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Amenities at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort



By Dave Shute

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

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT

Review Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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

You’ll also find a small selection of snacks here.

Customs House Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

After a major construction project kicked off at Caribbean Beach in May 2017, you can no longer walk to the Custom House–which was never convenient, anyway, except from the now-gone Barbados.

Instead, an internal bus route will take those without cars to and from Custom House and the villages that make up Caribbean Beach’s accommodations areas.

Before the area was closed for refurb, there used to be a second concierge location in Old Port Royale that was more convenient for most then Custom House.

This second spot is now temporarily located in Trinidad South, in Building 31, room 3109.

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

Shutters Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Until the May construction launched, Old Port Royal in Centertown was the locus of most of the amenities at Caribbean Beach, especially dining and shopping.

These are now closed, and the old dining has been temporary replaced with several options, some in Centertown and some not.  All the details on dining at Caribbean Beach during the refurb are here.

The old bar is also closed, replaced by this ugly but functional alternative.

Shopping has the thinnest set of replacements, including the minor area in Custom House noted above…

…a two-sided truck in Centertown…

…and three “Island Markets–in Martinique, Jamaica, and Aruba, where the main focus is snacks.

Caribbean Cay Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s fishing holes on Caribbean Cay, just outside Centertown.

Playground Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

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

DINING AT DISNEY’S CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT

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11 comments

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: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/02/06/review-disneys-port-orleans-riverside-resort-2/

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!.

Thanks

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 (KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499) and happy early 40th b-day to your OH (what a way to celebrate!!!!)

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