Thrifty Thursday: Fun for Free at Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach Resort by Flickr user PrincessAshely

Welcome to paradise: the Caribbean Beach Resort

If you can’t decide between a Caribbean vacation and a trip to Walt Disney World, the Caribbean Beach Resort is the Disney resort for you! Lushly-themed and brightly-colored, this hotel complex is priced in Disney’s moderate price range. It’s fabulous theme and ultra-amazing location provide a variety of free (and almost free) amenities for you to take advantage of. 

Relax on Your Private Island
Located on one-spectacular acre in the middle of CBR’s private lake, Barefoot Bay, Caribbean Cay is literally a private island paradise. Accessible only by crossing one of two foot bridges, the island is resplendent with hammocks, picnic spots and nooks to sneak a quick kiss with your honey. There’s also a wicked cool playground for kids (and kids at heart).

Caribbean Beach hammocks ©Judy MalleyRock Your Worries Away
Is there anything more relaxing that swaying in the breeze aboard your very own hammock? At CBR, there are acres-and-acres of white sand beaches lined with hammocks. So pick your favorite spot and get comfy. Your worries will melt away, and it won’t cost you a cent! 

Tour the Islands
Many of the moderate resorts are, to put it unkindly, sprawling. CBR uses this feature to its advantage, sectioning the resort into themed villages, each jazzed up with the colors, sounds and architecture of a different Caribbean island. So a walk through the resort and experience your own tour of the Caribbean islands! 

IllumiNate Your Night
Into fireworks but totally not into changing out of your bathing suit and flip flops? You’re in luck! You can see the IllumiNations fireworks from CBR! Your best viewing spots are going to be Old Port Royale or the beaches at Martinique, Jamaica and Aruba. (Please note: you cannot see the lightshow or the earth portion of the show—only the beginning and ending fireworks.)

Port Royale pool ©Michael GrayMarco … Polo!
CBR has seven—count them, seven—pools! The main attraction is obviously the feature pool, known as Old Port Royale, which has water cannons, two water slides and a huge wading pool and aqua playground. (Let’s not even discuss the two 12-person Jacuzzis.) If you’re not interested in a pool party with 100 of your closest Disney pals, then there are six quiet pools to choose from. 

Arrrr: Not Quite Free But Awesome
Okay, so this last one isn’t free, but it’s really inexpensive and totally awesome: The Pirate Cruise. Coming in at just $30, this is a two-hour cruise excursion for children aged 4-12 and includes lunch. Call 407-WDW-PLAY to learn more … and start planning some adults-only time in the Jacuzzi! 

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Melissa Sue works in higher education communications in upstate New York, where she lives with her cavapoo George (as in King George). Melissa began visiting Disney World when she was six and today owns a piece of the magic at Bay Lake Tower. She blogs at Mouse on the Mind and tweets @msorrellsgalley

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