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The Villages of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort



By Dave Shute

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

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Accommodations at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort are grouped into five “villages,” each of which has three or six two story, 64 room buildings.

All rooms were refurbed in 2014-2015. Pirate rooms (in Trinidad South) got a light makeover, retained their full beds, and sleep four.

Rooms in all other villages got a major makeover.  Full beds were replaced with queens, and many rooms now have in a addition a fold-down Murphy bed, suitable for a person five feet or shorter, increasing the capacity of these rooms to five.

Another major construction project kicked off in May 2017, closing former village Barbados and half of Martinique.  Caribbean Beach’s former dining is closed, replaced with temporary dining options that are, at best, adequate.


The villages are named after islands.  There’s much similarity among them, but also some key differences. This part of the review of Caribbean Beach will discuss them village by village, starting with Martinique and going clockwise.

MARTINIQUE

Martinique is a three building area (it used to have six, but three were closed as part of the refurb that kicked off in May 2017). The three buildings that remain here used to be priced as preferred, but with construction at both ends and some unsightly walkways prices are now standard.

A re-orientation of bus routes in late June 2017 means that park buses pick up and drop off Martinique guests first.

Beach Martinique Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Each village has a beach.  At Martinique the beach, shown above, is near Old Port Royale.

Pool Martinique Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Each village has a pool–all are similar. Here’s the one at Martinique.

Martinique View Disney's Caribbean Beach from yourfirstvisit.net

The view from the Martinique area is of the lovely beaches across Barefoot Bay in Aruba.

Martinique guests will find two bus stops to use–one at Old Port Royale is closer to some rooms especially in building 26, and most other rooms will be closer to the other bus stop.

Martinique has a Coke freestyle machine for refillable mugs in Building 25, and also in 25 an Island Market, in room 2509.

TRINIDAD NORTH

Trinidad North is a preferred area. Because many of its buildings are not far from the central services and pool at Old Port Royale, rates are $40-70 per night higher than standard rooms in non-preferred buildings.

It has just three buildings and two beaches, and thus is overall the most compact and convenient of all the Villages.

Beach at North End of Trinidad North Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

One of the beaches–near Old Port Royale.

Beach Trinidad North Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The second beach, further south.

Pool Trinidad North Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The pool at Trinidad North is at the end furthest from Old Port Royal–if this were a six building village, it would be right in the middle. This means all rooms are close to both the main pool and this smaller “quiet” pool.

Buildings here are a brown pink that adults probably call “coral.” We’ll get a better view in the same-color Trinidad South material coming next.

Trinidad North View Disney's Caribbean Beach from yourfirstvisit.net

The view from Trinidad North is the great beach of Jamaica.

The bus stop is in the center and convenient to all rooms.

During construction, concierge services (and an ATM) are available in Building 31, room 3109. Trinidad North has a Coke freestyle machine for refillable mugs in Building 33, but no Island Markets, I suppose because it is so close to the temporary dining facilities between it and the main pool.

TRINIDAD SOUTH

Up the road–in a dead end–are the six buildings of Trinidad South.

In this distant, inconvenient area of Caribbean Beach, you’ll find the expensive Pirate rooms.

Bed Side Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Pirate rooms are full bed rooms with special decorations meant to make them nautical and piratical. More on these is here.

Beach Trinidad South Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s the beach at Trinidad South.

Pool Trinidad South Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and here’s the pool.

Trinidad South has Coke freestyle machines for refillable mugs in Buildings 34 and 38, but no Island Market.

However, during the current construction, a food truck has been commonly available here, and there are rumors that a more permanent dining option is being created here.

Trinidad North Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A better view of the insipid colors it shares with Trinidad North

Trinidad South View Disney's Caribbean Beach from yourfirstvisit.net

Trinidad South is on a separate lobe of Barefoot Bay–Barefoot Bay Bay?–and the land across from it is undeveloped. The view of this land is above.

The bus stop is in the center.

JAMAICA

Jamaica is my favorite among the Caribbean Beach Villages. Most of its six buildings are near enough to Old Port Royale via the bridge across Caribbean Cay, and those that aren’t are still a reasonable walk via the road bridge and Trinidad North.

Jamaica Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Jamaica also has a great color scheme…

Pool Jamaica Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…a pool similar to the rest

Beach Jamaica Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…a huge, gorgeous beach, and a nice view of Trinidad North and Old Port Royale.

The bus stop is in the center. It’s the second to last stop.

Jamaica has Coke freestyle machines for refillable mugs in Buildings 43 and 46. Also in 43 is an Island Market, in room 4308.

ARUBA

Aruba is the next best choice after Jamaica for those unwilling to pay for a preferred rooms.

Aruba Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

It has a so-so color scheme, and its bus stop is at the far end.  Some rooms will be closer to the footbridge to Caribbean Cay and Old Port Royal, others will be closer to the bus stop.

Some rooms near the bus stop will have unsightly views of construction.

Pool Aruba Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

It has the usual pool…

Beach Aruba Village Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a beach second only to Jamaica’s in extent and loveliness.

Aruba View Disney's Caribbean Beach from yourfirstvisit.net

It has a nice view of Martinique and Old Port Royale.

Buses stop here last. Aruba has Coke freestyle machines for refillable mugs in Buildings 52 and 55, and also has in 55 an Island Market, in room 5524.

PHOTO TOUR OF A FOUR PERSON QUEEN ROOM AT CARIBBEAN BEACH

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