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Aruba Resorts While Traveling With Disabilities

Having a grandmother who traveled to Aruba up to the age of 99, I know this information on Aruba resort vacations with disabilities will be useful to anyone with special needs. Though not comprehensive, it will get you started on your research. Contact each resort individually for specifics and availability. We did not book a handicap room until the resort guaranteed we would have a handciap room as oppossed to just accepting the request and telling us it would be based upon availability.

Travelers with Disabilities

Details on hotel facilities for the physically challenged are available through the reservations staff. Room reservations are on a special request basis and are subject to availability. Wheelchairs are not available at hotels. Seeing-eye dogs are generally allowed, with proper documentation. Below are resorts with special facilities and amenities for the disabled:

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba

  • 2 wheelchair accessible rooms (standard category)
  • 2 ADA rooms (comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act) on ground floor with good pool access.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino

  • One disabled room - Garden view, King bed.
  • Resort is wheelchair accessible.

Westin Resort Aruba

  • Handicap suite (one bedroom) on 9th floor with bathroom amenities that include roll-in shower, handrails, low basin. This suite can be booked in advance based on availability.
  • Two semi-handicap rooms (with bath railings only)

Divi Village

  • One building with elevator and ramps
  • One unit with wheelchair accessible doorway

Divi Dutch Village

  • Request a ground floor room for wheelchair accessibility

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Resorts

  • Each resort has one ground floor room with two queen beds. Roll-in shower, grab rails, special height toilet and light switches in bathroom.

Radisson Aruba Resort

  • 6 rooms on ground floor with bath rails and wheelchair accessible doorways.
  • 2 of these rooms also have roll-in showers.

Occidental Grand Aruba

  • 3 wheelchair accessible rooms with roll-in shower

The Mill Resort & Suites

  • 1 wheelchair accessible room on ground floor. Special bath chair and railings in shower. Travelers Disabilities

Includes includes information on resort facilities as well as medical equipment rentals.

References to beach wheelchairs on the island. I would definitely verify this information directly with the resort(s).

Reference to June 15, 2005 visit

"Aruba Marriot Resort ... Marriot has a beach wheelchair and we found it to be a well kept secret. After a lot of persuasion and insistence, we managed to get them to dig it out of the storage where it has been kept. We met at least three of their guests who were delighted to find out about the beach wheelchair since someone in their group needed it to be together with the rest of them at the beach. The lobby, the restaurants, and the casino have wheelchair accessibility. The public rest rooms and the guest bathrooms have raised toilets with grab bars. According to their manager who showed us around, they do not have any roll-in showers. Nor do they have hand held shower heads "

Frommer's Portable Aruba, Bonaire, & Curacao, 5th Edition Tips for Travelers with Disabilities

Reference to beach wheelchair at the Costa Linda Resort.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Hotel- Accessibility ADA Devices

Adapted Happy Wheels Provides Products for Vacationers With Special Needs

Various companies on Aruba offer products that cater to the disabled. Adding to its line of such products, Adapted Happy Wheels offers the Roll-A-Ramp. This easy-to-assemble aluminum ramp is very resistant and can be rolled up and stored. It gives persons with limited physical mobility accessibility in a practical and faster way. The ramp can be bought or leased on a short or long term.

Mobi Mat is designed for foot traffic as well as vehicle traffic in sensitive areas such as sand and beaches, lakes and parks, hotels and resorts, and other natural sites. It is a portable and removable rollout access pathway that can be used for pedestrians, disabled persons, wheelchair users, strollers, bicycles and vehicles including ATVs, golf carts, maintenance and emergency trucks. Made of super resistance plastic, it is highly recommended for hotels and persons who want to go with a wheelchair on sand. The mat can be bought or leased for a long or short term.

The Mobi-Chair is a high quality, amphibious beach wheelchair that provides its user with a seamless transition from boardwalk-to beach-to water, high maneuverability and the ability to float persons up to 300 lbs. It provides a one-of-a-kind experience for those individuals with disabilities who have never before been able to go into the water. The Mobi-Chair can be assembled or disassembled within two minutes and can fit quite easily into the back of an SUV or large trunk

All these products are available at Adapted Happy Wheels, via e-mail or on Facebook. Story courtesy of The Morning News

Lite Life Medicab provides professional door-to-door, including airport transfers, medical transportation to those in need of wheelchair and specialized transportation. Family members may ride along at no charge when desired capped at a maximum of five persons.

Handicap Facilities at Queen Beatrix International Airport

The airport meets all the requirements of the ADA (American Disabilities Act).
Restrooms and waiting rooms at the airport are including within the standards of the Act.
Contact your airline in advance to advise them of any special needs for arrival and/or departure.

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