We stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort November 10 – 17th in the Aruba section. The stay was ok, but nothing WOW’d us.
Check-in was easy and quick. The resort is very large and if you can’t walk for 5 to 10 minutes, there is an internal bus service that goes around the resort, but you have to wait 15 minutes or so. After we checked in (around 9pm), we were advised that we would have to take the bus to our room since it was too dark on the road from the Custom’s House (check-in building) and a long walk to our room. Once the bus finally came and we got our things settled into the room, it was almost a 10 minute walk to get a bite to eat. Time can easily slip away walking or waiting for a bus, and I don’t like to waste one precious moment of vacation time.
In order to get to the food area (Old Port Royale), we had to walk a little less than 10 minutes, or a quick walk to the bus stop but wait for the internal bus. We were surprised that there weren’t any vending machines with water/soda, etc. in our building. We had to be sure to get bottles of water before going back to the room or it was a hike back out.
The walk to the bus stop was easy – down a short pathway and across a parking lot. The busses to the parks and Downtown Disney came quite often. One review states that Jamaica is the first pickup and first drop off (Aruba, where we stayed would be second according to that plan), but we found that it would depend on where you were going to or coming from. One night the first return stop was Martinique and Aruba was several stops later.
We found the King bed room to be very clean. I didn’t care for the curtains since they did not completely cover the sides of the windows (even with the vertical blinds completely closed) and it was light at night from the outside electric light, and it was light in the morning from the sunshine. The pillows were not real comfortable to us (just a personal preference), and except for one light near the entrance door, all light switches were on one side of the bed (away from the entrance of the room). Our bathroom was very small, but the sink area is outside and there was a good amount of counter space and two sinks. These were just some small inconveniences. Otherwise, the room was nice. Housekeeping did a good job cleaning the room and keeping us stocked with towels and amenities (except for one day when she was a no-show, but we had enough of everything).
We purchased the refillable drink cups and I was disappointed to find that they no longer served orange juice in the food court. Soda, lemonade and coffee/tea/hot chocolate only. There is a coffee maker in the room and coffee for two cups each day, so we didn’t use our refillable cups for coffee after the first day. Also didn’t use them for soda or anything since it was a long walk to Port Royale to the refill stations. There is a fridge in the room which was very convenient.
There is one sit down restaurant in Old Port Royal (the main food/shop/concierge building) called Shutters and a couple of food court style stations. We ate at Shutters once and while it was good, it was a bit expensive and had small portions. There isn’t a lot of variety (no salads, sandwiches, etc.). We ate at the food court two mornings and were pleased with the breakfasts. We were mostly at the parks during dinner time, but did eat at the food court one night, and my husband thought the salmon was fantastic. I had a Cuban sandwich and that was good, as well. I just wished they had a sit down restaurant with more variety. I don’t like buying hot food at a food court, waiting in a long line to pay for it, and then hunting for a table, going to get silverware and condiments, going back for soda, etc. By the time we sat down to eat, things were just lukewarm or in one case, cold.
The only bar we found was the outside bar near the main pool. There are about 10 seats around the bar and plenty of tables and chairs nearby. But, it is totally outside and gets a bit cool at night. They show movies on a huge screen next to the bar which was a lot of fun, especially for the kids.
We had a pool outside our room which was large, clean, and heated. That was nice since it was a bit chilly/breezy at night and we didn’t care to walk 10 minutes to the main pool and walk back wet. We did it once to try out the slides and whirlpool, but it was not comfortable walking back.
There is a “beach” area near each section with hammocks and loungers; however, you can’t swim in the water. Nice area to relax, but not really a beach.
Caribbean Beach was ok, but we will probably stay at a different resort in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tropical paradise built around 45-acre Barefoot Bay, this Resort hotel brings the Islands to you with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches and colonial architecture. Six villages-Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica-host colorful Guest rooms, some pirate-themed! "Island-hop" as you explore 200 lushly landscaped acres, or simply enjoy lazy days soaking up the sun in a hammock. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disneys Caribbean Beach Hotel
- Disneys Caribbean Beach Resort
- Caribbean Beach Resort Florida
- Disney Carribean Resort
- Disney World Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney Carribean Beach
- Disney Caribbean Beach Hotel
- Disney Caribbean Resort
- Caribbean Beach Resort Disney
- Caribbean Beach Resort Orlando