Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Puerto Rico

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see:  http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012 

“Puerto Rico’s history lessons – told through cannon fire and colonisation, repression and revolt – offer a palpable sense of the island’s dynamic past. There’s a bit of legend in every direction: from the fortress walls pocked by cannon fire to the crumbling towers of the sugar refineries that once fired the island’s economy. Free-trading colonialists built sparkling European plazas along streets of the harbour cities, while political revolutionaries plotted revolt in misty villages along the twisting spine of the central mountains. Those with a passion for history can wander precolonial Taíno ball courts or steamy coffee plantations, but even if your interest is scant, it’s hard not to get caught up in Puerto Rico’s fascinating story. While hasty development and cycles of boom and bust leave this island a checkerboard of preservation, the most amazing thing about this island’s past is the beguiling weave it creates with the present.” (Source: Lonelyplanet.com)

 

The Sea Without Barriers

“A unique wheelchair-accessible facility on the east side of Balneario de Luquillo. The dedicated staff is trained to assist those with special needs in the use of the unique equipment & systems designed to make the Puerto Rican waters as accessible as possible.”
Website: http://travelandsports.com/sea-without-barriers-mar-accesible-puerto-rico-swb773.php
Phone: 787-889-4329

 

 Castillo San Cristóbal

“Accessible parking is available at the main entrance of the park (on Calle Muňoz-Rivera).Within the main entrance area (former Civil Defense Building) there are accessible restrooms, water fountains, a bookstore and a theater.From this entrance an elevator provides access to the main plaza or the first floor of the fort.The upper levels are accessible via steep, historic ramps.

The historic entrance on Calle Norzagaray is also accessible, but up a steep ramp. There are accessible restrooms and water fountains throughout the main plaza level.  The tunnel leading to the dungeon is considered “accessible” but the tunnel leading back to the main entrance area is not.”

Website: http://www.nps.gov/saju/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
Phone: 787-729-6960

 

San Juan Trolley System

San Juan has a trolley system in place, and some of the trolleys are wheelchair accessible. It is worth noting that these “trolleys” are actually just buses painted to look like trolleys. The system has stops located all over Old San Juan and near the forts, most of which are wheelchair accessible. There are two different routes one can take, depending on the desired destination. Trolley stop (terminal one) is located across the street from cruise ship terminal 4. The trolley is free and people are able to get on and off at marked trolley stops. Since San Juan is a city full of hills and cobble stones streets, taking the trolley makes it convenient to get to a destination. Also, Old San Juan can get extremely hot! Most of the trolley cars are equipped with air-conditioning, but a few are open air trolleys.

NATIONAL PARKS GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT 

National and state parks abound in Puerto Rico and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

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