Bermuda for physically challenged

 
The sections below will answer questions such as the ones below that I received from the readers: 
  • I wanted to know about transportation for wheelchair people in Bermuda. Do you have a company that services people in wheelchairs like taxis or converted van services? I was planning a cruise in June or July and wanted to know how is Bermuda equipped regarding these tourists? - Bernice LeBlanc 
  • Hi, can the public ferries and buses in Bermuda take wheelchairs? - Riya 
  • Hello, can you let us know about getting around Bermuda for elderly persons like us. We are planning to visit Bermuda later this year. We can walk but slow and need to take short breaks. Are there hilly stretches in Bermuda? Is the sun too hot during summer? Are there chairs and umbrellas available on rent at the beaches? - Timothi 
  • Is there wheelchair rental in Bermuda? - Pat Tipton 
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    I wish Bermuda had far better provisions for the people with special needs like those requiring wheelchair access or having mobility problems. In fact Bermuda is far from being ADA compliant. Having said that, there do exist some services and arrangements for those who are physically challenged. 
     
    Wheelchair Accessible Taxis & Tours 
    Most taxis in Bermuda are not wheelchair accessible except few. In fact most taxi drivers would be unwilling to even take a foldable wheelchair in the boot. And there are few tour operators who have taken care to make their vans or boats wheelchair accessible. Here they are: 
     
    Keith Simmons 
    He organizes tours and airport pickups for people with special needs. He has a custom built van with side entrance and an attachable ramp to make it easily wheelchair accessible. This purpose built vehicle also has auxiliary services for ventilators and recharging of electric wheelchairs. 
     
    From his company Access Bermuda, he operates several sightseeing tours including:  
    1) A 3 hour scenic west end tour of the island which covers places like Horseshoe Bay Beach, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Botanical Gardens, Grove Gardens, Hamilton City etc 
    2) A 3 hour east end tour that covers Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, the heritage & historic town of St. George, Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, John Smiths Bay Beach, Hamilton City and more. 
    3) A 5 hour full island tour covering both east and west ends of the island. 
     
    All tours are conducted with certified blue flag tour guides. On request, he can also organize glass bottom boat tours for the physically challenged. Keith himself has disability challenges and has been a longtime advocate in Bermuda to help the physically handicapped with mobility options. You will need to contact him for rates and reservations. Here are his contacts: 
     
    Phone: (441)295-9106; Email: [email protected] 
     
    Renalda Bean Sr 
    He offers transfer services in a taxi which can accommodate wheelchair. 
    Phone: (441) 334-8835, Email: [email protected] 
     
    Dwight Paul 
    He too offers transfer services in his wheelchair accessible taxi. 
    Phone: (441) 332-1019 
     
    Unique Vacations 
    They are an island tour operator with certified tour guides and organize personalized tours in minibuses with limited wheelchair access. Visit Unique Vacations to get details of tours. 
    Phone: 441/331-8687. Email: [email protected] 
     
    Destiny Water Tours 
    They are a boat tour operator with a luxury cruise boat which is wheelchair accessible. It has a ramp that can handle manual or electric wheel chairs. They organize Glass Bottom tours both during the day and night time offering great view of Bermuda's marine life & corals. They also offer coastal sail showing you the homes of rich & famous, and also a boat tour for Harbor Nights celebration in Hamilton City. The boat departs from various places in the island including Royal Naval Dockyard, Hamilton City and Grotto Bay Beach Resort. Visit Destiny Water Tours for details about the tours offered. 
    Phone: (441) 292-7103, Mobile: (441) 705-9509 
     
    Haunted History Tour 
    Although this is a walking tour in St. George, the half-a-mile stretch is wheelchair accessible. The group tour takes place after dark and a storyteller narrates stories that take you to old times in St. George. There are actors (or so called 'ghosts') who appear along the way playing roles of erstwhile characters. Go through Haunted History Tour to get the full details of the tour along with contact information. 
     
     
     
    Public Buses & Ferries 
    Unfortunately most public buses as well as private minibuses do not have ramps and are not wheelchair accessible. There are only very few public buses which have side-ramps and allow one wheelchair at a time. However it is practically of no use unless you know the route and timing of such bus. I suggest you call up the Bermuda Department of Transport (phone: 441- 292 3851, Mon - Fri: 7:15am – 7:00pm | Sat: 8:00am – 6:30pm | Sun & Holidays: 8:30am – 5:30pm) to find out about the route and timings of such bus and figure out if that would meet your requirements. 
     
    Visit Bermuda public buses to get complete details of bus service in Bermuda. 
     
    One can easily access a public ferry on wheelchair from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal and the ferry dock at Royal Naval Dockyard cruise port. Only two other ferry docks are wheelchair accessible - St. George ferry dock (limited though) and the Rockaway ferry point in Southampton. For the last two, you should call up the Hamilton Ferry Terminal (phone: 441/295 4506) to know about exact accessibility based on the type of your wheelchair and resources available there. No other ferry dock in Bermuda has proper wheelchair access. Also note that only the lower deck of a ferry is accessible by wheelchair.  
     
    The ferry docks at Warwick and Paget parishes do have flights of stairs (no ramp), but extreme caution needs to be taken for those on wheelchairs. 
     
    Accessible Beaches 
    Here are a few nice beaches that can be accessed by wheelchair. 
     
  • Snorkel Park Beach is located inside Royal Naval Dockyard where most cruise ships dock. You can easily use your wheelchair and get to the beach. It has all facilities including restaurant, bar, beach lounges & chairs, lockers etc (but all chargeable including entry to the beach).  
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  • Tobacco Bay Beach at St. George. It's a small lovely beach which is accessible from the road. However if you are getting to St. George by ferry (the ferry dock here has limited accessibility), you need to find a way to reach the beach which is about 5-6 minute drive. On wheelchair, it would take about 25-35 minute to the beach (a good part is uphill). Another option is to arrange a wheelchair accessible taxi at Kings Square and hire it by the hour. The beach house here has many facilities including a cafe, bar, restrooms, water sport activities etc. 
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  • Clearwater Beach. This is a nice manmade beach at the eastern end. You need to take a wheelchair accessible from St. George taxi up to the beach which is located at St. Davids. The beach is however easily accessible from the road. 
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  • Shelly Bay Beach. This excellent family beach with lots of shallows is located at Hamilton Parish and near a bus stop. The beach is easily accessible from the road. 
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  • John Smith's Beach. This beach too is located at Hamilton Parish and accessible from the road. 
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  • Horseshoe Bay Beach. This is Bermuda's most famous and popular beach located at Southampton parish. You can take an accessible taxi and go down right up to the car park. From there you can get to the beach on a wheelchair. There are couple of Beach Wheelchairs available on rent at the cafe here incase you want to move around on the sand or along the shore. The beach has ample facilities including a beach bar, cafe, changing rooms, lockers, water sports etc. 
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    Wheelchair Accessible Attractions 
    Sidewalks in most parts of Royal Naval Dockyard, Hamilton City and St. George's Town are wheelchair accessible having curbs at the cuts. You can move along the streets and alleys on a wheelchair at these places and enjoy the scenes around. However when it comes to specific attractions, there are only few that are accessible. Here are the major attractions in Bermuda that are wheelchair accessible. 
     
  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bermuda located at Flatts village in Hamilton Parish. The walkways and the exhibit rooms are accessible. You get to see the wide range of marine life and coral reefs of Atlantic at the aquarium apart from exhibits at the museum and small animals, varieties of birds and reptiles at the zoo that are part of the same complex.  
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  • Bermuda National Gallery: This is located inside City Hall & Art Center at Hamilton City. You can get to see local artwork since 1600s apart from collections of West African and European art.  
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  • Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute: This is located in Hamilton City and is full of exhibits including shipwrecks, old treasure coins, marine life and lot more. Another advantage here is... you can board the Train Trolley from here to take a round trip of Hamilton. 
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  • Bermuda Cathedral of the most Holy Trinity: Wonderful Anglican church located at the center of Hamilton City. You can see the exquisite stained glasses, sculptures of Christ & other saints and explore the architecture that followed the Neo Gothic style. 
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  • Fort St. Catherine. It's the largest historical fort in Bermuda located in St. George and close to Tobacco Bay Beach. Most part of it is now a museum showcasing the British military history in the island. Much of the fort is accessible by wheelchair. 
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  • World Heritage Center: Discover the history of St. George which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and how it evolved over the centuries through British colonial days... there are various exhibits and artifacts explaining the development. Also watch the short movie to get a glimpse into St. George. 
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    Getting around for elderly persons 
    Bermuda's terrain in general is strangely quite hilly at several places. So for elderly people who can walk but for short distances, you need to be careful about choosing the place of your stay in Bermuda. 
     
    If you are docked at Kings Wharf (dock), the good news is that the Royal Naval Dockyard area is quite flat. There are ample shades, trees and benches to sit. There are also several restaurants in the dockyard. So it is quite easy to walk around the dockyard complex. 
     
    If you are staying in a hotel or resort, then watch out! While many resorts in the island have beach access, there are often plenty of steps that go all the way down and finally lead to the beach. Climbing back may not be easy at all for elderly persons. Some resorts of course provide carts to bring you back from the beach to the lobby, but not all. So if you are staying in a resort, ask for such provisions. 
     
    There are actually two beachside resorts, Cambridge Beaches and Loren at Pink Beach which are on flat terrain and offer easy accessibility around the resort property. However for Cambridge Beaches, the nearest bus stop is about 450 yards away. The resort provides a shuttle service up to the bus stop though. 
     
    There are advantages staying in Hamilton City like in Hotel Rosedon. The shops and restaurants are all within 10 minutes easy walking distance. You will also have an easy access to the buses and ferries that connect various places in the island. 
     
    However note that most restaurants that are located in upper floors do not have elevators. Some like Pickled Onion have very steep stairs to climb. In fact many even on the ground floor would have no ramps for wheel chair access, instead there would be few steps. However Flanagan's is one of the very few restaurants in Hamilton which has an elevator access. It also has a bar. 
     
    St George, the historic and heritage town of Bermuda is another favorite tourist destination in the island. While the narrow alleyways and lanes in the town reflect the original lifestyle in Bermuda, most can involve up and downhill walks. On a summer day, it can be very grueling under the scorching sun. While taxis won't be able to move through such narrow streets, you can consider Horse Carriages for a tour of the town. Otherwise go there in the evening or dusk. 
     
    The main town center at St George (known as Kings Square) is in a flat terrain. It is easy to walk around. The shops and restaurants here are also at the same level plain. Wear comfortable walking shoes, cotton clothes, carry a water bottle, and an umbrella during the day time to beat the heat. 
     
    Wheelchair Rentals 
    Bermuda Red Cross, a humanitarian organization offers wheelchair rentals. Other than wheelchairs, you will also get several other medical equipment like crutches, canes, walkers, cribs, car seats, high chairs etc also on rentals. 
     
    9 Berry Hill Road, Paget Parish. 
    Email: [email protected]; Phone: (441) 236 8277; Fax: (441) 236 8267 
    Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm;  
    Saturday 10:00am - 12noon; Sunday closed. 
     
     
     
     
    Which are the best beaches for handicap visitors to access easily? Do any beaches have Beach wheelchairs or can be accessed with a JAZZIE-type scooter?  I will be in port Wed-Fri. Sept. 26-28 and would like to spend time swimming. I would also like to know where the Gombey Dancers and Steel Drum Bands are performing on these date. Thanks for any info you can supply. Also, do taxis and ferries transport passengers with JAZZIE-type scooters? 
     
    Joan McArdle (July 7, 2012) 
     
     
    Hi Joan, 
     
    The best beaches to access easily are Tobacco Bay Beach in St. George's, Clear Water Beach at St. David's, and Shelly Bay Beach at Hamilton Parish. You can also try Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton which might be a little harder (a downhill stretch to the beach). For horseshoe beach, take the taxi right to the bottom of the hill. Horseshoe Bay Beach rents beach wheel-chairs (but limited in number). You may find it difficult to move the scooters on the sand in Bermuda which is quite soft.  
     
    On Wed Sep 26 you can see the Gombeys in Hamilton at the street festival (known as Harbor Nights on Front Street) which is from 6.30-10.00pm and some Thursdays at the Royal Naval Dockyard (where the cruise ships dock). I haven't noticed any steel pans this summer. Taxis will take the scooter provided it can be lifted (some are lighter than others) and the ferry also will take them. 
     
    Regards, 
     
    Raj (July 17, 2012) 
    www.bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Hi Raj, 
     
    Thank you so much for the information. Your website is a wonderful resource.  I will be telling other "Bermudaphiles" about it. We fell in love with Bermuda 42yrs ago. Can't come back as often as we would like.  Looking forward to returning this Sept. Warmest regards, 
     
    Joan McArdle (July 18, 2012) 
     
     
    Hi & thank you for such a wonderful website! We leave Sunday for our 4th cruise to Bermuda, but one of the people in our party is having mobility issues due to joint pain. 
     
    Of the beaches on the island that we've visited, none of them seem exactly handicap accessible... they all require long treks down steep hills or stairs. Do you know of any that are not like that? I've been to horseshoe bay, but that hill would be a killer for my aunt. I know she couldn't do it. 
     
    I've been to Black beach on Ireland Island for seaglass, which I know she would love, but she couldn't do those stairs. It's been many years since visiting elbow bay beach, so I don't honestly recall what is was like getting to the beach. 
     
    My aunt is not wheelchair bound (although we are bringing one just in case). Any advice? Will a taxi bring us down that hill to horseshoe bay? Normally we use public transportation, but I'm thinking this year we may be using taxis to get around. Thanks for reading & any advice! 
     
    Rosemarie Weed (October 2012) 
     
     
     
    Hi, Let me first answer the access to the beaches that you mentioned, and then come to the ones which I think are easiest to access. 
     
    I agree that walking back up the steep hill (about 400 yards) from the Horseshoe Bay Beach to the bus stop can be killing for some. Yes, you can take a taxi down to the point where the sand is only a short few steps away. But then what about while returning? You can hire a taxi by the hour (minimum for three hours) and ask him to wait. 
     
    The second option is to ask the taxi driver to come back and pick you up at a particular time. He may or may not agree. A third option is to take the 15-seater shuttle (which is usually available from 11am onwards) that brings you up the hill and drops you at the bus stop on South Road for a nominal charge. 
     
    For Elbow Beach, it requires a downhill walk of about 500 yards from the bus stop of South Road. Walking back up can be quite cumbersome for some. Here an option is to take a taxi and reach right up to the beach club of Elbow Beach Hotel. There is a short ramp from there to the beach. For return, either keep the taxi waiting (expensive proposition as you will then need to hire the taxi by hour and minimum for 3 hours), or take the shuttle operated by Elbow Beach Hotel to transport their guests back to the hotel lobby. They usually don't check any IDs. From the lobby, you will get ample taxis. 
     
    Note that there are now minibus services available between the dockyard and various south shore beaches. They operate at an affordable per person rate. The minibus will drop you to a beach and pick you up later (they keep running at short intervals). For Elbow beach and some other beaches like the Church Bay or Warwick Long Bay beach, they drop you right at the beach and you won't need to walk. 
     
    Now coming to the most easily accessible beaches in Bermuda
     
    The first beach that comes to my mind is Snorkel Park Beach which is located within the Royal Naval Dockyard area and easily accessible for the cruise ship passengers. It's only a 5-7 minutes walk from the cruise berth (like Kings Wharf). But there is an entry fee. 
     
    You can also get to Warwick Long Bay Beach quite easily. It's a south shore beaches located in Warwick parish and accessible from South Road. A paved way at the western end of the beach leads to a car park below. So you can take a taxi up to this point. From here the beach is quite close. Alternatively you can take a sandy trail down from the bus stop. 
     
    One of the most easily accessible beaches is John Smith's bay beach which is located in Smith's Parish. The beach is at a short distance from the bus stop. There is a short pathway right from the curb that leads to the beach. Note that for reaching the beach, you will need to come to Hamilton City or St. George and take a bus (#1 or 3). 
     
    Shelly Bay beach is also easily accessible from North Shore road and suitable for persons on wheelchair. The beach is located in Hamilton parish and in between Hamilton City and St. George's. 
     
    Another easily accessible beach is Tobacco Bay Beach in St. George at the eastern end. But once you reach St. George by ferry or bus, take a taxi or minibus service for the beach. The beach is right next to the driveway where the taxi will drop you. Although from St George square the beach is about 15 minutes walk, it's an uphill walk and can be quite tiring for elderly people. And under a hot sun, I won't recommend this. 
     
    A third easily accessible beach is Clearwater Beach, but only by taxi. This beach is located in St. Davids at the eastern end and usually quite secluded. Right adjacent to it is the Turtle Bay Beach which too is beautiful and secluded. Note that while bus #6 from St George has services to Clearwater Beach, all services do not go up to the beach. So ask the driver or take a taxi from St. George. The taxi service company BTA (Dispatching) Ltd has an office near the Clearwater Beach, so you should not have problems getting a taxi on your return. 
     
    Raj (October, 2012) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Hi Raj, 
     
    I've been emailing Keith Simmons from Access Bermuda trying to set up a tour for our trip there in April. He hasn't responded to any of my emails. Do you know if he is still in business? Thanks very much 
     
    Terry Smith (March 2013) 
     
     
    Terry, 
     
    I understand that Keith was having some problems with his computer, it is fixed now. He is very much in business. If you still do not get a response, please call him up on this number: (441) 295-9106 
     
    Raj (March 2013) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Hi Raj, 
     
    I am traveling with a person in a manual wheelchair. In New York I fold it and stick it in the trunk of a taxi and place her in the back of the taxi easily. Would most taxis be agreeable to do this? Should I wait until all the other walking visitor have gotten the taxis so they will be more desperate to take us at Kings Wharf? I take it that this is the only way to get to St. George. If I want to hang there for half a day would there be taxis to go back? 
     
    Jon (May 2013) 
     
     
    Hi, The Dockyard and Hamilton ferry terminals are wheel chair accessible. So instead of taking a taxi from the dockyard (Kings Wharf area), you can take a ferry and come to Hamilton and then take a taxi for St George. That way it'll be much cheaper. You can return in a similar way. Most taxis would take folding type wheel chair in the trunk if that fits in. There will be ample taxis in St George to get back. Good luck! 
     
    Raj (May 2013) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Hi, My husband and I are coming into Bermuda on the Breakaway next week and are wondering if the ferries will take our jazzie type scooters. Can you let me know? Thank you. 
     
    Lorraine (May 2013) 
     
    Hi, Ferries will take Jazzie type scooters. 
     
    Raj (May 2013) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    My husband has a motorized scooter that weights 100 pounds and he weighs 185 pounds, making the total weight 285 pounds. We will be on the Norwegian Breakaway the week of June 15 and would love to get back to Hamilton and St. George's. I understand that he can take the ferry from the Dockyard to Hamilton on his scooter. Is the ferry to St. George's capable of taking him? If not, do you have a bus that goes from the Dockyard to St. George's with a lift that could accommodate him on his scooter? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. 
     
    Rose Snidow (May 2013) 
     
     
    Hi, while ferries take wheelchairs and handicap scooters, the ferry dock at St George is not wheelchair accessible. There is no direct bus from Dockyard to St Gorge (requires a transfer at Hamilton and the total time is about 2 hours). But public buses won't take wheelchairs or scooters. You can go for a specially designed van with a ramp and side access. The company Access Bermuda has such a van. You will get the contact details in the section above. 
     
    Raj (May 2013) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Could my husband, on his motorized scooter, ride the ferry from the Dockyard to St. George's and back without getting off in St. George? Is the ferry capable of handling him? We would love to take the ferry just for the ride/view, even though the dock in St. George's cannot handle a scooter. 
     
    Rose Snidow (May 2013) 
     
     
    Hi, Yes it is possible. However please carry a pass (so that it allows unlimited access to ferry/bus) or tickets for both ways or fare in exact change etc. Note that the Orange route ferry (between Dockyard & St George) does not have any scheduled trip on Saturdays & Sundays. On a weekend, you can do a similar round trip on a the Blue Route ferry to Hamilton & back. 
     
    Raj (May 2013) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Four or five years ago when I snorkeled at nine beaches, when the hotel was open, there was actually a person there that did snorkeling with people with disabilities. Have you ever heard of anyone in Bermuda doing that, at least recently?? 
     
    While I'm picking your brain with questions, I also have a question about tours. I've taken two tours on my previous visits from a gentleman known as "Foxy". He no longer does tours, do you know of anyone with an accessible van that does private tours? Thanks again for your time, 
     
    Tom Wade (July 2013) 
     
    Hi Tom, 
     
    To my knowledge there is nobody doing snorkeling with people having disabilities these days. However, Keith Simmons (of Access Bermuda) conducts private tours for the physically challenged in his custom built van (with side entrance, attachable ramp etc). His contact details: Phone: (441)295-9106; Email: [email protected] 
     
    Regards, 
     
    Raj (July 2013) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Hello Raj, 
     
    I spoke with you earlier by e-mail regarding a wheelchair accessible tour and snorkeling. We were in Bermuda during early August, and Keith Simmons set us up with a driver and wheelchair accessible minivan. Keith seems like a very good guy! 
     
    As far as snorkeling goes, we had some pretty poor weather and despite making contact with a woman "Kate" from Fantasea, who was very helpful, we ended up at snorkel Park. In the end I was going to rent a pontoon boat with a captain and just get lifted off the boat into the water and back on. Kate was very willing to arrange the rental of boat, and hiring of a captain. As I said, due to some inclement weather, we didn't go for the boat. 
     
    There were no individuals that I heard of that were willing to meet me at the beach to assist with snorkeling, despite me willing to pay.  Snorkel Park was close to the ship, and we were out shopping (there were 10 of us!)  when the sun came out.  I rolled over to the park as quickly as possible and with my family and a couple of employees helping, I was lifted into the water and my niece assisted with some fun swimming and snorkeling. 
     
    The employees at snorkel Park could not have been nicer and helpful. Unfortunately, snorkel Park is pretty beat up from lots of tourists stepping on coral, but on short notice it worked. Thanks for your input, I hope to return on some sunnier days, 
     
    Tom Wade (August 2013) 
     
     
    Do any of the hotels have access to accessible beach chairs. Or, are they available for rent on the island. These chairs are usually made of pvc piping and extra large tires, without any grip. Thanks for your assistance. 
     
    Liz (March 2014) 
     
    Hi Liz, 
     
    The kiosk at the Horseshoe bay beach rents Beach wheelchairs with large wheels that can easily move on sand. They also have a type which can go into the water as well. But getting down to the beach from the road is not easy. So ask the taxi driver to take you down below where there is a ramp/boardwalk leading to the beach and also pick you up on your return. There is also a shuttle available to come up to the main road bus stop and avoid the uphill walk on return. 
     
    Raj (March 2014) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
     
    We are staying at Grotto Bay and my cousin has difficulty walking around. Is there anyone on the Island who rents handicap scooters? I was thinking it would be easier for her to get around on the grounds if such were available. Thank you for your help. 
     
    John Fisher (April 2014) 
     
     
    Unfortunately it's difficult to get a handicap/mobility scooter on rent in Bermuda. You can try with Medical House located in Pembroke parish. You need to call them up or let them know your requirement well in advance and they might be able to help. 
     
    Contact Info for Medical House: 
     
    Office: (441) 292-3622, (441) 236-2525  
    Mobile (Bermuda): (441) 705-1997 
     
    Raj (April 2014) 
    bermuda-attractions.com 
     
     
    Hi Raj, 
     
    First, I want to thank you for all information that I have found in this site. You are very nice to do this. I will go to Bermuda by cruise on September 23, 2014. I use a manual wheelchair and I want to go to Horseshoe Beach Bay. I have found how to go on the beach. But my question is about this information: "A third option is to take the 15-seater shuttle (which is usually available from 11am onwards) that brings you up the hill and drops you at the bus stop on South Road for a nominal charge." 
     
    1- Does this shuttle takes a manual wheelchair? My wheelchair could bend and my spouse could help me to go up in the shuttle. 
     
    2- Else, from the beach, is there a place where I can call a taxi? Because, we don't want to ask to the taxi to wait. We want to past many hours on the beach. 
     
    And you talk about this kind of Beach wheelchairs with large wheels with a type which can go into the water. Do you know how much for rent this kind of wheelchair? 
     
    Denise (September 2014) 
     
     
    Hi, the shuttle is unlikely to accommodate the wheelchair but you can request the driver and explain that it won't take much space. But this shuttle will only bring you up to the main road and public buses won't take wheelchairs of any kind. Taxis are usually available at Horseshoe Bay Beach. But only few would take wheelchairs. With a wheelchair, I would recommend that you properly pre-arrange your transport to and from the beach rather than planning on regular public transport. Beach wheelchairs rent for about $15. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2014) 
     
     
    I read everything you've written about handicapped access in Bermuda but still have a question. We're arriving by cruise ship to the Dockyard in May. My husband can walk and do stairs but tires very quickly. The ship is loaning us a wheel chair for our cruise. If we take the ferry to St. George, can I fold up the wheel chair and carry it off the ferry (provided I have the strength to do that) and let him walk off? We originally had planned to take the ferry to Hamilton and then the bus to the Aquarium but you said the buses won't take wheelchairs at all. Would taking a taxi be our best option then? Thanks for your help. 
     
    Carol White (January 2015) 
     
     
    Hi, 
     
    Yes you can fold up the wheelchair and walk off at St George. However for visiting the Aquarium, the best option for you is to take the ferry to Hamilton (both ends wheelchair accessible) and then take a taxi. It's better to ask the taxi driver to come back and pick you up at a fixed time in case you don't get one on your return (which is quite likely). Sometimes the buses may allow compact folding wheelchairs depending on how full the bus is, but it's better not to plan on that. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, January 2015) 
     
     
    Is a three-wheel folding walker allowed on uncrowded buses? I've happily traveled on the bus system and on ferries during many visits to Bermuda, but I now need to use the mobility assistance of a small walker. Will I be welcome?? 
     
    Joseph McCluskey (January 2015) 
     
     
    Most bus drivers should allow that. Not a problem with ferries. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, January 2015) 
     
     
    My husband and I are planning to visit via Celebrity Cruise ship this April. I was glad to see the ferry is accessible for wheelchairs for Hamilton/Dockyard route. I'd like to know if the distance between our docked ship and entrance to ferry is within walking/wheeling distance. I'd also like to know when exiting ferry at Hamilton, will we be able to walk/wheel to the heart of the city - eateries, shops, etc.? Thank you. 
     
    Linda Grassa (March 2015) 
     
     
    Hi, entrance to ferry at the dockyard is about 4/5 minutes walk from the cruise berth. Once you get off at Hamilton ferry dock and come out, you are on Front Street which is the heart of Hamilton and full with shops and restaurants. Just cross over the road and then wheel wherever you want along the sidewalk. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, March 2015) 
     
     
    Hi Raj 
     
    Thank you for your wonderful information. So, My mom and my uncle have both recently became a little more disabled and probably can't walk 25 feet on the beach. My mom has a mobility scooter that I can fold up easily, my uncle scooter does not fold. They both though love the beach and can only handle calm water at this point. So I am hoping you can help me with advice 
     
    1) are there any beaches other than Horseshoe Bay that offers the beach wheelchair? Would you know if they would let me reserve it ahead of time if the supply is limited? I would just need it to get them down close to the water. 
     
    2) It looks like Shelly Bay Beach may be a good bet, but would you have any idea about how close I can get the scooter to the water. How about for Clearwater Beach? Is the boardwalk in Shelly Bay wide enough to accomodate a scooter? 
     
    3) What's the most efficient way that you would recommend my taking them to the beaches 
     
    Thanks for your advice. we are coming in a couple of weeks and there are 7 of us in the party including my mom and my uncle. Thanks again 
     
    Mimi Nguyen (June 2015) 
     
     
    Hi, Shelly Bay Beach is accessible by wheelchair or scooter and one can get close to the water unless it gets stuck in the sand. Beach wheelchairs are currently available only in Horseshoe and you can not reserve them in advance. They are offered on first-come-first-serve basis. So if you want to ensure one, reach early. However Bermuda Tourism Department is upgrading beach facilities at several beaches including in Shelly Bay. So there is a possibility of beach wheelchairs once the upgrades are completed. 
     
    While the scooter might fit into the boardwalk, you should avoid that as it may cause inconvenience to others. You should ideally take a taxi that can accommodate wheelchairs to reach the beaches. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2015) 
     
     
     
    Can I take my handicap scooter on the ferry? If so what ferry will take them ? 
     
    Carol Erickson (September 2015) 
     
     
    Handicap scooters are allowed in ferries between Dockyard and Hamilton (Blue Route) and also between Hamilton and Rockaway in the Green route. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2015) 
     
     
    I have another question. My foot was paralyzed by a surgeon So on uneven ground I use a walker to be safe. I can use a cane at times. I would like to know what beach would be good for me. I love to snorkel. Last time there I went to Church beach and loved it. I don't think I could do the stairs again with my foot. I know there is horseshoe beach but is known to be crowded. I am a strong person otherwise so can tolerate more than a lot of people with my situation > Thank you for your advice. 
     
    Carol Erickson (September 2015) 
     
     
    For snorkeling and easy accessibility you can consider Tobacco Bay Beach in St. George. To get to the beach, the easiest way from dockyard is to take the orange route ferry to St. George, then the beach bus outside the ferry dock at St. George to Tobacco Bay. But the orange ferry usually allows only limited size wheelchairs and may not allow handicap scooter. Suggest you talk to the staff at dockyard ferry and sort this out. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2015) 
     
     
    We are visiting Bermuda from 27th dec to 3rd jan - I am in my 60s with mobility problems - can walk short distances but cannot stand for a long time and really cannot walk beyond 4/5 mins - is it worthwhile bringing my mobility scooter? we are staying at the Fairmont Southampton 
     
    Deborah Eleazar (December 2015) 
     
     
    Fairmont Southampton has its own shuttles to reach you up to the bus stop and get you back. It won't be wise to drive the mobility scooter on open roads in the island any way. Public buses do not have ramps and won't allow that either. You will need special taxis to carry the scooter. Ferries at Rockaway (Southampton) and Hamilton would allow mobility scooters though. But don't see much point bringing the scooter if you can board a bus or ferry, or use a taxi to get around. You can hire a taxi by the hour (minimum 3 hours booking required). 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, December 2015) 
     
     
    This is my fourth trip to the island but never in a wheelchair---until now (unfortunately).  I understand about the non-accessible buses etc.  My question concerns pavement and sidewalks in St Georges, Hamilton and the Dockyard.  Are the pavements relatively smooth or do I have to deal with cobblestones, paving blocks, etc?  Are there curb cuts anywhere?  How high are the curbs? etc .  I will be on the Breakaway at the end of July 2016.   Can I and my caregiver be able to reach Snorkel Beach without similar pavement problems? 
     
    John Pritchard (July 2016) 
     
     
    Sidewalks are mostly very narrow and non existent in several places. But they are usually smooth. Hardly any curb cuts though. Curbs would be about 4 inches in most places. You can reach Snorkel Park from the berth on a wheelchair. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2016) 
     
     
    Hello, 
     
    We are going to be in Burmuda next week (Royal Caribbean cruise) and are interested in taking a water taxi. My husband has an injury and will have a knee scooter to get around. It's fairly small, not like a scooter you sit on. It can fold down to 32" x 18" x 15". Will it be ok for him to take it on a water taxi. Thank you, 
     
    Renee Gundhus (July 2016) 
     
     
    Blue route ferry (between dockyard and Hamilton) should allow that if it's not larger than a wheelchair. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2016) 
     
     
    Hello Raj. I appreciate the time you take to manage this very helpful website and forum.  We arrive via cruise ship to the Dockyard for 2.5 days. My husband relies on a wheelchair for 90% of his mobility. My question is regarding wheelchair accessibility on Bermuda's ferries & buses. I know that not all ferries and bus routes are w/chair accessible (roll on lift or ramp), but I am wondering how I find out which ones ARE, before we waste precious time?  I have read that the "blue route" ferry is w/chair accessible.....is this true?  Also, should we stay away from certain ferry destinations because the destination itself is extremely difficult to navigate?  I am capable of pushing my husband's w/chair over short distances of rough terrain, but prefer to limit this. Thank you for your anticipated response. 
     
    Bonnie (July 2017) 
     
     
    Hi Bonnie, Blue Route ferry is wheelchair accessible both at dockyard as well as at Hamilton. While Orange route ferry between dockyard and St. George can also take wheelchairs, there are certain limitations at St. George's end. So do talk to the crew at the ferry dock before boarding. Avoid buses as most are not wheelchair accessible. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2017) 
     
     
    Good day to you! 
     
    I will be travelling to Bermuda in September with an elderly friend who uses a Rollator (walker with seat and wheels, in case the term Rollator is not familiar to you -- although it probably is). 
     
    I am already aware that navigating Bermuda is not easy for such devices, and that one should be especially careful on side walks and such places. 
     
    My question is public transportation related. 
     
    The Rollator collapses, so it does not take up much space when folded.  Is this something that, like a baby stroller for someone with a child, would be allowed on the ferries, buses and other such public transportation? 
     
    My friend cannot walk far, if at all, without it, so this would be enough to cause us to consider a different vacation locale.  Presently, though, we are looking at arriving by cruise ship in September, on a Sunday. 
     
    With thanks! 
     
    Red (August 2017) 
     
     
    Ferries can accommodate. However unless it folds into a small size buses may not allow. Should not be a problem with taxis if it can be folded and easily kept in the boot. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2017) 
     
     
    Hello, My 82 yo mother and I will be arriving to Bermuda via Celebrity Summit Cruise Ship on 2018 May 1 and she is totally dependent on using a motorized scooter. It is an 87 pound travel scooter. Will she have handicap access to the ferry boarding at King's Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard) to travel to Hamilton, St. George, etc? Are the buses also handicap accessible? can we buy travel passes on the cruise ship? Thank you, 
     
    Cindy Garvin (April 2018) 
     
     
    Hello, buses won't allow (they do not usually allow even wheelchairs). Ferries allow wheelchairs, but unlikely they will allow a travel scooter particularly if the ferry is full (which they usually are in such high season). You need to speak to the ferry crew at the dock and check this out. Some cruise ships keep limited transport passes. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2018) 
     
     
    Hi Raj, haven't been to Bermuda in a long while and in June I am taking my 77 yr old mom who has problems walking, along with my brother and sister in law who is in a wheelchair.  Are there any tour buses/guides that have handicap access so that they can get to see the island.  Any info you can give me I would appreciate. Thanks! 
     
    Doreen Salvado (May 2018) 
     
     
    Hi, unfortunately there are very few options for handicapped persons to tour the island. You can contact Keith Simmons... he operates an island tour on a van which has ramp for wheelchairs. 
     
    Phone: (441)295-9106; Email: [email protected] 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2018) 
     
     
    We are cruising to Bermuda and will be in port July 10th, 11th and the morning of the 12th.  My husband is in a wheelchair and loves to swim. We would like to go to Horseshoe Beach as we have read that there are 'beach wheelchairs' for rent there.  We assume these are chairs with bigger wheels and that go/float in the water.  Who would we contact to rent one in advance?  Is this the only beach that rents these chairs?  Is there a better beach to go to?  Thanking you in advance for helping us to sort out our vacation. 
     
    Sandra (May 2018) 
     
     
    Hi, beach wheelchairs have bigger wheels to easily move on sands but they do not float on water. Couple of them are available at horseshoe bay beach and you can rent them on spot if available, not in advance. While there are several other great beaches along south shore, but Horseshoe has the best beach amenities. Also moving around the island with wheelchair won't be easy unless you can book a van/taxi with wheelchair access and they are very few in number. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2018) 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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