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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

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 beach mats (heavy mats that provide a smooth surface over the sand) at select entrances along Miami Beach. As of press time (July 2022), beach 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.

Find resources and more information about accessible travel in Miami.

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