By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Review: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Page 3

By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, see this.)


Review Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from

Check-in and most concierge services at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort are at the “Customs House.”

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The Customs House building is within reasonable walking distance of Barbados, but not much else.  Luckily an internal bus route will take those without cars to one of the half dozen bus stops serving the “villages” each with 3 to 6 accommodations buildings. Each village has its own bus stop, and there’s also stops at Old Port Royale and the Customs House.

Map Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

However, once you are settled, check the map.  At Aruba and Martinique a different bus stop than “yours” may be closer to your accommodations building.

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Each accommodations building has a lovely interior courtyard.

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Each village has its own quiet pool…

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…and has a beach as well.

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Another beach view…

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…and another.

Centertown Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from

Otherwise, the action is at the Old Port Royal Centertown Section.

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Here you’ll find the gift shop…

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…which also has additional concierge support–a godsend, given how far the Customs House is.

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Caribbean Beach’s food court–weak among the moderate offerings–is here as well, and is designed to recall a Caribbean streetscape—which works best in the evening.

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The seating area for the food court.

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Further down the streetscape you’ll find Shutters, the table service restaurant here.

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The interior of Shutters.

Shutters got a new chef a couple of years ago, and is now the best table service restaurant among the traditional moderates, although the menu is less interesting than it was.  Here’s the review from The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:


The menu as of my last visit (as always on this site, click it to enlarge it)…

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…and the pan-seared crab cakes!

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There’s no indoor bar at Caribbean Beach…

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…but there is a large outdoor bar just outside, also convenient to the main pool.

Caribbean Cay Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from

The marina here shut down in early 2014.  There’s fishing holes on Caribbean Cay (which used to be called “Parrot Cay”), just outside Centertown.

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On Caribbean Cay is one of the many playgrounds scattered around the resort.

Also in the Old Port Royale/Centertown area is the great Fuentes del Morro main pool


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1 Alicia { 10.05.14 at 4:56 pm }

Would you recommend Caribbean Beach or POR for a family of 5? While we like the décor of a resort, we care more about easy transportation. We don’t spend a whole lot of time at the resort. Caribbean Beach looks fun but I’m not sure about all the internal transportation, and I really just don’t know much about POR. Thanks!

2 Dave { 10.06.14 at 8:28 am }

Alicia, right now you can’t book 5 people into CB, so depending on your timing it may be a moot point. But so long as you avoid Trinidad South and Barbados CB beats POR on every dimension except transport convenience. There’s a review of POR here:

3 Alicia { 10.06.14 at 5:53 pm }

We aren’t going until November 2015 so plenty of time for the 5 person booking. Can you explain a little about the internal buses. Is there a bus that takes you from your building to a main stop that takes you to the parks? We have been before but have always stayed a value, but on our next trip my youngest will be 4. We are just trying to find the best value for us.

4 Dave { 10.07.14 at 6:47 am }

Alicia, there’s two bus types–buses to the parks and internal buses. Park buses–e.g. for MK–come in, stop at all the stops, and head to the parks. So it’s just like at Pop but with more stops first. Internal buses just go round and round and round the resort. You don’t take two. Just go to the bus stop and wait for the bus labeled for your destination.

5 kelley { 03.24.15 at 8:40 pm }

Does Jamaica have any murphy bed rooms? If not, what areas do? And being a family of 4, we can’t request one or can we? My daughter and son would prefer separate beds. Thanks :o)

6 Dave { 03.25.15 at 7:10 am }

Kelley, yes–there are Murphy bed rooms in every village except Trinidad South. However, so far at least you can’t request them. Families who book 5 people 3 or older get them automatically; for everyone else it’s luck.

7 Ruth { 06.04.16 at 3:40 pm }

Could you tell me where the electrical sockets are in the standard rooms? My Dad is coming on holiday with us and he has CPAP machine for a sleep disorder and needs to plug it in close to the bed at night. Thank you

8 Dave { 06.06.16 at 8:24 am }

Ruth there’s one between the two beds.

9 Kelly davies { 08.08.16 at 7:47 am }

Hi Kelly,

We’re looking to book the beach resort for 2 nights over NYE. We’re planning to go to Epcot on NYE. Is there much advantage to booking this one over a cheaper value hotel. Not overly concerned with facilities more for ease of getting to and from epcot on this busy evening and so my OH can have a couple of drinks on NYE as its his 40th birthday too!.


10 Dave { 08.09.16 at 9:46 am }

Kelly, the Beach Club, like the BoardWalk Inn and Yacht Club, lets you walk to your room from Epcot, a huge advantage. You can also walk from the much-cheaper (but also less fun) Swan and Dolphin.

11 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 08.09.16 at 8:23 pm }

Hi Kelly,

Beach Club is my favorite resort – but like Dave said, the Yacht Club and Boardwalk give you easy access to Epcot. I just love the cool tones of Beach Club. If you need help planning or booking your NYE getaway, let me know ( or 980-429-4499) and happy early 40th b-day to your OH (what a way to celebrate!!!!)

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