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Theming Accommodations, and Villages at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort



By Dave Shute

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

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is themed around Caribbean islands, their beaches, and the pirates who once voyaged among them. Rooms in the resort are found in five “villages” ringing a lake, each of which has three or six two story, 64 room buildings. All the villages are named after Caribbean destinations: Barbados, Trinidad, Martinique, Aruba, and Jamaica.

Each colorful village has palm-tree lined beaches, and each has its own pool and bus stop. The central Old Port Royale area includes another bus stop and the main pool at the resort, the pirate-themed Fuentes del Morro Pool—the best pool of the Disney World moderate resorts.

All rooms were refurbed in 2014-2015. Pirate rooms (in Trinidad) 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 addition a fold-down Murphy bed, suitable for a person five feet or shorter, increasing the capacity of these rooms to five.

In all villages you can book water-view rooms (some of the “water” views are of the pools). In all villages except Trinidad, you can book king rooms.  Also in all villages except Trinidad, new for 2019 you can book a room with a third sleeping spot–these rooms previously were reserved for families of five, and any left over were randomly assigned.

You can also book “preferred” rooms in Barbados, and shortly, I expect, in Martinique, where for an extra cost you can get a room are closer to the central services of Old Port Royale.

There’s much similarity among the villages, 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.

Note that in May 2017, the former village Barbados and half of Martinique were leveled.  In October 2018 the village formerly known as Trinidad North inherited the name of the demolished Barbados, while Trinidad South became simply Trinidad.

MARTINIQUE

Martinique is a three building area (it used to have six, but three were leveled in May 2017). The three buildings that remain here have recently been priced as both preferred and regular. They seem to be regular now, but may shift to preferred soon.

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.

BARBADOS

Barbados was known until October 2018 as Trinidad North. All buildings here are at “preferred” prices. 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 Barbados 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 material coming next.

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

The view from Barbados is of the great beach of Jamaica.

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

Barbados 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

Up the road–in a dead end–are the six buildings of Trinidad, known until October 2018 as 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.

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

…and here’s the pool.

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

In March 2018 a new quick-service venue, Spyglass Grill, opened here.

Spyglass Grill provides interesting, though limited, dining options that are much more convenient than what is in Centertown/Old Port Royale.

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

A better view of the insipid colors it shares with Barbados.

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

Trinidad is on a separate lobe of Barefoot Bay–Barefoot Bay Bay?–and the land across the water will become the Caribbean Beach stop of the new Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is expected to open in mid-2019.

The current Spyglass Grill and future nearby gondola stop will make Trinidad a better and less isolated choice than it had been in the past.

The bus stop is in the center of the village.

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 Barbados.

Some southern rooms are close to the new Spyglass Grill in Trinidad, and Jamaica is just north of the Caribbean Beach stop of the Disney Skyliner transportation system to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, expected to open in mid-2019.

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 Barbados 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 room.

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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1 comment

1 PEGGY B BEVILLE { 07.30.17 at 4:37 am }

We stayed in the Aruba section July 24th. The room was great and loved the Murphy bed for our 7 year old. We really enjoyed the marshmellow roast on the island and the live band at the main beach. However, there was not a single pillow case in the room and no bedding for the Murphy bed. The worst was transportation issue. Both days we waited over 50 minutes to get buses to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Even phone calls to dispatch didn’t seem to help. On the 25th, a transportation rep came out with a clipboard and walkie talkie. Eventually she got 2 back to back MK buses and finally 2 back to back AK buses.

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