Horseshoe Beach Wheelchair Access, Bermuda
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Does anybody know if Horseshoe Beach in Bermuda has wheelchair access? I read in an article that they have wheelchair beach chairs (with the large tires) but can't find anything on the official Bermuda web site about it. I've already been to King's Wharf and Snorkel Park but heard that Horseshoe Bay was a must see.We were there in 2006 and I don't remember seeing handicapped beach chair equipment but we were there a little late around 6pm when the park was closing.
Also you need to know that there is a very steep driveway to get to the beach. There was a 16 passenger shuttle to get back up but we did not see anyone brought down the hill. The cost was $1.00 (us) to ride back up. **The cost is now $2.00 (us) but still a bargain. And found out the bus will go down and back up.** As far as the beach is concerned its amazing.
Take the taxi and spend an hour or two there, you'll enjoy it very much.
Here are some links to check out:
This one says that there are special chairs.
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Here is the name for the accessible cab if interested. Mr. Bean is a certified tour guide and extreemly knowledgeable on Bermuda history. He has had a facinating life and is an exceptionally kind man. Would use him again in a heartbeat if traveling to Bermuda again.
Mr. Renalda Bean
37 Dunscombe Road
Home: (441) 236-9601
Cell/Business: (441) 334-8835
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Keith himself has disability challenges and has been a longtime advocate in Bermuda to help the physically handicapped with mobility options. You will need to contact him for rates and reservations. Here are his contacts:
Phone: 441/295-9106. Email: KeithSimmons@logic.bm
We just got back and we had booked a wheelchair accessible tour with him and despite a mixup on the first day - we docked at the Royal Dockyard and he starts his tours in Hamilton - the tour was fine. The ferry to Hamilton is accessible.
Also saw this "Three beaches in Bermuda are to be made accessible to wheelchairs. Disabled access ramps will be set up at Clearwater Beach in St George’s Parish, Somerset Long Bay in Sandys Parish, and a third, yet to be named beach."
The announcement was made by Derrick Burgess, Minister of Works and Engineering.
Although we had asked our driver to come back for us, he never did. It turned out to be ok because there were taxis lined up waiting for passengers when we were ready to leave.
We took a $16 round trip minibus to Horseshoe Bay, the driver was more than willing to let us break down my rigid frame chair, and I could get myself on the bus. He took us all the way down the hill. I was able to push through the sand to the concession stand but then the sand got looser. There was a beach wheelchair there for rent, but the guy didn't know the price. I opted to walk down to the beach (100 yds, or so) with my crutches from that point, and the concession guy was happy to babysit my chair.
Does anyone know if the beach at Royal Dockside is accessible?
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