Best Ho­tel: The Caribbean Beach Resort

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY JESSI KIMBLE

Who doesn’t dream of be­ing whisked away to a trop­i­cal par­adise? Now just add all of the magic of Disney and you’ll find your­self at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Mar­tinique, Bar­ba­dos, Trinidad, Aruba, and Ja­maica are the five dif­fer­ent vil­lages within resort where you’ll find trop­i­cal themes, col­or­ful metal rooftops, and a beau­ti­ful white sand beach. This resort is per­fect for fam­i­lies and cou­ples, es­pe­cially those who fa­vor pi­rates! Let’s check out my top ten rea­sons why you’ll love the Caribbean Beach Resort.

1. Pi­rates… AARRR!:

Tucked in­side your ship-shaped bed, you’re sure to dream of some swash­buck­ling fun! Caribbean Beach Resort has in­cred­i­ble pi­rate-themed rooms. Com­passes, skulls and cross­bones, bar­rel ta­bles, and lots of pi­rate ships await you. This is a must for your pi­rate lov­ing fam­ily!

2. Pools and Water­slides:

There is lots of wa­ter-filled fun avail­able for all ages at Caribbean Beach Resort. With seven pools, two re­lax­ing spas, water­slides, and a large ship­wreck-themed play area for the 48”-inch and un­der crowd, ev­ery­one’s sure to find fun in the Florida sun­shine. Fuentes del Morro, the resort’s main pool, is lo­cated out­side of Port Royal, and has wa­ter­falls, wa­ter can­nons, and an 82-foot wa­ter slide.

3. Shut­ter’s:

Open only for din­ner reservations, Shut­ter’s is Caribbean Beach’s only Ta­ble Ser­vice dining es­tab­lish­ment. With Shut­ter’s, you’ll find that fine dining can be fam­ily-friendly. En­joy in­cred­i­ble en­trees and de­lec­ta­ble desserts. Try the Choco­late-or­ange Cake with moist choco­late cake, Grand Mariner cus­tard, and a sweet blood or­ange sauce. Make sure to re­serve your ta­ble 180-days in ad­vance.

4. White Sand Beach:

En­joy long walks on the beach? Then you’ll love this shore­line and the per­fect white sand. You can’t find this at all the other Disney re­sorts!

5. Sail with Pi­rates:

Depart­ing from Bare­foot Bay Bike Works, kids ages 4 – 12 can set sail on the Is­lands of the Caribbean Pi­rate Cruise. Snacks, sto­ries, and trea­sures abound as they em­bark on a fan­tas­tic two-hour ad­ven­ture. Prices are $37/child, and reservations can be made by call­ing 407-939-7529.

6. Guided Fish­ing Ex­cur­sions:

Hop on a 21-foot Tracker pon­toon boat with up to five friends or fam­ily, and get ready for a fun-filled catch and re­lease bass fish­ing trip. Or try out Bass Nitro Fish­ing, suited for one or two guests. You don’t need to be a pro to en­joy a two or four-hour ex­cur­sion with an ex­pe­ri­enced guide. Learn the ropes with tackle, rod and reel, and bait pro­vided. You’ll also re­ceive a one-year sub­scrip­tion to Bass­mas­ter Mag­a­zine and the Bass An­glers Sports­man So­ci­ety (BASS). Reservations are rec­om­mended 180-days in ad­vance by call­ing 407-939-BASS (2277).

7. In­ter­nal Bus Sys­tem:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is one of the largest re­sorts in the United States! Due to the resort’s mas­sive size, Disney has cre­ated an in­ter­nal bus­ing sys­tem. There is a stop at each vil­lage, as well as Port Royale, and the Cus­tom Shop. This is su­per handy for mak­ing runs to the gift shop for ne­ces­si­ties or to the food court for meals.

8. Five in a Room!

This Mod­er­ate Resort has rooms that can ac­com­mo­date a fam­ily of five. Stan­dard rooms have two queen-sized beds and some come with an ex­tra fold down bunk-sized bed.

9. Co­conut Post­cards:

You def­i­nitely need to check out the unique co­conut post­cards of­fered at Ca­lypso’s Trad­ing Post. A real painted co­conut can be pur­chased for around $20 (postage in­cluded) and sent to any­where in the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. Talk about a one-of-a-kind sou­venir.

10. Bet­ter than the Hap­pi­est Happy Meal:

Okay, now get this: the kid’s meals in the food court are served in a sand bucket with a shovel! This is such a fun, us­able sou­venir that you can play with in the resort tub, along the beach, and even when you get back home.

Caribbean Beach re­ally has some unique fea­tures that you can’t find any­where else on Disney prop­erty. So stop day­dream­ing about that trop­i­cal vacation and start plan­ning your mag­i­cal Walt Disney World get­away at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!

Oh, and P.S., send me one of those post­cards!

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