One the most relaxing resorts at Disney World is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. You will be transported to a tropical paradise with palm trees, vibrant colors, calypso music, and relaxing pools. While you aren’t really in the Caribbean, this is as close as you can get while still in central Florida. My family has stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach many times over the years and we’ve always enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, fun vibes, and Caribbean feel.
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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort was opened in the late 1980’s as Disney World’s first “mid-priced” resort. Disney aimed to accommodate more guests by expanding the Disney resorts by location, price and atmosphere.
Caribbean Beach was modeled after five Caribbean Islands: Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Martinique, and Aruba. In the middle of the Caribbean Beach resort is Barefoot Bay which gives the resort a tropical feel and provides different resort recreations!
Map of the Resort
Above is a map of Caribbean Beach Resort. You can see the five neighborhoods that encompass Caribbean Beach and the Skyliner Station Hub!
Location and Transportation
Caribbean Beach is located in the Epcot Resort Area and is also close to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark. There are many Epcot Area Resorts like Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club but Caribbean Beach is located across the street from these resorts.
Traditionally, Disney’s Moderate Resorts only have access to the Disney bus system for transportation but Caribbean Beach is located on Disney’s new Skyliner System. The Skyliner transports guests between Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Riveria Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
The Disney Skyliner System central hub is actually located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. For transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs you will still need to use Disney’s bus system!
If you haven’t used Disney’s bus system, it’s one of the best bus systems in the world. The buses run on a tight schedule, are very clean, and safely get you to the Disney Parks. There are five “bus stations” at Caribbean Beach so you never have to walk very far from your hotel room to the bus stop!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort features both standard and Pirates themed rooms. These rooms are located in five different neighborhoods: Martinique, Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, and Trinidad.
Caribbean Beach standard sized rooms comfortably sleep four people. But for larger families, you can get a standard room with a fifth sleeper. The fifth sleeper is located at the foot of the queen beds. The bed is a little small but it’s the perfect size for a child.
If you were thinking about having five adults, the sleeper bed may be a little cramped. I would recommend getting two rooms for larger families with no small children! In addition to the standard rooms, Caribbean Beach has special Pirates of the Caribbean themed rooms!
Caribbean Beach, along with Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and Disney’s Art of Animation, are the only Disney resorts with special, unique themed rooms. The Pirates rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach come with pirate ship beds, pirate related decor, and Pirates of the Caribbean touches throughout the room.
If your kids are Pirates fans, make sure to pick up some cute Pirates of the Caribbean gear for the parks!
These pirate rooms have a special Disney touch that will make your Disney vacation even more magical.
Caribbean Beach Food Options
There are several great Disney restaurants, snacks, and food options at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Below are all the best places to grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks at Caribbean Beach:
- Center town Market – fast, casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Banana Cabana – Caribbean bar with great snacks
- Sebastian’s Bistro – Latin and Caribbean food with tropical views
- Spyglass Grill – American food with a Caribbean flare
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There are several great casual dining options at the Center town Market, Banana Cabana, or Spyglass Grill but Sebastian’s Bistro truly transports you to the Caribbean. Many people overlook Sebastian’s Bistro but it’s a great Disney World restaurant that your family will love! Sebastian’s Bistro specializes in Caribbean cuisine which you won’t find anywhere else at Disney World.
The Disney Caribbean Beach Resort features many amenities that will add something unique to your Disney vacation. The great food at Caribbean Beach is an added bonus but this resort also has amazing pools, movies under the stars, family campfires, fishing, bike rentals, volleyball, jogging trails, a playground, and even a Pirates Adventure Cruise!
Besides the Disney Parks, most people come to Florida for the sun and to lay by the pool! Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has six different pools! The feature pool is the Fuentes del Morro pool which is themed like a Spanish Fortress.
If your family likes the pool, make sure to check out these Star Wars Beach Balls! These are fun for Disney World and bringing Disney World home!
The Fuentes del Morro pool has water slides, water cannons, a hot tub, and a tropical pool bar. If your family is looking for a more relaxing pool experience, each neighborhood has its own pool for you to enjoy!
Many people don’t realize how many amenities there are at Disney’s Caribbean Beach. This is a great Disney resort for those families that are looking for activities outside of the park!
Even though Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is considered “Moderate”, this resort offers great rooms, amenities and dining options that certainly aren’t moderate. My family has stayed at Caribbean Beach many times throughout the years and I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone visiting Disney World in the future! If you need help choosing a Disney World resort, check out our tips for selecting a Walt Disney World Resort!
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