Summer is coming and it is now time to plan your vacations. I have a young soldier at the VA Hospital back home that has never seen the ocean. I will return to America in a few months in time for summer. At the VA hospital the staff's planning to rent a bus to take some of the veterans to the ocean for the first time. I have been researching wheelchair access and places of interest that we can visit. I would like to share with you many opportunities for recreations and adventure visiting the Los Angeles County coast.
In March Santa Monica California waste management division recycled 5,000 old tires recovered from landfills and incinerators. Using 298 recycled tires planks the city repaired the boardwalk just north of the Santa Monica pier. The old boardwalk wooden plants were unsafe for wheelchair access. The new boardwalk gives handicap access to the ocean at high tide. Everyone loves to sit on the beach during warm summer nights and watch the sunset. The new boardwalk makes it possible for anyone in a wheelchair to now enjoy the sunsets.
The Los Angeles cost starts at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. The 27-mile coastline has steep slopes keeping a few of the beaches inaccessible for wheelchairs. Most of the beach coastline is accessible for wheelchair riders. This area offers camping and nature trails at the foot of the mountain. Visiting San Monica Bay offers easy access for wheelchairs. In different locations along the beach boardwalk have handicap wheelchairs. The beach wheelchair makes it possible to travel across the sand. Between Will Rogers State Beach and Torrance Country beach runs a 22-mile bicycle trail. The South Bay Bicycle Trail is easy to travel by wheelchair offering outstanding views of the ocean.
Malibu Beach Points of Interest
- Twenty-seven mile stretch of coastline offering off-road viewing location, handicap parking, and easy access
- Camping at Leo Carrillo State Park at the north end of Malibu has great beach access for wheelchairs
- Popular beach Topanga Canyon Boulevard has wheelchair access to wide flat beaches
- Malibu Lagoon wildlife is a must see offering wheelchair access
- Visit Malibu Lagoon Museum and see the local history
- Leo Carrillo State Park on the floor of a sycamore-shaded canyon opens to a sandy beach. A pedestrian and car underpass connects the canyon to the beach. The campsite offers 6 wheelchair accessible sites, 127 campsites, good beach access, and picnic grounds.
- The two day-use parking left of the entrance has 3 handicap spaces found on the beachside of the underpass. The beach is divided into two areas by Sequit Point. The sea caves have beach wheelchairs to explore the sea caves and natural tunnel.
- Handicap accessible restrooms and showers found throughout the campground with one unisex accessible restroom on the beachside of the underpass.
Our first summer adventure will take us to Santa Monica and Malibu. The director of the VA Hospital has reserved handicap camping at Leo Carrillo State Park. The handicap bus rented, the camping reservations made, the men's excitement builds, and on July 1st we are headed to California for the Labor Day week. Planning your vacation takes a little time and research but California offers so much to see for wheelchair users. Enjoy your summer vacation plans and remember to reserve campsites early that offer handicap access.