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NOTE: Resort Refurbishment and Construction

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort began a major construction project in May 2017, with a projected completion date of "late 2018." Disney is extensively refurbishing the Old Port Royale area; During the refurbishment, the food court, restaurant, and pool bar will all be closed.

Several temporary dining options are available, including a breakfast buffet and a la carte dinner, temporary markets for grab-and-go food, and a new quick service location in the Trinidad area. The Fuentes del Morro pool area will remain open and there is a semi-permanent food truck and a temporary bar set up nearby.

In addition to the Old Port Royale area construction, a new hotel, the Riviera Resort, is being built on what used to be the Barbados area of Caribbean Beach Resort. This wide swath of construction does not directly impact the services of the Caribbean Beach, but it is quite noticeable, intermittently loud, and isn't expected to be completed until 2019.

Caribbean Beach was the lowest-rated Disney-owned hotel in our most recent reader surveys, and the ongoing disruption due to renovations will compound problems in the short term. While it's the favorite of many families who've stayed there before, we don't recommend Caribbean Beach if this is your first visit to Walt Disney World. Try Port Orleans French Quarter or Port Orleans Riverside instead.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Overview

Caribbean Beach hotel map

As one would expect, the Caribbean Beach Resort is themed to resemble the colorful yet relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean islands. Each village is a different color making the vista around Barefoot Bay especially beautiful.

The Caribbean Beach Resort occupies 200 acres surrounding a 45-acre lake called Barefoot Bay. This midpriced resort, modeled after resorts in the Caribbean, consists of the registration area (“Custom House”) and five two-story “villages” named after Caribbean islands. The villages are: Martinique, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad North, and Trinidad South and they are spread all around the picturesque lagoon.

Each village has its own pool, laundry room, and beach. The Caribbean motif is maintained with blue metal roofs, widow’s walks, and wooden railed porches. The atmosphere is cheerful, with buildings painted blue, lime green, and sherbet orange. In addition to the five village pools, the resort’s main swimming pool is themed as an old Spanish fort, complete with slides and water cannons.

Barefoot Bay itself surrounds an island known as Caribbean Cay, which is a very pleasant little spot. The resort also contains a registration area, the Custom House, as well as Old Port Royale, which contains the food court, gift shop, and arcade.

How Caribbean Beach Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts

We think Caribbean Beach is one of the prettiest resorts on property and it tends to run a little bit cheaper and has better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. The many bus stops, lack of an indoor bar, and mediocre-to-poor dining options are all knocks against it. Caribbean Beach does not offer a fitness center; for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts or the only Moderate to offer a fitness center, Coronado Springs.

Caribbean Beach is similarly priced to Port Orleans – French Quarter and Port Orleans – Riverside, both also Moderate Resorts. Fellow Moderate Resort Coronado Springs is a touch more expensive. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are also considered a Moderate Resort by Disney, but they are quite different and more expensive than the other four traditional-style resorts.

If you are deciding between a Moderate-level resort and a Value Resort such as Disney's Pop Century, be aware that the resort layout varies considerably between the Moderate Resorts. The Value resorts have similar footprints, but the Moderates have vast size differences.

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The gorgeous scenery of Barefoot Bay.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Rooms

Most of the 2,112 guest rooms are 314 square feet. After a renovation in 2015, Caribbean Beach replaced its two double-sized beds with two queen-size beds and added a slightly-smaller-than-a-twin-sized fold-down bed to most rooms. Rooms are decorated with neutral beach tones accented by bright tropical colors. All are outfitted with the same light-oak furniture. Rooms don’t have balconies, but the access passageways are external and have railings. Rooms in Trinidad South are themed to a Pirates of the Caribbean motif. These rooms cost about $50–$75 more than comparable ones elsewhere in the resort.

A standard Caribbean Beach room.

Room with the small fold-down bed closed and open.

Each Caribbean Beach room is furnished with the following:

  • Two queen beds (some ADA-accessible rooms have 1 king bed)
  • Dresser
  • Fold-down bed for smaller travelers
  • Small table with 2 chairs
  • Nightstand with telephone
  • Full-length mirror
  • WiFi wireless Internet access
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • H2O-brand shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

Caribbean Beach bathrooms are modestly-sized, but larger than bathrooms found in Disney's value resorts. Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. Water pressure in the shower is adequate, but probably less than what you're used to at home. The shower and toilet are located in a room with door. A dressing area, which includes two sinks and a small amount of counter space, is separated from the sleeping area by a sliding door. Combined with the shower/toilet room, this means that three people can have private dressing space at the same time. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided. Guests with long or thick hair may find that the dryer is underpowered for their needs.

Dressing area and sink in Caribbean Beach’s rooms.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Caribbean Beach has approximately 200 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more. Some of Riverside's accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 queen bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.

Pirate Rooms

For an even more special experience, the Caribbean Beach Resort offers pirate-themed rooms. These swashbuckling sleeping quarters are adorned with bedframes resembling pirate ships, complete with a wall mounted mast and sail. The pirate rooms are not nearly as bright as the regular Caribbean Beach rooms, but the dark wood, gold doubloon bedspreads, wood plank patterned carpet, and skull and crossbones bathroom curtain remind all who enter that this be pirate territory matey.

The pirate rooms are popular with families with elementary-age children and with fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. If you decide to sleep like a pirate at Caribbean Beach, there are two important things to remember about the pirate rooms. First, these rooms are more expensive, often around $40-60 per night more than a Standard View room at Caribbean Beach. Additionally, the pirate rooms are all located in Trinidad South, which is the most remote of the six Caribbean Beach villages.

A Pirate Room at Caribbean Beach.

Caribbean Beach Room Layout

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Room Classifications

Caribbean Beach Resort rooms are priced depending on the room view and locations:

  • Standard Rooms with Standard Views are found in all the Caribbean Beach buildings other than the preferred buildings listed below. Standard/Standard rooms are a slightly farther walk to Old Port Royale (an extra 5-15 minutes), and have generally unremarkable views of landscaping, or parking lots. These are the cheapest rooms at Caribbean Beach, but there are some gems to be found in this category, though, using our Caribbean Beach Resort Room Finder.
  • Preferred Room with Standard View is a room in buildings 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, or 33 that is close to Old Port Royale. The view from your window may include landscaping and plants, or other buildings.
  • Water View Rooms can be either preferred or standard. While a room with a water view is always a little pricier, all water views are not alike. A water view can be a pool, a heavily obstructed lagoon view , or a gorgeous lagoon view. Make sure you make your room requests if you’re paying a premium.
  • Pirate Rooms are found in buildings 34-39 and contains both Standard and Water View rooms.

Dining Options at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Though it has one full-service restaurant and a food court, food service is woefully inadequate for a resort of this size. There is an internal bus system which will take guests from the "villages" to the food court area, but waits can be 10-20 minutes for the bus to arrive. Walking time to the food court could be 15 minutes from the remote villages. Access to a car can be extremely helpful for guests wishing to have ready access to onsite food options.

Temporary Dining Locations

During the 2017-2018 resort refurbishment and construction, the main Caribbean Beach dining options will be largely inaccessible. Temporary dining facilities will be in place during this time. Please keep in mind that these are temporary and may change without notice.

The three "island markets" with grab-and-go food are available in the following locations (formerly guest rooms):

  • Martinique: Building 25, Room 2509
  • Jamaica: Building 43, Room 4308
  • Aruba: Building 55, Room 5524

These locations will operate from 7am-10pm daily and offer things like cereal, pastries, and sandwiches. In addition, Coca-Cola Freestyle machines will be located in five of the resorts "island" building groups. We strongly recommend you do not select nearby rooms as the increased traffic will be significant. Use our room finder to see the locations.

Normal Dining Locations

Though unavailable during 2017-2018 construction, Caribbean Beach Resort normally has a one full-service restaurant and a food court, as well as lounge areas and in-room pizza delivery.

  • Shuttters is Caribbean Beach’s full-service restaurant, featuring food with the expected Caribbean flavor. This is basically a restaurant only for those staying at Caribbean Beach as there is little reason for anyone to travel to the resort just for Shutters. Notable menu items include New York strip steak, jerk-crusted tuna, chicken wings with habanero sauce, and pork ribs with vanilla-chipotle glaze. Many offered items promise spiciness and deep flavor, but most fail to deliver. Our experiences at Shutters and those of our readers are mediocre at best. In our annual reader surveys, Shutters ranks in the bottom 7 table-service restaurants in Walt Disney World with a “thumbs up” rating of 69%, well below the average of 87%. This puts it in the same class as often maligned restaurants such as Epcot’s Nine Dragons, Downtown Disney’s Rainforest Café, and the now demolished Cap’n Jack’s. As you may imagine, we recommend heading elsewhere for that sit-down dinner.
  • Old Port Royale Food Court offers quick service breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the same large building as Shutters. The food court area is bright and cheerful, much like the rest of the resort. It is vaguely decorated to resemble an outdoor market with a sky blue painted ceiling and strings of lanterns hanging over the walkway. The overall setup is much like a food court at a mall. There are several different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza and pasta; another sells burgers; another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you'll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll be getting your burger cooked to order. Breakfast is the standard fare of egg and meat platters, omelets, and Mickey-shaped waffles. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Cuban Sandwich and Pan Seared Salmon, both right around $10. None of the desserts are particularly interesting but there is a nice assortment of ice cream sundaes and shakes.
  • Banana Cabana Pool Bar is nestled between the food court and the main pool. Banana Cabana has outdoor seating and a limited drink menu, with several beer selections, a couple of wines, and a small selection of spirits. It's fine if you want a domestic light beer or a fruity cocktail to relax with by the pool, or to get a nightcap on the way back to your room for the night. If you do grab a drink we recommend wandering away from the pool and grabbing a spot near the marina, on a beach, or on Caribbean Cay island.
  • Rapid Fill Mugs Guests may purchase a Rapid Fill Mug which allows self service soft drink refills for $18.99 for the length of stay.
  • Pizza Delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. Delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You may be better off walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily.

Old Port Royale is set up like a mall food court. Different stations each serve a different type of food.

The Banana Cabana Pool Bar is directly adjacent to the pool.

Caribbean Beach Resort Pools, Recreation, and Amenities

  • Pools: Caribbean Beach has 6 pools. The largest is themed to resemble a Caribbean fort complete with turrets and cannons. This main pool sits directly behind the Old Port Royale food court area and features two waterslides, one a massive 82 feet in length. Adjacent to the main pool is a water play area, where small children can play in a very shallow pool punctuated by a climbing structure with mini-waterslides and a periodically spilling water bucket. In addition to the large main pool, each of the villages has its own “quiet” pool. Quiet pools are Disney’s name for their smaller pools, the noise level varies depending on the pool’s users. Each of these pools is smaller than the main pool and has no extras such as a child play area or slide. Caribbean Beach pools range in depth from approximately 3 feet 6 inches (1.1m) to 4 feet 9 inches (1.4m). Pools are open every day, including during winter, only closing due to extreme cold or lightning in the area. The pools are heated to 82°F (28°C) throughout the year. Pool hours vary seasonally, typically opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 8:00 p.m. Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes. All WDW pools include a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
  • Playground: A small playground area is tucked away on the island of Caribbean Cay, in the middle of the lagoon. The lush island can be accessed by footbridge from either behind the main pool at Old Port Royale or from between the villages of Jamaica and Aruba. There are a few sets containing some small plastic slides and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. If walking to Caribbean Cay is a little far, there are smaller play areas near the beach in Jamaica and Trinidad North.
  • Arcade: Goombay Games Arcade includes recent video and arcade games. Most cost between $.50-$2.00 per play.
  • Movies Under the Stars: Caribbean Beach's free Movies Under the Stars program shows a different Disney film every night of the week on a small outdoor screen set up near Old Port Royale. Folding chairs are provided. The movie schedule varies based on when it gets dark, and may start as early as 7 PM during winter, or as late as 9 PM during summer. A sign near the pool will have the schedule for the week.
  • Bike Rentals: Bikes are available to rent at the marina, which is found at the lighthouse. If a little more activity is to your liking, there is a beach volleyball court in Barbados and a ball can be obtained from the marina.
  • Jogging: One lap around Barefoot Bay is a scenic 1.2-mile/2 km course. The bridge to Caribbean Cay cuts through the middle of the course, so if you're looking for a different distance, one lap around half the lake, including the bridge, is about 0.7 miles/1.2 km.

One of Caribbean Beach's Quiet Pools.

Caribbean Beach’s Main Pool

Children’s Splash Area

Left: Part of the main playground on Caribbean Cay. Right: One of the ancillary playgrounds.


Practical Matters

  • Check In/Out Times: Check-in time at Caribbean Beach Resort is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Online Check-In: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Guests living in the United States and a few other geographic areas will have Magic Bands mailed to their home prior to their arrival. If you've completed online check in and have your MagicBand, you may go straight to the room bypassing the lobby altogether.
  • Magic Bands: MagicBands are rubber/plastic wrist bands which function as your room key and resort identification. Depending on what options you've selected, your MagicBand may also function as your park ticket, dining plan ticket, or charge card.
  • Theme Park Tickets: Park tickets are best purchased online in advance either directly through Disney or via our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator. However, if you arrive without park tickets, head to the concierge desk to the right of the check-in desk.
  • Dining Reservations: Dining reservation are best made online in advance or on your phone or tablet during your visit. If you need assistance stop by the concierge desk or the check in podium of any Walt Disney World table service restaurant.
  • Laundry: Washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each village’s quiet pool. Cost is $3 per wash, and another $3 per dry cycle. The machines take credit cards. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
  • Lost and Found: If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-4245.
  • Shopping: Caribbean Beach's gift shop is Calypso Trading Post, and sits within Old Port Royale, on the opposite side of the food court from Shutters. As you'd expect from Disney, the Trading Post has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney. Calypso Trading also basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like, as well as snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine.
  • Childcare: Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.

Babysitting Services
Kid's Nite Out Fairy Godmothers
407-828-0920 or
800-696-8105
kidsniteout.com
407-277-3724
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Sitters
Men and women
Sitters
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $18
2 children, $21
3 children, $24
4 children, $26
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
Cancellation Deadline
24 hours before service when reservation is made
Cancellation Deadline
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion

Calypso Trading Post sells the standard Disney merchandise.

Transportation to and from Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Driving to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is near I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 65 - Animal Kingdom / Wide World of Sports and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Stay on Osceola for 0.9 miles/1.5 km, then turn right on Victory Way. At the end of Victory Way (1.3 miles), turn right onto Buena Vista Drive and take the next right onto Caribbean Beach's entrance road. You'll see Caribbean Beach's sign well before you need to turn.

If you've got a GPS, here's Caribbean Beach's address and location:

    Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
    900 Cayman Way
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Latitude: 28.362992 North, Longitude: 81.541930 West
    Keep in mind that you’ll have to stop at the Custom House to check in to your room.

A security gate guards the entrance to Caribbean Beach's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. Unlike every other Disney resort, Caribbean Beach’s check-in area is in a standalone building: The Custom House. A dedicated parking lot across from the Custom House serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in. If you arrive by public transportation, the Caribbean Beach Resort will shuttle you and your bags from the Custom House to your room.

Guests keeping a car at Caribbean Beach Resort overnight will be charged $19 per day.

If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home. For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.

From Sanford International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Caribbean Beach. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Caribbean Beach will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Caribbean Beach for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Caribbean Beach. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs

Disney provides free bus service from Caribbean Beach to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Caribbean Beach has a bus stop in each of the six villages and one at Old Port Royale. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Caribbean Beach does not share bus service with any other resort, but the large size and seven bus stops make the trip somewhat long compared to some other resorts.

Ask a Disney Cast Member about Caribbean Beach's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, the Caribbean Beach bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed. For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios average about 15 minutes early in the day. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 18 to 30 minutes for a ride. While these are the average times you will wait for a bus at Caribbean Beach, the six bus stops at the resort mean a longer ride on the bus without leaving the resort. This is the reason Caribbean Beach has some of the highest total bus transportation times despite its central location.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Caribbean Beach’s bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Getting to another hotel from Caribbean Beach

If you have dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Caribbean Beach. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber of Lyft. Rates are generally in the $15-20 range, depending on your destination. A taxi can typically get to most points in DisneyWorld within 20 minutes (often much less), versus the one to two hours it might take using Disney's free transportation system. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

To Universal Orlando

If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.

Reader Review Comments

This 20-something couple from Kansas City, Missouri, wished they’d had a car:

The Caribbean Beach Resort is incredibly hard to navigate, and the bus service is horrendous. It often felt like there was only one bus running at a time, and we experienced several 30-plus-minute waits for the bus to and from parks. The resort is huge, and the bus circled the entire resort before it headed to the destination, so if you were unlucky enough to be on one of the last stops during a rush to the parks, the bus would pass right by if it was full. On multiple occasions we arrived at the bus stop 1-plus hour before our dining reservations but still found ourselves running from the park gates to make it to the restaurant on time!

A mom from Fenton, Michigan, found bus service lacking:

We recommend renting a car and/or paying for a preferred room location—especially if you’re going in the hotter months or are impatient. The buses just take way too long with all the stops, and we thought it was a long hike to the food court and pools in the heat.

Despite these limitations, some readers love Caribbean Beach. An Edgewater, Colorado, couple comes to its defense:

Caribbean Beach was great. The hotel was full, but we saw very few people. It’s laid out so you have some privacy, even though there was a bit of walking.

A Philadelphia dad with two tots in tow also had mostly positive things to say:

The Caribbean Beach Resort was beautiful. Our island was very quiet and relaxing on the courtyard/garden side, but the walk to the bus stop with a child was a bit of a haul.

A Kingwood, Texas, family of five also found the resort to be overly large but lucked out with the location of their room:

The Caribbean Beach Resort is a lovely property with a great pool and splash pad for our little guy. Fortunately, we had our own car with us because the thought of walking a half-mile for food, drink, or the pool was daunting after a day in the parks. We felt like offering rides to others for a buck!

From a Ridgeway, Virginia, mother of one:

The Caribbean Beach Resort was great—especially the housekeeping staff, who creatively rearranged my daughter’s toys every day. Made coming back to the room much more fun. My only complaint with CBR was the inefficiency of checkout—although express checkout was available, someone had to be present to have luggage moved from the room to the main house for transport via Magical Express. We had scheduled a late-afternoon flight on our last day so we could all spend one last morning in the park—I missed most of it because I had to go and sit with the luggage. I was not happy AT ALL.

Touring Plans Videos About Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Below is a video, shot in November 2017, that shows what the construction looks like at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

Blog Posts About Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Caribbean Beach Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

The resort’s grounds are quite pleasant. Landscaping—lots of ferns and palm trees—is verdant, especially in the courtyards. The five “islands,” or groups of buildings clustered around Barefoot Bay, are identical. The two-story motel-style structures are arranged in various ways to face courtyards, pools, the bay, and so forth. The setup is similar to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in nearly every way but theme.

In general, corner rooms are preferable since they have more windows. Standard-view rooms face either the parking lots or courtyards, and the usual broad interpretation of water views is in play here. Beyond that, your main choices will revolve around your preference for proximity to (or distance from) the Custom House, pools, parking lots, pirates, or beaches on Barefoot Bay. Each island has direct access to at least one beach, playground, bus stop, and parking lot.

Because of the layout of Caribbean Beach, there are quite a few rooms that are set back, overlapped by the exterior hallways. There are anywhere from 6-12 of these rooms in every Caribbean Beach building, so be on the lookout for views like the one below.

Aruba Room 5428: The building configuration gives you a lovely view of a concrete walkway and another room’s window.

Good Rooms in Buildings 21, 22, and 23 of Martinique

These buildings are some of the closest to Old Port Royale that are not preferred. Good views include the water views in building 22, rooms 2221-2224 and 2253-2255, and the garden views in building 21, rooms 2141-2144.

Bad views in Buildings 21, 22, and 23 include:

  • Building 21: Rooms 2113, 2116, 2117, 2128, 2129, 2145, 2148, 2149, 2160, and 2161, which face hallways.
  • Building 21: Rooms 2101-2108 and 2133-2140, which face parking lots.
  • Building 22: Rooms 2204, 2212, 2216, 2217, 2220, 2228, 2236, 2244, 2248, 2249, 2252, and 2260, which face hallways.
  • Building 23: Rooms 2309, 2317, 2320, 2321, 2324, 2325, 2341, 2349, 2352, 2353, 2356, and 2357, which face hallways.
  • Building 23: Rooms 2301-2304 and 2333-2336, which face parking lots.

Martinique Room 2213: This is considered a “water view,” although you have to look very far to the left to find any liquid.


Martinique Room 2333: I can see my car from here! .

Good Rooms in Buildings 24, 25, and 26 in Martinique

All rooms in these buildings are considered preferred, so they are a little bit more expensive. The upside is that they are very close to Old Port Royale. Good views include the water views in building 24, rooms 2445-2448, building 25, rooms NUMBERS.

Bad views in Buildings 24, 25, and 26 include:

  • Building 24: Rooms 2405, 2408, 2409, 2420, 2421, 2437, 2440, 2441, 2452, 2453, and 2461, which face hallways.
  • Building 25: Rooms 2505, 2508, 2509, 2512, 2520, 2529, 2537, 2540, 2541, 2544, 2552, and 2561, which face hallways.
  • Building 26: Rooms 2620, 2621, 2624, 2625, 2628, 2652, 2652, 2656, 2657, and 2660, which face hallways.
  • Building 26: Rooms 2601-2612 and 2333-2344, which face parking lots.

Martinique Room 2520: Possibly the worst “water view” room ever.


Martinique Room 2554: Two doors down and one floor up, possibly the best “water view” room.

Good Rooms in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 in Trinidad North

This group of buildings also contains preferred rooms and therefore are close to Old Port Royale. Good views include the water view rooms in building 32, rooms 3221-3228 and 3253-3260, and standard view rooms in building 33, rooms 3317-3320, 3226-3228, 3358-3360, and 3349-3352.

Bad views in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 include:

  • Building 31: Rooms 3105-3109 and 3137-3141, which face parking lots.
  • Building 31: Rooms 3113, 3121, 3125, 3128, 3129, 3145, 3153 , 3156, 3157, 3160, and 3161, which face hallways.
  • Building 32: Rooms 3205, 3208, 3209, 3212, 3220, 3229, 3237, 3240, 3241, 3244, 3252, and 3261, which face hallways.
  • Building 33: Rooms 3321, 3324, 3325, 3353, 3356, and 3357, which face hallways.
  • Building 33: Rooms 3301-3316 and 3333-3348, which face parking lots.

Trinidad North Room 3228: A very lovely water view.


Trinidad North Room 3349: One of the best standard view rooms.

Good Rooms in Buildings 34, 35, and 36 of Trinidad South

This group of buildings is all Pirate rooms. While these rooms are not particularly close to Old Port Royale, they are the closes of the Pirate rooms. There are several good water views in building 34, rooms 3438-3440 and building 35, rooms 3501-3504, 3513-3516, 3533-3536, and 3545-3548. There are also good standard view rooms in building 36, rooms 3633-3636.

Bad views in Buildings 34, 35, and 36 include:

  • Building 34: Rooms 3413-3416 and 3445-3448, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 34: Rooms 3401, 3404, 3420, 3421, 3424, 3425, 3428, 3436, 3452, 3453, 3456, 3457, and 3460, which face hallways.
  • Building 35: Rooms 3505, 3508, 3509, 3520, 3521, 3529, 3537, 3540, 3552, and 3561, which face hallways.
  • Building 36: Rooms 3605, 3608, 3609, 3612, 3613, 3629, 3637, 3640, 3641, 3644, 3645, and 3661, which face hallways.
  • Building 36: Rooms 3617-3624 and 3649-3656, which face parking lots.

Trinidad North Room 3401: Shrubs, walkway, building supports, another building…this bad view has everything!


Trinidad North Room 3516: The view from this water view Pirate room is basically a park, which seems nice..

Good Rooms in Buildings 37, 38, and 39 in Trinidad South

These buildings are all Pirate rooms but these are as far as you can get from Old Port Royale and still be at Caribbean Beach. Good views include the water view rooms in building 37, rooms 3749-3752, and some standard view rooms in building 39, rooms 3926-3928 and 3958-3960. Almost half of building 38 has good views as well, most of them water views. Specifically rooms 3818, 3819, 3821-3832, 3850, 3851, and 3853-3864.

Bad views in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 include:

  • Building 37: Rooms 3725-3732 and 3757-3764, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 37: Rooms 3705, 3708, 3709, 3712, 3713, 3737, 3740, 3741, 3744, and 3745, which face hallways.
  • Building 38: Rooms 3805, 3808, 3809, 3812, 3837, 3840, 3841, and 3844, which face hallways.
  • Building 39: Rooms 3921, 3924, 3925, 3953, 3956, and 3957, which face hallways.
  • Building 39: Rooms 3901-3916 and 3933-3949, which face parking lots.

Trinidad North Room 3719: Well, you’re paying for a water view Pirate room and there does seem to be water back there somewhere.


Trinidad North Room 3832: A great standard view Pirate Room.

Good Rooms in Buildings 41, 42, and 43 in Jamaica

These buildings are the further of the two Jamaica groups and can be a long walk to Old Port Royale, even cutting across the footbridge over the island. On top of that there are few good views although there aren’t too many bad ones either. Many rooms in this area look upon large amounts of foliage although the water view rooms in building 42, rooms 4217-4223 and 4249-4255, are excellent.

Bad views in Buildings 41, 42, and 43 include:

  • Building 41: Rooms 4101-4104 and 4133-4136, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 41: Rooms 4113, 4116, 4117, 4120, 4128, 4137, 4145 , 4148, 4149, 4152, and 4160, which face hallways.
  • Building 42: Rooms 4204, 4205, 4208, 4216, 4224, 4232, 4236, 4237, 4240, 4248, 4256, and 4264, which face hallways.
  • Building 43: Rooms 4320, 4321, 4324, 4325, 4328, 4352, 4353, 4356, 4357, and 4360, which face hallways.
  • Building 43: Rooms 4301-4308 and 4333-4340, which face parking lots.

Jamaica Room 4249: Once again, if you’re going to pay for a water view, ask for something like this…


Jamaica Room 4215: …rather than get stuck with something like this, just one floor down and a few doors away.

Good Rooms in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 in Jamaica

If you’re not ready to pitch in the extra money for a preferred room, this group of buildings in Jamaica is a decent spot. While still a few minutes away from Old Port Royale, the close proximity to the footbridge across the lagoon makes it an easy and pleasant walk. There are no standout views from any of these buildings, but there are some pleasant garden views available, especially in building 45.

Bad views in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 include:

  • Building 44: Rooms 4401-4404 and 4433-4436, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 44: Rooms 4408, 4409, 4412, 4413, 4416, 4424, 4440 , 4441, 4444, 4445, 4448, and 4456, which face hallways.
  • Building 45: Rooms 4505, 4508, 4509, 4512, 4513, 4537, 4540, 4541, 4544, and 4545, which face hallways.
  • Building 46: Rooms 4620, 4624, 4625, 4628, 4652, 4656, 4657, and 4660, which face hallways.
  • Building 46: Rooms 4601-4616 and 4633-4648, which face parking lots.

Jamaica Room 4559: Pop quiz hot shot: Would you rather pay extra for this water view…


Jamaica Room 4556: …or have this standard view in the same building?

Good Rooms in Buildings 51, 52, and 53 of Aruba

Much like Jamaica buildings 44-46 above, this group of Aruba buildings are very close to the footbridge spanning the lagoon, which makes the walk to Old Port Royale pleasant if not necessarily shorter. There are several very nice views available here as well, namely the water views from building 52, rooms 5224-5226.

Bad views in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 include:

  • Building 51: 5125-5132 and 5157-5164, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 51: Rooms 5101, 5105, 5109, 5112, 5120, 5137, 5140 , 5141, 5144, and 5152, which face hallways.
  • Building 52: Rooms 5205, 5208, 5209, 5212, 5220, 5229, 5237, 5240, 5241, 5244, 5252, and 5261, which face hallways.
  • Building 53: Rooms 5320, 5324, 5325, 5328, 5352, 5356, 5357, and 5360, which face hallways.
  • Building 53: Rooms 5301-5316 and 5333-5648, which face parking lots.

Aruba Room 5336: One of many terrible hallway views found at Caribbean Beach


Aruba Room 5224: One of the several beautiful, calming water views found at Caribbean Beach.

Good Rooms in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 of Aruba

This building group is closer to the Aruba bus stop, but that’s about it. It is quite far from Old Port Royale and contains few great views. Building 54 is unremarkable, with no very good nor very bad views. Half of building 56 faces the parking lot and much of the other half faces the other buildings. Building 55 is the only one of these three with great views, specifically the water view rooms 5509-5512, 5514-5516, 5541-5544, and 5546-5548.

Bad views in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 include:

  • Building 54: Rooms 5404, 5412, 5420, 5425, 5428, 5436, 5444 , 5452, 5456, 5457, and 5460, which face hallways.
  • Building 55: Rooms 5513, 5521, 5524, 5525, 5528, 5529, 5545, 5553, 5556, 5557, 5560, and 5561, which face hallways.
  • Building 56: Rooms 5620, 5621, 5624, 5625, 5628, 5652, 5653, 5656, 5657, and 5660, which face hallways.
  • Building 56: Rooms 5601-5608 and 5633-5640, which face parking lots.

Aruba Room 5513: This “water view” is almost spectacular.


Aruba Room 5512: Alternatively, you could have this view from the room literally right next door the one above.


Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
Attractive Caribbean theme Large, confusing layout
Children's play areas Long lines to check in
Convenient self-parking Lackluster on-site dining
Walking, jogging, biking No easily accessible off-site dining
Lakefront setting No character meals
Extreme distance of many guest rooms from dining and services
Occasionally poor bus service

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