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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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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Cape Canaveral
Columbia, Connecticut, United States
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222 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We were so relaxed at this hotel. It made you feel like you are in the tropics. It is a timeshare property, so there is no housekeeping. You have to exchange your towels and throw your garbage down a shoot. The grounds are beautiful and there is so much to do. The pool and water park are fantastic. The beach is 5 minutes away and you can take a tram or walk. It is private and pristine or you can walk five minutes further down the beach to jetty park with a playground and concessions. There is mini golf, a children's play center, movies, arcade, teen center and children's activities and even child care at the hotel. Just be aware everything closes early. The water park at 5 p.m. , chairs and umbrellas on the beach can only be rented until 4 p.m., mini golf closes at 9 p.m., you can't get towels after 7 p.m. and the pool closes at 10 p.m. Even restaurants and places in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral close early. We did have dripping air conditioning in our room and the attended to it immediately. We had a studio suite with lots of room and storage and a fridge and microwave. They do not allow friends to come and pay for day passes which we were kind of bummed about since we have friends in the area and we did not want to leave our resort with all the great activities and things to do. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Also, the cafe did not serve breakfast, which was kind of inconvenient. But overall it was very relaxing and pleasant and accommodating.

Room Tip: Stay in the main building to be close to the pool and waterpark. We were overlooking the mini golf...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Southampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I was traveling with a group of friends and family on an NCL cruise ship that came in to Port Canaveral on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at about noon.

Over the years we've learned to sometimes avoid the cruise ship excursions and do our own thing and, on this occasion, 38 of us (friends & family ages 3 to 65) rented about five rooms at Ron Jon in order to get bracelets and spend the day at the resort and nearby beach. Ron Jon does not sell day passes, but if you rent a two bedroom room for a couple hundred dollars, you get up to eight bracelets for the resort. No brainer. The resort has a great pool, lazy river, huge water slide, and plenty of other stuff for kids to do. If you're on a ship like we were, it's also nice to freshen your laundry via use of the washers and dryers in the rooms.

Checking in was fast. Rooms were immaculate. Food at the restaurant was great.

If I had one complaint (and it's a very minor one), it would be that the service at the outside Tiki Bar by the pool could be faster. The lone bartender definitely hustled and did the best he could, but they could have used at least one more to deal with all the hungry and thirsty people out at the pool. But overall, the beer was cold, the drinks were well made, and the burgers and other fare were good.

Although we didn't spend the night, I'd recommend this as a place to go and we'll be back. The staff and management are very responsive and communicative, both before and after your stay. It's a fun, safe, and very clean place, with a nice beach within walking distance. Overall, we were all happy we chose it.

FYI: we used a company called Happy Hour Shuttle to get us back and forth from the resort to the ship. They were fantastic to deal with and I'll use them again when I'm in the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My family (wife and 3 year old) just returned from a 4 day stay at Ron Jon and Im a bit torn on whether or not I truly got the type of experience out of this resort as I had hoped. So the best way for me to break it down is by pro's and con's and let others decide.

Pro's - Pool area was fantastic. Clean and well maintained, with attention given by the staff. Lazy river was the highlight for us. Kiddie pools are excellent.
- The indoor childrens play area was also terrific.
- Living space is large with most rooms having washer/dryer
- Movie theater

Cons - Overall service! Im from Texas and maybe Im just used to people smiling and asking how you are doing. The staff at Ron Jon seems the least bit concerned with the fact that you are on vacation and spending your hard earned money here. Don't get me wrong, if you smile and wave at them you might get one in return - but no real hospitality from them.

- No breakfast served on premise! This one surprised me. I stayed in $32 a night Days Inn's that offered a half decent continental. So each morning we ventured off into town past seedy stores to grab dunkin donuts 10 minutes away.

- No maid service means you have to stress when your kids create a mess.

- Quality and look of furniture, and building as a whole seems kind of shoddy for a relatively new resort. Bedding is also along the lines of what you get from a $30/night motel.

- Some rules seem needlessly restrictive and harsh. The 10a.m checkout was the worst of it all. They remind you of it several times and although the rule may not bother me in general - what made it insane is the fact that our own room was not ready when we came in at 4:15pm!!

Now some other items were basically as expected such as the on site restaurant and the other common areas. Parking is decent and close, and the tram to the beach is a nice service. One comment on the bar outside is that it was routinely understaffed - with 1 guy waiting on close to 15 patrons in line. Did not enjoy waiting 20 minutes for a coke!

So the bottom line is that my kid had fun but if I did not have a young child, I would have likely given this 2 stars. The negatives combined with the run down, industrial town location this is in would likely keep me away from this resort in the future.

Room Tip: Do not pick a studio, and if you can - request a bottom floor room facing the pool. It will give yo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

When we were planning our vacation, we were torn between the practicality of a condo and the atmosphere of a resort. With the Ron Jon Cape Caribe, we didn't have to chose. The room had all the amenities of a condo (full kitchen, laundry) with a balcony that looked out over a pool, waterslide and poolside bar. Our kids (8 & 10) debated every morning whether to start with the pool, or head to the beach to play in the waves. The weather was so nice, they never got a chance to try out the movie theatre or indoor play park. A great experience - as soon as we got home, we were trying to figure how to go back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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57 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Ron Jon is really an RCI time share that rents its extra availability. Ron Jon boasts a great pool, lazy river and slide. Very clean and nicely done. Around the pool area it felt like we were on a cruise without leaving land.

But our king studio was small and filled with the smell of that room deodorizer we all know from other hotels. The staff was very nice. It would have been nice if the restaurant was open for breakfast.

I don't think it is worth the up-charge from other hotels with pools in the area.

Room Tip: King studio is tight but ok for two. If you plan to use the pull-out bed it's a squeeze.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oroville, California
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Have been to Cocoa Beach a few times and was never really impressed. Somewhat of a tired but cute little beach town. Now that I have found Ron Jon's I have a new take on staying in Cocoa Beach. In fact, I've now sworn to never stay in Orlando again - which I feel is too crowded and full of restaurants you can't get into without an hour wait and elbow to elbow theme park patrons. Ron Jon's is only 45 minutes from the airport and an hour from theme parks so its feasible to solely stay there. As a bonus you get the beach. And it's adjacent to the port so really perfect if you are cruising. I have teenage daughters so when you consider getting a timeshare type property with space and a kitchen compared to having to get two hotel rooms, there is no question. And what a fun resort. Huge water slide and lazy river (which even adults enjoy!), as well as restaurant, pool bar, movie theater, indoor play area for kids, free mini golf,... Great resort. And you can even get a chair by the pool. Imagine that! Stayed at tripadvisor top rated Floridays in Orlando prior to moving to Cocoa Beach and it was a nightmare! Forget trying to go by that pool!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Troy, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

My husband and I transferred some of our RCI points from an Orlando resort for the week of April 6th to April 13th. It's a very easy drive from the orlando airport and we decided to upgrade from a poolside building studio room to an oceanfront villa....the room was great! 2 bedroom 2 bath full kitchen, dining area and living room with washer and dryer....and most of all a balcony with a gorgeous view. It was just my husband and I and we have no children but we enjoyed every minute of it....relaxing....not to crowded always found a spot to relax at the pool the employees were attentive and accomodating and the weather was perfect 80's breezy and a fluffy cloud here and there....Everything was clean and available in the villa and made us feel right at home. We were centrally located for the things we enjoyed doing which was walking the beach which had silky soft fine beautiful white sand...warm water and very clean....we found several popular local spots to hang out and watch the ships come and go on the port and relaxed...I highly recommend this trip to any and all ages as there is plenty to do for young and old alike....I was so impressed at the location ammenities and options we bought and oceanfront timeshare with them!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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SKirby369, Corporate Compliance Manager at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear JKAV32 - thank you for the great review. It means so much when people take time out of their busy lives to let us know that we're doing a good job! We would also like to welcome you to the Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort family! Congratulations and thanks again! We wish you many happy vacations!
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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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