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Summer is here! Do you know what that means? It's beach time! Time to go out and enjoy the sun and water. Do not fear wheelchair users, there are accessible beaches that will make your trip to the beach convenient so you can enjoy the fun in the sun. Check out the list below to plan your trip to the beach.
If you live in California, there is wide range of beaches for you to visit that are wheelchair accessible. You can practically up or down the Pacific Highway Coast of California to find the best beach for you to visit. Below are great websites that provides information about where to find beach locations that offer free wheelchairs and other wheelchair accessible activities that you could do while you are at the beach.
- Edisto Island
There are six public access points at Edisto Island Beach that are wheelchair accessible. The fire department has beach wheelchairs available at no charge.
- Hilton Head
A number of Hilton Head’s beaches are equipped with mats that make them wheelchair accessible. A complete listing of those beaches as well as companies that rent wheelchairs is available at www.hiltonheadisland.org/see-and-do/beaches.
- Myrtle Beach
For Accessibility information, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/handicapped Myrtle Beach has 14 wheelchairs available for use at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs typically are available in one-hour increments during the summer because of the high demand.
The Sanibel Island Police Department will make arrangements to have a beach wheelchair available at any of their beach locations.
For accessibility information, visit www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-handicap-accessibility/
Fire departments loan out beach wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the website for the list of website lists all the fire departments in the area and a list of state parks that are wheelchair accessible.
Mobi-mats are provided for beach/water access in seven locations along the four miles of beach at Tybee Island, as well as many other wheelchair-accessible locations along the beach. During the summer months, beach wheelchairs are available for no charge at the lifeguard station and from city hall during the off-season.
Certain beaches in Hawaii offers all terrain wheelchair sites or beach mat sites. To rent a all terrain wheelchair, some beaches requires you to call at least one day in advance to. Click on the link below to find out which beaches are all terrain wheelchair sites or beach mat sites and information about renting an all terrain wheelchair.