#1 For our last stay at CSR I had requested Cabanas 8A or 8B and we ended up in Casitas 4. We arrived around 4pm. I was ok with any location that was not Ranchos, and Casitas 4 ended up being a great location. #2 I don't think there is a ton of shade by the pool. But the only moderate that I think has a lot of shade is POR. There are definitely shady spots though.