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Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Pool, Room, Renovations, And More…

A detailed overview of Disney Caribbean Beach Resort pool, rooms, dining, transportation, and more!

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort sometimes gets a bad rap for being the oldest Moderate resort or for being huge/spread out.

While this is true, I think Caribbean Beach has a lot of strengths, including:

  • An incredible pool complex
  • Recently refurbished rooms
  • Excellent renovations to the lobby and restaurants

fountain at Disney's Caribbean beach resort

In this post, I’ll share my resort review with info on the pools, restaurants, rooms, and the Caribbean Beach Resort renovations that were completed in 2019 and 2023.

I’ll also share what I think are the pros and cons of the resort to help you decide if it is right for you!

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Map

disney caribbean beach resort map 2019

Caribbean Beach Resort is made up of five “villages” positioned around a body of water called Barefoot Bay. To give you a sense of scale, it is 1.2 miles around the main part of Barefoot Bay.

Construction of the new Riviera DVC resort eliminated the “Barbados” section from Caribbean Beach. 

disney caribbean beach resort map 2019 with old port royale

And here is a close-up map of the Old Port Royale area. This map shows where you will find the different dining options and Freestyle Machines (now found all over the resort!)

You can click on these Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Maps if you’d like to print them for your reference. 

If you want to see how Caribbean Beach stacks up against the other Disney Moderate Resorts, check out this post on the best and worst of the Moderate Resorts at Disney World. 

Caribbean Beach Rooms

room with two queen beds

Most rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort (with the exception of King rooms) received two queen beds and all new furniture, fixtures, and soft goods in 2016 renovations

Some rooms now sleep five thanks to the addition of a fold-down Murphy bed. 

Exterior door of resort room

Entrance to our room in the Martinique village

The buildings at Caribbean Beach are only two stories tall but they do not have elevators. This is important to note if you are traveling with strollers, wheelchairs, or scooters.

If you need a ground floor room due to an ECV or wheelchair, be sure to note that in a room request.

You access the rooms via outdoor walkways, similar to all of the other Moderate resorts.

interior resort room

I lucked out and got a corner room on my recent stay which has an extra window. I really enjoyed everything about the new rooms. The decor is modern and understated but still has a Caribbean vibe.

The queen beds were comfortable and the room seemed larger than most Disney rooms to me, likely due to the fact that the resort was built in 1988.

interior resort room

My favorite feature of the room was the heavy rolling wooden doors that separate the bathroom area from the main room.

We were able to fit two strollers plus all of our stuff in the room and still had room to move around.

laundry area in the in-room bathroom

My nephew was one year old and our plan was to put his Pack ‘n Play in the bathroom area and close it off from the main area with the doors during nap time and at night.

He never woke up from noise from the main room and the Pack ‘n Play fit perfectly under the shelving once we moved the ironing board.

The heavy doors essentially made a second room for him to sleep in, which was great considering there was also a three-year-old in the room!

in-room bathroom vanity and double sink


The bathroom area contained two sinks and a separate (and really tiny) room with a toilet and shower.

My only complaint about the room was how small the sink/shower area was. It was hard to maneuver in that space, especially when I was giving both kids a bath.

Disney Caribbean Beach Room Categories

There are many different types of rooms you can book at Caribbean Beach. Here they are, listed from least to most expensive:

  • Standard View
  • Standard View – Sleeps 5
  • Water or Pool View
  • King Bed
  • Water or Pool View – Sleeps 5
  • Preferred Room (Bldgs 24-26 in Martinique)

If I’m going to book a Moderate resort such as Caribbean Beach, I prefer to book through Priceline for additional savings on top of Disney discounts – learn more here!

Caribbean Beach Resort Pirate Room

The pirate rooms have been rethemed to Little Mermaid rooms. They currently can’t be booked as a separate room category.

Since they sleep five they are included with other fifth sleeper rooms for now. 

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

Disney Caribbean beach resort pool

Pools are always a big attraction for us at Disney resorts, and this pool ended up being one of my favorites.

The feature pool is located at Old Port Royale and is called Fuentes del Morro.

It is the only zero-entry pool at a Moderate resort and I thought it was a fairly large pool.

Disney's Caribbean beach resort pool complex

Two water slides empty into the main pool – a shorter one for the younger crowd and a 102-foot-long slide that requires climbing to the top of the fort and sliding through the almost-total darkness.

There are towels, restrooms, showers, and lockers located in the pool area as well.

I was most impressed with how well it was themed to a pirate’s fort, complete with cannons, lookouts, hidden passageways, and iron bars over the windows.

This makes it one of my daughter’s favorite pools at Walt Disney World!

hot tub in the main pool area

There is a hot tub in the main pool area along with a gated kiddie water play area.

pirate water play area

The shipwreck play area was a big hit with my three-year-old, though she had NO INTEREST in getting water dumped on her head (which happens every few minutes).

There were a few slides and lots of room to splash and play for the little ones.

There are also five “leisure” pools found in each village around the resort. They are basic pools but are decent-sized and may offer a calmer experience. 

Over, the Caribbean Beach Resort pool experience is one of the best at Disney resorts. 

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Restaurants

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Restaurant

All of the Caribbean Beach Resort restaurants received an overhaul in 2018-2019. 

Here are the four restaurants:

  • Centertown Market in Old Part Royale (quick service)
  • Sebastian’s Bistro (table service)
  • Spyglass Grill in Trinidad South (quick service)
  • Banana Cabana (outdoor bar with some food)

pizza with chunks of veggies and meat

Overall the dining scene improved at Caribbean Beach with these new restaurants. I particularly love Sebastian’s Bistro and recommend eating dinner there one night during your stay.

The quick-service food still leaves much to be desired, unfortunately. I had lackluster food at both quick service locations on my recent trip.

Get all of the details about Caribbean Beach Resort restaurants in this post. 


Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Entrance Sign

Since the resort is huge there are six bus stops within the resort.

That’s right, you will possibly stop up to five additional times before you reach the parks/return to your room.

skyliner over disney caribbean beach resort

Photo credit: Disney Parks (David Roark, Photographer)

You can take the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios and Epcot, which I would recommend. You will get there much faster than the bus. 

The addition of the Skyliner made Caribbean Beach jump up in my ranking of the Moderate resorts at Disney World

You will have to take the bus to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, however. 

Caribbean Beach Resort Renovations: Lobby & Gift Shop

caribbean beach resort new check-in desk

Thanks to the Caribbean Beach Resort renovations, you’ll be treated to a brand new lobby, check-in area, and gift shop. 

The new location of the check-in desks at Old Port Royale is a HUGE improvement to the resort. You used to have to trek to the very front of the resort to visit the desks which was a giant pain. 

caribbean beach resort new lobby

I think the new lobby is beautiful and very upscale. I liked all of the furniture to lounge on. It was very much appreciated when we arrived after a 5:30 am flight!

calypso trading post souvenir store

The gift shop (Calypso Trading Post) is located right off of the lobby. It is smaller than the old gift shop but had a nice selection of items and some basic food supplies. 

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Review: Cost

Exterior of the caribbean beach resort

One of the strengths of Caribbean Beach is that it is the most affordable of the Moderate resorts.

Not only is its rate rack slightly lower (e.g. about $20 less per night than Port Orleans Riverside), but you can also often find discounted rooms available at this resort when other Moderate resorts are booked up.

Disney releases “room-only” discounts for most dates throughout the year, and I’ve never seen Caribbean Beach excluded from these discounts.

I suggest booking with Priceline to save more on top of Disney discounts – learn how here

I purposefully planned this trip to fall in the “Regular” season that begins after Easter and runs until the end of May. This is one of my most recommended times to visit Walt Disney World due to the great weather and lower rates.

Caribbean Beach Resort Activities

boat and bike rental

We decided in part to stay at Caribbean Beach because of how much there is to do here, and it didn’t disappoint.

The kids played on the beach, swam in the pools, played on the playground, roasted marshmallows over a campfire, caught part of Frozen on a giant screen by the pool, and even watched fireworks from the beach.

We ran out of time to do all we wanted to do at the resort, even after five days there and not going to the theme parks!

Our little ones really loved playing on the beach closest to our building. I think they would have been happy spending hours here each day.

Note that swimming isn’t permitted, and for your kids’ safety please keep them out of the water. There was a volleyball net set up on this beach, though I’m not sure how you obtain a ball.

Cast members lead a campfire on the Martinique beach select nights during the week, and we liked that it was early enough that our little ones could participate without missing bedtime.

I think it was at 5:30 pm one night, and 6:30 or 7:00 on the others. You can roast as many marshmallows as you want for free, plus you can buy S’mores kits for a few bucks.

playground on caribbean cay
We also spent some time at the playground, which is located on the island called Caribbean Cay (FYI that’s pronounced “key”, just so you don’t look like a goober like I did) near the pool complex.

It had lots of equipment for all ages and was never very crowded.

Like all Disney resorts, Caribbean Beach has daily recreation activities. They were posted on this sign at the pool as well as in an Activities calendar you are given at check-in.

recreation activities sign

We did catch a little bit of Frozen on a blow-up screen in the courtyard one night which was really fun.

Finally, you can rent watercraft or bicycles at the marina near Old Port Royale from 10 am through around 4 pm each day.

We intended to rent a surrey bike for a ride around the resort but ran out of time.

Kids ages 4 to 12 can participate in a Pirate Adventure Cruise that leaves the marina on select nights at 5 pm.

It lasts 2 hours, involves following clues to discover secret treasure, and parents aren’t allowed! It costs $37 per child and is a great chance for parents to have an evening for themselves.

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Theming

Water area at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

In my opinion, the grounds, architecture and theming at this resort are one of its big strengths. Each village has its own distinct feel from subtle design and color differences.

There are beaches along Barefoot Bay in each village, complete with hammocks and palm trees. The pathways among the villages are shaded and beautifully landscaped.

The vibe at this resort is laid back, tropical and uniquely Caribbean.

caribbean beach resort

I really enjoyed walking around the resort and checking out the different villages. At over 200 acres, you could spend the better part of your vacation just exploring the resort!

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Review: Pros & Cons

caribbean beach resort

Instead of making you wait until the end of this (kinda long) review for the pros and cons of the resort, I’ll share them now and explain as I go along.

Caribbean Beach Pros:

  • Skyliner makes getting to parks easier
  • Refurbished rooms (including some that sleep five)
  • The incredible Caribbean Beach Resort pool complex
  • Gorgeous grounds with lots to do
  • New dining & lobby (thanks to renovations)
  • One of the last resorts to fill up and is often included in discounts

Caribbean Beach Cons:

  • Lower quality of food than other Disney resorts (some was downright bad)
  • Long bus rides to/from the theme parks
  • Long walks to food/pool from many rooms at the resort
  • Not very “Disney” (which could be a pro or con depending on how much you love the Mouse)

A Few Closing Thoughts

Disney’s standards of excellence for its cast members are in full effect at Caribbean Beach. We had nothing but positive interactions with everyone there.

Our little ones received a princess wand/pirate sword at check-in and adorable pirate rubber duckies when we went back to the Customs House to add my sister’s credit card to her Magic Band.

We left some items in our room (including my Kindle… cringe) and a member of the Mousekeeping staff collected them for us and shipped them back to me at no charge. Disney sets the bar so high for guest satisfaction that it makes it hard to vacation anywhere else.

We enjoyed watching fireworks from both Epcot and Hollywood Studios from the beach outside of our room.

However, the noise from the fireworks was so loud in our room that it sounded like they were directly outside.

This might have had something to do with the orientation of our room (facing the water and parks), so if this is going to be problematic for you then request a room facing away from both.

We didn’t have any other trouble with noise in our room until our last night when what sounded like a family of twelve descended on the room next to ours and made tons of noise until past midnight.

I’ve read complaints about paper-thin walls and noise in the rooms at Caribbean Beach, so I thought I should mention our experience.

Epcot's Illuminations fireworks from the Martinique beach

Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks from the Martinique beach

Overall, we had a fantastic stay at this resort. I had to physically remove my little one from the pool when it was time to go home because she was having so much fun.

The Caribbean Beach Resort renovations have moved this resort up the list of my favorite moderate resorts. Now with a Skyliner stop, it is in the top two!

The Caribbean Beach resort pool is among the best on property, so that’s another reason to consider a stay. 

Any questions about my Disney Caribbean Beach Resort review? Leave a comment below or join the discussion in my free private Facebook group The Budget Mouse!

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Saturday 20th of January 2024

I'm confused by this from the article, "Construction of the new Riviera DVC resort eliminated the “Barbados” section from Caribbean Beach." Riviera has been built and I still see a Barbados section on map of CBR.


Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

The old Trinidad north section was renamed Barbados when Riviera opened. Not sure why they did this but that’s why it’s confusing!


Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Just returned from staying here in Aug 2020.... and I LOVED it, especially because of the skyliner.... what a difference it made to the xperience. Buses and waits are never a positive from any resort, so the constantly moving skyliner was a HUGE benefit. That, and a themed pool to socialize / swim maskless was a big win too.

Courtney Knepp

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

This was a wonderful review, and very detailed. We will be staying in the Pirate room in 2 weeks for my son's third birthday. (We also have a one year old.) So I will def plan on bringing the stroller for the trek to the pool. I requested a room closer to bus station... so well see! Thank you!


Friday 26th of July 2019

Thanks Courtney and have a great trip!


Friday 12th of July 2019

My family of 5 stayed here in late May - early June and it was perfect for us. Reading reviews, we were prepared to wait a while for buses. We only had one trying experience with riding the bus.


Thursday 11th of July 2019

This review made me excited/nervous. We have two boys (6 and 4) and thought the more pirate theme would be best for them, although we didn't go with that room. We selected pool view instead. The part I am worried about it the walking distance to things, and buses. I just know my husband is going to be a complainer (not the boys) lol.


Thursday 11th of July 2019

Hi Cassondra! I think if you prepare him for how spread out the resort is and the potential time on the bus then we won't be disappointed. It is usually when experience doesn't match expectations that people get grumpy LOL. I'd just be sure to request a room close to the main building to limit walking to the food court. The good news is that if you get the refillable mugs you won't have to walk all the way to the main building to refill... there are now Coke Freestyle machines in almost every building. Here is info on room requests and I hope you have a great trip:

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