By Melissa Fegely
Making the decision to stay onsite at a Walt Disney World resort is an easy one. Choosing the resort is often the hard one! With 30 different resorts to pick from, it’s very difficult to narrow the list down. The resorts have very elaborate theming for all tastes, a price range to fit all budgets, and amenities to meet your vacation needs. Staying onsite at any Walt Disney World resort entitles guests to a list of great perks, from package delivery services to complimentary transportation to and from the parks.
With its laid-back island vibe, lush tropical landscaping, sandy beaches for lounging, and pirate décor, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a very popular choice with Disney guests young and old. Guest accommodations will be in one of six unique villages: Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Aruba, Martinique, Jamaica, and Barbados. Each village area has its own quiet pool, laundry facilities, bus stop, and beach area. Regardless of which one you stay in, these details make guests fall in love with this moderate resort.
7. Fuentes del Morro Pool.
Complete with two waterslides, water cannons, a children’s water play area, jacuzzis, and a refreshing bar with a fun name, the Banana Cabana, this pool is one of the best on property. Guests of all ages love the fantastic pirate theming, from the waterslide hidden in an old Spanish fort to the water play area disguised as a shipwreck. The fun continues with a daily afternoon Caribbean pool party and a hair wrapping booth too. Once the sun is down, enjoy Disney movies on the big screen in the evening air.
6. Old Port Royale.
Stroll over to Old Port Royale for shopping, recreation, and eateries. Market Street provides guests with a delicious food court, and Shutters is the resort’s table-service restaurant. If you’re in the mood for shopping, the Calypso Trading Post and Straw Market offer Disney merchandise, swimwear, apparel, snacks, and sundries. Old Port Royale is also the place to be for the main pool, arcade, hotel concierge, and bike rental area.
5. Shutters at Old Port Royale.
Open only for dinner, this table-service restaurant has an open air, casual atmosphere with a Caribbean influence. The open kitchen serves up American fare with a tropical twist. Entrees include pasta, roasted chicken, beef dishes, mahi mahi, and surf and turf. Sweet desserts and refreshing tropical drinks round out the meal.
4. Pirate-themed rooms.
For even more adventure when staying at this resort, book a pirate room. The beds are designed like pirate ships, lights resemble old lanterns, the dressers look like old crates, and a navigation table completes the picture. A Jolly Roger even adorns the curtain separating the bathroom area. Note that these rooms will have a slightly higher cost per night. If younger guests are looking for more pirate adventures, check out the Caribbean Pirate Adventure Cruise. This is offered for guests that are 4 to 12 years old for an additional cost.
3. Barefoot Bay.
Relax after busy day at the parks at Barefoot Bay, the 45-acre lake that is the centerpiece of the resort. Shady palm trees beckon you to grab a lounge chair, dig your feet in the sand, and enjoy the lovely views. All of the villages at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Surround Barefoot Bay.
2. Convenient Transportation.
This is one of the larger Walt Disney World resorts, but it’s very easy to get around. Internal shuttle buses run between the villages, to the main building, and to Old Port Royale. Buses are also continuously running for transport to and from the parks and Disney Springs.
1. Sunrise Views.
This resort offers amazing views at sunrise. Grab your camera and a cup of coffee and watch the sun slip up over the lake and the pool for a perfect and peaceful start to your day.