Going to the beach is a past time for many! Nothing is better than letting the salty breeze fill your lungs while listening to the waves crash against the ocean. The only problem with some beaches is that they are not as accessible for wheelchairs. Being limited to just the pier is really no fun.
Now, joining the beach action sounds like a good time. Just keep in mind that some of the amenities might need to be reserved ahead of time. As long as everything is planned well, the trip will be amazing. Here are some of the best beaches that are wheelchair accessible and ready to go just for you:
Folly Beach - South Carolina
Known as the “Edge of America”, Folly beach is a part of a charming island town that has one of the most gorgeous sunsets around. Their beach is very wheelchair accessible on the 1600 block next to the shower/wash area. If you are looking for a ride, you can actually get a golf cart and have someone drive you along the beach to feel the breeze!
As for getting up close and personal, you can rent one of their beach accessible wheelchairs. These chairs have large rubber wheels that allow you to roll on the sand without sinking in. All you have to do is go to the main desk and have your credit card and ID ready. The cheelchair is free, they just need the information in case the wheelchair doesn’t come back to them. They will also deliver it in the location that you are looking to be at.
Folly Beach and the rest of Charleston’s Islands are great destinations for a vacation. While their beaches are amazing, the islands also have lots of fun things to offer including some of the world’s best golf and tennis courts. There are also plenty of amazing vacation rentals with lots of amenities to choose from.
Emerald Coast - Florida
Located on the west side of Florida is the beautiful, everlasting, Emerald Coast of Florida. Twenty four miles of sandy shores take over the town of Destin, Florida. The good news is that these beaches accommodate accessibility needs! At most of the beaches, you will find beach wheelchairs that take you right up to the shore with ease. Of course, you should call ahead to see if there are chairs available.
You will also be delighted to hear that the accessible bathrooms are sprinkled along the entire coast. This means that no matter what beach you choose, you will still be within reach of an accessible bathroom. One thing is for sure, it will be easy to enjoy this beach!
Myrtle Beach - South Carolina
Myrtle Beach goes down as one of the most infamous and spectacular beaches on the East coast. The good news is that this beach is one of the best for being handicap accessible. The beach has 42 beach access points, each of which integrate and accommodate for physical disabilities.
Getting the beach-ready wheelchairs is extremely easy. All you have to do is go to any lifeguard stand you see and ask for one. They will then bring it directly to where you need it! During the fall or winter, they will bring the chair to your hotel or lobby.
Tybee Island - Georgia
Probably one of the best beaches in Georgia, the Tybee Island beach is guaranteed to have you enjoying yourself and smiling the whole day through. You can expect to find wheelchair accessible bathrooms here, as well as beach wheelchairs.
A really neat feature is a mobi-mat for beach and water access. This is basically a really long mat that rolls out all the way to the water. Then, whoever needs to, can roll on down to the waves in the comfort of their own chair. If you call ahead, you may even be able to plan a trip during one of their events! I hear they are spectacular.
Outer Banks - North Carolina
The Outer Banks in North Carolina make it a necessity for all to have fun. From enjoying the beaches to being able to fish, Outer Banks has it all for accessibility. They have about 8 beach wheelchair locations so you know you can easily access those sandy shores.
They also have the Project Lifesaver Program that is great for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The program uses a tracker that gets placed on the wrist or the ankle of the recipient and will track them in case they wander off and get lost. It is great how this beach goes above and beyond.
Finding accessible beaches along the East coast should not be too hard. However, you can breathe easy knowing these are among some of the best beaches for accessibility. It is always nice when you know you have an environment looking out for you. Now, all you have to do is bring some sun tan lotion, a towel, some friends and enjoy the sand and sun!
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