With hundreds of resorts to choose from, it can be overwhelming for anyone to choose the right one for their beach vacation. For someone with mobility challenges, it can be even more difficult. Are there accessible rooms? Will I be able to get around the resort in my chair? Are the restaurants accessible? Can I enjoy the beach? These are important questions for someone who utilizes a wheelchair. Some resorts do an excellent job making their resort accessible, so an all-inclusive resort vacation is definitely not off limits to someone in a wheelchair! Below are my top picks for accessible beach resorts.
If you’re looking for an accessible resort, please work with an agent who specializes in accessible to travel to ensure that ALL parts of your vacation are considered including your hotel shuttle, excursions, and flight.
In order to be included in my list, resorts must have:
- wheelchair accessible rooms
- plenty of wheelchair accessible restaurants
- an accessible beach
- at least one beach wheelchair available.
Individuals with mobility challenges should be able to access all parts of the resort that they are paying for, right?
Turks and Caicos
Beaches Turks and Caicos
Beaches Turks and Caicos is a family friendly resort that features two accessible rooms with a roll-in shower, rails in the bathrooms, extended shower head, raised toilet seat and steps if needed. All restaurants are wheelchair accessible except two. One restaurant is located upstairs and one is located on the beach. The beach restaurant (Barefoot), is accessible by a beach wheelchair. There is one beach wheelchair available at the resort but it is subject to availability and a deposit is required. Motorized scooters are also available for rent for $25 USD per day. Around the resort you will find ramps and there is access to the beach!
Beaches Negril gets a plus for having three beach wheelchairs available! Most resorts only have one so this is great. In addition, there are 8 rooms that have access doors and bathroom doors wide enough for wheelchair access. There are no roll-in showers, however, there are shower seats and bath wands available. There are also shower rails and hand rails by toilets as well as sinks that can accommodate wheelchair users. There are plenty of accessible restaurants (eight!) and the beach is accessible.
Sandals South Coast
If you’re looking for an adults-only all inclusive in Jamaica, Sandals South Coast gets a big gold star from me! Why? ALL restaurants are wheelchair accessible and there are four accessible rooms available. The beach is accessible and there is a beach wheelchair available for guests’ use. Note that not all of the bars are accessible.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
This is another great option for an adults-only experience. Although there are only two accessible rooms available, all rooms’ doors are wheelchair accessible. The ADA rooms have a wheelchair accessible shower with bath bench and grab bars, cushioned back support and adjustable shower heads. The room also features lower light bulb switches. Seven restaurants are wheelchair accessible, providing a variety of dining options. The beach is accessible and there is one beach wheelchair available for guests.
Dreams Puerto Aventuras
This resort, although there is only one accessible room, gets honorable mention because it has a beach palapa with disabled signaling and access ramp. All restaurants on the resort are wheelchair accessible and there are access ramps to the pool, lobby, and public areas as well as elevators to access all levels of the hotel. It is a family friendly resort in the Riviera Maya area, so a great option for those traveling to Mexico! Please note that the resort does have a beach wheelchair for RENT on the premises at the rate of $25 per day or $100 for the week.
As resorts are constantly updating their facilities and all information in this blog is subject to change, it is important to verify information prior to travel or booking your vacation! Use a travel agent who specializes in accessible travel!