus transportation fairly regular though crowded enough to require standing at peak times.
The Caribbean Beach Resort features complimentary Wi-Fi. Though breakfast is not.
The island colonial architecture and tropical landscaping offer lots of privacy and I rarely saw other guests. The Caribbean Beach Resort gives you an island vacation in the middle of Disney one.
I visited Caribbean Beach Resort in April.
My Room at the Caribbean Beach Resort
I reserved for a standard room with two double beds and a fun twin trundle on the first floor room of the Martinique Village. Each village features several buildings and I found the layout confusing and hard to navigate when hauling a week’s worth of luggage for a family.
The room offered 314 square-feet with a semi-private vanity area and separate tub and toilet area. It features two double beds and a pull-out trundle that my boys fight over. The room sleeps five and not much room for a pack-n-play. I entered my room from an outdoor corridor it didn’t feature a private balcony or patio.
Our room provided a small round table and two chairs, phone, coffee maker, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, flat screen television, a mini-refrigerator and deluxe ice bucket with real glassware. Missing was an alarm clock. The charging station located on the bed side table with two outlets and two USB plugs was a nice feature. This feature is missing from my luxury room later during my WDW stay.
My Bathroom at the Caribbean Beach Resort
The bathroom area features louvered doors that extends the island feel and allows for a separate changing area. Great for a Mom who wants to dress before the kids wake up. Tub and toilet are in a separate room with a standard tub enclosure and decorative shower curtain.
The vanity area features two separate sinks with a granite countertop, decorative lighting and mirror. I liked the lighted make-up mirror that’s mounted next to the sink and the decorative tissue cover and soap dish. I found standard toiletries: facial bar, bath bar, shampoo and conditioner.
Next to the vanity was a long closet rod and the luggage rack. I found the lack of an official closet a serious draw-back. The vanity area gets messy with kids quick.
The Caribbean Beach Resort offers pirate-themed rooms for an extra charge. The pirate-themed rooms have two double beds with sleeping for four, no trundle.
Family Fun at the Caribbean Beach Resort
The Fuentes del Morro pool with its Spanish colonial-themed fort with a pair water cannons and two water slides, one over 80-feet long, is the main attraction. There’s a lot of fun happening here. I especially liked the zero-entry so I can watch my kids and get my toes wet without putting on a swimsuit.
For the younger kids, I found a separate water play area for kids under 48”. With lots of lounge chairs and the Banana Cabana Pool Bar for your favorite cocktails, this area grabs the kids from all over the resort.
I found a white-sand beach next to the Barefoot Bay that was nice. The Martinique Village has a sand volleyball court. All along Barefoot Bay is a wide sideway suitable for jogging.
For kids looking for adventure, Caribbean Beach Resort has a Pirate Adventure Cruise for kids aged 4 to 12 that departs at 9:30 a.m. An arcade is located at the Old Port Royale area next to the main pool.
Where to eat at the Caribbean Beach Resort
With a quick-service food court and casual dining options, feeding the family is easy. I used the grab-in-go section that features sweets, healthy snacks, drinks and even individual, alcoholic beverages that can be enjoyed by the pool.
Since the weather was perfect, we took our purchases outside and ate on the large patio area. I found a table, though there should be more. I got the last one.
What I loved about this area is the outdoor entertainment located near by. The kids could watch the outdoor movie or participate in the campfire activities. I watched my kids while I enjoyed a cocktail without having to sit right next to them.
Note about transferring resorts during your stay:
I changed resorts three times during my five-day/four-night stay at Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World will transfer your bags free of cost. I packed up our bags and rolled them down to luggage services that transferred them in the afternoon, usually between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
If I wanted a bell hop to grab my bags from my room I would have to stay with my bags until the bell hop arrived. I found this inconvenient and brought them to luggage services myself, located next to the main entrance.
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Know before you go:
- Towels are available at the Fuentes del Morro Pool only.
- Lifeguards are on-duty at some of the pools. No posted schedeule.
- Allow extra time for bus transportation at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The resort is large and includes eight bus stops.