This photo walk was created in 2015. Much has changed at the resort since then! I will be posting a new one at the end of the 2019 once Disney’s Riviera Resort opens.
Today’s photo walk is at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort on 3 pages. The resort sits on about 200 acres not far from Disney’s Pop Century and Disney’s Art of Animation resorts. It is nicely located, close to Downtown Disney, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort opened on October 1st, 1988 – we have photos and video from the 25th anniversary ceremony in 2013 here.
This is our fourth moderate resort photo walk this year. There is a fifth moderate resort that we shared last year – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – but that resort has changed categories many times through the years. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Port Orleans Riverside Resort, and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are all up-to-date for 2015. I’ve been posting photo walks of the resorts on and off for over 8 years, but try to add a little more information now than just timing the walk around the property.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort was the moderate resort I received the least requests about when I was an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner for 6 years. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter was the #1, in part because it is a very intimately sized resort. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is completely the opposite, with plenty of room to walk or run (my clients who loved Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort most were often runners). No elevators can be found at this resort. There are a lot of lovely, sand beach areas and themed rooms to attract guests, and the Caribbean Cay “island” is extremely relaxing. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also separates the check-in area from the main hub, not unlike Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Guests check in at the Custom House, which is located near the Barbados village.
Before reading our walk with info about the resort, here is our video tour of the resort.
The Custom House features quite a few stations for checking in or out, and a clock in the center.
While the Custom House is where guests check in, Old Port Royale is the center of activity. The Custom House and Old Port Royale are not close together.
Old Port Royale Centertown is the building that houses the shops, food court, Shutters table service restaurant location, and a game room.
We are going to visit Old Port Royale Centertown and the feature pool area before taking a timed tour around Barefoot Bay.
I haven’t dined at Shutters in 10 or so years.
There is a concierge location inside of Centertown, where guests can purchase tickets and book dining and more.
Goombay Games is nearby for guests looking for an arcade experience.
The food court area is pretty, it looks like an outdoor market with a number of different stations for food.
This is the view looking toward the Calypso Trading Post and Goombay Games.
A Grab ‘N Go market offers muffins and other quick food choices.
Guests can purchase wine and other drinks here.
There is Montego’s Deli, Bridgetown Broiler, Old Port Royale Hamburger Shop, and the Royal Pizza and Pasta Shop. This isn’t my favorite of the resort food courts, but there are quite a few options and the food is what you’d expect at most Walt Disney World counter service locations.
Bridgetown Broiler sign.
Royale Pizza and Pasta Shop.
Shutters is at the end of the hallway.
Shutters is open for dinner from 5 – 10:00 p.m.
Map of the Caribbean in the entrance to Shutters.
For a table service restaurant, Shutters would be on the more moderately priced side.
The view from Shutters of the food court.
The Calypso Trading Post can be seen through the food court.
I like the theming at the beverage fountain.
The Calypso Trading Post is brightly themed, with a lot of general Walt Disney World merchandise.
Outside the shop, in the Calypso Straw Market, guests can find more merchandise – a lot of it is currently pirate themed. And earlier this year, the moderate resorts started offering resort themed merchandise. That isn’t unusual for deluxe resorts, but the moderates hadn’t had much for years.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort koozie.
Duffy is dressed as Stitch for the day.
Just out back, a map shows the locations of the 6 villages. It isn’t a very detailed map, but it gives a decent overview. Trinidad South is the area that feels the most remote, which we will see in a bit. I like it for the peacefullness.
Old Port Royale Centertown.
There is a pretty fountain in this area.
The Fuentes del Morro feature pool has been here since 2008. I don’t have photos of it prior to that, although I took pictures while it was being constructed. It is very popular, and includes 2 hot tubs, 2 slides and a splash play area for kids.
The pool area is themed to a Spanish fort.
This style splash area was one of the first that I can remember at the resorts (I can’t think of any prior). Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort added one not long after, and Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort recently added them.
The restrooms do include showers, which is nice for guests who are arriving or departing and don’t have a room available.
Sign for Good Little Critters.
Here is our video of the Fuentes del Morro feature pool!
Banana Cabana was not yet open when I took this photo, but soon was serving libations at the bar.
We are starting the timed portion of the photo walk here, with the fountain in view at 12:04 p.m. I already photographed the walk before timing it. My walking speed is about 3 mph.
We turn right and walk past where the food court and Shutters are located.
On the left side, the marina is available for bike rentals and specialty cruises. There are no marina boat rentals, those ended a year or more ago.
There was a bean bag game flanking the entrance to the marina, which meant having to dodge the bean bags when walking through.
Can you see Mickey in the sign?
I believe it was last year when the walking paths were branded to New Balance Running Trails.
Martinique is the first village we will pass. It is also probably the closest, though I like Jamaica for location as well.
Barefoot Bay is a large oval, not a circle. It is an easy and scenic walk if you don’t mind putting in up to 40 (or more) minutes.
The beach areas are very nice. Guests do need to use the pools for swimming.
A fire pit is located here near Martinique.
We are passing building 25 at 12:06 p.m. This is just 2 minutes after we began.
Hammocks can be found around Barefoot Bay.
We are continuing the walk past Martinique.
This is a look back, you can see that Old Port Royale isn’t far.
Our walk is taking us toward Barbados.
Martinique building 24.
We arrive at Martinique building 24 at 12:08 p.m.
Each village has its own pool, and they all look very much the same. Each pool area has a laundry room.
Barbados and Aruba are ahead.
We are still passing Martinique.
Another hammock for relaxing.
We are now coming up on Barbados, which is the closest area to the Custom House.
Barbados building 15.
The Barbados pool is to the right.
Aruba and Jamaica will be the next villages up ahead.
We are arriving to this boardwalk at 12:11 p.m., 7 minutes after we started.
The map shows where we are, still solidly in Barbados.
I really enjoy the boardwalks, they have the feel of nature walking paths.
There is another boardwalk path ahead after passing this building.
Old Port Royale is across the water.
We are about to take this boardwalk.
We head to Aruba on page 2!