In my lifelong quest to try as many Disney resorts as possible, I had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort a short while back. It’s colorful buildings and white sand beaches were just beckoning me to explore them. And what an adventure it was. We even found some rooms perfect for a weary pirate along the way!
Upon arrival at the lobby of the Customs House, I was a little shocked by the number of folks in the check in line. However, we had used Disney’s Online Check In Service, so I got to bypass that line and go straight to the special window where those who have done online check in receive their welcome packets and keys to the world. We were in and out of the lobby in a flash! Our room was located in Jamaica. What a fantastic location! We were right across the bridge from Old Port Royale and the themed pool. We had a quiet pool and laundry room just outside our building. It was perfect! Only a short stroll in the mornings to get coffee but far enough away from the main areas of the resort to be very quiet and peaceful. The beach just on the other side of the quiet pool was absolutely lovely. It was complete with a hammock that I am sure was put there just for me. Laying out there at night, listening to the fireworks, was truly a beautiful thing.
Throughout my stay at Caribbean Beach Resort I did some exploring. The Pirate Rooms (located in Trinidad South) are VERY cool. The attention to detail was amazing. The only drawback I found to these rooms was their location. It is a pretty long walk from Trinidad South to the main building. However, an internal shuttle is provided to take you throughout the resort, so this could be a perfect option for those less inclined to take the long walk when they want coffee or a snack. That said,if you choose to take the walk, you’ll be rewarded by gorgeous plants and scenery the entire time. There is also a quiet pool there, laundry services, and even their own bus stop. So really, it’s kind of like its own Pirate themed mini resort!
One of the neatest things we found were canons on Parrot Cay Island. My youngest son and I spend our fair share of time ‘shooting’ the cannons and just enjoying the surroundings on our way over to Old Port Royale for morning coffee or breakfast.
Speaking of Old Port Royal, I have to say, while I’m not a fan of food courts in general, this one was very nice with lots of tasty options and plenty of seating. Even during the busy summer season, we had no problem finding a table. Walking through Old Port Royale is a fun adventure all its own. You look up and the way the lights are hung and ceiling is painted, it gives you the feeling of an open air market in the Caribbean. The shopping is quite extensive and you can purchase everything from that Disney tee shirt everyone just HAS to have to the cold medicine you suddenly realized you forgot to pack. The service was friendly everywhere we went.
The biggest complaint I’ve heard about Caribbean Beach Resort over the years is the size. From my experience, I have to say that while yes, it is a huge resort, Disney has gone the extra mile to ensure it is easy to get around and there are options for tired legs at the end of the day or if you want to save your energy in the morning. I would definitely NOT let the size of this resort stop you from staying there. It’s beachy feel and great pool give you almost a feeling of a vacation away from your vacation. In short, I would give Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort two big thumbs up and cannot wait to stay there again!