Three beaches in Bermuda are to be made accessible to wheelchairs.
Disabled access ramps will be set up at Clearwater Beach in St George’s Parish, Somerset Long Bay in Sandys Parish, and a third, yet to be named beach.
The announcement was made by Derrick Burgess, Minister of Works and Engineering.
He said, ‘Our wheelchair users will now be able to reach the beach without the difficulty normally associated with moving through heavy sand.’
Several taxi services on the island of Bermuda provide wheelchair accessible transportation. If you are planning to visit, call ahead to verify the wheelchair accessible cabs are still in service and available for booking.
Bermuda Industrial Union Taxi Coop: 441 292-4476
BTA: 441 296-2121
Bermuda Taxi Radio Cabs: 441 295-4141
Sandy’s Taxi Co.: 441 234-2344
Wheelchair Taxi Service: 441 236-1456
"We were able to get my wheelchair bound brother down to the water line in Horseshoe two years in a row. We had an accessible taxi take us to the small boardwalk that leads to the beach, and then use his regular wheelchair to get him right to the waterline. The trick is to go backwards. The sand is indeed well packed. We went off to the right when exiting the ramp and tucked into a small cove, no rough waves, less crowds, delightfully warm water. The hill to get down to the parking is indeed steep so I would recommend you have transportation down there. Not sure about motorized chairs, but I would think if you can get it to go backwards you would have the same result.
Here is the name for the accessible cab if interested. Mr. Bean is a certified tour guide and extremely knowledgeable on Bermuda history. He has had a fascinating life and is an exceptionally kind man. Would use him again in a heartbeat if traveling to Bermuda again." Here’s the contact information:
Mr. Renalda Bean
37 Dunscombe Road
Home: (441) 236-9601
Cell/Business: (441) 334-8835
For visitors arriving by air, Bermuda is served by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe. Bermuda is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry.