Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
wheelchair access #66580
04/14/03 02:55 PM
04/14/03 02:55 PM
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 2
rain country
dodger Offline OP
dodger  Offline OP
Greetings fellow islanders and those that want to be:

I plan to make an extended visit to AC soon and am wondering about the feasibility of having someone come to visit who has to get around in a wheelchair. Are there any places to stay that are accessible? How much hassle is it likely to be to even get this person over to the island? Any input would certainly be appreciated.

Re: wheelchair access #66581
04/14/03 03:48 PM
04/14/03 03:48 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 360
Co Springs,Co.USA
Big Frank Offline
Big Frank  Offline
just deleted a long reply--no, I'm not that kind of handicapped* so here is a brief version.

You would have substantial problems to overcome.
Transfer into and out of either the ferry of island hopper plane. The ferry is really a speedboat with significant steps down to seats, crowded and not level. The planes are steps up and narrow seats--one on each side of aisle.

The streets are sand and pose a problem.

1] can person walk onto and off of the ferry or plane?

2] can they do transfers from chair to golfcart.

3] a larger place like Caribe Island would pose only a few problems. they have concrete walks and only a few steps.

4] Is there a strong helper to push-pull?

Good luck. I think too dicey for wheel chair unless above is okay

Re: wheelchair access #66582
04/14/03 03:50 PM
04/14/03 03:50 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 360
Co Springs,Co.USA
Big Frank Offline
Big Frank  Offline
*"handicap" derives from back in the day when such people were ...marginilized. They would sit with their"hand holding their cap" for donations

Re: wheelchair access #66583
04/14/03 04:53 PM
04/14/03 04:53 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 7,058
South Texas
Chloe Offline
Chloe  Offline
I think it would be doable, if they have some strong help.

Mayan and Tropic are used to lifting people on and off their planes, due to illness usually.

Golf cart would be the ticket, and carry the wheelchair on the back.

Many restaurant and bars are street level.

Sunbreeze across from the airstrip can be reached by the wheelchair easily, and Sunbreeze has a front entry ramp, smooth tiled walkways all around and ramps to the restuarant and pool also. The pool and restaurant are right on the beach with great views of all the water activity.

Golf cart can be driven around the dive shop and enter the courtyard from the beach, and park the cart right in front of your room on the ground floor.

Dare To Deviate
Re: wheelchair access #66584
04/14/03 05:06 PM
04/14/03 05:06 PM

Thought I would respond to this one...
My son was in a wheelchair, so I am very aware of the non-accessibility in San Pedro.
Caribe Island is not accessible, although we have hosted some disabled guests. Sunbreeze is the only place I am aware of that is accessible, and there are pitfalls even then.
Getting to and from the airport in Belize City could be an issue too. When I had a cast on my leg, they drove me to the plane on the golf cart, then picked me up and put me in the plane. It's not easy, nor comfortable.... but it is doable...
As a member of the Chamber of Commerce in San Pedro, I have brought up the subject of accessibility, but it's just a small issue in a big ocean.

Re: wheelchair access #66585
04/14/03 05:27 PM
04/14/03 05:27 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 256
Belize City, Belize
mayatravel Offline
mayatravel  Offline
Not sure of the conditions of the rooms these days, but Journeys End had a few wheelchair accessible rooms in the lagoon rooms out back. The width of the doors of the entrance anf for the bathroom/shower were wide enough. they had balance bars, etc in the bathrooms for people in wheelchairs. They used to have a group that came very year. These vistors were paraplegics and they came specifically to snorkel and be active. I would contact Steve Bowen who ran the dive shope there at the time and talk to him. There will be plenty of obstacles- Belize is no place for a person with limitations to get around independantly. But on the other hand, Belize people are very friendly and helpful and if they see that someone who needs help really wants to get out and do it, people here will do what they can to help. The weight of the person will be important to note as well. Good luck and I really really hope who ever this is, is able to visit and participate. I assume this is a paraplegic, right? Kayaking? Barton Creek Cave?

Maya Travel Services
Re: wheelchair access #66586
04/14/03 05:38 PM
04/14/03 05:38 PM
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 3,281
Barbara K Offline
Barbara K  Offline
I had a client in a wheel chair stay at Belize Yacht Club. Went OK for them. Not sure of their disability level.

Re: wheelchair access #66587
04/14/03 07:43 PM
04/14/03 07:43 PM
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 2
rain country
dodger Offline OP
dodger  Offline OP
Thank you all so much for the info. This forum is a great resource. Wish I could buy each of you a drink that took the time to respond. If anyone else has anything to pass along, please do so.

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do
Specials & Events
SPTB Calendar of Events

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We handle all aspects of the purchase of your Real Estate in Belize. From in depth property searches to your final closing.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 99 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online7,413
Nov 7th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1