The Caribbean Village is a blend of condominium-style buildings and smaller bungalow style rooms. The section of the village with the bungalow rooms is sometimes called the "Seaside Village," but its all the same place. The Caribbean Village is the oldest village at Beaches, so the buildings are more modest than the newer parts of the resort.
That's not a knock, though. The buildings are well-kept and the landscaping in the Caribbean Village is some of the most beautiful on the resort. The village is modernized by decorative touches like cast-iron gas lamps and gazebos made from marble and wrought-iron.
Less expensive than other villages
Easy access to the beach and sea excursions
Romantic dinner options and evening entertainment
Daily entertainment options for young children
Bungalow-style rooms have little privacy
Rooms may be older or outdated
Some rooms located beside public restrooms
The rooms in the Caribbean Village are some of the least expensive on the resort. We haven't stayed in this village, though, because our family prefers the semi-private rooms in the Key West Village. Here is our review of the rooms at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort.
There are two pools in the Caribbean Village. The Iguanas Pool is kind of sporty. It has a volleyball net and attracts a younger crowd. That's not our scene, so we don't spend much time at it. The Cascades Pool is big and L-shaped. Most of the pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and the top of the "L" is connected to Arizonas restaurant. There is a hot tub and a swim-up bar where the pool touches the restaurant, a waterfall in the middle of the pool and a cave on the opposite end.
If you're lucky enough to score a floating foam bed (there aren't many), you can anchor yourself beneath the waterfall for an intense shiatsu-style massage. The pool is big enough for light swimming without having to worry about bumping into someone.
The Caribbean Village is the second-most lively during the day (the Italian Village is the party village). It has lots of bars and restaurants with outdoor seating, easy beach access, pool sports and water excursions that depart from the Caribbean Village pier. This village draws a younger crowd, which is for-better or for-worse depending on your interests.
The Caribbean Village is romantic at night thanks to gas lamps and illuminated pools. There are semi-private gazebos with plush couches overlooking Grace Bay that are within earshot of the live Calypso music and dancing that's on the boardwalk many nights. There are enough nooks and crannies to take a quiet evening walk and the Barracuda Pier is a relaxing spot to have a nightcap and watch the fish swim.
The Caribbean Village has shuffleboard and basketball courts, but most people hang out around the pools during the day. Glass-bottom boat rides and water excursions (like snorkeling and scuba diving) depart from the pier by Schooners restaurant. There are also paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans and a bunch of other water activities near the pier.
There are live music performances in front of Schooners each night. Adults can dance while the kids play on an artificial beach nearby. Turtles bar hosts a cashless casino night on Thursday nights (but we've never attended it).
On Friday nights, there is a bonfire and beach party at the far end of the village called Treasure Beach. The party starts at 6 p.m. and there is a Sesame Street stage show at 6:30 p.m. There are skits and contests to watch (or participate in) and there is a huge spread of buffet-style foods to enjoy. Treasure Beach is also the place to play beach volleyball during the daytime.
For young kids, there are daily "walk-arounds" with costumed Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Each day features different characters.
Check out a bigger list of things to do at Beaches TCI resort here.
The swim-up bar in the Cascades Pool is connected to the bar in Arizonas restaurant. We've found that getting a drink inside the bar is slower than ordering a drink from within the pool. That's because the drink orders for all of the sunbathers are filled at the bar inside.
We've never visited the Iguana Bar because we don't spend much time at the Iguana Pool. However, one of the nicest bartenders we’ve met works at both the Iguana Bar and the newly-opened vodka bar on the Barracuda Pier. (The water excursions pier becomes a romantically-lit outdoor aquarium with underwater lights after 6 p.m. We call it the "Barracuda Pier," but that's not an official name.)
Turtles Bar is located in the Caribbean Village main lobby. It's lounge-like except for the foosball table in the back and the televisions on the wall. Turtles may have the most fully-stocked bar on the resort and there is lots of outdoor seating. It's a fun place to either begin or end the night.
There are six restaurants in the Caribbean Village. Here is a quick overview. For details including hours and dress codes, check out our reviews of the restaurants at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort.
Schooners Seafood Grill (Seated Dining) - A nautical-themed restaurant with porch seating. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Bella Napoli Pizzeria (Poolside Dining or Carryout) - An open-air pizzeria behind the Iguanas Pool. Wood-fired pizzas can be enjoyed at the tables or boxed to go. Open during daytime hours. Outdoor seating only.
Sopadillas Caribbean Cuisine (Fine Seated-Dining, Adults Only) - The most exclusive restaurant on the resort. Evening wear required. Open for dinner hours only. Indoor and outdoor seating.
The Jerk Shack (Beach Dining, Carryout) - A hut on the beach serving jerk-style meats and cold drinks (including alcohol). Open during daytime hours. Picnic table seating is available.
Reflections Restaurant (Buffet-Style) - Located inside the main lobby. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Arizonas Tex-Mex Cooking (Buffet-Style) - Indoor buffet with an outdoor grill station. Open for lunch and dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Insider Tips and Hidden Gems
The main lobby of the Caribbean Village has the best self-service coffee machine on the resort. It's a good place to have a cappuccino and lounge on a couch.
The pier is converted into an eerily-lit vodka bar after 6 p.m. There is a 5-foot barracuda named Elvis that swims around the pier at night.
Wear flip-flops on the short walk between the pools and the bathrooms. The wooden boardwalk gets really hot in the sun!
The restrooms in the main lobby are newly renovated and immaculately clean.
The gazebos on the boardwalk are a romantic place to watch a sunset.
Biting ants live near the roots of the trees in the Treasure Beach picnic area. The ants won't bother you if you don't bother them, but we prefer to sit away from the trees if possible.
If you volunteer to go one stage during the Friday night beach party, you are volunteering to be in a contest of some kind.