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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review

July 22, 2019

We just got back from a few days staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen some pictures.

We only got to spend a few days at the Resort. But, we got to have a good look around to let you in on our experience at this beach-themed Resort.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Review

We Prioritized Convenience over Cheapest

Martinique

View from walkway between Martinique and Old Port Royale
View from the walkway between Martinique and Old Port Royale

There are 5 Areas within the Caribbean Beach Resort: Aruba, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and Barbados. As you can imagine, with that many areas of the Resort, it can take awhile to get around.

This time around, we only had a few days in Walt Disney World. For this reason, we wanted to make sure our time (and money) was used wisely.

We had a few breakfast reservations in the Parks and other Resorts, so we made sure to make proximity to transportation a priority. This was extremely simple to do with online check-in.

Bus Depot at Old Port Royale
Bus Depot at Old Port Royale

Martinique worked out beautifully. We could see the bus depot from our front door, yet it was silent inside the room. It was the perfect for those long days of walking around in the Parks.

While each area does have its own Bus Depot, we also wanted to be close to Old Port Royale. This is where you find the lobby, restaurants, poolside bar, gift shop, and main pool area with waterslide.

Being just a 3 minute walk away meant that we were easily able to walk over for a quick snack, or in my case, purchase some contact solution that I somehow forgot to pack. What can I say, even seasoned Disney vacationers can forget things.

Thoughts on Martinique

The rooms in Martinique are slightly more expensive than the standard room. But in my opinion, the convenience more than made up for the additional charge.

However, if you are able to spend more time at the Resort than we had, the standard rooms would have been fine. Being close to Old Port Royale isn’t a necessity, especially if you’re going to be eating in the Parks or other Resorts.

But, for a short stay, it was absolutely worth it and I would stay in Martinique again in a heartbeat.

The Rooms

Martinique Room at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

We thought the rooms were nice and comfortable. We didn’t spend much time inside the room, but it was quiet the entire time we were there.

In fact, there was only one time we noticed any kind of outside noise. A family must have been checking out, so we heard the rolling of their luggage against the pavement. But, that was typical noise we hear no matter where we stay. And it certainly wan’t intrusive.

Priority Room at Disney's Caribbean Beach

I like beds to be on the softer side, so these beds were perfect. I found it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

However, that may have had a bit to do with the 15 miles per day we were walking.

After staying in the newly renovated Pop Century rooms last fall, I did miss the laminate floors and the fresh appearance that those rooms now have.

However, Caribbean Beach is in no way run down or feel overly outdated. The room was clean and although we kept our towels on the counter (indicating we planned on using them again), we always came back to fresh towels and a clean, tidy room.

The extra space was also greatly appreciated. It’s not a significant size difference over other value and moderate resorts. But, I can see Guests with ECV scooters, wheelchairs, or strollers having an easier time finding space to park them.

Bathroom area at Disney's Caribbean Beach
Sitting area at Disney's Caribbean Beach

The Atmosphere

We had some time before the Magical Express picked us up, so I took this as an opportunity to go walking around the Resort.

I wish I had more time to not only walk around and look around the Resort, but also to relax and take in the breathtaking sights.

Old Port Royale at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

A big positive about staying at a large Resort is that it never feels like it’s crowded. No matter where I went, I felt like I had the whole place to myself.

And because the Resort is set up to host many Guests at one time, there are so many places to relax or just hang out for awhile. They really took “island time” to heart.

I found hammocks, beach chairs, stools, gliders, benches, and adirondack chairs to hang out in. Although my objective was to walk around and explore the Resort, I couldn’t help but sit down, even for a few minutes, to stare out on Barefoot Bay or watch the Skyway gondolas doing their test runs.

In conclusion, we had a great time, even if the trip was super short. If someone was to ask me if I would ever stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort again, the answer would be a giant YES!

And now we can check another Disney Resort off the Bucket List!

Wish You Were Here - Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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