The resort is not too far from Downtown Disney, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. (And if you are driving to the world and looking for the Caribbean Beach resort, it is categorized as an Epcot area resort)
The Caribbean beach is comprised of two-story pastel colored villages that are clustered around Barefoot Bay.
The landscaping cannot be called anything but lush. Lots of tropical flowers. Palm trees. White sand beaches. There is even a marina where you can rent boats.
The first time we stayed at this resort I was so surprised to discover that you could see the fireworks from Illuminations from the beach! Usually this is something that is pretty exclusive to the deluxe resorts. A word of caution - not only can you see the fireworks - but it seems as if they are set off very close to this resort - and at 9pm, it's REALLY loud!
In December we stayed in Aruba - and if you note on the map it seems forever and a day away from the food court and main pool. However, it was a quick (and beautiful) walk as I just cut across the bay by using the bridge near my village. If you don't want to make the walk, you can just go to your closest bus stop and there is an internal bus that can deliver you to your destination (such as the main pool, food court, or the Custom house to check in or out).
Each village has their own quiet pool - and the main theme pool is located in Old Port Royale. The pool is themed like a Caribbean fort. And there is even a little kids area that looks like a pirate ship.
Speaking of Pirate ships - there are "Storybook" rooms at the Caribbean beach resort. This means that the room is completely decked out as a Pirate ship. The beds look like galleons. The curtain in the bathroom has a pirate skull. The carpeting on the floor resembles the gang plank. HOWEVER, I hear that the beds for these Pirate rooms are really uncomfortable.
Now a "regular" room at the resort has a "Finding Nemo" theme - and they are very nice - with very comfortable beds. Again. However. All moderate resorts at Disney now have queen beds - except Caribbean beach which still has double beds.
(Please pardon our mess. This is what happens when you forget to take a picture when you first arrive!)
We had quite a few meals in the resort food court. There are a number of themed stations there with lots of choices. There is also a table service restaurant at the resort as well - Shutters.
1. Fabulous staff
2. Gorgeous, lush landscaping
3. Main pool is lots of fun
4. Good sized room with lots of storage - very clean
5. You can see fireworks from the bay!
1. HUGE resort - so it is not often convenient to get to the food court or main pool
2. bus service - the buses run on time (every 15ish minutes) - but then it takes a while to get to ALL the stops at the resort (see #1)
3. probable comfort issues with the Pirate themed rooms
4. You can hear the fireworks - may not be good for sensitive children.
Overall - we really enjoyed our stay at the resort - and I would not hesitate to stay there again. I think next time we'll try a preferred room and try to get a little closer to the main parts of the resort.
So...what about you? Have you stayed at this resort? Is it one you would want to try?
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