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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Overview

Caribbean Beach hotel map

Caribbean Beach was Disney's first Moderate resort when it opened in 1998. It consists of two dozen colorful, two-story motel-style buildings, separated into five areas named for Caribbean islands: Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, and Trinidad.

Most of the 1,536 guest rooms measure 314 square feet and are outfitted with two queen beds; a fold-down Murphy bed is also available in select rooms. Except as noted below, decor is distinguished by neutral beach tones, bright tropical accent colors, and furnishings of dark wood and rattan. Sliding doors separate the grooming area from the main room. Together with the bathroom, this allows three people to get ready at once. All rooms have a dresser, small table with chairs, minifridge, coffee maker, TV, and plenty of storage. Rooms don’t have balconies, but the access passageways are external and have railings.

The refurbished Old Port Royale building houses the check-in desk, restaurants, and shops. A food court has counter-service and graband- go options; Sebastian’s Bistro is a sit-down restaurant with waterfront tables.

Old Port Royale Check-in Area

Caribbean Beach’s on-site dining remains a weakness with readers. This Bismarck, North Dakota, reader, for example, thinks the counterservice dining logistics need work:

Not a fan of the queue area in the food court—who thought that was a good idea? Two checkout lanes for a resort that big? The grab-andgo area is way too small.

South and east of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach offers transportation to all Disney World destinations by bus and to EPCOT and the Studios by Skyliner. Caribbean Beach has access to two Skyliner stations: one south of Jamaica and one north of Aruba at the Riviera Resort; bus service runs between the Skyliner stations and the resort villages.

Walking time to the transportation-loading area from Caribbean Beach’s most remote rooms is 7–9 minutes, and readers rate Disney bus service here as below average. Seriously consider bringing a car—this 20-something couple from Kansas City, Missouri, wished they had:

Caribbean Beach’s bus service is horrendous. It often felt like there was only one bus running at a time, and we experienced several 30-plusminute waits. The bus circled the entire resort—which is huge—before it headed out, so if you were unlucky enough to be at one of the last stops during a rush to the parks, the bus would pass right by if it was full. On multiple occasions, we arrived at the bus stop an hour or more before our dining reservations, but we still found ourselves running past the park gates to make it to the restaurant on time!

A mom from Fenton, Michigan, likewise found bus service lacking:

We recommend renting a car and/or paying for a preferred room location, especially during the hotter months. The buses just take way too long with all the stops, and it was a long hike to the food court and pools in the heat.

How Caribbean Beach Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts

We think Caribbean Beach is one of the prettiest resorts on property and it tends to run a little bit cheaper and has better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. The many bus stops and lack of an indoor bar are the knocks against it. Caribbean Beach does not offer a fitness center; for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts or the only Moderate to offer a fitness center, Coronado Springs.

Caribbean Beach is similarly priced to Port Orleans – French Quarter and Port Orleans – Riverside, both also Moderate Resorts. Fellow Moderate Resort Coronado Springs is a touch more expensive. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are also considered a Moderate Resort by Disney, but they are quite different and more expensive than the other four traditional-style resorts.

If you are deciding between a Moderate-level resort and a Value Resort such as Disney's Pop Century, be aware that the resort layout varies considerably between the Moderate Resorts. The Value resorts have similar footprints, but the Moderates have vast size differences.

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The gorgeous scenery of Barefoot Bay.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Rooms

Most of the 1,536 guest rooms are 314 square feet. Most rooms have two queen-size beds; many rooms also have a slightly-smaller-than-a-twin-sized fold-down bed to many rooms. Rooms are decorated with neutral beach tones accented by bright tropical colors. All are outfitted with the same light-oak furniture. Rooms don’t have balconies, but the access passageways are external and have railings.

A standard Caribbean Beach room.

Room with the small fold-down bed closed and open.

Each Caribbean Beach room is furnished with the following:

  • Two queen beds (some ADA-accessible rooms have 1 king bed)
  • Dresser
  • Fold-down bed for smaller travelers
  • Small table with 2 chairs
  • Nightstand with telephone
  • Full-length mirror
  • WiFi wireless Internet access
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shower-mounted shampoo, conditioner, and body wash; bar soap

Caribbean Beach bathrooms are modestly-sized, but larger than bathrooms found in Disney's value resorts. Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. Water pressure in the shower is adequate, but probably less than what you're used to at home. The shower and toilet are located in a room with door. A dressing area, which includes two sinks and a small amount of counter space, is separated from the sleeping area by a sliding door. Combined with the shower/toilet room, this means that three people can have private dressing space at the same time. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided. Guests with long or thick hair may find that the dryer is underpowered for their needs.

Dressing area and sink in Caribbean Beach’s rooms.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Caribbean Beach has approximately 200 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more. Some of Riverside's accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 queen bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.

Caribbean Beach Room Layout

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Room Classifications

Caribbean Beach Resort rooms are priced depending on the room view and locations:

  • Standard Rooms with Standard Views are found in all the Caribbean Beach buildings other than the preferred buildings listed below. Standard/Standard rooms are a slightly farther walk to Old Port Royale (an extra 5-15 minutes), and have generally unremarkable views of landscaping, or parking lots. These are the cheapest rooms at Caribbean Beach, but there are some gems to be found in this category, though, using our Caribbean Beach Resort Room Finder.
  • Preferred Room with Standard View is a room in buildings 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, or 33 that is close to Old Port Royale. The view from your window may include landscaping and plants, or other buildings.
  • Water View Rooms can be either preferred or standard. While a room with a water view is always a little pricier, all water views are not alike. A water view can be a pool, a heavily obstructed lagoon view , or a gorgeous lagoon view. Make sure you make your room requests if you’re paying a premium.

Dining Options at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Sebastian's Bistro is Caribbean Beach’s full-service restaurant, featuring food with the expected Caribbean flavor.
  • Centertown Market offers quick service breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the same large building as the check-in area.
  • Banana Cabana Pool Bar is nestled between the food court and the main pool. Banana Cabana has outdoor seating and a limited menu.
  • Spyglass Grill, located in Trinidad South, offers counter-service food and drinks throughout the day, as well as covered outdoor seating.
  • Rapid Fill Mugs Guests may purchase a Rapid Fill Mug which allows self service soft drink refills for $19.99 for the length of stay.

The Banana Cabana Pool Bar is directly adjacent to the pool.


Caribbean Beach Resort Pools, Recreation, and Amenities

  • Pools: Caribbean Beach has 6 pools. The largest is themed to resemble a Caribbean fort complete with turrets and cannons. This main pool sits directly behind the Centertown Market food court area and features two waterslides, one a massive 82 feet in length. Adjacent to the main pool is a water play area, where small children can play in a very shallow pool punctuated by a climbing structure with mini-waterslides and a periodically spilling water bucket. In addition to the large main pool, each of the villages has its own “quiet” pool. Quiet pools are Disney’s name for their smaller pools, the noise level varies depending on the pool’s users. Each of these pools is smaller than the main pool and has no extras such as a child play area or slide. Caribbean Beach pools range in depth from approximately 3 feet 6 inches (1.1m) to 4 feet 9 inches (1.4m). Pools are open every day, including during winter, only closing due to extreme cold or lightning in the area. The pools are heated to 82°F (28°C) throughout the year. Pool hours vary seasonally, typically opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 8:00 p.m. For more information on the pools at WDW resorts, including towels, entertainment programming, handicap access, kiddie pools, life vests, and much more, see our Walt Disney World Resort Pool Fact Sheet FAQ.
  • Playground: A small playground area is tucked away on the island of Caribbean Cay, in the middle of the lagoon. The lush island can be accessed by footbridge from either behind the main pool at Old Port Royale or from between the villages of Jamaica and Aruba. There are a few sets containing some small plastic slides and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. If walking to Caribbean Cay is a little far, there are smaller play areas near the beach in Jamaica and Trinidad North.
  • Movies Under the Stars: Caribbean Beach's free Movies Under the Stars program shows a different Disney film every night of the week on a small outdoor screen set up near Old Port Royale. Folding chairs are provided. The movie schedule varies based on when it gets dark, and may start as early as 7 PM during winter, or as late as 9 PM during summer. A sign near the pool will have the schedule for the week.
  • Jogging: One lap around Barefoot Bay is a scenic 1.2-mile/2 km course. The bridge to Caribbean Cay cuts through the middle of the course, so if you're looking for a different distance, one lap around half the lake, including the bridge, is about 0.7 miles/1.2 km.

One of Caribbean Beach's Quiet Pools.

Caribbean Beach’s Main Pool

Children’s Splash Area

Left: Part of the main playground on Caribbean Cay. Right: One of the ancillary playgrounds.

Practical Matters

  • Check In/Out Times: Check-in time at Caribbean Beach Resort is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Online Check-In: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.
  • Magic Bands: MagicBands are rubber/plastic wrist bands which function as your room key and resort identification. Depending on what options you've selected, your MagicBand may also function as your park ticket, dining plan ticket, or charge card. You may purchase a MagicBand prior to your arrival and have it mailed to your home. MagicBands are also available for purchase in many WDW gift shops. You may also opt to use an RFID-embedded card (looks like a credit card) for room access, resort ID, and other functions.
  • Theme Park Tickets: Park tickets are best purchased online in advance either directly through Disney or via our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator. However, if you arrive without park tickets, head to the concierge desk to the right of the check-in desk.
  • Dining Reservations: Dining reservation are best made online in advance or on your phone or tablet during your visit. If you need assistance stop by the concierge desk or the check in podium of any Walt Disney World table service restaurant.
  • Laundry: There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.
  • Lost and Found: If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-4245.
  • Shopping: Caribbean Beach's gift shop sits within Old Port Royale. As you'd expect from Disney, the shot has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Spring. It also basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like, as well as snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine.
  • Childcare: Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

Calypso Trading Post sells the standard Disney merchandise.

Transportation to and from Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Driving to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is near I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 65 - Animal Kingdom / Wide World of Sports and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Stay on Osceola for 0.9 miles/1.5 km, then turn right on Victory Way. You'll see Caribbean Beach's sign well before you need to turn.

If you have a GPS, here's Caribbean Beach's address and location:

    Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
    900 Cayman Way
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Latitude: 28.362992 North, Longitude: 81.541930 West

A security gate guards the entrance to Caribbean Beach's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. Caribbean Beach’s check-in area is in the main Old Port Royale building. A dedicated parking lot across from Old Port Royale serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in. If you arrive by public transportation, the Caribbean Beach Resort will shuttle you and your bags from the lobby to your room.

Guests keeping a car at Caribbean Beach Resort overnight will be charged $20 per day.

From Orlando International Airport See our Walt Disney World Transportation Options page for information about how to get to and from Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World.

From Sanford International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Caribbean Beach. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Caribbean Beach will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Caribbean Beach for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Caribbean Beach. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs

The Disney Skyliner gondola system has its main hub at Caribbean Beach, which makes the resort a good base for visiting Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, the two theme parks connected by the Skyliner. The station is located near the Jamaica section of Caribbean Beach, which makes that section more desirable, although guests in the northernmost Aruba buildings can also walk to the station at the Riviera hotel quite easily. For other guests there is an internal bus that will shuttle you to the Skyliner. From the station, the ride to EPCOT's International Gateway entrance is about 15 minutes while the ride to Hollywood Studios is about 7 minutes and although the Epcot line goes through the Riviera station there is no need to exit the Skyliner to get to either park from Caribbean Beach.

Disney provides free bus service from Caribbean Beach to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Caribbean Beach has a bus stop in each of the six villages and one at Old Port Royale. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Caribbean Beach does not share bus service with any other resort, but the large size and seven bus stops make the trip somewhat long compared to some other resorts.

Ask a Disney Cast Member about Caribbean Beach's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, the Caribbean Beach bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed. For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios average about 15 minutes early in the day. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 18 to 30 minutes for a ride. While these are the average times you will wait for a bus at Caribbean Beach, the six bus stops at the resort mean a longer ride on the bus without leaving the resort. This is the reason Caribbean Beach has some of the highest total bus transportation times despite its central location.

At Caribbean Beach, Disney buses pick up and drop off in this order:

  • Martinique
  • Old Port Royal
  • Barbados
  • Trinidad North
  • Trinidad South
  • Jamaica
  • Aruba

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Caribbean Beach’s bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Getting to another hotel from Caribbean Beach

If you have dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Caribbean Beach. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber of Lyft. Taxi rates are generally in the $15-20 range, depending on your destination, and Uber and Lyft are sigificantly cheaper. A taxi can typically get to most points in DisneyWorld within 20 minutes (often much less), versus the one to two hours it might take using Disney's free transportation system. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

To Universal Orlando

If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Caribbean Beach Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

The five “islands,” or groups of buildings clustered around Barefoot Bay, are identical. The two-story motel-style structures comprising each island are arranged in various ways to face courtyards, pools, the bay, and so forth. Except for the theme, the setup is very similar to the one at Coronado Springs Resort. The verdant landscaping features lots of ferns and palm trees, especially in the courtyards.

In general, corner rooms are preferable because they have more windows. Standard-view rooms face either parking lots or courtyards, and the usual broad interpretation of water views is in play here. Beyond that, your main choices will revolve around your preference for proximity to (or distance from) Old Port Royale’s check-in desk and restaurants, pools, parking lots, or beaches on Barefoot Bay. Each island has direct access to at least one beach, playground, bus stop, and parking lot.

Aruba Room 5428: The building configuration gives you a lovely view of a concrete walkway and another room’s window.

Good Rooms in Buildings 24, 25, and 26 in Martinique

All rooms in these buildings are considered preferred, so they are a little bit more expensive. The upside is that they are very close to Old Port Royale. Good views include the water views in building 24, rooms 2445-2448, building 25, rooms 2522, 2523, 2525-27, 2554, 2555, 2557-59.

Bad views in Buildings 24, 25, and 26 include:

  • Building 24: Rooms 2405, 2408, 2409, 2420, 2421, 2437, 2440, 2441, 2452, 2453, and 2461, which face hallways.
  • Building 25: Rooms 2505, 2508, 2509, 2512, 2520, 2529, 2537, 2540, 2541, 2544, 2552, and 2561, which face hallways.
  • Building 26: Rooms 2620, 2621, 2624, 2625, 2628, 2652, 2652, 2656, 2657, and 2660, which face hallways.
  • Building 26: Rooms 2601-2612 and 2333-2344, which face parking lots.

Martinique Room 2520: Possibly the worst “water view” room ever.

Martinique Room 2554: Two doors down and one floor up, possibly the best “water view” room.

Good Rooms in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 in Barbados

This group of buildings also contains preferred rooms and therefore are close to Old Port Royale. Good views include the water view rooms in building 32, rooms 3221-3228 and 3253-3260, and standard view rooms in building 33, rooms 3317-3320, 3226-3228, 3358-3360, and 3349-3352.

Bad views in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 include:

  • Building 31: Rooms 3105-3109 and 3137-3141, which face parking lots.
  • Building 31: Rooms 3113, 3121, 3125, 3128, 3129, 3145, 3153 , 3156, 3157, 3160, and 3161, which face hallways.
  • Building 32: Rooms 3205, 3208, 3209, 3212, 3220, 3229, 3237, 3240, 3241, 3244, 3252, and 3261, which face hallways.
  • Building 33: Rooms 3321, 3324, 3325, 3353, 3356, and 3357, which face hallways.
  • Building 33: Rooms 3301-3316 and 3333-3348, which face parking lots.

Trinidad North Room 3228: A very lovely water view.

Trinidad North Room 3349: One of the best standard view rooms.

Good Rooms in Buildings 34, 35, and 36 of Trinidad

There are several good water views in building 34, rooms 3438-3440 and building 35, rooms 3501-3504, 3513-3516, 3533-3536, and 3545-3548. There are also good standard view rooms in building 36, rooms 3633-3636.

Bad views in Buildings 34, 35, and 36 include:

  • Building 34: Rooms 3413-3416 and 3445-3448, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 34: Rooms 3401, 3404, 3420, 3421, 3424, 3425, 3428, 3436, 3452, 3453, 3456, 3457, and 3460, which face hallways.
  • Building 35: Rooms 3505, 3508, 3509, 3520, 3521, 3529, 3537, 3540, 3552, and 3561, which face hallways.
  • Building 36: Rooms 3605, 3608, 3609, 3612, 3613, 3629, 3637, 3640, 3641, 3644, 3645, and 3661, which face hallways.
  • Building 36: Rooms 3617-3624 and 3649-3656, which face parking lots.

Trinidad North Room 3401: Shrubs, walkway, building supports, another building…this bad view has everything!

Trinidad North Room 3516: The view from this water view room is basically a park, which seems nice..

Good Rooms in Buildings 37, 38, and 39 in Trinidad

Good views include the water view rooms in building 37, rooms 3749-3752, and some standard view rooms in building 39, rooms 3926-3928 and 3958-3960. Almost half of building 38 has good views as well, most of them water views. Specifically rooms 3818, 3819, 3821-3832, 3850, 3851, and 3853-3864.

Bad views in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 include:

  • Building 37: Rooms 3725-3732 and 3757-3764, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 37: Rooms 3705, 3708, 3709, 3712, 3713, 3737, 3740, 3741, 3744, and 3745, which face hallways.
  • Building 38: Rooms 3805, 3808, 3809, 3812, 3837, 3840, 3841, and 3844, which face hallways.
  • Building 39: Rooms 3921, 3924, 3925, 3953, 3956, and 3957, which face hallways.
  • Building 39: Rooms 3901-3916 and 3933-3949, which face parking lots.

Trinidad North Room 3719: Well, you’re paying for a water view room and there does seem to be water back there somewhere.

Trinidad North Room 3832: A great standard view.

Good Rooms in Buildings 41, 42, and 43 in Jamaica

These buildings are the further of the two Jamaica groups and can be a long walk to Old Port Royale, even cutting across the footbridge over the island. On top of that there are few good views although there aren’t too many bad ones either. Many rooms in this area look upon large amounts of foliage although the water view rooms in building 42, rooms 4217-4223 and 4249-4255, are excellent.

Bad views in Buildings 41, 42, and 43 include:

  • Building 41: Rooms 4101-4104 and 4133-4136, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 41: Rooms 4113, 4116, 4117, 4120, 4128, 4137, 4145 , 4148, 4149, 4152, and 4160, which face hallways.
  • Building 42: Rooms 4204, 4205, 4208, 4216, 4224, 4232, 4236, 4237, 4240, 4248, 4256, and 4264, which face hallways.
  • Building 43: Rooms 4320, 4321, 4324, 4325, 4328, 4352, 4353, 4356, 4357, and 4360, which face hallways.
  • Building 43: Rooms 4301-4308 and 4333-4340, which face parking lots.

Jamaica Room 4249: Once again, if you’re going to pay for a water view, ask for something like this…

Jamaica Room 4215: …rather than get stuck with something like this, just one floor down and a few doors away.

Good Rooms in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 in Jamaica

If you’re not ready to pitch in the extra money for a preferred room, this group of buildings in Jamaica is a decent spot. While still a few minutes away from Old Port Royale, the close proximity to the footbridge across the lagoon makes it an easy and pleasant walk. There are no standout views from any of these buildings, but there are some pleasant garden views available, especially in building 45.

Bad views in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 include:

  • Building 44: Rooms 4401-4404 and 4433-4436, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 44: Rooms 4408, 4409, 4412, 4413, 4416, 4424, 4440 , 4441, 4444, 4445, 4448, and 4456, which face hallways.
  • Building 45: Rooms 4505, 4508, 4509, 4512, 4513, 4537, 4540, 4541, 4544, and 4545, which face hallways.
  • Building 46: Rooms 4620, 4624, 4625, 4628, 4652, 4656, 4657, and 4660, which face hallways.
  • Building 46: Rooms 4601-4616 and 4633-4648, which face parking lots.

Jamaica Room 4559: Pop quiz hot shot: Would you rather pay extra for this water view…

Jamaica Room 4556: …or have this standard view in the same building?

Good Rooms in Buildings 51, 52, and 53 of Aruba

Much like Jamaica buildings 44-46 above, this group of Aruba buildings are very close to the footbridge spanning the lagoon, which makes the walk to Old Port Royale pleasant if not necessarily shorter. There are several very nice views available here as well, namely the water views from building 52, rooms 5224-5226.

Bad views in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 include:

  • Building 51: 5125-5132 and 5157-5164, which face a parking lot.
  • Building 51: Rooms 5101, 5105, 5109, 5112, 5120, 5137, 5140 , 5141, 5144, and 5152, which face hallways.
  • Building 52: Rooms 5205, 5208, 5209, 5212, 5220, 5229, 5237, 5240, 5241, 5244, 5252, and 5261, which face hallways.
  • Building 53: Rooms 5320, 5324, 5325, 5328, 5352, 5356, 5357, and 5360, which face hallways.
  • Building 53: Rooms 5301-5316 and 5333-5648, which face parking lots.

Aruba Room 5336: One of many terrible hallway views found at Caribbean Beach

Aruba Room 5224: One of the several beautiful, calming water views found at Caribbean Beach.

Good Rooms in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 of Aruba

This building group is closer to the Aruba bus stop, but that’s about it. It is quite far from Old Port Royale and contains few great views. Building 54 is unremarkable, with no very good nor very bad views. Half of building 56 faces the parking lot and much of the other half faces the other buildings. Building 55 is the only one of these three with great views, specifically the water view rooms 5509-5512, 5514-5516, 5541-5544, and 5546-5548.

Bad views in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 include:

  • Building 54: Rooms 5404, 5412, 5420, 5425, 5428, 5436, 5444 , 5452, 5456, 5457, and 5460, which face hallways.
  • Building 55: Rooms 5513, 5521, 5524, 5525, 5528, 5529, 5545, 5553, 5556, 5557, 5560, and 5561, which face hallways.
  • Building 56: Rooms 5620, 5621, 5624, 5625, 5628, 5652, 5653, 5656, 5657, and 5660, which face hallways.
  • Building 56: Rooms 5601-5608 and 5633-5640, which face parking lots.

Aruba Room 5513: This “water view” is almost spectacular.

Aruba Room 5512: Alternatively, you could have this view from the room literally right next door the one above.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
Colorful Caribbean theme Check-in is far from rest of resort
Newly refurbished Finding Nemo rooms look good Dining gets low marks from readers
Lakefront setting and lush landscaping Multiple bus stops make it slow to go anywhere
Large food court Some "villages" are a good distance from restaurants and shops
Child-size Murphy beds in select rooms increase capacity to 5 people No elevators
Disney Skyliner service to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Bus Skyliner Personal
Magic Kingdom 27.0 min 37.0 min
EPCOT 26.0 min 16.0 min 18.0 min
Hollywood Studios 24.0 min 10.0 min 15.0 min
Animal Kingdom 27.0 min 17.0 min
Disney Springs 26.0 min 7.0 min