Updated February 6, 2021
Staying at a Disney Resort is a fun part of a Walt Disney World vacation.
I have several favorites, but have narrowed down my preferred properties to one in each category….Deluxe, Moderate, and Value.
Caribbean Beach wins for Moderate!
Let’s see why.
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Disney properties include 3 tiers: Deluxe, Moderate, and Value. Caribbean Beach is a Moderate Resort.
To book this resort, I recommend requesting a free quote from the only agency I recommend, Get Away Today. They’ve been in business for 31 years, and no one knows Disney properties better than they do. In addition to the concierge service they’re known for, they are diligent about watching Disney promotions. As soon as Disney releases a discount, they’ll apply it to your account and credit you the money. Request your quote at this link.
The resort is comprised of Old Port Royale (the lobby/dining/shopping/main pool area) and 5 “islands”, which all have attractive qualities.
Aruba is my favorite island. It’s close to one of the Skyliner stations, which makes getting around easy. It’s also a quick walk to the main part of the resort, Old Port Royale, where you will find the lobby, food court, Sebastian’s restaurant, the big pool with slides, pool bar, gift shop and recreation.
From Aruba, I walked out my door, down a short path, and then crossed the bridge to pass through Caribbean Cay which is a small island that holds a playground and other cool stuff for kids. It’s also where they show movies each night. Old Port Royale is just beyond the island.
The 5 islands include:
- Aruba – on the Skyliner side; close to Old Port Royale and a Skyliner station
- Jamaica – same side as Aruba; closer to the main Skyliner station
- Martinique – close to Old Port Royale and the fire pit for s’mores
- Barbados – close to Old Port Royale
- Trinidad – furthest from Old Port Royale, but close to the main Skyliner station; has a quick service restaurant called the Spyglass Grill
Each island has its own pool. It’s a smaller one compared to the busy pool with slides in Port Royale, but it’s a nice option if you want something quiet.
Each island also has its own bus stop.
All rooms were recently refurbished (2018) and include lovely upgrades. I’ve stayed at several Deluxe Resorts and with the exception of a few details, the rooms at Caribbean Beach feel just as nice as those I stay in at the Deluxe options. The major difference between this property and what you’ll find at a Deluxe is that Caribbean Beach’s rooms open to the outside, while Deluxe open to an interior hallway.
There are several room styles available. I always stay in a standard view room. And, it sleeps 5! It has two queen beds and the most adorable pull down twin bed (shared in a photo, below).
This resort includes a large pool in Old Port Royale, the main hub of the property. Disney shares:
“Hold the fort at this old Spanish citadel with a zero-entry pool, 2 slides and water cannons. Climb a spiral staircase to the top of a turret for an 82-foot trip down the larger slide, which penetrates the fortress wall! A relaxing spa with the capacity for 12 allows for sweet surrender. Kids under 48 inches tall will love being marooned at the nearby shipwreck play area, where a barrel periodically dumps a deluge and 3 small slides delight little scallywags.”
Each “island” has its own pool, too. It’s smaller and doesn’t include the fun details like the main pool, but it’s nice if you want some quiet time.
Caribbean Beach is a quick Skyliner ride to both Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios. I recommend using the Skyliner as often as possible during your stay.
To get to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, use the bus system. Each “island” has its own bus stop, for a total of 6 if you include the main lobby stop.
This link shares all about the Skyliner and why I now choose resorts based on if they’re on the Skyliner route! I love it that much.
This post has several more images from a previous visit to Caribbean Beach.
And, this one shares all about my bike riding adventure around the resort.
Why Caribbean Beach is my Favorite Moderate Resort
So many reasons!
- All rooms have been recently remodeled and are beautifully designed.
- The Disney Skyliner is my favorite way to travel while at WDW, and it runs above two of the ‘islands’ at this resort. (Note: I have stayed directly below the Skyliner route and didn’t notice any noise from it during my stay.)
- This resort has so much to do. I encourage you to take a break from the parks for a full day to enjoy all it has to offer. Swim, bike, play in Caribbean Cay, dine, roast s’mores, watch the movie shown on the island, etc, etc.
- One of my favorite ways to explore a big resort like this is on bike. Not all resorts have them, but Caribbean Beach does! This link shares all you need to know about this inexpensive perk of staying here.
Questions? Leave me a comment. Happy to help you!