5 Reasons to Stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort

Are you torn between taking a tropical vacation and going to Disney World? Then consider staying at the Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World and enjoying the best of both worlds!

UPDATE January 2018! Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is currently under a considerable amount of construction that hinders the guest experience. Changes include a newly reimagined Old Port Royale, expanded quick service dining, and more guest shopping. While we look forward to the future at this resort, for the moment it's not in the best shape. According to Disney, current rennovations are scheduled to be completed in "late summer 2018."

The Amenities! Do enjoy biking, fishing, or boating on your vacation? The Caribbean Beach Resort has it all! The 1.4 mile promenade around Barefoot Bay is the perfect place to go for a jog or a bike ride. Guests can rent bikes at the marina. Or rent a boat and go for a cruise around the bay. Book a fishing session and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the water fishing for bass.

Caribbean Beach MarinaCaribbean Beach Marina
Caribbean Cay. Caribbean Cay is the Caribbean Beach Resort's private island for guests to enjoy. Guests can access Caribbean Cay via the bridges from Old Port Royale and Jamaica. One of the best kept secrets at the resort Caribbean Cay is the perfect place to take a romantic stroll with your sweetheart, enjoy a picnic, or relax in one of their hammocks.

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Theme Pool. Recently renovated in 2008 the Old Port Royale Pool is one of the best pools on Disney property. This zero-entry pool features shooting water cannons, two water slides (one of them is an 82-foot long slide), a wading pool, an aqua play area, two 12-person jacuzzi spas, and the Banana Cabana pool bar.

Spectacular Themed PoolSpectacular Themed Pool
Atmosphere. There are six villages at the Caribbean Beach Resort where guests can stay, Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba, and Jamaica. Each of the villages are beautiful and Disney has worked hard to ensure that each islands uniqueness shines through in the villages. There are even beaches for you to relax on or perhaps play a game of beach volleyball on. You will be sure to enjoy a relaxing vacation and feel like you are in the islands while still being able to go to Disney World.

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Rooms. All of the Caribbean Beach Resort's rooms have been recently updated to reflect scenes and characters from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. If you happen to love all things pirate-themed then consider booking one of their Pirate Rooms. You get to sleep in a pirate ship bed! Guests can also request a room with a view of the water to complete your Caribbean experience. Both the pirate rooms and the water-view rooms require an additional cost.

Caribbean Beach Standard RoomCaribbean Beach Standard Room

We want to give a huge shout out and Thank You to our friends over at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Fan Site for exclusive us of their images. Stop by and say hello! Have you ever stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort? Which village did you stay in and what was your favorite part? Leave us a comment and let us know why you love this tropical escape!

Jeff wrote on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 20:34:

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This is where I stayed on my first trip to Disney World.
It a main reason I got me hooked into staying "on property".
Now 21 years and 12 WDW trips later, it holds a special place in my heart.

My only complaint, I wish they'd put in a proper bar/lounge, or at least expand the Banana Cabana pool bar.
A Caribbean themed Resort should have a better location for drinking.
Right or wrong, drinking's kind of "sport" down there.
I have the exact same complaint about Old Key West. LOL

Trisha wrote on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 00:17:

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I can't wait to experience CBR for myself! After much debate (and reading a LOT of mixed reviews), I decided that we would stay at CBR when we go back to WDW in November.

I love hearing the GOOD things about it! :-)

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 11:53:

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Jeff - I'm with you on the bar! I appreciate a nice spot for a cocktail.

Trisha - Have you visited our friends over at the Caribbean Beach fan site? http://www.disneycaribbeanbeach.com

Trisha wrote on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 12:55:

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I have! It is one of my bookmarks. :D I love looking/browsing and seeing everything the resort has to offer!

Drebe73 wrote on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 18:21:

I was tempted to stay there but opted for Pop century due to a lot of poor reviews online. We were satisfied with Pop Century and stayed there twice now. We'll have to give CBR a try next time and decide for ourselves. Thanks for the article, and thanks so much for such a great website.

JSP77 wrote on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 21:37:

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We just got back from a 6 night stay, and we're never going back there!

Right after checking in, we noticed that the refrigerator wasn't working, and they promptly replaced it, which was great. Over the next few days, we had problems after problems with their shuttles. We noticed that their stops always had a lot of people, more so than any of the other resorts. There were a couple of times when we had to wait for an hour to get on a bus. We tried to be patient, and the only time we called to complain was while waiting for a shuttle at Downtown Disney. We got to the bus stop at 11pm, and there were already a lot of people waiting. Other resorts had 3-4 buses that passed by, and not a single bus for CBR. After 45minutes I called the hotel and got the very unsatisfactory answer of "the buses come every 20 minutes". We finally got back to our room at around 1230 am.

On our last day, we checked out and decided to just stay in the hotel. The front desk person we spoke to said we can use the pool, as well as the other amenities until 12 midnight. We took a leisurely lunch, and got to the pool at 1pm. 30 minutes later, dark clouds rolled in and everyone was asked to leave the pool area. That was perfectly understandable of course, but we asked if we can use the indoor shower and restroom by the pool to rinse off our two kids since we've checked out of our room already. They said no, we have to wait for the storm to pass. Almost an hour later, it still hasn't rained so we asked again. They said no, we had to wait for the storm to pass. We called the front desk and asked if there were any other place to take a shower so our kids can rinse off and dress up. They said no, they don't really expect guests to stay after checking out so there's nothing they can offer us. Really??? A resort with hundreds of rooms and no place to take a shower? We ended up rinsing our kids, ages 1 and 3, in the restroom sink by the Martinique quiet pool. They enjoyed their "sink shower" of course, but I felt horribly offended having to resort to doing that after spending several thousands of dollars on Disney property.

Tracy wrote on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 21:39:

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We have just returned from 3 weeks here. It was our first trip to DIsney and not our last, infact we have already book the Caribbean beach for next year. It was amazing!!!!!!!

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:37:

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So glad that you enjoyed yourself!

Brad G wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:15:

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Katie Tenorio wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:26:

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As much as I love Disney, I just wasn't a fan of this property. It was perhaps that I was 9 weeks pregnant, and just wasn't feeling good overall that could be playing a part in my feelings. I felt that the property was just too big. I was tired and ready for a nap just after going down to the common house, or the pool. I did not find the food as appetizing as the food at Port Orleans Riverside. Each individual house was huge into itself, and by the time we were done with the vacation we had just figured out the best way to get to and from our room. The worst was the bus depot. It was probably just our location, but after spending x amount of hours at the park an hour long bus ride was just not all that fun. Especially since it seemed as if half of that bus ride took place within the boundaries of the hotel. We tried getting off at martinique and the common house, and it took just as long to get back to our room, only we were walking. The room itself was nice, and mousekeeping did a great job cleaning on the days we asked for our room to be serviced. Those days we chose to skip mousecleaning we came home from the parks to find a bag on our door with fresh towels and tons of shampoo and conditioner. Overall it was still a magical vacation, but I personally do not think I will stay here again.

Joan wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:30:

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After staying on Disney,s Properties for more than 30 times Carribean Resort was one of our favorites We always requested the Martinique section ( Close to the Food Court& Large Pool) Most Disney Properties are GOOD. Some are better than others but I like the Beach Atmosphere

Nichole L. wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:43:

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We stayed at CBR on our first trip to Disney back in 2009 and will return in September 2014. This will be our fifth trip to disney in 6 years. CBR is a great place to stay!

Ashley h. wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:44:

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A few years ago, my husband and I decided to extend our stay after 9 days of being at animal kingdom, we added 3 more days since we were having Such a blast! Animal kingdom had no vacancy so we decided to give carribean beach resort a shot. You'd think after staying at such a luxury resort for over a week it would be a shock to transfer, but CBR was great!!! We loved everyday there. The food options were pretty much unlimited. And getting pizza late at night was a cinch. The buses did seem to be packed and stopping at every village was tedious. But other than that, it was terrific. Would definitely choose this hotel again!

Anne wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 15:07:

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I have stayed at CBR numerous times and have been so pleased. The food court is a great advantage and the grounds are beautiful. Also, it has the best (and most frequent) transportation to and from the parks than any other place I have stayed on site.

Ellen M wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 15:19:

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We stayed here once and I much prefer the budget value resorts I have stayed at (Pop Century, All Star Movies, All Star Star Music). The shuttles at the CB were a NIGHTMARE! Not only were they infrequent, but the resort is so large that it took forever to get to your stop. The shuttles for the All Star hotels and Pop Century are much more frequent.

It's much too big. After spending the days walking around the parks, I didn't want to have such a long walk to meals.

It took forever to get our luggage from the Magic Express (bus to/from the airport) so we took it ourselves to the bus on the way home. That was a very long walk as well.

Kelli wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 15:33:

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My husband and I stayed there for our honeymoon. The staff was all very friendly and nice, we had no complaints or problems with our room, we were in Aruba. Anytime we went to Old Port Royale we walked through the Carribean Cay, it was beautiful. My only complaint was rats! I saw them on 2 seperate occasions the 6 nights we stayed. I know at a big resort like that they are bound to be around, but seeing them twice really grossed me out! Overall we enjoyed our stay, but our next trip we are going to stay at another resort, not just because of the rats, but because there are so many other resorts to experience.

charissa wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 16:32:

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We stayed here in 2010, and had a great time. The food at Shutters and the food court was really good, and they had some great shopping in their gift shop. I wish I had known about the coconut "post cards" before we arrived. I didn't have any addresses with me to send one out. We never found the size of the resort a problem, and really enjoyed taking walks around the promenade. I was afraid of our choice, at first, because I started reading reviews after reservations were made. My fears were for nothing, though. We never encountered any of the things people complained about. We have not been back to CB, but would not hesitate in the future. Especially since we watched the Epcot fireworks from our balcony every night- nice bonus.

Alvaro A. wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 16:36:

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I love this property and it's the choice for our annual Star Wars Weekend trips.. I proposed to my wife here and we have a very special attachment to it.. It has great scenery and is one the main reasons why we always stay on property... Bar can be better and some of the items suck as son block and all that is ridiculously priced.. But overall a great place... Our children love the pool which I must say by far the best pool on Disney site hotels..

Jo James wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 16:46:

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We have visited WDW from the UK many times and stay on a different property every time. We have booked CBR this time and I have heard that the property is vast. Our son has autism and can have a tendency to wander, could so done recommend the best area for us to request so that he is not out in the sticks.

Pauline wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 17:40:

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We have booked to go in oct this year, have been to disney many of times but never stopped on site till this year, taking our 7 year old grandson for his first trip to disney

Jeff wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 21:13:

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We stayed there last October and loved it. We had a long walk to the main pool but had no issues with that when your eating on a Disney Dining Plan it's good to walk it off.

We liked it so much we are going back there in May and can't wait. The kids loved all the lizards on the walking path and the pirate rooms have been all I have been hearing about since we left so that option is now a must.

jeffpk wrote on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:13:

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When we lived in florida two decades ago we used to stay at the Caribbean beach whenever we went to Dizzyworld.

I have mixed feelings about the upgrade they did when they put in the lower price resorts. Its nice, but this used to be one of the least expensive places to stay on property and they upped the room rate a lot with the refurbishment.

Cathy wrote on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 01:53:

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Loved this resort the first time there. It was awesome. Years later we went back because we loved it the first time, however we were so far from the food court that we hated it cause it was too far to even walk there to get a drink. So if your staying there get a preferred room and ask to be closer to the food court and pool.

Sheila wrote on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 02:55:

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We stayed there in early December 1997 - my parents, and my two children, and me. It was the first time I used my DVC points. It was also the first time we were at WDW for all the Christmas holiday events. My fondest memory (after coming from the frozen northeast) was opening the door every morning to smell the flowers in bloom. My parents' room was a corner room facing the lake - double windows - what a view! My mom got "lost" every morning (and some afternoons too) taking the long way around the lake to refill her resort coffee mug. Going to WDW late November - mid December became an annual event...although that was our only stay at the Caribbean Resort - the kids and I started a bucket list to stay in a different Disney Resort on each trip...and we're still working on that list.

Judy wrote on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:10:

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We spent a week at the Caribbean Beach in January and will never go back! Nemo rooms are outdated, with full size rather than queen beds and even the themed spreads have been replaced with plain white ones. There was mold in shower and the bathroom is tiny! We had no cell phone service whatsoever in the room and had to walk way down by the water to use our phone. Food court is equally outdated and limited in choices. But the worst part was the lack of service. When I called on the 5th day and asked for fresh sheets since my husband had come down with a virus, it took until 3:30 in the afternoon to get them replaced and then it was only down when a supervisor just happened to come by checking. I have stayed in many of the other Disney resorts and have never had such a terrible experience!

JC wrote on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:35:

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I'm pretty confident the majority of Disney resorts have full beds, not queens..for one. With my knowledge I know that if you want a resort with two queen beds, not fulls..you have to book at Coronado springs. Which is by far so far my favorite resort. It's also a huge, conference containing resort. We stayed here for Xmas time in 2009 and never had one issue with the buses. There were roughly 4-5 stops on that property as well. I'm wondering if it's mainly the time of year people go? I'd expect long waits/rides back to the resorts If staying during the busier season (summer...holidays..ect) but not all that much otherwise. We all know that resort buses get packed no matter where you stay. Try staying at downtown Disney where there's only a few random buses to pick you up from the parks and take you back to one of the maybe 5 hotels in downtown Disney. Now those were packed.

This being said we're trying CB in October for the food and wine fest this year. Particularly for the beach atmosphere and view of illuminations :) I in particular when picking a resort am not entirely too picky about it...for a Disney vacation I always figure..how long are you actually in your room/on resort property for anyways? Unless you stay for 1.5-2 weeks id say the majority of people mainly spend most of their day at the parks :)

Christina wrote on Sat, 05/23/2015 - 22:06:

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Has there been any improvement to the bus shuttle service to the parks since 2014?

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