(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, see this.)
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is themed to 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, 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 perhaps in Martinique), where for an extra cost you can get a room closer to the central services of Old Port Royale.
There’s much similarity among the villages, but also some key differences, especially in access to the central services of the resort and the new Disney Skyliner.
The Skyliner is a gondola system that connects Caribbean Beach with two parks, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (and also with Pop Century and Art of Animation). The Skyliner has two stations at Caribbean Beach, one south between Jamaica and Trinidad that serves all destinations, and another north between Aruba and Martinique that in one direction goes to Epcot and in the other goes to south station.
This part of my review of Caribbean Beach will discuss the villages one by one, 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 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.
A re-orientation of bus routes in late June 2017 means that park buses pick up and drop off Martinique guests first. Martinique is the furthest of the villages from the main Skyliner station, but in the middle of the villages in its distance from the Riviera station–where you can pick up the Epcot line. Martinique and Aruba are the two villages closest to Riviera and its new dining options.
Each village has a beach. At Martinique the beach, shown above, is near Old Port Royale.
Each village has a pool–all are similar. Here’s the one at Martinique.
The view from the Martinique area is of the lovely beaches across Barefoot Bay in Aruba…
…and, at the right, the somewhat jarring Riviera building.
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.
Barbados was known until October 2018 as Trinidad North. All buildings here are at “preferred” prices. Because many of its rooms are not far from the central services, dining and pool at Old Port Royale, and also among the closer rooms to the Skyliner, rates are $85-120 per night higher than standard rooms in non-preferred buildings. The other dining venue at Caribbean Beach, the Spyglass Grill in Trinidad, is also fairly close.
It has just three buildings and two beaches, and thus is overall with Martinique the most compact of all the Villages, and is by far the most convenient.
One of the beaches–near Old Port Royale.
The second beach, further south.
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.
The view from Barbados is of the great beach of Jamaica.
The bus stop is in the center and convenient to all rooms. The main Skyliner hub is just across the bridge between Barbados and Trinidad and Jamaica.
Up the road–in a dead end–are the six buildings of Trinidad, known until October 2018 as Trinidad South.
In this somewhat inconvenient area of Caribbean Beach, you’ll find the expensive Pirate rooms.
Pirate rooms are full bed rooms with special decorations meant to make them nautical and piratical. More on these is here.
Here’s the beach at Trinidad.
…and here’s the pool.
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.
A better view of the insipid colors it shares with Barbados.
Trinidad is on a separate lobe of Barefoot Bay–Barefoot Bay Bay? The hub station of the Skyliner is just across the bay. On average, both Barbados and Jamaica rooms are closer, but Trinidad is the next closest village to the Skyliner.
The Spyglass Grill and gondola stop 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 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. Along with Barbados, on average its rooms are closest to the Skyliner among the five villages.
Some southern rooms are close to the new Spyglass Grill in Trinidad, and Jamaica is just north of the Caribbean Beach hub of the Disney Skyliner transportation system to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Jamaica also has a great color scheme…
…a pool similar to the rest…
…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.
Aruba is the next best choice after Jamaica for those unwilling to pay for a preferred room.
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. The Riviera Skyliner stop to Epcot is close, and the rest of the Skyliner stops are on the other side of Jamaica.
It has the usual pool…
…and a beach second only to Jamaica’s in extent and loveliness.
It has a nice view of Martinique and Old Port Royale.
Buses stop here last.
The best overall village, almost regardless of what you are looking for, is Jamaica.
This review continues here.
PAGES IN THIS REVIEW OF DISNEY’S CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Overview and Summary
- Theming, accommodations and villages at Caribbean Beach
- Photo tour of a four person queen bed room at Caribbean Beach
- Photo tour of a five person queen and murphy bed room at Caribbean Beach
- Photo tour of a four person full bed Pirate room at Caribbean Beach
- Amenities at Caribbean Beach
- Dining at Caribbean Beach
- The main pool at Caribbean Beach
OTHER KEY PAGES FOR WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- Where to stay–the Basics
- Where first-timers should stay
- Reviews of all the Disney World resorts, based on my 160+ stays in them