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“Excellent Place to Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 (Formerly Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort)   |  
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“Excellent Place to Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We just spent a long weekend at Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort and had a terrific time. The location is a bit odd when you drive up because it's the Port Authority road and is very industrial looking - don't be fooled! The Ron Jon Resort is well screened from the industrial part, overlooks the canal that the cruise ships use to enter and leave port, has direct beach access at the very end of the beach which makes it more secluded, and is in terrific shape. Water park with huge slide, mini-golf, tennis, basketball, arcade, kids play place with climbing and ball pit, and movies for the kids. We slept 4 in a Studio and after Disney sized rooms felt like we had a huge room. Room was in great shape, nicely furnished, and well stocked. The only downside to the trip was the Grill there at the resort is a bit disorganized and there is no hot food for breakfast on property. We're planning to stay there again for our next vacation to Florida.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Two years ago we stayed down the street and friends stayed at RJCCR. They told us how nice it was so we decided to stay here before our cruise this time. We were so impressed i made sure to write a review. We were supposed to stay in a 2 bedroom suite with friends but 1/2 way into planning they opted out of the cruise. After much debating we decided to switch to a studio room to save money. My sis-in-law and roommates had a 2 bedroom. Others had a 1 bedroom and others had a studio. We were in the studio for one night and it was just to dark. The only window is over looking the walking area and people can look in if you have it open. The next morning i went down to the front desk and talked to Julie about upgrading to a one bedroom with balcony. She was so incredibly helpful!! The balcony rooms are bright and summery and the kitchen ammenities and washer and dryer make it the perfect place to stay before a cruise. We saved a little money by having breakfast in the room and didn't have to pack dirty clothes to take on the ship. The rooms were VERY clean and spacious. My sis-in-law had the two bedroom with kingsize room and it was huge. The 2 bedroom suite also has 2 balconies. I read a few reviews who said how thin the walls were. Maybe because we went during a slower season we didn't notice anything more than staying in any other hotel.
The resort may be in the middle of an industrial area but it's like a diamond in the rough. Once you are in the resort you have no idea where you are. Julie gave us a one bedroom over looking the pool and it was BEAUTIFUL!! She tried her hardest to get all 5 of our rooms as close to eachother as possible. During the day the pool is an oasis. The waterslide and lazy river was a blast even for us old folks :) In the evening the pool area was so relaxing to sit around and enjoy each others company. Even though we stayed there partially for all of the fun options the only thing we used was the pool area and the golfers used the putt putt greens which are really very nice. The kids play area was spacious and looked like a lot of fun. The Restaurant was very nice, the food was great and priced really reasonably.
I was telling someone in my party about upgrading to the one bedroom and a worker over heard me. He became very concerned as to whether or not we were happy. It is really refreshing that in a time when customer service has pretty much gone out the window, Everyone from the front desk staff to the Maintenance workers care if their customers are happy or not. I was VERY impressed! When i ran into him again later he took the time to ask me again if everything was good.
Our group rented cars so we went over to the restaurants looking over the water to have dinner the first day. Grills was really good and also makes you feel like you're on a tropical vacation. The stores are only minutes away if you have a car.
We cruise with a really large group and we don't pick where we cruise out of~ but at least now we have the perfect place to stay when we cruise out of Port Canaveral again and we're looking forward to it :)
We take one vacation a year and THANK YOU RON JON'S for making our few days before our cruise so much fun!!

Room Tip: If you can afford to upgrade to a one or 2 bedroom it is really worth it. Ask for a room over looki...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rainbow89, General Manager at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 23, 2012
Dear ptconway:

Thank you for sharing your recent experience with other travelers. We are pleased your family enjoyed their pre-cruise stay with us. We appreciate your thoughts on our staff, our amenities and the cleanliness of our Resort. We will pass your comments on to our team with a “job well done”! We look forward to your next visit with us.

Launa Young
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

After cruising for 4 days we decided to relax by the pool at Ron Jon's. There were two families in our party. We both opted for the king room, being couples with one child each. I had spent 20 minuites on the phone with the company I was booking the hotel with. I was trying to find out if the room we were booking had a balcony. I never recieved an answer, but assumed since all the photos of this resort show balconies, that we too would recieve a balcony.. We were very shocked when we were given our rooms to find that the only window in the room was a glass block view to an indoor hallway. After one night, I couldn't stand it any longer and requested a room with a balcony. I then upgraded our room to a one bedroom suite. The extra money was well worth the lovely room and the awesome balcony overlooking the pool. I felt that the King room that we were initially given was like a cave being extremely dark and very musty. With no air circulating in the room, my husband became ill with a chest infection within a few hours. I was ready to change our plans, and go home two days early if the King room was the only option. It turns out that the King room we originally got, was the second bedroom linked to the one bedroom suite we ended up with.

Room Tip: Pass on the King Room and go for the 1 bedroom with a water park view. Well worth the difference in...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cold Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

My family and I stayed at this fantastic resort prior to our Disney Cruise! We couldnt have chosen better, it was awesome. The rooms were clean and very comfortable, the pool area was beautiful and the water was warm. The staff were warm and friendly, and the food at the restaurant was outstanding. It was a 10 min taxi ride to Port Canaveral, so it was perfect to catch our cruise. The only downside was that we had to leave. We will definatly be staying at the Ron Jon Cape Caribe again!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abingdon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

spotless rooms great staff quiet just a great vacation resort super massage at a bargain price bought one for my wife she loved it

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We are currently staying at the Ron Jon cape Caribe Resort with our two children (a 2 yo and baby). It is a very nice resort and has been very clean. Something that is important to us since we spend so many hours on the floor with the baby and toddler. overall, we really like the resort but the location is just ok for us.

Our unit overlooks the pool area - we are in a 2 bedroom condo unit - the kitchen has everything we need - the only thing missing is plasticware - it would be great to have plastic plates and cups for eating outside. The master bedroom is huge and the living area is as well with a large patio outside.The pools are heated and have been warm - there are several options for us even with little kids - and we would love to return when they are older to enjoy the water slide - along with the movie theatre, arcade, game room, etc! If you have preteens this resort looks like a great place for them!

The playroom has been great for us - it is so nice to have an indoor option for the cooler days of January. Plus, no need for sunscreen inside! The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes via a paved sidewalk and street that leads to the ocean front condos. Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent. An umbrella was $5 all day.

My only complaint about the resort is that there is only one restaurant on site and they do not serve breakfast - the food is good, we've had carry out twice and dined in once. We like to eat out on vacation or order in...so this is limiting for our family. I know many people prefer to cook in their condos.

The staff has been very nice and friendly. No sales pressure whatsoever. The activites are abundant even during the slow time of January - there was a live animal show ($2ea), poker demonstration, bingo and more.

As far as the location is concerned - it was an easy drive from Orlando - less than an hour from the airport, no traffic. The resort is located in(?) the port of canaveral - so driving into the resort has an industrial feel. There isn't too much within walking/biking distance from here. The port has "the cove" which is several restaurants - from dive bar to upscale casual. There is a small weekday market to which we have not been. we walked from the resort to the pier thru Jetty Park - it was a paved walk, about 20 minutes to the pier and very pretty through the trees. Saw dolphins in the water - great luck! The facilities at the park looked nice - a snack bar, boardwalk, and playground.

Since the weather has been cooler (mid 60s) we went to the Brevard Zoo and NASA on 2 separate days. Both are about 25 minutes away by car. Great side trips if you are looking to leave the resort. I will review them separately. We went to Manatee Park - didn't see any manatees but it was a quick trip. we went to Cocoa Beach Pier - which leaves something to be desired - I think the whole area is sort of run down when comparing it to other places in Florida - I've been to both coasts, Tampa to Miami and Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. That is why I say its an average location - it is central if you want to drive back to Orlando or to go to NASA (which is very impressive, I will return). But the beach and town of Cocoa are nothing great at all.

All this being said, I would return to Ron Jon's when my babies are older to take advantage of the great family resort here - and that it is so clean with large rooms.

Room Tip: Main building rooms have easy access to all the amenities other than the beach.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rainbow89, General Manager at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 9, 2012
Dear grandtraveler15:

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your unit and the amenities offered at the Resort. We appreciate you sharing your comments with other Trip Advisor travelers so they too can experience a one-of-a-kind Cape Caribe vacation experience. We look forward to your next stay!

Launa Young
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Syracuse, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We had a great time in the week following New Year's at the Ron Jon resort. The staff was excellent--always smiling and always helpful. The pool and hot tub were oversized and never crowded. The on-site restaurant served very good food with daily specials, all reaonably priced. We even got to see "The Help" one evening at the resort's own movie theater. We had a particularly warm week and enjoyed walking along the beach--a short, five minute walk from the resort. The rooms could use a little updating and the mattresses were not particularly comfortable on the beds but this did not really detract from the overall fun experience of this resort. We would definitely go back there again!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 (Formerly Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Brevard County > Cape Canaveral
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Canaveral
#4 Family Hotel in Cape Canaveral
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Space Coast adventure, beachfront beauty and the excitement of one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, this resort provides maximum fun, entertainment and relaxation all in one place. Before you ever leave the resort, you'll discover a swimming pool, lazy river and hot tub to soak your cares away. Try the onsite mini golf course, elevated tennis and basketball courts and onsite exercise room. For kids, there's a big indoor play area with an attached child care center, a multi-row movie theater and much more. From the spacious game room to plenty of onsite activities, you won't be lost for things to do. And your roomy accommodations are perfect for settling in and staying a while. With direct beach access, an onsite restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a gift shop for souvenirs and incidentals and plenty of activities, you'll never be at a loss for breezy Florida Space Coast fun! ... more   less 
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Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort Cocoa Beach
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