Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World is a moderate resort. Select rooms feature a pirate theme that your family is sure to love (costs extra). This resort has a Caribbean theme with 6 villages of resort rooms named after islands in the Caribbean that surround the 45-acre Barefoot Bay Lake. Each village has its own pool and there is a bus that runs between the villages.
Room size: 340 square feet (the largest of all the moderate rooms)
Sleeps: Up to 4 adults plus one child under 3 in a crib in either 2 queen size beds or a few rooms have kings. Additional adult fee is $15 per night per adult (first 2 adults are free)
Room count: 2,112 in 33 colorful 2-story buildings on a lake; select rooms have a pirate theme.
Room Features: 2 queen size beds, two sinks outside the bathroom, armoire with fridge, wall safe, coffee maker, iron and ironing board
Connecting rooms are available.
Room Categories: Standard View, Water View, King Bed, Preferred Room, Pirate Room (Standard View) and Pirate Room (Water View)
Disney pirate rooms are located in the Trinidad South area (the furthest building from Old Port Royale) of the resort. It features 2 beds that look like pirate ships, crates for dressers and even a navigation table. Expect to pay about $25 more per night for this room.
Items to request: Pack ‘n’ Play, bed rails and bed boards are free to request. A roll away bed can be reserved for an extra fee.
Villages: Barbados, Martinique, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad North and Trinidad South. Each village has 6 buildings (except Trinidad North that has 3 buildings) and each building contains 64 guest rooms. There are no elevators in any of the buildings. If you can’t climb the stairs, make sure you request a first floor room.
Preferred Building: Trinidad North or Martinique are close to Old Port Royale
Old Port Royale (also called Centertown): home to the Market Street Food Court, Calypso Trading Post and Straw Market shops, Lobby Concierge, Goombay Games arcade and is located next to the main pool that has a Spanish fort theme.
Calypso Trading Post carries resort specific items, popular Disney souvenirs, sundries, health and beauty items, snacks and more.
Custom House: Home to the front desk, check-in, Bell Services and Lobby Concierge. Guests typically only need to visit the Custom House at check-in and for the Airline Check-In and Magical Express.
Food options: Centertown Market is open from 6 am to midnight. Limited room service from 4 pm to 11:30 pm. Spyglass Grill is located next to the Old Port Royale pool. Or try, Sebastian’s Bistro.
Calypso Straw Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is located in Old Port Royale Centertown. Expect to find souvenirs, Disney Plush, Bathing suits, as well as a small food and beverage selection and first aid items. This location also sells Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort merchandise and clothing.
Pools: Old Port Royale is a pirate themed main pool that features 2 slides and water cannons. It also has an adjacent kiddie pool and whirlpool. You can pick up towels by the pool.
Also each of the 6 villages have their own pool. These pools are rarely crowded. You will need to bring towels from your room. You can request more from housekeeping.
Activities: Movie at the pool (select nights); Pool party at 3 pm; Poolside Activities from 1-6 pm; Campfire with marshmallow roast (select nights); Bike and Surrey rentals ($); Guided Fishing Excursions ($); Arcade ($); Nightly Caribbean-style dance party
There is a 1.4-mile path around Barefoot Bay that is perfect for jogging, strolling and bicycling.
There is a white sandy beach available in each village that features lounge chairs and hammocks.
Islands of the Caribbean Pirates Cruise is for kids ages 4-12. It takes place Sunday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Playground: Located on Caribbean Cay, an island in the middle of the lake. It also has a picnic area close by.
24-hour front desk
check-in and guest service
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
wake- up call service
Transportation: Bus only and there are 7 stops within the resort. There is also an internal bus stop that stops at all 6 villages as well as the Custom House and Old Port Royale.
Distance from parks:
- Animal Kingdom – 2 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 2 miles
- Epcot – 1 mile
- Magic Kingdom – 6 miles
When you complete the online check-in, you can choose from the following options:
- Aruba Village
- Jamaica Village
- Trinidad North Village
- Ground Floor
- Near Transportation
- Barbados Village
- Martinique Village
- Corner Room
- Second Floor
- Water View
If you have little kids, I would choose a ground floor room. The buildings at Caribbean Beach do not have elevators. I would also choose Trinidad North or Martinique as it is close to Old Port Royale Centertown.
Address: 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
This review comes from my reader Sara…
We have stayed at Caribbean Beach twice. The rooms were average, we have stayed at the pirate rooms but it is not worth the extra money. There was enough room for the three of us and the beds are not too bad. The bathrooms are small but they do provide a “dressing area” by the double sinks. Our favorite thing at the resort is the main pool and the island music. My daughter loved the food the best! I also loved the hammocks on the sand! We all liked the food court. It has plenty of choices as well as a sit down restaurant but we never ate there b/c we liked the food court. Don’t forget to buy the $13 mug and you get free refills for the whole trip, saved us a lot! The resort is one of the largest if not the largest so bus stops took a while and based on where you stayed, it could be a long walk to the food court. The resort shuttles came every 20 minutes. We were usually toward the far side of the gates at every park. We plan on staying here next June b/c there is so much to do and we are bringing all 14 of us for my daughter’s 13th birthday.
This featured review comes from my reader Rachel…
When we book this trip, we had never stayed on Disney property. It just looked so beautiful! WE had honeymooned in Cancun, and it reminded me of the tropical feel that we love so much.
When we were looking online at the hotel, we say that they had just opened up the pirate rooms a month or so earlier. HOW FUN! But I was not interested in paying the extra $$ for it. However, to my surprise, upon check in, they upgraded us to a Pirate room! My boys were beyond excited to be sleeping in a pirate ship bed! This was both awesome and bitter sweet, because it meant we were the FARTHEST away from “Center Town”, which is the food court and MAIN pool. The room was typical of any moderate/value. Smaller, but enough room to squeeze in. We had 2 adults and 3 kids, 7, 4, and 12 months, We were able to put a pack in play (thank you Disney) next to the bed closest to the door. Our room was all about the pirate. Even our mini fridge was in an old “barrel” and the carpet looked like “planks” of wood. Very cute. They have a little curtain to separate the sleeping and bathroom area. It was the skeleton head from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, which was very cool, but terrified my 4 year old. So open it stayed!
This hotel is divided into 6 “islands”. Each island area has its own laundry, pool, playground and white sandy beach (no swimming, gators!). This is nice because the walk from our room to center town was 1/2 a mile, which is not a lot, but when you are toting around 3 kids, one of which is 12 months, it got exhausting to walk for some drinks. When we left to head out to center town, we had to be SURE we had everything because no one wanted to hike back. They do have an internal shuttle bus available, but in my opinion, by the time it stops at all 6 stops, I’d rather just walk. The stroll was pretty thought! We would take the path along the beaches to the food court/pool area. Very pretty. Palm trees everywhere!
Centertown was big, fun and full of life! This is where the main pool is located. There are 2 pools there! One is a pirate pool, with a pirate ship that the kids can slide down, and have water sprayed on them. This is also a zero entry pool, perfect for little ones. The other pool was huge. I believe it had 2-3 slides, some hidden waterfalls, and also zero entry.
The gift shop is quite large, spilling out into the food court area. I don’t think there is anything missing from that store!
There is also an arcade there.
The food court is pretty nice for a food court. I believe there were 5-6 bays. There is a bakery, perfect for breakfast (we used our snack credits) that had the BEST GIANT m&m cookies! : ) My boys were wide eyed at those.
They had a good variety of food. The kids meals come in little sand pails which was perfect for the beach there! M favorite was the “beef and blue” sandwich one of the bays had. It is a GIANT roast beef sammy, with caramelized onions and blue cheese! That baby was gianormous! Out of all the hotels, I believe this has the biggest and best food court. There is also a section that has a bunch of pre packed foods like fruit cups, “worms and dirt” yogurt, things like that.
The bus station was a quick trip down the stairs. Since the resort is the LARGEST with over 2000 rooms, there is a bus stop at each “island”. Great for walking distance, not so great for all the pick ups. But they were timely, and we were there at PEAK time, 4th of July! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they play “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, there is a princess riding with us” every time my daughter walked on with her princess gown!
The most crowded were the trips home from the parks in the evening. Man, they PACK those buses FULL. However, never once did I not have a seat. Every time, some kind soul would give me their seat because I would always be holding a sleeping child. I do not know if those kind souls will ever know how much I TRULY appreciated that! After all, we were at the happiest place on earth!
I loved this resort, and would stay there again. It is not my favorite though. It is just a little TOO big with TOO much walking. It was OK for us, because we are young, but when we go with my parents, we would never stay there. Its just too much for them.
This trip was taken July 4th, 2009
You might also want to check out the Grand Floridian.