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Florida Special Needs Traveler Guide

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Beach Access
Disabled in Beach Wheelchair
© Dawn Henthorn, licensed to About.com
No vacation to Florida is complete without a trip to the beach. The state boasts more than 1,200 miles of coastline to explore, however, conventional wheelchairs, with their thin wheels, do not work very well on the sand. Enter the all-terrain specially adapted wheelchair — with thick plastic wheels — that can take you where you want to go.

Several Florida beaches make these specially adapted wheel chairs available, so you'll never have to feel stranded again. That is the good news. The bad news is there seems to be little information which beaches actually have equipment available and accessible wheelchair ramps. It is best to check with your hotel in advance when making reservations.

Try one of these designers/distributors if you are interested in purchasing or renting an all-terrain wheelchair:

  • De-Bug Beach Wheelchair
    Several beach and park locations are listed in Florida for rental or purchase of this Deming designed wheelchair.
  • The Landeez
    This all-terrain wheelchair allows the disabled to come closer to nature. These are found at many Florida beaches and hotels/resorts.
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