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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 “villages,” each of which has three to six two story, 64 room buildings.

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

Rooms in all other villages got a major makeover.  Fulls 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.

Map Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
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 six building area with three buildings priced as preferred, 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.

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

There are two beaches convenient to Martinique guests, one near Barbados and the other near Old Port Royale. Above is the latter. Note the blue buildings and red roofs–one of the best color schemes among the villages.

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.

TRINIDAD NORTH

Trinidad North is another preferred area, on the other side of Old Port Royale. Prices are the sames as in the preferred part of Martinique.

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.

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.

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

At my last visit–October 2015, my 8th stay here–a food truck (from ESPN) was perched just outside the Trinidad South pool. Grabbing breakfast or a quick meal from it is much more convenient than hoofing down to Old Port Royale, so here’s hoping it stays!

Menu Food Truck Trinidad South Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The menu for the food truck. Click it to enlarge it.

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.

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.

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.

BARBADOS

Barbados is almost as inconvenient as Trinidad South. It’s near only the Customs House, which is of merit only if you’ve lost your keys. (When I lost my keys, I was staying in Trinidad South…) Building 11 is so isolated that I fear it has been bad and is being shunned.

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

The colors are dull.

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

The pool is typical.

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

The beach is deeper than most, and because of that a little more interesting than some. However, many Martinique buildings are closer to it than they are to their own beach, so you will see the riffraff from Martinique rooms here as well as Barbados folk.

The bus stop is a little off center, but still convenient to rooms here.

THE PIRATE ROOMS IN TRINIDAD SOUTH

This review continues here.

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