Accessible Travel

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Accessibility is a factor for many people, and hotels, attractions and other businesses in Greater Miami & Miami Beach are here to help travelers of all abilities enjoy their visit.

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Enjoy a day of sun and fun in Miami Beach

Wheelchair Access to Miami’s Beaches

Sandy beaches and warm waters are an iconic part of any vacation in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, and visitors with mobility challenges can access Miami’s beautiful beaches via Mobi-Mats (heavy mats that provide a smooth surface over the sand) at select entrances along Miami Beach. As of press time (April 2022), Mobi-Mats or IPE Boardwalks (hard-surface boardwalks) are available at the following public locations in Miami Beach:

  • South Pointe Park Driveover – 110 feet
  • South Pointe Drive (S) – 83 feet
  • South Pointe Drive (N) – 100 feet
  • 3rd Street – 126 feet
  • 4th Street – 90 feet
  • 4.75 Street – 130 feet
  • 6th Street – 295 feet
  • 8th Street – 316 feet
  • 10th Street – 130 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • 12th Street
  • 14th Street – 233 feet
  • 14th Place – 65 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • 15th Street – 50 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • Lincoln Road – 80 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • 17th Street – 70 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • 21st Street – 75 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • 64th Street (solid surface)
  • 69th Street – 83 feet
  • 71st Street – 99 feet
  • 74th Street – 133 feet
  • 75th Street – 200 feet
  • 78th Street – 60 feet (IPE boardwalk)
  • Additional locations will be added soon within North Beach Oceanside Park.

In addition to the public beach accesses listed above, several Miami Beach hotels and condominiums offer accessible beach paths, including:

  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave.)
  • Richmond Hotel (1757 Collins Ave.)
  • Blue-Green Diamonds Condominium (4775 Collins Ave.)
  • Mei Condominium (5875 Collins Ave.)
  • The Bath Club (5937 and 5959 Collins Ave.)

The City of Miami Beach offers manual and motorized beach wheelchairs for free on a first-come, first-served basis at two locations – South Pointe Park and 1001 Ocean Drive. Call 305-673-7714 to check on availability.

Haulover Beach, which is known for its large oceanfront park where kites dance in the wind, and Crandon Park on tranquil Key Biscayne, also offer special beach wheelchairs so that visitors with mobility challenges can enjoy their time here fully.

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Visit the historic Deering Estate

Accessible Miami Attractions

There’s so much to do and see in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, and many of the top sightseeing spots are easy to navigate for visitors with mobility challenges.

A must-visit attraction is the Deering Estate, the 1920s home of industrialist Charles Deering, with its dreamy waterfront location, storied history and beautiful natural surroundings. The two historic houses are equipped with ramps and elevators that allow wheelchair access. Outdoor paths (some gravel and grass) offer the chance to enjoy time by the bay. A path leads to the boat basin, where people enjoy overlooking the water. Guests can borrow one of the complimentary push wheelchairs if desired, and security is there to help assist.

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Discover the animals at Zoo Miami

If you want to see gorgeous pink flamingos and animals from all over the world, head to Zoo Miami. If you aren’t traveling with your own wheelchair, you’ll want to plan ahead and reserve a rental push or motorized wheelchair online prior to your visit. There is also a narrated tram tour of the Asia and Africa exhibits, which can accommodate up to two push wheelchairs or one motorized wheelchair.

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Enjoy a day of fountains, orchids and gardens

If you’re in South Beach, spend some time in nature at the lush Miami Beach Botanical Garden. This three-acre tropical oasis features fountains, a koi pond and gardens filled with various species of plants and trees. The majority of the paths in the garden are concrete and allow close access to view orchids, trees and other plants. Call ahead to reserve a push wheelchair.

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Go to a show at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Want to enjoy a night of culture? There are many places to soak up the arts, including the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This venue, which offers programming throughout the year, has accessible seating for all performances and events, as well as assistive listening devices. Sign language interpretation, open captioning and audio description are offered at select performances.

For more ideas about must-see accessible attractions, check out Spin the Globe, 10 Wheelchair Accessible Things to Do in Miami.

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Miami's hotels offer additional accessibility features and amenities

Accessible Miami Hotels

In accordance with federal law, all hotels in Miami include required ADA features. You’ll also find hotels sprinkled throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach with additional accessibility features and amenities.

If you’re looking for relaxed luxury, escape to The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. The resort offers two pools, including one for families and one that is adults-only, and there are self-operating lifts and a sloped entry to allow access to the water. Wheelchair-accessible rooms feature a 32-inch opening and roll-in showers.

For a vacation centered around wellness and relaxation, try the beachfront Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. With spacious rooms, communal spaces that are ADA-approved, and portable hearing assistance devices available upon request, the Carillon is a great getaway.

For something blissfully secluded, yet in the middle of everything Miami Beach offers, reserve a room at The Standard. Perched along Biscayne Bay, this boutique hotel is a quiet haven with lush gardens, a bayfront pool and spa. Arriving is easy with a ramp, and there are ADA-approved guest rooms of different sizes and views.

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Find accessible parking, elevators, restrooms and sidewalk ramps at the Miami Beach Convention Center

Accessible Meetings & Conventions

When it comes to meetings and conventions, the recently transformed Miami Beach Convention Center offers accessible parking, sidewalk ramps, elevators and restrooms. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free. Electric scooters can also be rented for a fee.

Miami’s Focus on Accessibility

Leaders and organizations in Miami work hard to create an inclusive environment, with people such as Heidi Johnson-Wright using her own personal experiences and knowledge to create a better path for those facing physical challenges. Serving as the ADA Coordinator of Miami-Dade County, Johnson-Wright works to ensure that every county facility, program, service and activity is accessible to and usable by those with disabilities.

Another powerful force is Sabrina Cohen, who was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. She created the Sabrina Cohen Foundation to champion quality-of-life initiatives for the disabled community. Since 2012, Cohen has worked with the City of Miami Beach to develop more inclusive outdoor spaces. She’s currently working toward a vision of creating an oceanside Adaptive Recreation Center that caters to those with mobility challenges. This will be a place for accessible exercise and recreation, as well as access to the beach. Plans include an oceanside adaptive park where children of all abilities can play together.

It’s a treat to spend time on sparkling Biscayne Bay, and Shake-A-Leg-Miami is another longtime local organization helping to make local waters and outdoor environments accessible to everyone. It offers sailing and watersports for children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges, as well as their families. Programming includes environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing, swimming, kayaking and much more.

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