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Mexico City and Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

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Robert did not make this trip with me, but I thought I would write it up anyway as I think it could be helpful.  I spent about a week in September 2016, partially for work and partially for pleasure. For the pleasure part, I stayed with a friend in Polanco.  For the work part, I stayed in the Sheraton Santa Fe in Santa Fe.  Santa Fe is a relatively new area, and is a major business district.  While there is not much to do there from a tourism perspective, it has some of the most interesting buildings I’ve ever...

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Oaxaca and Mexico City Wheelchair Travel Tips

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I am a T2 paraplegic and I travelled through Mexico for a month in a manual chair with my boyfriend, who is not in a wheelchair in 2016. I spent the majority of my time in the city of Oaxaca and a few days in Mexico City. Depending on where you visit, you will likely encounter varying levels of accessibility as the country is adopting public accessibility features at different rates. Nonetheless, both Oaxaca and Mexico City are incredibly interesting and rich cities in their own way and are worth the journey. Mexico City is a bustling and cosmopolitan...

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Southern Mexico Accessible Tours and Tips

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People come from all over the world to soak up the sun in Mexico year-round. Besides the turquoise waters, warm inviting climate and Mexican food, what drew me and boyfriend to this country was the history of one of the world’s oldest known civilizations, the Mayans. Ancient sites have been uncovered and carefully preserved for travelers seeking a greater understanding of the Mayans, including one of the seven wonders of the world. A few small historical sites are located within urban areas but the major ones require traveling a good distance into the jungles of Mexico. For decades these...

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12-Day Royal Caribbean Island Cruise

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Cruising is the most accessible vacation for anyone in a wheelchair. The newest ships are bigger and better offering many opportunities for the wheelchair traveler. I was thrilled to experience the 2015 Anthem of the Seas cruise ship by Royal Caribbean on a 12-day cruise to Puerto Rico, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. Anthem of Seas has its home port in Bayonne, New Jersey and can carry approximately 5,000 people. The Staff on Royal Caribbean cruise line go above and beyond for the handicap guests. I can’t say enough how they helped me accomplish this outstanding adventure. They have special...

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Westin Lagunamar in Cancun, Mexico

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On a trip to Cancun, Mexico for a little exploring but some much needed leisure time. We stayed at the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, which is located across the street from La Isla Mall and about 40 minute drive from the airport. The resorts rooms are all kitchenette style with wash/dryer. The room we stayed in had both a bathtub and a roll in shower. They provided a shower bench, not chair that was pretty much falling apart. The room was big enough for two wheelchairs to move around fine. We were first put in a room on the...

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Costa Rica: Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

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Costa Rica is a small country with countless riches. Located in Central America, it has beautiful beaches on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, incredible national parks with lots of natural diversity, and a lively urban life in the Central Valley. For wheelchair travelers, my advice is to plan months ahead your trip and get all the information you can directly with the service provider, car rentals, hotels, diving and tour operators. This way you can be sure about what you will find and have the best vacation possible in Costa Rica. Many restaurants have a flat entrance or...

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica Accessible Accommodations

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It depends on your budget. I highly recommend contacting the hotel in advance to discuss the accessibility conditions you require because some are labeled as accessible when they are not completely. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel the Four Seasons Resort at Papagayo Peninsula, guarantees a luxury vacation with many accessible rooms. Flat access, ramps, accessible bathrooms, a pool lift elevator, access to the beach and a beach wheelchair. Here you can enjoy the beach, do paddleboard, kayak, and scuba dive, besides all the regular hotel amenities. Hotel Mangaby, in Playa Hermosa is a little hotel with...

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Costa Rica Wheelchair Accessible Transportation

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If you are traveling to any beach in Costa Rica, it is better to rent a 4WD car. Usually, car rentals don’t have any hand controls, but Service Car Rental offers different options like mini vans, ramps and portable handicap driving hand controls. You have to make a reservation in advance so they can prepare the best service possible. The fastest way to get to Guanacaste is taking the Route 27 (try to avoid rush hours here) and then Route 1. You will see a lot of green on the journey; trees both sides the road and some good...

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The National Theater of Costa Rica

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The National Theater of Costa Rica is one of the most iconic buildings in the capital, San José. Its construction began in 1891 and it took 6 years to finish it. The theater has a neoclassical architecture, with marble columns, statues and paintings. It was declared National Monument in 1965 because of its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Nowadays, the National Theater is place that can be visited and enjoyed by all people, nationals, foreigners, kids, senior citizens and people with disabilities. At its front door there is a ramp with a decent slope that gives access to wheelchair...

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St. Lucia Island in the Caribbean Luxury Resort

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The Landings is a luxury resort on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. It has been used as a setting for The Bachelor reality TV series. It is a very large property, with a number of buildings each housing 10 or 12 units on three floors. The grounds have well paved roads and walkways leading to the beachfront and the seaside restaurant. Our suite was approximately 1400 square feet with two bedrooms, a living room/dining room fully appointed kitchen (with high end appliances) and a laundry room. The patio looking out onto the small marina featured a...

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7-Day Western Caribbean Disney Fantasy Cruise

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As you may have read in my last articles, my wife and I are Disney nuts. Back in 2010 we took the plunge and became Disney Vacation Club members. As part of signing up, we received a special allotment of points that had to be used up within a short amount of time, so we decided to use them on a Disney Cruise.  As you can see from my other two cruise articles, we are hooked and continue to think about future cruises with Disney. We learned from our 7 day Eastern Cruise, that you get the best deals...

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REVIEW #1: 7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy

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As you may have read in my last articles; Adventures by Disney: Germany & 4 day Bahamian cruise, my wife and I are Disney nuts. Back in 2010 we took the plunge and became Disney Vacation Club members. As part of signing up, we received a special allotment of points that had to be used up within a short amount of time, so we decided to use them on a Disney Cruise. Earlier that year, we had just done a Disney Resort vacation and didn’t want to go back so soon. We loved it and couldn’t wait to do...

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REVIEW #2: 7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy

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I have been on many great Disney Cruises, but the access on the 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise onboard the Disney Fantasy was a huge disappointment. In November 2014, our itinerary included stops in St. Thomas, San Juan and Castaway Cay.  My plans for this cruise were to test the accessibility of the ship and the embarkation / disembarkation process at the various ports of call. The Stateroom For our cruise on the Fantasy we booked an Accessible 1-bedroom Concierge Family Stateroom with Verandah and I had high expectations as my previous Disney cruise was in the same type room, only it...

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Adapted Scuba Diving in Cozumel, Mexico

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Peaceful, serene, other worldy. You know, all those cliché terms people throw around. They are all true and yet do not begin to describe the experience I had SCUBA diving. Over the last few years I have had the great privilege to become part of the Lifewaters dive family. Trained by and then finally christened on my first ocean dive during the summer of 2013 and again in June 2014.  Yes, I said family.  It is a group of individuals from all over the country and yet it feels like family. All abilities, all backgrounds, all ages. As with...

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7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise with RC

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If you are anything like me, when you decide to take a vacation, spontaneity goes out the window. I need to know if the room I’ll be staying is accessible, if I’ll be able to use the bathroom, if I’ll be able to shower, and many other questions that websites just don’t seem to answer. So in planning my first cruise, I researched until I felt like I was an employee of Royal Caribbean. I watched YouTube videos and reviewed countless images of cabins and decks, pools and so on. Finally, it was time to set sail. I must...

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Exotic Trip to Cozumel, Mexico to Scuba Dive

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As a world-class scuba diving destination, Cozumel, Mexico is an obvious travel destination for divers. However, with its breathtaking beaches, National Marine Park, and ancient history it offers something for anyone looking for a Caribbean vacation. In June, my husband and I joined a group of adaptive scuba divers for our 2nd trip to this Mexican paradise. Getting There Two major airports serve the area, Cancun and Cozumel. If you fly into Cancun then the next step is to take the ferry over to the island of Cozumel.  We did not use this method but some of our traveling mates...

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Western Caribbean Cruise: Ruby Princess

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As 2014 approached and about two months removed from my 5-day cruise onboard Princess Cruise Lines Flagship Royal Princess, I found myself itching to go on another cruise.  I started to roam the websites of Disney, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines to get an idea as to where I wanted to go, for how long and when.  When it came right down to it all, I couldn’t get myself away from Princess.  They were after-all my first cruise line and always very accommodating to me.  I narrowed my search down to two itineraries, a 5-night to either the...

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Accessible Caribbean Cruise with Royal Princess

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I’ve always been fascinated with traveling; mostly by air though as that was my main form of travel when not taking a road-trip with my family.  For almost three years now I’ve had the honor of working for one of the largest airlines in the United States which only enhanced my love of travel.  Cruising had been the one form of travel that I hadn’t done, but wanted to experience.  My parents, avid cruisers themselves, took me on my first cruise in August 2012 to Alaska onboard Princess Cruise Lines Golden Princess and then followed that cruise up with...

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Cruise: Mexico, Honduras, Belize & Isla Roatan

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It was a cold day bundled in my down overcoat in New England and I couldn’t count down the hours fast enough to spring break where I can feel the warmth of the sun to feed my soul and keep me going until the summer months. As my companion and I found our seats with our friends after boarding the plane, I smiled. I love everything about getting on the plane. From the steady hum of the air flowing in to the congested people frantically trying to find their seat, to the random kindness of a stranger helping someone...

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4-Day Cruise to Bahamas on the Disney Wonder

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My wife and I never thought we would be cruisers. In our minds we always pictured older people on a boat playing shuffle board and eating at a buffet, or playing slots in the onboard casino. As you may have read in my last article my wife and I are Disney nuts. Back in 2010 we took the plunge and became Disney Vacation Club members. As part of signing up, we received a special allotment of points that had to be used up within a short amount of time, so we decided to use them on a Disney Cruise....

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