Imagine this: pastel painted buildings with bright white trim, lush green lawns, palm trees gently swaying in a breeze, beautiful blue water surrounded by soft white sand beaches and the distant sounds of Caribbean music in the air. Think that you are on a Caribbean island? Not quite.
You may be walking through one of the Caribbean Beach Resort’s five villages, each named after a Caribbean island. This is my personal favourite resort on Disney property and one of the most popular of the moderately priced resorts.
Each village in the resort is comprised of six, two-story walk-up buildings. There are no interior corridors, rather the main floor has a wraparound walkway providing a patio for each main floor room and the second floor has a walkway that serves as a balcony for the upper rooms. There are no elevators, so consider a main floor room if anyone in your party has mobility issues or if you have large items like strollers that you will take to the theme park each day.
The rooms are the largest of any of the moderate resorts and are equipped with mini-fridges, a dining table and chairs and a small safe. The room theming is best described as “colourful tropical” so be prepared to leave the soft pastels behind you when you enter your room.
The resort villages surround the 45 acre inland lake which has an island retreat at its centre which you can reach via the walking bridge. One of my favourite evening activities is to walk to Old Port Royale Centertown, which includes the store, table service restaurant and the food court, for a late night snack or to visit the refillable mug beverage station.
This is not a short stroll. The resort is huge. It is important for you to remember that the resort is huge. At over 200 acres this is the largest of all of the resorts at Walt Disney World. The jogging trail that circles the lake is almost 1 ½ miles long. There are over 2,100 rooms on the property.
Because the resort is huge, there is a dedicated internal resort bus that circles the resort and stops at a shaded stop at each village, at Centertown and the main pool area, and at Custom House which is the resort check-in and business services area. The theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney busses use the same stops and come by each 15 to 30 minutes.
Each village has a quiet pool. This is one of the best features of the resort. If you are looking for some private, quiet, relaxing pool time, visit the pool in your village. The resort has a large main pool complete with waterslides, water cannons, a child pool and play area, and the recreation staff organize poolside games. With so many family-friendly options available at the main pool, children are rarely seen at the village pools.
For a truly relaxing experience, be sure to spend some time on one of the seven beaches that surround the inland lake. They are equipped with lounge chairs, volleyball nets and hammocks. In the evenings, you can sit at the outside patio at Centertownyou and catch the fireworks from Epcot’s IllumiNations .