Looking for the top accessible beaches in Florida to enjoy the sand with your loved ones?
You've come to the right place!
Florida is home to many beautiful beaches that are accessible to all visitors.
Whether you are traveling with a wheelchair or mobility device or have other accessibility needs, there are plenty of options.
Here's the roundup of great options across the state!
1. Crandon Park Beach - Key Biscayne
At Crandon Park Beach in Key Biscayne, you can easily access the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk from the parking lot onto the beach.
Beach wheelchairs are available to borrow for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
That means you can wheel right up to the water. The park also provides accessible bathrooms, showers, cabanas, and food options.
Nature lovers can tour the Bear Cut Preserve to spot coastal wildlife and native plants.
Beachgoers rave about Crandon's two-mile sandy shoreline - it's consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the country!
The beach has cabanas, food stands, grills, and accessibility for disabled visitors.
How about tennis, anyone? Crandon Tennis Center has 29 courts and offers lessons.
Golf more your speed? Tee off at the scenic 18-hole Crandon Golf Course, once home to the Senior PGA Tour. Refuel at the on-site restaurant afterward.
Want to get out on the water? Crandon Marina gives you access to great fishing and snorkeling.
It's right across from the park's famous beaches, too, so you can make a day of it.
With so many ways to play at Crandon Park, it's easy to see why locals and tourists love this Key Biscayne gem!
2. Siesta Beach - Sarasota
Florida's Siesta Beach is famous for its super soft sands - no wonder it's been voted America's #1 beach twice!
To help everyone enjoy those powdery sands, Siesta installed a 454-foot accessible Mobi-Mat made of recycled plastic.
The mat gets cleaned and "fluffed" regularly so wheelchairs can easily access the water.
While Siesta is the only local beach with a Mobi-Mat, other beaches have wheelchair-friendly features too.
Lido, Venice, Nokomis and more have accessible restrooms, stands, seating and boardwalks.
Venice's Chauncy Howard Park was specifically built for handicapped beach access. At Venice's Service Club Park, disabled visitors can picnic while gazing at the waves.
Many county beaches, including Lido and Nokomis, offer free beach wheelchairs daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Just ask a lifeguard! Siesta Beach also has free chairs available from 9-4 through the concession stand.
Can't make it during those times?
No worries — contact the ADA Coordinator 3 days before the visit at 941-861-5000 or [email protected], and they'll set you up.
Easy beach access for all - that's why Florida's Gulf Coast shines!
3. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park - Key West
Service animals are welcome everywhere!
Spend the day swimming or snorkeling at the park's expansive pebbly beach. With clear water and nearby reefs full of tropical fish, it's a snorkeler's paradise!
You can also rent gear at the picnic concession or bring your own. Showers let you rinse off after a day in the sun and surf.
Then, you can grab a bite at the Cayo Hueso Café, taste local flavors, and enjoy the ocean views! The concession also rents beach essentials and sells souvenirs.
When you're ready, say "I do" at the perfect oceanfront wedding spot here too!
Tour the Civil War-era fort, see the cannons, and join the daily 11am tour. Interpretive signs let you self-guide and dive deeper into fort history.
Refill your water bottle at the fountain by the fort restrooms. Stay hydrated while reducing waste - it's a win-win!
With beach fun, historic tours, rentals, food, and more, Fort Zachary Taylor has something for all to enjoy!
4. Bahia Honda State Park - Big Pine Key
Bahia Honda makes enjoying Florida's natural wonders easy for everyone!
Beach wheelchairs available first come, first served means you can roll right up to the beautiful beaches.
Cabin 2 features a wheelchair lift for hassle-free bayfront relaxation.
Accessible parking, picnic pavilions, bathrooms, and outdoor showers let you easily come and go from the beach.
Rent kayaks, snorkel gear, and more at the concession stand. Take a smooth tour boat ride — no stairs needed to navigate.
The campground has sites for RVs of any size, including a path to sites 12-14 on the water.
Camp in a tent or hammock if you prefer. Grill a tasty meal at your accessible picnic table and savor water views.
Leashed service animals are welcome everywhere in the park.
With many ways to enjoy natural Florida up close, Bahia Honda is truly an accessible paradise! Let the park's amenities help you make priceless memories.
5. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park - Key Biscayne
Finally, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne boasts over a mile of sandy Atlantic shoreline.
At this beachside paradise near Miami, visitors with disabilities can enjoy fun sunny days!
Beach wheelchairs and swimming wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served, which means you can roll right up to the gentle, lapping waves.
A Mobi-Mat at Beach Access 6 lets you easily reach the sand and surf.
Accessible picnic pavilions, fishing piers, trails, playgrounds, restrooms, showers, and eateries let you take advantage of the park's many offerings.
For hydration made easy, refilled water bottles are available at fountain stations.
You can also rent a beach umbrella and chairs to relax oceanside. Launch kayaks using the convenient new ramp - a perfect paddle awaits!
With 1.25 miles of award-winning beach, a historic lighthouse, and more to experience, Bill Baggs Cape Florida is a paradise with no barriers.
With beach wheelchairs, accessible amenities, and beautiful scenery, they make the beach experience work for anyone.
It's time to start planning your next beach adventure!
Tips for Planning an Accessible Beach Trip
Here are some tips for an epic, accessible beach trip!
First, call ahead to reserve beach wheelchairs or confirm they have enough available during your visit.
Nothing ruins a beach day faster than getting there and finding out you can't access the sand!
Ask the park about accessibility programs, too - many offer guided beach walks or activities. Special tours can showcase the best of the park in an accessible way.
If you use specific gear like adaptive beach chairs, look into rental companies in the area. Traveling with your own equipment isn't always feasible.
The right rentals make the destination more welcoming.
Pack a beach bag the night before with sun protection, water, medication, food, and any other disability items you may need.
You'll be ready to roll when the waves call your name!
Once you arrive, take advantage of accessibility features like Mobi-Mats, paved paths to the shoreline, accessible restrooms and rinse-off stations.
They're there to help you enjoy the day.
Most importantly, relax and find your groove. Take breaks from the sun when you need to. Reapply sunscreen often - getting burnt is no fun.
Stay hydrated and refuel with snacks to keep your energy up.
Accessible beaches are awesome, so take it at your own pace and enjoy!
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