There are well over a dozen different resorts on the Disney property in Orlando. I’ve personally stayed at four of them, but three years ago when we discovered Caribbean Beach – I knew I had found the one we’d be returning to over and over again. Of course, there is no part of Disney that isn’t is family friendly, but there is something about Caribbean Beach that seems to be a little more family friendly than the other resorts that I’ve stayed at.
Sure, each resort has a playground and a great pool, but at Caribbean Beach, which is the largest resort on the Disney Property, there are seven pools. The main pool at Old Port Royale, which is basically the hub of the entire resort (in addition to the pool, there are several dining options, an arcade, gift shop, bike rentals, movies under the stars and more). The employees of the resort run all sorts of activities for the kids at the main pool daily and we always get a schedule for the week upon check-in, so we always know what’s going on! In addition, there are six smaller pools located in the six different villages of this resort. The rooms are divided into six brightly colored villages representing different areas of the Caribbean. Trinidad, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica.
The villages are all centered around a lake. In the middle of the lake, connected by bridge, is Caribbean Cay island which is where the playground is located.
The first year we stayed at Caribbean Beach, we stayed in Aruba. We loved it because it was right at the opposite end of the bridge from Old Port Royale and we were able to get over there to eat, swim or watch movies in just a few minutes. The past two years we stayed in Jamaica, which is right next to Aruba and is basically the same distance from Old Port Royale.
Here are the boys on the bridge with Jamaica (yellow buildings) right behind them:
It’s nothing fancy schmancy, but my boys aren’t fussy when it comes to playgrounds. Because they are still young-ish, we spent a lot of time back at the resort most evenings. Between the playground, the pools, the arcade and the movies under the stars they play every night (I’ll tell you about those in a later post), there was more than enough to keep them entertained.