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Old 07-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Please give me the lowdown on Caribbean Beach

Okay, whenever I see people mention moderate resorts I always see POR and POFQ and Coronado Springs. I never see people mention CB. Why? Is is bad? It is a moderate resort, but is it not worth the money? I know it is rather spread out, and you can end up having to walk a distance to the food court, but is there anything nice about it? I think I might be the pot with this one, but I think it looks nice in the pictures and I want to know if the pictures are deceiving. Thank you.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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I can't tell you exactly either...we stayed there last October and really loved it. It has a fun atmosphere and the kids really enjoyed the pool. We had no problems and thought our room was very roomy and comfortable. For our trip this year we automatically booked at CBR, but then we started to think that it might be fun to try a place we had never stayed, so now we are going to POR But, I would stay at CBR again in a heartbeat..we really enjoyed it there!
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #3
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I did realize that at CB, the beds are only double, not queen (like at POR and FQ) so that could be a factor in keeping people away. That is kind of bumming me out. I would think all moderate resorts would have queen beds for the price . Oh well, If I can't get POFQ then I am still going to try for CB I think.

How is the bus service, with so many stops? Two years ago I stayed at POR, so I am used to 4 bustops. We always got on at the main entrance bc the bus tended up get packed as it made its way around the resort.

When you make the reservation, can you request a certain village to stay in? Does anyone have any recommendations on which village to request?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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for us the double beds was always the killer....we always thought it looked like a nice tropical-feel place to stay for the price...
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:22 PM   #5
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We loved the resort itself when we stayed there 2 years ago, but for us the issue was the location and transportation issues. It seemed like we were very far away from everything, and it took forever on the busses. They make the whole loop around the resort stopping at different buildings, and it would sometimes take 20 minutes for us to even be out on the main roads!

It didn't seem to matter where we got on, I guess we were just unlucky b/c a few times we thought we had "the system" figured out, and walked to a different stop, but the bus was running a different route, or in a different direction, and we still had to make the whole loop.

We come back for a mid-day break, then go out again in the evening, so it seemed like we lost a LOT of time in transit. That was when DH declared all future trips would be Deluxe, or stay home, lol! If I was just going to stay at the resort all week, CBR would be lovely. And honestly it might not be so bad if you had a car, but we hate driving at WDW.

It is beautiful though, can't say a single bad thing about the resort itself!
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:53 PM   #6
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We've stayed at the CBR 8 times in the last seven years and absolutely love the resort. (obviously or we wouldn't keep going back ) The resort is, as others have said, large but that's part of the appeal to us. We've been at the resort when it was booked to full capacity and it didn't feel like it.

The rooms are slightly larger than the other moderates. Right now, there are double beds in the rooms but I've heard rumblings that they will be replaced with queens. No official word but talk with castmembers say that it's going to happen. We are used to sleeping on a queen size bed at home and the double beds weren't that bad.

There are nightly outdoor movies and a marshmallow roast just outside of Old Port Royale. At the resort marina, you can rent surrey bikes, bicycles and all sort of watercraft and the prices are reasonable. There's also a pool table (free of charge each time we've visited) at the marina.

Each resort village has a quiet pool, laundry room, beach and bus stop. It's nice to be able to either visit the beach or swim while doing laundry. Many evenings, we would go to the beach and sit for a while and unwind from a day in the parks. The sand on our feet felt like a foot massage.

Speaking of bus stops, like I said, there's one in each village so you won't have far to walk to catch the bus. Because the resort is centrally located, it doesn't take long to get to any Disney destination. The buses do stop at each village before leaving the resort but it doesn't take long to make the loop. We've been to the resort during Memorial Day week, second week in May, first week of August and second week of August and the buses always ran efficiently. I actually timed our bus rides and, from the time we sat down on the bus in Jamaica and made our way around to the other stops, our times were: 10 and 11 minutes to Epcot (went two times), 11 minutes to Hollywood Studios, 13-16 minutes to Magic Kingdom (went multiple times) and about 15 minutes to Animal Kingdom (I can't find my notes on the exact time.) Of course, if the bus driver has to help a scooter load, it will take longer but that's the case at every resort.

The island in the middle of the resort has a playground for the kids and hammocks for the adults. There are several seating areas on the island as well.

The main pool is zero entry and has two slides. For the younger kids, there's a separate play area which has a pirate theme. Also near the main pool are two hot tubs. If the girls in the group want to have their hair wrapped, there's a station right outside Old Port Royale.

The food court has several different food stations. You'll find a variety of foods to choose from at breakfast, lunch and dinner and we've never had a problem finding a table in the large seating area. Just outside of Old Port Royale are quite a few umbrella tables and picnic tables. If you want to eat outside, just ask the castmembers for covers for your food items. The kids' chicken nugget meals come in a plastic sand pail with shovel that they can use when playing on the beach.

At night, you can see the higher EPCOT fireworks from many areas in the resort. We've watched them from Old Port Royale, Martinique and Barbados.

Hum, I am sure that I've left something out but that's all I can think of right now. I have pictures of our most recent stay in my trip report. The link is in my signature below if you want to join in.

Oh wait, you asked about room recommendations. We've stayed in Jamaica 41 and 42, Barbados 11, Aruba 51 and Martinique 23, all of which are standard rooms. Our longest walk was from our room in Barbados and it was a 7 1/2 minute walk to Old Port Royale. All others were about a 5 minute walk. The walks are very easy. My 77 year old mother had no issues with walking from Jamaica to Old Port Royale.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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We loved cbr. Its gorgeous! I would recomnend a preffered room tho. Those rooms put u right on top of the buses and port royale. Would def stay there again. Never had an issue with anything. Buses were great as were tge staff.
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