Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
I was lucky enough to go to Disney World, Orlando last year which was a huge tick off my bucket list! Its always hard to choose were to stay, villa or hotel? We stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort which is classed as one of their Moderate Resorts. It is conveniently located close to Epcot and offers rooms and facilities in a lush tropical Caribbean themed resort. There were 10 of us travelling together and we stayed in 4 different rooms all located close to each other as requested.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort is spread around a large 45 acre lake and is made up of six ‘islands’, Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad North and Trinidad South. The buildings in each island have their own colour theme. Our rooms were located in Trinidad South which is about a 10/15 minute walk to the main swimming pool and restaurant area. Each Island has its own bus stop for catching the Disney transport to the parks. This was a really convenient way to travel. Each Island also has its own swimming pool and laundrette facilities. We used the swimming pool in Trinidad South a lot as it was quiet and there were always plenty of sunbeds and sunshades available.
The walk from our room to the restaurant for breakfast was always enjoyable taking in the views across the lake and passing the sandy beaches with hammocks (swimming is prohibited).
We stayed in the pirate rooms with pirate ship beds and pirate themed décor throughout. Most rooms hold up to 4 people, the pirate rooms have two double beds. They have most of the facilities expected including a TV, hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, coffee machine and kettle and a fully equipped bathroom. Our room was located around a courtyard which gave us an area to sit outside our room and relax after a long day at the theme parks.
In the main part of the resort there is a large swimming pool with slides, waterfalls and hot tubs. There is also a small splash park for younger children. We didn’t use this pool much during our stay as it gets very busy and was hard to find enough sun beds for us to sit together. The facilities are nice though and they often have entertainment going on for the children.
The main eating area is the Old Port Royale Food Court which serves quick service dining options. It is set out as a bustling market with a choice of outlets serving a range of foods such as burgers, pizza, pasta, omelettes and sandwiches. It can be quite daunting when you first arrive but when you get into the swing of it and know where everything is located it is a great place to go for a quick bite to eat.
Shutter’s is a table service restaurant on site serving American cuisine with a Caribbean twist for lunch and dinner. Pizza delivery is available to the rooms and there is a bar located outside the main pool area. Movies are shown on a large screen by the bar every night so the kids were able to sit and watch a classic Disney film while we enjoyed a cocktail or two.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers a number of activities including fishing, jogging trails, bike rentals and volleyball. If you are anything like us though we didn’t have spare time to fit in any of these activities, if we weren’t in a theme park we were chilling around the pool.
Disney’s Caribbean beach resort was a great place to spend our two week holiday. From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and made us feel welcome. The kids and hubby were given badges to wear as it was their first time to Disney and my Dad was given a badge as we were celebrating his retirement! As with everywhere in Disney the resort was very clean and cast members were always about clearing up rubbish. The lake provides some lovely views and nice scenery but it does mean a bit of a walk to reach the main pool and restaurant. There are however internal buses that you can use to travel around the resort. If you are thinking of staying in a Disney hotel then Disney’s Caribbean beach resort is definitely worth considering. Click here to visit their website.
If you have already booked to stay at Disney’s Caribbean beach resort then I hope you have a great time and if you are still planning your trip then I hope this has helped.
For information on some of the best Disney restaurants please visit my other post – 12 restaurants to try in Disney World.
UPDATE – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be undergoing refurbishment in May 2017.
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