The beauty of the all-inclusive resort experience is that it sets the scene perfectly for relaxation. The very last thing you need while you’re on vacation is an unexpected accessibility obstacle!
While American resorts throughout the likes of Hawaii, California, and Florida offer the predictability of ADA regulated rooms and common areas, most only offer European plans. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled our Travel Experts’ top five recommendations for all-inclusive, all-wheelchair-accessible getaways in Mexico and the Caribbean.
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Located on a 12-mile beach in Providenciales, this all-inclusive resort offers a fabulous getaway for families. Your tots can meet their favourite Sesame Street® characters while your teens enjoy some friendly competition in the Xbox Play Lounge.
Beaches Turks and Caicos offers four wheelchair-accessible rooms which are each outfitted with lowered beds, closets, and safes and have roll-in showers, bathroom handrails, raised toilet seats, an extended shower head, and an inward opening door.
Wheelchairs, motorized scooters, and beach wheelchairs are available for guests to borrow for easy access both on and off the beach. Of the 21 restaurants on the property, 19 are fully wheelchair accessible (while Barefoot is accessible by beach wheelchair).
2. Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya
Romantic moments are endless at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. Music under the stars, smooches under the sun, and captivating views of the local green turtles under the waves.
This luxury adults-only resort offers three accessible Junior Suites, each equipped with wide doorways, bathroom handrails, and lowered sinks. You’ll have no surprises as you wander around the property – there's elevator access in every building and six wheelchairs available for guests to use.
3. Beaches Negril
This recently renovated resort has one of the best locations along Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach, making it a beautiful setting for family vacations and couple’s getaways.
Choose from eight wheelchair-accessible rooms, each with wide doors, lowered light switches and bathroom vanities, shower seats, extended showerheads, and handrails.
While not every restaurant has a ramp or zero-entry access, there are eight mouthwatering eateries that do: Stew Fish, The Mill, Kimonos, Arizona's B.B.Q, Cafe de Paris, and Soy Dino.
Plus, Beaches Negril offers three wheelchairs and three beach wheelchairs for guests to use.
4. Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya
Golden sand beach on one side, scenic marina on the other. All-inclusive fun everywhere in between. Want your family vacation done right? You go to Dreams Aventuras.
While the resort offers only one wheelchair-accessible room (which might mean competition for popular travel dates), the property itself is one of the most easily navigable in the region. In addition to the ground floor Deluxe Garden View room with bathroom handrails and shower chair, guests can use access ramps to the swimming pool and other public areas. There’s accessible parking, fully accessible restaurants, and a cozy beach palapa with an access ramp. Super luxurious!
5. Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana
Hey, lovebirds. Looking for Unlimited-Luxury®? You’ll find it and more at Secrets Royal Beach. Enjoy casual and gourmet dining for every meal – no reservations or hassle necessary. Get pampered at Spa by Pevonia®. Get a better look at the Dominican Republic with easy connections to guided tours and adventures.
Secrets Royal Beach offers five wheelchair-accessible Junior Suites on the ground floor. Each is outfitted with oversized showers, widened doorways, and bathroom handrails. Wheelchairs are available around the property for guests to use, and unlike some other locations which prove to be a bit tricky, service dogs are very welcome.