The Many Awesome Handicapped-Accessible Beaches

Accessible Travel | June 28, 2015

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The sand dunes and steep cliffs can sometimes be challenging for individuals on the Cape. If you have trouble walking, don’t worry there are plenty of beaches ready to accommodate any needs.

If you visit Cape Cod or live here, there’s a good chance you’re going to want to stop at at least one beach this summer. For those in wheelchairs or who have trouble walking, the steep cliffs and uneven surfaces at some can create unwanted obstacles. Here’s a list of the most handicapped-accessible beaches here, and some of their amenities, according to the Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled. Keep in mind that at many, lifeguards are only on duty and restrooms/snack bars open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguards usually need to be contacted to use the Mobi-chairs:

Veterans Park Beach:- Ocean Street, Hyannis, 508-790-9885; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms/bathhouse; snack bar; picnic area; Mobi-chairs

Kalmus Beach: At the end of Ocean Street in Hyannis, 508-790-9884; wooden boardwalk; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms/shower facilities; snack bar; Mobi chairs

Sandy Neck Beach: Sandy Neck Road, West Barnstable, 508-362-8300; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms; snack bar; wheelchair access; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchair available – call 508-362-8300 to reserve

Craigville Beach: Craigville Beach Road in Centerville; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms/shower facilities; snack bars across the street; Mobi-chairs.

Smugglers (Bass River) Beach: South Shore Drive, Yarmouth, 508-398-2231; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms; wheelchair accessible; snack bar; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchair available – call ext. 1520 to reserve.

Sea Gull Beach: South Shore Drive, Yarmouth, 508-398-2231; deck to the beach; large parking area; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms/showers; sand dunes; snack bar; Mobi- chair and beach wheelchair available – call ext. 1520 to reserve

Beachwood (Parkers River) Beach: South Shore Drive, Yarmouth, 508-398-223; handicapped-accessible restrooms/showers; snack bar; pavilion; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchair available – call ext. 1520 to reserve

Old Silver Beach: Off Route 28A and Quaker Road, North Falmouth, 508-548-8623; lifeguards; handicap restrooms/bathhouse; food; ramp to the beach; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchair available – call to reserve.

Surf Drive Beach: Surf Drive, off Main and Shore streets, Falmouth, 508-548-8623; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms/bathhouse; food; Mobi-mat to the beach; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchairs available – call to reserve

Menauhant Beach: Menauhant Road, East Falmouth 508-548-8623; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible portable toilets/bathhouse; snack bar; Mobi-mat to beach; Mobi-chairs and beach wheelchairs available – call to reserve

Cape Cod National Seashore: Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, 508-771-2144; paved parking lot; handicapped-accessible restrooms/changing rooms/showers; lifeguards; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchair accessible – before late June, call 508-255-6751 for Coast Guard Beach, call 508-255-2100 for Herring Cove and see lifeguards thereafter

Nauset Light Beach (Cape Cod National Seashore): Ocean View Drive, Eastham, 508-771-2144; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms; wheelchair accessible

Skaket Beach: Skaket Beach Road, Orleans, 508-240-3775; lifeguards; handicapped-accessible restrooms; food; wheelchair accessible; Mobi-chair and beach wheelchair available on site, first come first serve.

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