As the nation’s top travel destination, Florida has extensive resources for travelers with special needs.

General Information

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality, or SATH, provides recommendations for travel agents and other resources to help travelers with disabilities plan their vacations. 561-451-0052, www.sath.org

Able Trust offers helpful links to disability resources throughout the state from Florida’s Governor’s Alliance for the Employment of Citizens with Disabilities. 850-224-4493, www.abletrust.org

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association provides resources on disabled outdoor travel in Florida. www.fdoa.org

Diabetic Assistance

American Diabetes Association offers information on traveling with diabetes, as well as a list of hospitals that offer services to diabetic travelers. 800-342-2383, www.diabetes.org

Dialysis Centers

Dialysis Finder’s web site lists center locations and maps by zip code. 866-889-6019, www.dialysisfinder.com

Scooters/Wheelchair Rental

Care Medical Equipment, Orlando: Wheelchair and scooter rental, oxygen, other medical equipment. 800-741-2282, 407-856-2273, www.caremedicalequipment.com

Scootaround Inc.: Available in 120 Florida cities. 888-441-7575, www.scootaround.com         

Beach Wheels

Browse our visitor information listings for destinations that offer beach wheelchairs and other services or information for the physically challenged. Unlike regular wheelchairs, these “beach wheels” have special tires that don’t get stuck in sand. Beach chairs are often provided at no charge and are available to anyone unable to walk or those who possess a handicapped automobile tag.

Accessible Vehicle Rental

Most major car rental companies including Hertz and Dollar Rent A Car, can, with advance notice, provide hand-control cars.

Accessible Vans of America:

  • Miami location (Sunset Mobility), 800-240-9246, www.sunsetmobility.com
  • Southwest Florida locations: Fort Myers 239-936-6333,.www.oceanconversions.com

Wheelchair Getaways:

  • Available in Orlando, Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Daytona Beach and Melbourne, 800-242-4990
  • Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Fort Myers and Naples, 800-637-7577; www.wheelchairgetaways.com

Disabled Parking Permits

Section 316.1958 Florida Statutes provides that motor vehicles displaying a license plate or parking permit issued to a disabled person by any other state or district subject to laws of the United States shall be recognized as a valid plate or permit. Information is at www.hsmv.state.fl.us/dmv/disabled_pkg.html

International travelers who have parking permits in their own country can purchase a temporary permit from any local tax office for $15. Information at floridataxcollectors.com.


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Anonymous December 9, 2008 12:00 AM
Where can I rent scooters for visiting tourist attractions in Florida?
I would like some contact information in regards to free Beach Wheel Chair rentals. I am renewing my vows on Fort Myers beach, and our best man's sister will not be able to join in the festivities if we cannot locate one of these chairs. She does have a handicap placard, her wheel chair just will not work on the beach.
I would to request information on places to rent beach wheelchairs for husband we need them in St Augustine Fla Thank You
I would like to know where I can rent a beach wheelchair for my son who had MD. We will be staying in Maderia Beach, FL
I have a client that wants to know which beach is better for her daughter in a wheel chair, cocoa beach or clearwater beach.. also how does she go about getting a beach wheelchair if needed thank you Peg Forgotch at AAA Travel
where can I use/rent beach wheelchair near Cape Coral, Fl?
Looking to find information on the free beach wheels? Or rental information, need for 3 weeks in Siesta Key.
Looking for vacation home rental for handicapped in the keys for Dec 2010.
we are renting a condo July 30th to Aug. 8th at Clearwater Beach, FL . I would love to get a beach wheel chair so I could join the family on the beach. I have a tag . Can you tell me where to get one for free or where I could rent one
We are renting a condo in Destin. How can we rent a scooter for my father?
I will be in daytona beach on July 17 and staying until July 24. I need to rent a electric scooter for my mom. Can you please tell me where I can rent one? I haven't had much luck in renting a scooter.
I would like some info about renting a beach wheelchair for my daughter. We are going to Pensacola Beach from 7/7 to 7/14. Thanks
Hi Jacquelyn, "Funny Cars" in Pensacola Beach (850-932-4949)rents them.
Really surprised how far behind florida is providing basic disabled beach access. Vanderbilt beach without wooden planks or sand wheelchair. Standard way behind European locations such as canary and costa del sol.
Where to stay in Destin and get myself under an umbrella with a cold drink. Accessible beach.
Hi Bruce,
Sounds fun!
Here's a link to hotels in Destin. Look for the 'ADA' symbol to find suitable rooms: http://www.emeraldcoastfl.com/accommodations/destin-hotels-motels/.
For a specific suggestion, Destin on the Beach (1020 HWY 98 EAST P.O. BOX 577 DESTIN, FLORIDA 32541, 850-837-6181) is beachfront and has 10 accessible rooms.
I'm happy to call the visitor's services on Monday - or you can, at 850-651-7131, to see what they recommend.
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
Are beach wheelchairs available at Pensacola?
Hi Michsel,
I called Pensacola Beach's visitors services, and they said Funny Cars(Soundside Centre Pensacola Beach, FL 32561,850- 932-4949)rents them. I called Funny Cars to verify but just got their recording, but you can try them again to make sure.
Happy Beaching!
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
I find this website to be most unhelpful. I am trying to find a list of beaches near Venice FLA that are handicap assessable and get nowhere??
Hi Celia,
Sorry for the trouble you're having! It's so frustrating when you can't get the info you want. Here's a link to the Venice Chamber's Brohard Park, which has handicap accessible boardwalks, etc: http://www.venicegov.com/Park_links/brohard.htm The website has a big list of beaches you can click on to find which will suit you (and have the facilities you need). If you don't want to go through the whole list I'd recommend you call them (the number is on the website). I was going to call them for you but it's too late and they were closed.
I hope you come and enjoy Florida.
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
I was wondering if there were any beaches in the Daytona , new Smyrn
Hi Ginnie,
It was only half-a-question, but i assume you are asking about accessible beaches, etc, in the Daytona area. Check out this great link from their visitor's services!
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA beaches and Adventure Insider
I just wanted to add; did you know handicap vehicles get free access to the beach at Daytona? Cool, huh?
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
We love to spend time in Sarasota and will be there later this year. I need to find which beaches are handicap accessable and have beach wheelchairs
Hi Bill,
You'll LOVE Sarasota's beaches!
Their visitor's services site doesn't have an easy list to send, but if you'll call them or email them (800-800-3906
info@sarasotafl.org ) the can give you the info you need.
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
need a handicapp room with a roll- in shower near Jupiter,Florida
Eda Ruddock, North American director of leisure sales for the Palm Beach County visitors bureau, says Jupiter Beach Resort has the accommodations you need. Go to jupiterbeachresort.com or call 866-943-0950.
looking to rent an accessible home with roll in shower in Miami area..cannot find any housing rental availabilities in south eastern fla at all!!
Lorraine, try contacting the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau at 305-539-3000. Best wishes!
April 16th we'll fly to Miami and my wife needs a wheelchair, because walking for a long time is very difficult. I need the wheelchair from 17 to 25 April Please can you give me some information, p.e price etc.(we are from the Netherlands)
Auke, try contacting the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau at 305-539-3000.
Not sure were we should go in florida.hoping you can tell me where is the best beaches to get the beach chairs.and if they were free that would be even better, we're on a tight budget.Can they go in the water and do they have seat belts.thanks for your help.
Hi Shawna,
There are SO many beaches in Florida-- you just need to pick the ones that sound most like 'you.' Read my advice to help you figure out which to choose here: http://www.visitflorida.com/qa/action.view/12031-how-to-choose-the-best-beach-for-me. Then just contact their visitor's services and ask about where you can get a free chair. I don't see why you couldn't wheel one of the chairs into shallow water, provided the slope was gradual. Have fun!
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
Does anyone have suggestions for a hotel/condo/or cottage with roll in shower accommodations, beach or bay view in Sarasota County, FL? Much appreciated.
Hi Roselyn,
Contact Sarasota's Visitor's services (1777 Main Street, Suite 302,Sarasota, FL 34236, Phone: 941-957-1877, http://www.visitsarasota.org/
-- they should be able to help you!
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider
Hi I will be taking a vacation in Destin Florida and have a family member that is in a wheelchair and I need to find a wheelchair rental service also I need to know if there are beach wheelchair rentals .
Hi Shantwania,
Contact Destin's visitor's services-- they will have exactly the info that you need. Here's their contact info: Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
1540 Miracle Strip Parkway
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
Toll Free: 800-322-3319
Phone: 850-651-7131
Fax: 850-651-7149
Email: emeraldcoast@co.okaloosa.fl.us
Let me know if you have any problems working it out, okay? And have fun!
My family moved to fl, I would like to visit my grandchildren for about a month, I am disabled & very low income, so am saving best I can. but looking for very reasonable place to stay w/no stairs & a roll in shower if possible in hobe sound area. Thanks
Linda, please contact the Martin County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 772-288-5451.
we like to rent a wheelchair during our vacation in Naples (florida) from 18 October until 8 november 2012
Jacky, try Scootaround at http://www.scootaround.com/rentals.htm.
Hi Lila,
I am not sure where you can rent one, but Boca Raton offers a beach wheel chair free of charge from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Inquire at the Spanish River Gatehouse when you enter
the Park. You must submit a valid driver’s license as a deposit for use of
the chair. Call Recreation Services (561-393-7810) for more info.
Have fun at the beach!
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider

I am interested in renting a beach wheelchair. My husband in a chair full time. Please contact me as soon as possible.
Where can I rent a sand wheelchair for July 4th week on St. Pete Beach? My husband is handicapped and just broke his kneecap.
Could you please tell me where I can rent/use a beach wheelchair for my child? We will be going to Sanibel Island in August and this would make life easier...... racking my brain trying to find something! Thank you!!
Accessible Vans of America has added several locations in Florida
Mobility Transportation
Toll Free: 1-877-934-0422
Orlando, FL 32822
And Tampa
Toll Free: 1-877-934-0398

Mobility Works of Jacksonville, FL
Toll Free: 1-855-720-7144
Many of the beaches in Florida are not truly accessible to the wheelchair user. If you use a power chair because your shoulders are worn out, or are a quad., beach wheel chairs do not work well for you. They are manual and you need one or two or three people to assist you. Most pools at beach accommodations are not accessible. Florida is way behind the times. Miami's south beach is the best place for wheelchair users, the beach is arranged with a mesh or carpet like area where you can actually go and sit with the sun bathers. It is great. Congrats to South Beach. Boo rest of Florida.
We Live in Bunnell Florida and would like to know if there are any beaches in the area that my husband could use his power chair to get close to the beach
looking for a wheelchair accessible with a rolling shower and grad bar for the toilet periode vfor jan 24 to april 7 2014 or from march 1 till april 7 2014
Hi I am going to be staying in fort Lauderdale I about 3 weeks. My son has cerebal palsy and in need of a beech wheelchair. Last year I went to myrtle beach sc and was able to get one frr from the chamber of comerse, along with the police dept. Is this the same case with fort Lauderdale .I have to know within 24 hrs to cancel my reservation if you don't. Thanks Tony zarick
Is there any information on renting wheelchair accessible accommodation in St. Petersburg area? Looking for Christmas/New year 2013/14
Where in Melbourne Beach area can we rent a Beach wheelchair for my mother?
Is there anywhere near Casey Key (Nokomis), FL to rent a sand wheel chair for my mom?