The Most Wheelchair-accessible Beaches in The Palm Beaches

December 30, 2020

The Palm Beaches is home to multiple beaches that both able-bodied visitors and wheelchair users can enjoy.

Beaches are relaxing, but frequently considered inaccessible to wheelchair users. Without beach wheelchairs and rubberized access mats on the sand, going to the beach may seem impossible to those with disabilities. Unfortunately, many beaches around the world are still off-limits to wheelchair users, but thankfully, the opposite is true in The Palm Beaches. 

If you dream of rolling on the sand, feeling the ocean breeze in your hair and relaxing to the fullest extent possible, check out one or all of these wheelchair-accessible beaches the next time you are in The Palm Beaches. 

South Inlet Park beach
Couple strolling alongside Boca Inlet at South Inlet Park

South Inlet Park, Boca Raton

Located in the city of Boca Raton is South Inlet Park, an off-the-beaten-path park that is rarely crowded with beachgoers. This is a beautiful and relaxed oceanfront park that includes a nice, sandy beach, multiple barbecue pits, picnic areas and a playground. This is a perfect spot to bring the family and spend the entire day, as there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. The park’s manual beach wheelchair is free to use and is available by contacting a lifeguard on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aerial view of Phil Foster Park
The stunning blue waters surrounding Phil Foster Park

Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach

Phil Foster Park can be found on an intracoastal island in tropical Riviera Beach. This park boasts a small but amazing beach with calm, relaxing waters and hard-packed sand for easy maneuvering. Manual beach wheelchairs can be used at no cost by contacting the lifeguard on duty. This spectacular park also has an underwater snorkeling trail that visitors rave about, fishing areas and a playground for children that want to get off the sand for a while.

Ocean Reef Park boardwalk ramp
Boardwalk leading down to the beach at Ocean Reef Park

Ocean Reef Park, Riviera Beach

Ocean Reef Park is also in Riviera Beach, just a little over a mile from Phil Foster Park. To enjoy the beauty of this fantastic park, you can stroll the boardwalk that includes a gradual slope to the beach. Picnic areas and grills are also available for some summertime – or pretty much anytime in South Florida – fun. If you are an early riser, Ocean Reef Park also makes for the perfect spot for a picturesque sunrise. As with other parks in The Palm Beaches, manual beach wheelchairs are available here by contacting the lifeguard on duty.

R.G. Kreusler Park, Palm Beach

R.G. Kreusler Park, located in Palm Beach just north of Lake Worth Beach, has more than four acres of beach to enjoy and is one of the most accommodating locations in The Palm Beaches. Manual beach wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. To let the lifeguards know that you’d like to use one, just call the Ocean Rescue headquarters at 561-629-8770. They will bring the beach wheelchair to you upon arrival. Accessible parking spots are available, and there is also an accessible path to the beach from the parking lot.

Carlin Park, Jupiter 

Carlin Park, located in Jupiter, is a spectacularly large park with multiple recreation facilities, picnic areas and pavilions. There is also a cafe here and grills are available for use. Your family can spend the day here enjoying the beautiful beach, as well as the Seabreeze Amphitheater that features live music and hosts special events throughout the year. For wheelchair users, the beach can be accessed from the ramp on the north end of Carlin Park and by requesting a free manual beach wheelchair from a lifeguard on duty. 

Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter

Also in Jupiter, Ocean Cay Park features a large beachfront that is tucked just below the dunes. There is plenty of open grassy space and lush foliage that gives it a secluded and cozy feeling. Ocean Cay Park provides wheelchair-accessible accommodations with a ramp to the beach and the availability of a manual beach wheelchair. The lifeguard on duty will be happy to provide you with the chair, so that you can fully enjoy your day at the beach with your family and friends.

View from Dubois Park
View of Jupiter Inlet from Dubois Park

DuBois Park, Jupiter

DuBois Park is another of Jupiter’s amazing parks and perhaps the most wheelchair-friendly. If you are looking for a wonderful view of the iconic red Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, this is the place to be. DuBois Park is large in size and sits right at the mouth of Jupiter Inlet. Wheelchair users are able to stroll across the sand by borrowing one of the manual beach wheelchairs, located by contacting the lifeguard on duty. There is also a small section of Mobi Mat at Jupiter Inlet that is about 27 feet long. An additional 100 to125 feet of Mobi Mat should be coming soon. Due to beach erosion, the Mobi Mat sometimes has to be rolled up and removed for safety precautions, but a small section of it is available year-round. The rubberized mat allows easy access for walkers and rollers alike to access the beach from a smoother surface.

The Palm Beaches has so many amazing parks and multiple options for fun in the sand. With any questions that you may have about accessibility at the above beaches, you can contact the friendly staff of South Ocean Lifeguards at 561-629-8770 or the North District Beaches at 561-694-7483. While the manual beach wheelchairs are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, if you call beforehand and let them know when you’ll need a chair, they will try their best to have one available for you. 

In addition to the complimentary manual beach wheelchairs at all six of the beaches mentioned above, motorized beach wheelchairs are available to rent within The Palm Beaches as well. Sand Helper has motorized beach wheelchairs for rent at the rate of about $200 per day, but the price does get cheaper if you book multiple days. A seven-day rental, for example, is $400 total, so you may as well extend your stay in The Palm Beaches and take full advantage of it.

In The Palm Beaches, the weather’s great any time of year, and the sparkling waters and smooth sands are ready to welcome you. Start planning your beach vacation now and rest assured that this is a remarkable destination for people of all abilities.
 

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Cory Lee
After being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of 2, Cory Lee's thirst for adventure never ceased. He has traveled across all seven continents in his wheelchair, while managing to run his travel blog CurbFreeWithCoryLee.com, where he shares his accessible, and sometimes not so accessible, travel adventures with others. Cory’s blog has received the prestigious Webby Award for Best Personal Blog and two Lowell Thomas Awards for Best Travel Blog. He hopes to inspire other wheelchair users to roll out of their comfort zone and see all of the beauty that the world has to offer.